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kaiser1401
Downloaded it and works fine during testing. I'm trying to embed it into my riderunner-Carpc frontend now and have a problem:

It starts but doesn't embed. Instead it shuts down.

After the start there's an info message displayed that the maps are from OSM and so on. If showing this message, the window of the navigator software is neither resizeable nor movable until you confirm this message. This seems to crash the embedding step of riderunner. Does anyone know if either I can disable this message in general, or have the window be move- and resizeable while displaying this message?

I think embedding fails because of this; as I figured it to be working when I'm hitting Enter to confirm the message in time before riderunner tries to set the new position and parent.

Any Ideas welcome
-Kaiser

Edit:

Just found out that this message doesn't occur if I'm using the 4 German maps only, but if I download one of the following it shows up: Denmark, UK, France, Luxembourg. It does not seem to be the issue that more than one country is there. Tried UK only and got the message, too.

I don't get the point on which rules showing the message or not is based ATM. But IMHO it would be nice to be able to disable this message because of said issue anyway. If there's no way to do this by settings I'll have to code a workaround for that sometime I think :-(
joe
Hi Tomas!

I just tried PC Navigator software and it looks and works good on my Nextar which is useless otherwise. Thanks a lot. Strongly belive many other users from EX YU will appreciate if you convert OSM maps from that area to MCA format.

Thanks again!
Neill1607
I've installed PC Navigator Free along with maps for Great Britain & France. Maps for GB & France are OK, but Jersey just shows the outline of the island.

Went onto openstreetmap.com, found Jersey & downloaded a map in .osm format. The question is, does anyone know how I import my Jerseymap.osm into Navigator Free?

When using the install utility to "install data" it only seems to give the option of downloading maps from MapFactors website, there doesn't seem to be an option (that I can see) to import any other data (like my jerseymap.osm).

Thanks
joe
No way for now, just try to be nice to Tomas!?
srjacob
When will the US maps be available?
Marvin Hlavac
Fresh from the mail box:


Canada is available now.

Regards

Tomas
Not sure about the U.S., though.
tomas
Now we are trying to finish Europe, so USA not in the immediate future.
joe
Tomas thanks for Bosnia and Croatia! Still waiting for Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro and Macedonia? It is part of Europe.
tomas
Soon I hope
srjacob
Any chance the maps for PC Navigator FREE will work with PC Navigator 10?
Ken in Regina
Fresh from the mail box:
Originally Posted by tomas

Canada is available now.

Regards

Tomas

Not sure about the U.S., though.
Coverage in and around Regina is decent. Outside the city the coverage is somewhere between a basemap and a modest roadmap. It has all major highways, most secondary highways and a few rural roads, or at least parts of them.

The street grid for Regina is pretty good. It lands somewhere between Metroguide Canada v5 (out of date even before it was released) and City Navigator North America 2011.20 (pretty decent). That is, it has some newer subdivisions that Metroguide Canada does not have but not everything City Navigator has.

The address search really isn't. It prompts you for the city and the street name and, optionally, a cross street. So it's really a street or, optionally, an intersection search.

I'm not sure if this applies to all maps or just Canada. E.g. maybe it's just because Canada does not have civic addresses in it (house numbers) and maybe other parts of the world do?

Searching for POIs works nicely and I was pleasantly surprised at the number of local POIs the free map contains.

The only way to zoom in and out is to click on the + and - buttons on the screen. This has problems because it seems like it jumps multiple zoom steps on a single click. This is most annoying because you can see it jump right past the zoom level you really want when zooming in both directions but you are powerless to make it stop at the zoom level you want.

I think this may be a side effect of the way the zoom buttons work. You can click and hold on them to zoom multiple steps without having to click multiple times. That's a nice feature but I think they've set it to be way too sensitive. If my guess is correct, there needs to be a longer "repeat" delay in it so you can easily single-step one zoom level at a time when that's what you want to do.

EDIT (25 Oct 2010): Apologies to MapFactor. I retested after a couple of others pointed out that they had no problems. Both functions work.

It is not a well-behaved Windows application. Some really basic operations are not honoured. So far, without doing any serious testing, I've stumbled across two.

1. Alt-tab does not work so you can't switch away from it once it's running full screen. This presents a problem because I haven't figured out how to make it run in a window instead of running full screen. So once I'm in it I can't switch to anything else without shutting it down. I've only messed with it for a short time so I have not explored all possible settings.

2. Alt-F4 does not work to close the application. This is annoying because there is no exit button/icon on the main application screen and it takes clicking through a couple of menus to exit using the menus.


The upside to the way it runs fullscreen is that if you run it on a small screen like a netbook or a tablet or UMPC, there are none of the usual Windows controls hogging screen space so the map display gets it all.

As I mentioned, I have not spent a lot of time with it but generally I like it. Even this free version would get the job done nicely, at least in Canada, as long as you don't need to search for addresses or find your way around on rural roads. Pretty good for free.

...ken...
tomas
Both Alt-F4 and Alt-Tab work here.

I am not sure what do you mean by full screen - unless you start Navigator with special window parameters it is always in full screen.
Neill1607
Alt-F4 & Alt-Tab work fine on my free version (I'm running it under XP).

Really downloaded the free version to test, before buying Navigator 10 if I liked it. So far the answer is Yes.
I presume the full GB/Europe version has better maps than the free version - can anyone confirm this?
tomas
Paid version comes with Teleatlas data, so it is the same as most of our competitors, TomTom...
Ken in Regina
Both Alt-F4 and Alt-Tab work here.
My apologies, Tomas. You are correct. I discovered two problems, both operator error. They do work as expected on my computer. I have amended my original post:

http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/3867-pc-navigator-free#post32759

I am not sure what do you mean by full screen - unless you start Navigator with special window parameters it is always in full screen.
Yes, and as I pointed out in my previous post, the way it's done is an advantage on the kinds of computers that will normally be used for realtime navigation.

...ken...


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