New Powerbook + GPS Software

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by garybUK, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. garybUK Guest


    Jun 3, 2002
    Okay its time to replace my 3 year old TI 667mhz G4 Gig Ethernet model powerbook with something a little more up-to-date.

    I am interested in either the 12" but am a little dubious of the screen so might go for the 15" not sure yet.

    I have also been looking at Bluetooth GPS receivers, aparantly any GPS Bluetooth receiver will work with Mac's because they don't have the dodgy USB-Serial chip that many USB receivers have.

    Can anyone recommend any good route planning software for use in the car (12" powerbook will come in handy here) ... I suppose I could use virtual pc but that's not very nice.

    Many thanks.
  2. millar876 macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2004
    Peterhead, Scotland UK
    i have "rout66" brilliant rout planner/ map software and it is GPS compatible to boot. I fave the europe edition which hasstreet to street for UK, most of continental europes towns and cities and all major roads (i.e. motorways / highways for those across the pond and other major roads) and it has retail addon packs for other areas. im interested in gps features aswell (for my 17"pb) so far ive only been looking for PCMCIA card recievers but i wouldnt mind some info on bluetooth ones, possibly towards the budget end.
  3. ellisongs macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2005
  4. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    Wish these guys would get around to incorporating some Australian maps...
  5. garybUK thread starter Guest


    Jun 3, 2002
    Hmm okay that rayming doesn't seem to be available over 'ere but I have been looking at this one:

    Fortuna Clipon Bluetooth:

    Manufacturer: Bluetooth GPS.htm
    Mac Drivers: (USB Only Blue Tooth doesn't need them)

    I already have Route 66 2004 Britain and didn't know it did turn by turn instructions which is excellent! I just need to get the 2005 Europe one as I am going to be doing a bit of driving on the mainland.

    I have also read that Bluetooth GPS receivers will work streight out with hosts that go SPP (Serial Port Profile) which the mac does, so I'm guessing that any Bluetooth receiver will work....

    Can you also guide me on the powerbook, is the 12" screen going to be worse than my TI 15"'s ??? I mainly use the laptops for DVD's whilst away from home so you can tell between a bad and a good screen or will it be okay.

    Off to chippy now... pudding chips peas and gravy .. yum.


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