G-Map Questions

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by scott99, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. scott99 macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, so I'm a complete idiot, totally dumb when it comes to technology, though I love it. But I was wondering, if anyone with G-Map, can explain how to use this darned thing. I live on Long Island NY, yet when I click on MAP on G-Map, it shows my location as downtown Manhattan. Is there a way to change my location ? It seems stuck in the same general area. It looks like it can be an awesome app, the closest to true GPS, if I can figure out how to make it work, please help.
     
  2. vandy1997 macrumors regular

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    It sometimes takes a few tries for the app to find your location. Exit out of it and start it again, then tap on View Map, and then tap on the circle in the top right corner. It shouldind your location. I had to restart the app a couple of times myself. I think that the app needs to be tweaked a bit. I hope that this helps!
     
  3. itsjustmeee macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, it's one complicated app. I've had it for a week now and I'm not doing a whole lot better than you, but I have written to the company a few times now to try to get them to clarify things. You have to make sure that you are in a somewhat clear line of sight with the sky before it will find you. It seems to have a mind of it's own when it's looking for my location as well. The thing that confused me was that you can't just type in an address and hit go and have it route you. You have to always search the address you are going to which is a a bit of a pain in the ass. And if you get a phone call, you have to re-input all of the info again and basically start over. It is the closest thing we have to true gps so far for the iphone though. I would love to start a help thread here with experienced users of this program ....... it might really benefit those of us trying to figure this app out!
     
  4. ex8886 macrumors member

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    Once you get use to it, it's actually pretty simple (except entering addresses). I've had the same issue with the GPS, it seems that it takes a while in this app to get it started. I've found two things that work though. To get the GPS working right away when you open the app, I would suggest that you open up the native Maps app (Google maps) and let it locate you. Once the blue dot blinks for a couple seconds, you can exit out and start G-Map. That way when you go to map in G-Map, it will locate you immediately.

    The other option if you're driving somewhere, is just to enter the destination and let it calculate the route. It usually takes a 1-3 minutes for the app to find your location while driving, and when it does, it re-routes to give you the right directions in real time. Anyhow, that's what I've found works for me most of the time. Make sure that the phone is close to the windshield, it works best that way.

    Entering an address is such a pain, I wish they could just do what Google maps does, and I wish they could pull up addresses from your contacts. When entering an address like for example "1234 SW Broadway," you first have to enter and select "SW Broadway," and then you have to type in "1234." Then you have to select "1234 SW Broadway," and click the Go button.

    Hope this helps. Oh yeah, and always select the autolock to never, before using the app, so the display doesn't turn off on you.
     
  5. itsjustmeee macrumors 6502a

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    ex8886, good tip on the entering the destination and letting it calculate the route. I was just trying it, and adding the destination in the "where to" is a bit easier than to go through the whole "create route" thing.... but it doesn't look like it gives you the option of "quickest" and "shortest", does it? Also, it seems on mine that when it is routing me, I don't always get the names of the streets at the top and bottom, the approaching turn signals in the corner and the "real 3D junction view" (as they call it). It's the map screen as opposed to the navigation screen. If I put in the destination like you described and hit "go", should that take me to the navigation screen?
     

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