13 Replies Latest reply: Jan 2, 2007 1:47 PM by Kappy
GerryZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Looking for information on running GPS on my MacBook Pro under OSX. Can only locate GPS for "Windows" YUK! Don't need that! Thanks

MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Mike Pappas Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Have you looked at:

    http://www.gpsy.com/

    Best regards,

    Mike Pappas
  • GerryZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Mike. WOW! Quite a site. I have a bit of homework to do. Gerry
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (255,405 points)
    There are numerous GPS software options. You can find them at www.versiontracker.com or www.macupdate.com.

    Arguably the best is Mac GPS Pro. Works with most GPS devices but especially Garmin. They also provide the necessary custom cables, maps, etc.



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  • Mykolas Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    So are there any Express Card GPS receivers available, or in the works that anyone knows of?
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (255,405 points)
    That's why there's a Google.
  • Ethanee Level 2 Level 2 (350 points)
    So are there any Express Card GPS receivers
    available, or in the works that anyone knows of?


    I don't know of any, but I do know that the positioning of these receivers can be quite important (e.g. putting it in the glove compartment may hinder reception of the satellite signals). Because of this, if the receiver is part of the expresscard, it would mean that the placement of the MBP is important. And that's not good because the MBP is much bigger than the receiver.

    Another con of having an expresscard GPS receiver is that it doesn't make use of all that bandwidth. A serial port type of connection, with rates of 115kbps, is more than sufficient for the rate of data retrieved from the receiver. Using an expresscard would be a waste.

    The best solution, to me at least, would be either via USB, or Bluetooth.
  • Mykolas Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Forgive me...I neglected to mention that I had googled, and also followed up on the link to Gpsy, which had PC card GPS, but out of production.

    Even Google, even with thorough Boolean searches, misses things, and more unbelievably, some things aren't on-line....

    MacBook Pro 17" Mac mini (Intel)   Mac OS X (10.4.8)  
  • Mykolas Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Good points-though there is a [lessening] dearth of Expresscards in general, perhaps that's why there don't seem to be any. In the ballpark, I could only find the Trimble CompactFlash-configured unit.

    Thanks.
  • GerryZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Not looking for an Express Card type, want a permanent mount antenna for my truck that I can plug directly into the Mac, let the Mac do all the work (don't want to invest in any unit with display & such. Need to plug in customer(s) address & get route help in real time.
  • GerryZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry... Guess what I failed to say is I don't have a lot of time to noodle around trying to get something to work, would like something more of "plug & play". Love the Mac, just seems like it's more of a "toy" to most (including Apple) rather than a "workhorse". (Not attempting to start a war here, just that I plunked down big $$$ for a beautiful machine and am a bit taken aback by the lack of Apple branded accessories.)

    MacBook Pro 15"   Mac OS X (10.4.8)  
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (255,405 points)
    How many computer manufacturer branded GPS units are you aware of? I'm not aware of any. If this was a major point for buying a computer, then perhaps you should have done more "noodling" before you bought the Mac. That said you're going to have to "noodle" around to find something that will fit your needs.

    Garmin makes several GPS units that will connect to Macs. The reference I provided you for Mac GPS Pro includes cables to connect Garmin units to the Mac for use with their software.

    Alternatively, you could get a Verizon EVDO ExpressCard/34 modem to use with Verizon's wireless broadband business service and use it in conjunction with Google's Google Earth software. Not quite GPS but usable for directions.
  • GerryZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Again... Thanks Kappy. During my noodling I found US Globalsat http://www.usglobalsat.com/category.asp?catid=11 for hardware and RouteBuddy http://www.routebuddy.com/routebuddy/index.html for software. Will continue research.
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (255,405 points)
    Do some research on RouteBuddy. What few comments I've seen have not been very positive. Personally I've never used it so I have no idea if it's worth the $100 price tag.