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    Hello,

    Anyone know if there is a Palm GPS program that will let me track speed, ellevation, and leave bread crums?

    Tom Tom doesn't tell you how fast you are going or what your elevation is, does it?

    I want to use it when I go hiking more than when I'm driving. Any suggestions?

    Also, anyone have a favorite Bluetooth GPS unit?

    Thanks!
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    TomTom tells you your current MPH. And it is extremely accurate. My TomTom exactly matches my spedometer everytime.
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    Try this: http://www.freewarepalm.com/communication/cotogps.shtml
    It's a free application COTOGPS. It seems to do what you want. I use TomTom (which is great) and wanted to get into geocaching (which you can't do with TomTom) and found this application. I've looked at it and it pairs well with my TomTom BT GPS. If you are experienced with this type GPS (which I'm not) why don't you take a look at it and let us know what you think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NADLER
    Try this: http://www.freewarepalm.com/communication/cotogps.shtml
    It's a free application COTOGPS. It seems to do what you want. I use TomTom (which is great) and wanted to get into geocaching (which you can't do with TomTom) and found this application. I've looked at it and it pairs well with my TomTom BT GPS. If you are experienced with this type GPS (which I'm not) why don't you take a look at it and let us know what you think.

    Wow! Thanks. This looks to be just what I was looking for and it's free to boot!

    I actually have no GPS knowlage. I still haven't decided with BT GPS unit to buy, but I'm going to order it by next week and I'll let you know how the program works.

    As for Tom Tom, does it tell you your ellevation and let you leave bread crumbs?

    Thanks again!
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    No elevation, no bread crumbs, just very useable driving directions.
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    Very interesting - I would love to use both the compass and the altitude; although I love TomTom for navigation. What settings are you usign; doesn't seem to recognize my TomTom BT receiver. Thanks, Kevin.
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    When I first loaded it and used it I had to start TomTom first and then go to cotoGPS. Now when I start cotoGPS I get the bluetooth screen which asks me to select a device. I select TomTom Wireless GPS and it connects to it on the first try. I looked under the Configure menu item in cotoGPS and the serial port is set to Bluetooth and the baud rate is set to 4800. But I believe this was the default. It all seems to work, no problem.
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    I just got a Holux GPSlim236 bluetooth gps unit that I am trying to use with CotoGPS. It works fine with TomTom, but I can't get it to connect with Coto.

    I set it the configuration to Bluetooth, 4800 baudrate (and tried all the other baudrates as well). I can select the Bluetooth button and pick the unit from that list. The GPS on/off menu doesn't do anything and none of the displays seem active.

    Any other tips?

    EDIT: I mistakenly had the Bluetooth DUN turned on while trying to use CotoGPS. After turning that off, it works fine.
    Last edited by collin; 03/15/2006 at 03:46 AM.
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    I have a cheap etrex for my hiking. It is waterproof, strong and rugged, and works well for hiking.

    I use Tom Tom for streets. As soon as it warms up, I am going to try my Palm GPS for golfing.
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    I have three Delorme Topo- something or other apps, two of which are evry expensive and used on the job and the third one of which is cheap good for traill work...unfortunately not on handheld. I used to use handheld GPS unit which recorded waypoints and did "tracking" and uplaoded results to laptop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SciPug
    Anyone know if there is a Palm GPS program that will let me track speed, ellevation, and leave bread crums?

    I want to use it when I go hiking more than when I'm driving. Any suggestions?
    GeoNiche is a Palm GPS program designed specificially for off-road situations. Although it can also do some driving operations (like directions downloaded from Google Maps), its main focus is off-road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayDar
    GeoNiche is a Palm GPS program designed specificially for off-road situations. Although it can also do some driving operations (like directions downloaded from Google Maps), its main focus is off-road.
    Considering the fact that you can use driving directions from googlemaps I think this would be a good GPS program, but I am afraid it will not work with some GPS units, like the one from Telenav, I also tried cotogps and it would not work with that program either, darn
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    Quote Originally Posted by SciPug
    Hello,

    Also, anyone have a favorite Bluetooth GPS unit?

    Thanks!
    Whatever unit you get, make sure it has the newest SiRF Star III Chipset in it. It's tons faster and more accurate than the older chipsets and can even get a lock on the satellite signals indoors. I have the EMTAC unit with its bundled software here. I'm working on a review. The receiver is tiny but it comes ONLY with a DC (car) charger. To charge it off AC you'd have to get an optional (extra cost) AC wall wart, or use a DC > AC inverter. If you want one to use while you're off hiking with it on for hours on end, you'd have pretty much no way to charge it when it conked out. In that case, you might want to look for one that uses replaceable batteries like NiMH or Alkaline AAs or AAAs and then carry a pocket full of them.

    There's a site called gpspassion.com that might be worth checking into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmair
    Considering the fact that you can use driving directions from googlemaps I think this would be a good GPS program, but I am afraid it will not work with some GPS units, like the one from Telenav
    It seems that the Telenav bundled GPS receiver is a Bluetooth GlobalSat BT-339. I know that GeoNiche works perfectly with every GlobalSat Bluetooth GPS receiver up to the BT-338 model.

    I have asked the GlobalSat company for information on their BT-339 model.
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    I have just started using TomTom Navigator 5 on a Treo700p and noticed with disappointment the lack of elevation data anywhere with this software -- essentially the same thing as post #1 above. Today I downloaded and tried the two apps suggested in this thread (cotoGPS and GeoNiche).

    I think that cotoGPS is exactly what I am looking for except for one thing: there doesn't seem to be a clean way to exit the program. There is no "Exit Application" menu item as in Navigator, and all of the device buttons have been reprogrammed so that you cannot get out by touching Phone, Menu, or anything else that I can find. I had to resort to a soft reset in order to get out of it.

    GeoNiche looked like it might be interesting for someone into GeoCache games, which I am not, but the trial version seemed a little buggy -- it kept losing track of my GlobalSat BT-338 which was just two feet away and which was still blinking to show it had a bluetooth connection to the Treo. I am reluctant to pay money for an app that has features I don't want and that also seems to operate erratically.

    Does anyone know a clean way to exit cotoGPS? Does anyone know a similar freeware app that functions properly with a Treo 700p?

    Thanks.
    Dr J

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr J
    Does anyone know a clean way to exit cotoGPS?
    On my 650, I just press the home button and exit to the Palm launcher.
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    What version of cotoGPS are you running, jrfaris? I downloaded 1.4.0 today, and on my Sprint Treo 700p, the home button is inoperative once I start cotoGPS. I just tried it again to verify and had to soft reset again in order to exit. I am wondering whether this is one more functional difference between Treo models or OS versions or just that I have a different version of the software than you have. By the way, have you by chance reprogrammed your buttons with a non-Palm mapping utility? I have not.

    Perhaps another reader of this thread who has a 700p would be willing to give the software a try and let us know whether the home button results in a clean exit. That would help clarify whether it is a 650 vs. 700 issue or something to do with individual devices perhaps.

    I sent email to the developer, and he just sent me a copy of version 1.4.1, which includes an "Exit" menu entry. He calls this a "beta version" and says of it, "Please keep in mind that this is a developer version, some features might not work or crash your device." I have not yet installed it.
    Dr J

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tmair
    Considering the fact that you can use driving directions from googlemaps I think this would be a good GPS program, but I am afraid it will not work with some GPS units, like the one from Telenav,
    It turns out that the telenav software re-configures the Bluetooth GPS receiver bundled with it to send a minimal number of NMEA messages.

    I have updated GeoNiche V1.41 now works even with a Bluetooth GPS receiver that has been re-configured by telenav.

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