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Does laptop GPS software give voice navigation prompts?
auntfenny
Does laptop GPS software speak out loud to you like regular GPS?
tcassidy
Yes, but the volume may not be as loud as a standalone GPS. I find the laptop or PDA have to be amplified in my noisy diesel pickup but can hear the standalone one quite clearly.

Terry
Marvin Hlavac
Hi auntfenny,

Welcome to Laptop GPS World.

It may depend also on a laptop used. Some may be louder than others. Just like the differences between various software. Some are louder than others. DeLorme Street Atlas can be loud, if you want it to be, but Microsoft Streets & Trips not as much.

If you need louder sound than your laptop computer can provide, you may try to connect it to your car's sound system via AUX Port, or an inexpensive fm transmitter (~ $20), or a cassette tape adapter (~ $5).
auntfenny
Thanks for the info. Are you familiar at all with Microsoft Streets and Trips with GPS? We're pretty sure we'll get this one.
auntfenny
Thanks Marvin for the great info! I'll explain these options to my hubby; this is for his truck. We're pretty set on Microsoft Streets and Trips so we'll probably need to get these accessories to make the volume louder; glad I joined this chat room to get this info!
tcassidy
S&T 2009 is available for download as a 60 day full trial. You might want to try that to see if you like the layout and it has the information you want. You will still need a GPS but, if you're comfortable with it, you can buy S&T 2009 with a GPS receiver and use the license on your trial version.

Terry
auntfenny
Hi. I'm confiusted by your suggestion to download Streets & Trips, and then buy a GPS? The regular Streets & Trips without GPS wont do me any good as far as testing the volume etc.... what I need to test is GPS volume etc...
Marvin Hlavac
Terry is suggesting to download Streets and Trips, because the new 2009 version will not be in stores for a few weeks, but Microsoft is already offering it as a free 60 day trial :-).

To test how Streets & Trips will sound on your laptop, you can do a simple test.

Go to:

Start > Settings > Control Panel > Text to speech > Preview Voice

(The steps may be slightly different on your computer.)

You will hear the same voice Streets & Trips will generate.
tcassidy
There are other important things about a laptop mapping program as well as how load it will sound in your vehicle. You might want to see if you like the way it displays the route, the features it has and how easy they are for you to use. You can also ensure it has the points of interest that will fulfill your needs. If you have used S&T before, Microsoft has seriously improved the interface as well as updating the maps.

Before you use it in a real-life situation, it is a great idea to familiarize yourself with how it works. Microsoft has provided the means to do this by providing a source of the product to test.

Terry
auntfenny
Awesome thanks for explaining! I was about to buy the 2008 version; didnt realize 2009 is coming early.

Ok I wrote down these instructions for testing the voice/speech of Microsoft Streets & Trips. thanks so much!!
Marvin Hlavac
Auntfenny, I just learned something new (it's good to read this forum ). There actually is an easy way to hear voice coming straight from Microsoft Streets & Trips, even without connecting a USB GPS receiver to your laptop. Here's how:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Larry
Yes - here is a technique to test the voice feature while at your desk.

1. Create a route and get directions
2. Open the "Driving Guidance Pane" (now called the Navigation Pane) which is the bottom horizontal pane that displays the turn instructions.
3. Click to select a line in your itinerary in the directions pane.

You should be able to hear Anna speak each instruction you click.
The above quote was taken from: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/900-streets-trips-2008-general-questions-concerns
auntfenny
WOW that's great. Does this work even if you have the inexpensive S&T without GPS?? thanks!!!
Marvin Hlavac
Yes, you will be able to test, even without GPS connected, how loud Streets & Trips is on your laptop. By the way, USB GPS receivers are quite inexpensive these days.
auntfenny
Marvin
Man this keeps getting better! Will check it out!

Jenn
AinsleyKath
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marvin Hlavac

If you need louder sound than your laptop computer can provide, you may try to connect it to your car's sound system via aux port, or an inexpensive fm transmitter (~ $20), or a cassette tape adapter (~ $5).

Wow, this is different idea Marvin, This is the first time I have come across a different suggestion to increase laptop sound using car stereo system.
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