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Old 13th October 2014, 09:50   #3241
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+1, I think this sums up my experience with GPS too.
And thanks to you, I do that too! I still have the sequence that you suggested to me 5 years back for Garmin!

Only thing I now have added is ported the whole DB to a MAC. I still cant create the native MAC DB. I instal the map on Mapsource on a Windows PC and then export to a MAC DB (Garmin API) and then read it into a MAC

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Old 13th October 2014, 13:45   #3242
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To add to HVK, you can only use the GPS as a means to validate what you already know. In other words, use it to confirm the route that you plan to take. Its a good servant, but a very bad master. Leave it on its own for a minute and it would take to totally different journey!
I often use GPS not for reaching a general area, which, at least in my own city, I may know very well how to reach, but to navigate unknown streets once I get there.

Arguing with it, as I take my usual short cuts and traffic-avoidance routes, gives me something to do
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I often use GPS not for reaching a general area, which, at least in my own city, I may know very well how to reach, but to navigate unknown streets once I get there.

Arguing with it, as I take my usual short cuts and traffic-avoidance routes, gives me something to do
I follow that approach in a city where I am new to. For example, if I have to drive down to Chennai from Bangalore, I plan the high level route on PC and then transfer this info to GPS. But then if I have to do short travels within Chennai, I just follow the GPS within the city. But however before starting my drive within Chennai, I do check Google too: Just to be on a safer footing. )

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How to Export KML Files?
I tried to find this information to no avail. I have been using MMI in my XUV for around10 months, now I find a need to export the saved routes to KML. I see the option in Logs to convert this to KML. I do not know how to export that file to my computer. Any body has done this here?
Thanks in advance.

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How to Export KML Files?
I tried to find this information to no avail. I have been using MMI in my XUV for around10 months, now I find a need to export the saved routes to KML. I see the option in Logs to convert this to KML. I do not know how to export that file to my computer. Any body has done this here?
Thanks in advance.
Why KML? If you can export to GPX, you can pretty much use it every where. If you really need to convert, one option is Google Earth and the other option is GPS Babel.
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Hi, I am not sure if this would be the right thread to post this question.

I am looking for a sports watch to track my run. It should have GPS, ability to calculate speed of my run, time, calories and distance and provide me an easy way to collate the data.

I have shortlisted the below 2.
1. http://www.engadget.com/products/garmin/forerunner/410/
2. http://www.engadget.com/products/garmin/forerunner/220/

I have used RunKeeper app on my iPhone to track this and its a very good with a simple UI. Would be good if I could get something similar ( I know its not possible).
Please suggest me which one to go for. (Any other suggestion is also fine)
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Why KML? If you can export to GPX, you can pretty much use it every where. If you really need to convert, one option is Google Earth and the other option is GPS Babel.
Hello Ampere,

Thanks. My question is more towards fetching the file. The logs are in the Car inbuilt MMI GPS system, how do I export this to my computer.
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Any idea of the source of maps in the in-built AV units. Caska uses MMI, Mercs are Garmin, others ...
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Hi, I am not sure if this would be the right thread to post this question.

I am looking for a sports watch to track my run. It should have GPS, ability to calculate speed of my run, time, calories and distance and provide me an easy way to collate the data.
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I have a TomTom Sport watch, see http://sports.tomtom.com/en_us/

It does all you want and some more. It monitors your heart rate without the need for these strap on your chest devices.
It has various different run modes. For instance you can set it on interval and determine time or distance to run, walk etc. one of the most useful function I find is the race function. This will allow you to keep track of your progress against a previous run. So it shows you continuously how much ahead or behind you are compared to the last time you ran the same distance.

It works very well and all the data gets uploaded to a website automatically as soon as hook it up to your PC. The one thing you need to check with these GPS watches is to find some user experience how quickly they lock onto the GPS satellites. This one has a special quick start. Means in practice that I get a GPS lock within 30-60 seconds of it switching on.

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In my experience, useful way of working with GPS is:
One more use of GPS - to find remaining distance to destination. No need to lookout for milestones .
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One more use of GPS - to find remaining distance to destination. No need to lookout for milestones .
May be / May not be! If there are way points in between and you need to fork out, then GPS typically announces/displays distance to the next waypoint.
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May be / May not be! If there are way points in between and you need to fork out, then GPS typically announces/displays distance to the next waypoint.

Try Get a GPS that does both. Even my tiny Garmin Etrex does distance and time to the next waypoint and or the destination.

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Does anyone know of a good navigator program for an Intel based device? I have a Microsoft Surface Pro (with an Core i5 processor), which I would like to use for navigation and streaming music. Does the Google Maps on PC provide driving directions? Is it an overkill to have a PC as GPS?

If possible, please suggest me a good 5" phone, to be used exclusively for navigation purposes.

Thanks in advance!

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Does anyone know of a good navigator program for an Intel based device? I have a Microsoft Surface Pro (with an Core i5 processor), which I would like to use for navigation and streaming music. Does the Google Maps on PC provide driving directions? Is it an overkill to have a PC as GPS?
Doesn't Surface come with bing maps? Microsoft provides offline maps too.
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AFAIK, any smart phone will do.
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Doesn't Surface come with bing maps? Microsoft provides offline maps too.

AFAIK, any smart phone will do.
Thanks. I tried Bing maps. At best, its unfriendly. I seriously don't understand why a company of Microsoft's caliber release such applications. I tried Here maps as well. Its another half-baked application. Guess I will stick to my Nexus 7 for foreseeable feature.
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