Map on a pocket pc ?
Pocket pc as a map
There is one thing you should be aware of,
if you buy a factory
made map plotter. If the maps are not present when you buy it,
you must sometimes pay more for the maps than the unit
itself. If you own a pocket pc with USB or CF card option,
you can buy a GPS module. Personally I bought a CF
(compact flash) unit from Pretec, and it works very well.
To my big surprise a program from Tom Tom was included.
The program covered a lot of Europe and Scandinavia.
I had to choose with areas (in my country Norway ) that it
should cover. After that the program even calculated the route between
points, and told me how to drive. Impressing.
A even better program can be bought for approx $150,-
I am also using the pocket pc and GPS module in my boat.
Sometimes electronic maps cannot be bought for certain
areas, and sometimes they have a lack of details. The best
solution then is a good paper map. So how do you make this
into an electronic map ? The answer is OZI explorer.
This program to the price of approx $75 + $25 for CE version
is capable to let you use your own electronic map. Just scan
in maps, clue them together in ex. Paint shop pro, and tell the
program at least 6 points on the map. (latitude and longitude)
Now you have very good map plotter. The program shows you
where you are, waypoints, route or whatever facility you are
using. I can highly recommend it. It is more
work, but you can
use it for anything you like, sea or land.
Use the links at left to get a better understanding.
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