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I know: Mac again… Don’t be afraid. This post will be about navigation!

After editing my first video with the new iLife’09 (sorry: yes, Mac only!) I did find out that Apple did a nice job with the new maps and backgrounds thing in the video editing software iMovie. It has the great feature to have an animated view of a trip on a world map now.

To my sadness I saw that they did only half the job. I tried to make an animation of my trip to the other side of the country to the 4th city of the country, Arnhem, as a test.
To my surprise this city could not be found in the system, other than the weather application in my iPhone 3G, that finds the smallest cities worldwide.

iMovie maps

It would be nice if Apple puts (much) more places in the database OR make it possible to give your own coordinates on the globe. It is already possible to give the place of your choice another name, so that would work great.

Can I wait for the update?

February 11th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in navigation, software
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Rumours about next Mac OS X to calculate location

There are rumours that Snow Leopard, the Mac OS X to come, will have the possibility to calculate the geographic location of a Mac computer. Not, like the iPhone, also by GPS, but there are signs that the CoreLocation framework will be used. Developers can have the Mac to locate itself by a technique that was used in the first gen iPhone: the location of WiFi-networks and GSM cells. No GPS necessary…

With only WiFi the system will not be as accurate as with the assistance of these gsm cells. I am very curious how precise the location will be.

[via: AppleInsider]

February 5th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in gps passion
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Quest for GPS software for Mac – part 1

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Switching from one computer to another isn’t always easy. But finally switching platform from Windows to Mac OS, well, that’s a – well thought through – revolution!

The search for holy grail ;-) software is not over, but there is one flaw in the ocean of Mac software: gps and/or geocaching related software. I don’t say there is no software for Mac, but it is not as widespread as Windows software and some types of software aren’t just there (yet).

Magellan (who?) is forgetting about it totally (but about a lot of other things too!) at all and Garmin is starting to support Mac since a few months with different programs that are still in beta (BUT being worked on! :-D)

The most recent Mac OS X I did find (read: a few days ago) is GeoJournal. A program that makes it a lot easier to get you geocaching waypoints and cache info to your devices.

It can make the (by geocaching.com) delivered waypoints from GPX to Garmin, Magellan, Lowrance or even TomTom Navigator 5.x and can export to CacheMate, that is available for Palm for years and years now, and for Windows Mobile about 1 year I say from memory.

For Mac users that are into geocaching GeoJournal is for sure worth the try.

May 1st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in software
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New iPhone with GPS and 3G

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After quite a winter sleep (and some other things) this is big enough news to at least do my utmost best to make a new start: Engadget comes with the news that the expected new iPhone will have 3G and – YES – GPS!

Some specs:

  • slightly thicker than the first gen iPhone

  • the back will not be metal, but black plastic (hhhmmm)

  • new haptic feedback on virtual keys

  • 3G, third generation gsm technology

With the old specs it never really got my attention, but now Steve, now I am watching!

via Engadget

April 28th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in software
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