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I'm looking for PC GPS software that can track aerial maps
nevadagary
Well I fooled around a bit with both Goops and Google Earth and I now know I need help with both. I thought I could just save a map from Google Earth into a cache and then run Goops and the GPS would appear. Stupid me.... I think not. Goops says it acquired a signal but no cursor appears....duh.... I need help here folks. I wish there were some instructions for Goops.

BTW- I really like Mapsphere but of course ran into the same problem there. Guess I'm just a dumby.
GadgetGirl
I've just d/l'd GooPs...somehow I just can't resist yet another utility!

Here's what I did. I have a bluetooth GPS receiver that runs through GPSGate (only because I'm obsessive and I like to run a bunch of GPS apps at one time! ) GE works fine for me without Goops, but I tested it with GooPs just for fun.
When you start GooPs, go to the Options and make sure it isn't running in "demo" mode...Uncheck Demo Mode and change ID to "Me".
Select Autoscan and Autoconnect. It should scan the COM ports and select the one for your receiver. (I run GPSGate, so it selected a free COM port in GPSGate.) You should see a dialog where it is checking the COM ports...then it will say "Acquiring Signal". Once the signal is acquired and everything is hunky-dory (did I just say that?), GE will "see" "GooPsServers" in the "places" pane. Make sure the demos are unchecked and "Me" is selected in GE. Mine zero'd right in on my location in my GE cache. (I'm at work and don't have an Internet connection.
I'll be experimenting more too!

Also, you may already know this, but GE requires an Internet connection, unless you have cached the area you want to explore. While you have an Internet connection, browse the area at all zoom levels that you think you will need. Make sure each image has fully downloaded, before you move on. GE will automatically cache up to 2 GB of maps. This can be real PITA as it is time consuming if you have a large area, but will be worth it!
nevadagary
Thank you! Basically that's what I did and I got "signal acquired" but nothing showed on the map in GE. I disabled my wireless so I was not on line and the map I had saved seemed to be very clear from high altitude to low altitude. I guess I should go back and save several maps at different levels??
Ken in Regina
Gary, are you sure you are looking in the right place in Google Earth?

If the area where the trails are is not where you and your GPS are, and you are viewing the area where the trails are, that might be part of the problem.

I generally work with Google Earth at home so I've set my Start Location to my home. You can do this by viewing your home (or wherever) in Google Earth, selecting the VIEW menu and clicking on "Make this my Start Location".

That's just a shot in the dark and might have nothing at all to do with the problem, of course.

...ken...
nevadagary
Yes the map I had up in GE is the same one I am going to use from my house to Gerlach (100 miles) so my home postition is on the map. I really have to get out and play with it more too. I am planning on plotting my route on my home computer, saving it and loading it into my netbook... I think that will work...maybe???

The one thing I don't understand is the use of the cache. I know where it is but how can I manipulate it to use each zoom level of the map?
GadgetGirl
You know, Gary, I think I see the same problem you are having! When I first ran GooPs last night, I had no problem at all. Now, today, I have NO position marker at all, (I am at my Starting Location in GE.) I'll keep fiddling to see what could have changed!

(Just in case somebody asks, it wasn't the GPSGate marker that I saw last night. I had the blue GooPs arrow on my map. GooPs worked just fine without GPSGate running, as I tested it in that scenario too.)
nevadagary
Yep I saved a map from GE to My places and shut down my wireless, got off line, shut down GE and started Goops. It started GE off line, brought up the map and acquired the signal but never showed anything at my starting location. I'm using the Microsoft 360 and it says it acquires the signal so I can only presume it works with this unit.
nevadagary
Think cleaning the mud off will help???

tcassidy
I hope that passenger window was closed during the onslaught!

Terry
nevadagary
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Originally Posted by tcassidy
I hope that passenger window was closed during the onslaught!

Terry
Geez I knew I forgot something
nevadagary
I didn't need a GPS to find my way into that mud hole...it was only about 200 feet off the highway... boooo....splush...
tcassidy
As long as you didn't need your GPS to find your way out!

Terry
Marvin Hlavac
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Originally Posted by nevadagary
Think cleaning the mud off will help???
It may help the GPS receiver to *see* the satellites better.
GadgetGirl
Gary, I figured out why GooPs stopped working for me. See if this pertains to your setup. When I Ifirst d/l'd GooPs, I put the file in a folder on my HD. I did notice that the first time you run GooPs, it created 2 other files - Me@localhost.trk and GooPs.trk in the folder. When I ran the executable the first time, I ran it from the folder on the HD. After that, I put a short-cut to the executable on my desktop. That's when it quit working and refused to mark my location. Even though it was just a shortcut and not a copy of the .exe, it refused to work correctly. This morning I deleted the shortcut and ran GooPs from the .exe in the folder. That fixed it!

BTW, that's some serious 4-wheelin'!
nevadagary
OK thanks I'll give that a try. I too put a shortcut on the desktop.

That was just seriously stuck in the mud....took almost an hour to get out..BACKWARDS.
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