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Getting a GPS receiver to work with Windows 8.x & 10
GoneNomad
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Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
...So now the only head-scratcher for me is whether I want to pay the money (US$20 or CAD$24) for the offline maps for North America. I already have them for my Garmin apps and my Garmin personal navigation devices (PNDs). So in my case the only reason to get them is to play around with the app.

I just have to decide if it's worth it. It definitely would be if I needed it! [Maps Pro is the] Best Windows 10 app I've found so far.

...ken...
What makes it so much better than Win 10 Maps?
Ken in Regina
Number 1 for me was how duck-soup simple it was to get my Bluetooth Garmin GPS10X working with it.

Maps display with way more contrast so they're much easier to see.

Choices of Google maps, Bing maps, Open Map Source maps, and more.

...ken...
ohiobenz
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Originally Posted by GoneNomad
What makes it so much better than Win 10 Maps?
It gives full options on Com port, but found my GobalSat instantly. I mean it was up and running unlike any other maps i tried that needed other apps to get them to connect.
Same with the gpx file.
Boyd
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Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
Choices of Google maps, Bing maps, Open Map Source maps, and more.
Will be interesting to see if you can still use Google Maps after June 11. http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/5769-tyretotravel-many-route-planners-will-soon-stop-their-service
ohiobenz
Maps Pro downloaded maps will still work regardless...
Just not as pretty.
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by Boyd
Will be interesting to see if you can still use Google Maps after June 11. http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/5769-tyretotravel-many-route-planners-will-soon-stop-their-service
Good point. As ohiobenz said, once the maps are downloaded they'll keep working. Might not get further updates though.

I don't much care because I prefer the Open Map Source maps anyway. And there is so little difference in display quality and accuracy between Bing maps and Google maps that I don't care which I use if I need either one.

...ken...
ohiobenz
Here is the reply from MapsPro:

"Maps downloaded via Menu > Offline > [Some region], are stored on your hard drive, the data is from OpenStreetMap. You can see if while offline by going Menu > Map Style > [Pick any of the Vector style maps].

About the places you have stored in Google, you will need to somehow export them to a format Maps Pro can understand (CSV, GPX, KML, KMZ, GeoJSON), but I am unsure if Google actually allows you to export the places stored in Google Maps, you will need to do some research

About the Google Maps situation, nothing is really clear yet, but it might affect Maps Pro. If anything, you can use another provider for routes in Menu > Options > Data source > OpenStreetMap for example. It will calculate routes and show POI based on OSM data, while offline"
Boyd
You may have some issues using OSM for navigation. They have come a long way, but there are still a lot of quirks and you certainly won't be able to search the kind of POI and address data that Google has. I have worked with their data and it can be a mess, with sections of the same road named differently, etc.

I can use OSM for routing in the Galileo app but have never seriously tried since I prefer Garmin's maps in the StreetPilot app.
ohiobenz
I spent some time last night downloading/converting the Google maps routes I had generated into KMZ files, which MapsPro opened seamlessly. In case I get into some areas where data drops off, as they said it is likely to happen in the Glacier NP in MT, I will have a backup to go to. Between hard copies, Google maps, Maps Pro offline maps and these KMZ files I feel relatively confident in making the trip along the planned routes lol.
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by ohiobenz
I spent some time last night downloading/converting the Google maps routes I had generated into KMZ files, which MapsPro opened seamlessly. In case I get into some areas where data drops off, as they said it is likely to happen in the Glacier NP in MT, I will have a backup to go to. Between hard copies, Google maps, Maps Pro offline maps and these KMZ files I feel relatively confident in making the trip along the planned routes lol.
I love a Plan B, Plan C, and Plan D!!

...ken...
Tim in Cincinnati
I am confused by all of this and I ask for some help. Based on recommendations from various sources, I just purchased a GLOBALSAT BU-353S4. I wish to connect it to an ASUS E200HA running Windows 10.0.17134 Build 17134. The app that I am using is ESRI ArcGIS QuickCapture.

Where do I start?
tcassidy
I am not familiar with the software. However it appears to require access to the Windows Location API. This is not directly available from the BU353 S4 but that hardware can provide it via the GpsDirect software from https://www.gpssensordrivers.com/

Terry
Tim in Cincinnati
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcassidy
I am not familiar with the software. However it appears to require access to the Windows Location API. This is not directly available from the BU353 S4 but that hardware can provide it via the GpsDirect software from https://www.gpssensordrivers.com/

Terry
I finally got it to work. I loaded PL2303G Prolific DriverInstaller v130. I then installed GPSDirect. It defaulted to 9600 baud, which didn't work. When I changed it to 4800 baud it worked. Go figure.
tcassidy
That is because the BU353 is 4800 bps.

Terry
Tim in Cincinnati
Thanks for your help Terry. My setup will create data off-line on the notebook, that will be automatically uploaded to a cloud server when I reconnect to internet. With this, I will retrace my grandfather's footsteps in France during WW1, when I travel there next month. I have a type of blog, called a story map, which will display this data automatically. Go to the tab titled AFTER THE WAR, at this link:
http://untilitsover.org
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