Car mount for macbook pro? GPS Software?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by 61132, May 24, 2006.

  1. 61132 Guest

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    I was thinking of using my macbook pro as a GPS in my car instead of buying a $700 stand-alone GPS. I need some recommendations as far as a car mount and GPS software that would run in OS X. I have windows installed, but I really do not want to use windows that much. I looked at the RAM mounts, and the one for my 2000 toyota 4runner is just a generic one, and would get in the way of passengers (not easily removeable, bulky). I also looked at route 66 GPS software, and the latest version is 2004, and they do not update their maps, would this be a problem? Some of the roads change, but for the most part they stay the same I guess. Anyways, all recommendations and opinions are welcome!!!
     
  2. Nuc macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think there is any decent software for mac when it comes to GPS. Do you have boot camp or parallels? If you have parallels you could probably use a windows GPS software and still use OSX at the same time..

    Nuc
     
  3. stevep macrumors 6502a

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    There is if it's for a marine application - it's called GPSNavX ( www.gpsnavx.com )- they also do MacEnc for vector charts.
     
  4. tvguru macrumors 6502

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    Garmin is supposed to have there software working with OSX by the end of the year if I'm not mistaken.

    Reference:
    http://www.garmin.com/pressroom/corporate/011006.html

    Edit:
    Found the right paragraph
    By the end of 2006, Garmin intends to have made all its popular hardware and software applications Mac OS X compatible. This includes the ability to load MapSource map data to Garmin units via a Mac, as well as waypoint and trip planning applications. Additionally, the Garmin nRoute application will allow Powerbook and iBook users to turn their laptop into a powerful street navigation tool with Garmin’s GPS 10 or GPS 18 sensors.
     
  5. cr2sh macrumors 68030

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    The route 66 software is out there... some folks claim its not too hot.

    Haven't used it myself.

    I think the biggest problem you'll have is not software related... its seeing the macbook pro's screen in outdoor light.
     

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