Car mount for macbook pro? GPS Software?

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

  1. 61132 Guest

    Oct 31, 2005
    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


    Jan 20, 2003
    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..

  3. stevep macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2004
    There is if it's for a marine application - it's called GPSNavX ( )- they also do MacEnc for vector charts.
  4. tvguru macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    Kenora, ON Canada
    Garmin is supposed to have there software working with OSX by the end of the year if I'm not mistaken.


    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


    May 28, 2002
    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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