Using Macbook Pro as a GPS Unit

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by XTRanger, Oct 14, 2007.

  1. XTRanger macrumors member

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    im planning on going for a short road trip, and i know that a couple of my friends used their windows laptop as a gps system, by using a USB gps receiver and a software.

    Have any of you tried it with the MBP? what software/receivers do you use/recommend?
     
  2. excalibur313 macrumors 6502a

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    MacGPS Pro seems to be a favorite among many, and they have a list of gps recievers that work with their software. There are some really professional programs that do the same thing, but I forget their names and google searching is not ringing any bells.
     
  3. DarkHeraldMage macrumors 6502a

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    Ewww. I hope that's not the only one because all the screenshots on that site are horrendous. This is something I've been interested in for a while, so I'll definitely be looking around. I've heard that Google maps can sync up with a bluetooth device (at least on my BlackBerry it can, so I'd assume the actual site could somehow as well).

    On that note, if anyone is going for a long drive they'd have to charge the laptop eventually; Apple's have long battery lives, but not infinite. Anyone have a good car adapter for the laptop they'd recommend?
     
  4. zioxide macrumors 603

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    Since Apple hasn't licensed the MagSafe to anyone, there are no car adapters.

    However, you can get a DC to AC power inverter (12v jack) and it will convert the power so you can plug your MBP adapter into that.
     
  5. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

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    i use bootcamp on my laptop running XP sp2

    and this from microsoft (well this is 2008 version, i have the older bigger one, but it works great)

    http://www.microsoft.com/streets/ProductDetails.aspx?pid=001

    ...when im driving im not going to be useing the computer, so i dont mind it being in windows. just having the huge gps screen makes it really nice to barley have to glance at it.
     
  6. XTRanger thread starter macrumors member

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    Yep, thats what I do... i have a power inverter by Targus that i use to power my MBP while in the car/on the road.




    How is Streets and Trips working out for you? is it good enough to be a navigational aid? I have heard some bad things about it... thats why im a little concerned...
     
  7. saltyzoo macrumors 65816

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    I've been using DeLorme's windows product for 10 years and highly recommend it. http://delorme.com
     
  8. gotzero macrumors 68040

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    I use an inverter and streets and trips. I have been casually looking around to see if there is a software i can use in OSX, but other than normal GPS interface issues, i have no complaints.

    Anyone know what else the MS receiver will wprk for?
     
  9. DarkHeraldMage macrumors 6502a

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    The problem with that is how are you going to going to use the mouse if you're travelling in a car? Not really a solid surface there. It's a neat idea, but not very practical for someone who's planning on setting their laptop on the passenger seat while they drive.
     
  10. XTRanger thread starter macrumors member

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    What version of streets and trips do you use? Is it enough to get you from one place to the other?
     
  11. g2525 macrumors newbie

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    there is a car charger with magsafe i think its at 150 usd in the hypershop and its free if u buy a hypermac (external battery for mac)
     
  12. restless1 macrumors newbie

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    gps

    i am doing a road trip from perth WA to sydney NSW.... can i use my macbook pro as a gps
     

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