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Boyd
Just stumbled across this and it looks very interesting. Anyone else try this?

http://www.twonav.com/en/support/downloads

Manual is available here:

http://manual.twonav.com/manual/land_air_76_en/wiki_land_air/

I downloaded the Mac version (Land 7.7.0 Mac) and registered for the free trial. Software installed fine and I was able to open some .kmz maps that I made previously. Next and I tried connecting to my Garmin GLO and couldn't get that to work. Some of this may be Mac-specific... the computer was able to pair with the GLO on COM7. A little Googling suggested that this is an issue on the Mac and that you also need to create a COM5 port, which I did.

CompeGPS claimed to connect on COM5, but I couldn't get it to display coordinates and it didn't seem to work. Next I tried using my Montana 600 over USB with both Garmin and NMEA but I couldn't connect to that either.

That was as much time as I felt like wasting for now, but this looks like a nice package… if I could get it to work. Maybe I will try the Windows version, although not very anxious to mess around with the HP Slate 500 anymore.

Will be interested to hear if anyone else gets this working.

[EDIT] I see they have a user forum here. Haven't taken the time to really check it out yet though

http://forum.compegps.com/forums/67-Land-Air
tcassidy
Boyd, I have not tried CompeGPS nor do I have any Apple products. However, I know the GLO COM5 and COM7 listings have nothing to do with the actual Com port numbers that the device appears on in Windows. Maybe the same applies for Apple devices.

Terry
Boyd
Thanks, but I tried all the ports the software could find and also auto scanning. If you try the Windows version of CompeGPS, let me know if it works with your GLO. I probably won't spend much more time on this, it was just a novelty I wanted to play with since there is so little GPS/Navigation software that runs on the Mac.

My 11" MacBook Air would be a nice little computer to use in the car. I could just run Windows on it if I really wanted to do that. But I lost interest in using a laptop in a vehicle about 5 years ago.
tcassidy
Unless I'm mistaken, it only works with Garmin USB GPS devices. That lets out the GLO. Also makes it of no interest to me.

Terry
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Ken in Regina
if it matters, I could install it and connect my eTrex Legend via USB. The eTrex does Garmin protocol by default.

I've looked at the description online and I don't see anything that interests me that I can't get from Navmii on Windows 8.x/10 or CoPilot on Android.

...ken...
Boyd
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcassidy
Unless I'm mistaken, it only works with Garmin USB GPS devices.
Maybe the Windows version is different? There are a number of protocols supported in the Mac version.
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tcassidy
Aha. I never got that far. I'll check again later if that section was present. That is, after I install it again!

Terry
Boyd
I think the main appeal of this package would be for Mac users, but they were probably scared away from here a long time ago.

This software can open a wide variety of GIS file formats and that might be of interest to anyone who wants to download some of the cool free stuff available online, such as shapefiles, MrSID files, etc.

I recently got a new Windows machine and use GlobalMapper for this kind of thing, it's a really powerful GIS package. So CompeGPS doesn't really do anything for me, but there aren't many options out there for anyone who wants to use these kinds of files on the Mac.

Anyway, I thought it was worth starting a thread just for the novelty value of discussing a multi-platform software package.
tcassidy
I had to install the program on another Windows computer as GLO won't work with this one for some reason. Regardless, the program appears to accept GLO on the Com port associated with COM5. Now if I could only figure out how to show the GPS position on the map display, I'd provide a screenshot!

Terry
Boyd
See, that sounds like the problem I was having. I got the software to say it was connected to the GPS but it would not show a cursor indicating my position. It did (more or less) center the map on my location, but I thought it might have been using my location based on wifi. It did not show my coordinates in the data field either, so that made me think it wasn't really working.
tcassidy
Maybe I'll spend a minute or two figuring that out as I'm pretty sure it is seeing the GLO information correctly. I know I used the GLO COM 5 listed Com port and it said it said it saw data but the format was incorrect. That is exactly how GpsGate responds so I'm fairly confident CompeGPS is receiving usable data.

Terry
tcassidy
I think you are right. Although it says it can see the GLO, the response is nothing. I tried my GlobalSat USB GPS and got a response almost immediately. Now that I know what it is supposed to look like, it is a lot easier to tell what is working.

Terry
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Boyd
Cool - maybe I will dig out my old uBlox (Streets & Trips) USB receiver and try. Not sure what drivers might be needed on the Mac though, that could be a problem.

FWIW, I found this on a Russian site, here's a link to a Google Translation. Note the last screenshot shows CompeGPS working with the GLO on a Mac, so apparently it's possible but I was doing something wrong...

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&u=http://russia4d.ru/podklyuchenie-garmi...s-x.html&prev=search

BTW, the other screenshot in that article also looks interesting - GPSNavX, which is another Mac program, although apparently intended for marine use.

http://www.gpsnavx.com
tcassidy
I have an old BT-Q890 which can do both 1 and 5 Hz. I tried both thinking maybe it was a refresh issue. However, CompeGPS seems to work fine on either speed.

Terry
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Boyd
Progress…. Using the suggestion in that (rather cryptic) Russian article, I was able to create a COM5 GLO serial device in addition to the default COM7 port. The Mac is actually a BSD unix machine under the hood, so I used the "cat" shell command to read data directly from COM5. Voila, I'm getting an NMEA data stream! Now I just need to figure out how to get CompeGPS to see it.
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% cat < /dev/tty.GarminGLO75f74-COM5
$GPRMC,183631.4,A,3924.72946,N,07447.71307,W,000.16,046.7,290315,012.3,W,D*34
$GPGGA,183631.4,3924.72946,N,07447.71307,W,2,12,0.8,17.1,M,-34.2,M,,*53
$GPVTG,046.7,T,059.0,M,000.16,N,0000.31,K,D*1A
$GPRMC,183631.5,A,3924.72946,N,07447.71307,W,000.11,046.7,290315,012.3,W,D*32
$GPGGA,183631.5,3924.72946,N,07447.71307,W,2,12,0.8,17.1,M,-34.2,M,,*52
$GPVTG,046.7,T,059.0,M,000.11,N,0000.20,K,D*1D
$GPRMC,183631.6,A,3924.72946,N,07447.71307,W,000.09,046.7,290315,012.3,W,D*38
$GPGGA,183631.6,3924.72946,N,07447.71307,W,2,12,0.8,17.1,M,-34.2,M,,*51
$GPVTG,046.7,T,059.0,M,000.09,N,0000.16,K,D*11
$GPRMC,183631.8,A,3924.72946,N,07447.71307,W,000.09,046.7,290315,012.3,W,D*36
$GPGGA,183631.8,3924.72946,N,07447.71307,W,2,12,0.8,17.1,M,-34.2,M,,*5F
$GPVTG,046.7,T,059.0,M,000.09,N,0000.16,K,D*11
$GPRMC,183631.8,A,3924.72946,N,07447.71307,W,000.09,046.7,290315,012.3,W,D*36
$GPGGA,183631.8,3924.72946,N,07447.71307,W,2,12,0.8,17.1,M,-34.2,M,,*5F
$GPVTG,046.7,T,059.0,M,000.09,N,0000.16,K,D*11
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