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  1. jtegen's Avatar
    We've posted a couple of sample videos of the upcoming release of version 3 of Magellan Compass. Both these take place in Canada, so the turns are in metric. The user can set it to Imperial units for miles. The update rate of the tracks are about 5 second intervals. On the actual device, the updates are 10x more frequent so the jumps do not occur. We have a bunch of little things to do, but we are getting a lot closer to the release from a lot of effort this past week. We hope you will enjoy the videos. We hope to post others to give a few more details of the new features.



    jonty12, Dr.Deebs, RicThot and 4 others like this.
    02-19-12 01:29 PM
  2. canuckvoip's Avatar
    Very happy and proud to say that the first vid is me driving to work from a point near my home! I submitted the gpx file about a week ago, these guys work fast! I swear I wasn't speeding...
    I can hardly wait for this cool upgrade! Awesome
    02-19-12 01:41 PM
  3. mhinc's Avatar
    Nice work! This is what I have been waiting for! Finally TURN BY TURN on PlayBook!
    Well done O2!
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    02-19-12 01:50 PM
  4. collapsed's Avatar
    Does this require internet acces? I think it's worth investing some more megabites so we can actually download the maps...
    02-19-12 01:51 PM
  5. JREwing's Avatar
    Can't wait. Looks cool.
    02-19-12 01:56 PM
  6. djenkins6's Avatar
    Great, looking forward to the updates.
    02-19-12 03:29 PM
  7. blkrx7's Avatar
    Look fantastic, can't wait for the update!
    02-19-12 04:02 PM
  8. jtegen's Avatar
    The turn by turn does not require the Internet access. Getting the route does require the Internet, but it can be saved on the device. Map data initially does require the Internet, but map tiles can be cached on the device as well. Not 100% non-Internet, but pretty close.
    02-19-12 04:02 PM
  9. crackberryjill's Avatar
    I am so looking forward to this.
    02-19-12 04:28 PM
  10. cuongcn's Avatar
    I watched the sample 1 video. Are you sure this is a Playbook? It has a pointer. How can a Playbook have a pointer ???
    02-19-12 04:37 PM
  11. DAnklaud's Avatar
    I watched the sample 1 video. Are you sure this is a Playbook? It has a pointer. How can a Playbook have a pointer ???
    Bluetooth mouse(then pointer shows) and keyboard- i have them as well
    02-19-12 04:44 PM
  12. canuckvoip's Avatar
    I watched the sample 1 video. Are you sure this is a Playbook? It has a pointer. How can a Playbook have a pointer ???
    10 bucks says it's the development software/simulator on a PC.
    02-19-12 05:26 PM
  13. Sergag's Avatar
    What about other language than english, like french, spanish etc.
    02-19-12 05:36 PM
  14. rjedge54's Avatar
    All I can say is WOW!!, excellent work. You taken one of the PB's best apps and taken it to a whole new level. I am so looking forward to this upgrade, it will even make it much more usable on my bike for a few long distance rides. I purchased the current version for all 3 Playbooks that we have. The ability to map out the route beforehand instead of just entering a destination address will really be the cat's meow. I'm I will get a lot more question about from other cyclists. A couple of quick questions related to this feature, would be able to say plan my route and send it to another Magellan user? Is the route created as a GPX file?


    @canuckvoip GPS doesn't work on the simulator as far as I know. It may be dependant on the dev environment but I'm not sure. I just remember reading something about it when I down loaded the NDK the other day.
    Last edited by rjedge54; 02-19-12 at 06:01 PM. Reason: added info
    02-19-12 05:55 PM
  15. jtegen's Avatar
    Which language do you have in mind? For the textural information, I am nearly certain that all the languages supported by the PlayBook are supported. If you let me know which one you need, I can verify it. In terms of the voice turn-by-turn, the application will come with a default voice (one you hear in the video samples). Additional voices will be downloadable. At first, this will be other English, British, Spanish and French. This covers the largest number of downloads. Other voices can be added if there is demand.
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    02-19-12 05:57 PM
  16. jtegen's Avatar
    Routes that are saved are not GPX track files. GPX track files can be created from Magellan Compass, from the GPS information. Currently, reading these back in is not fully functional and would only be good to define a start and end point. Start and end points can be dragged as well as intermediate (need to go to points) can be inserted (and move around). The route is obtained from a web service. Getting to this point has take many months to achieve and there are dozens of features we want to add to this. The first focus has been on automobile travel. The application will be expanded to better support pedestrian, bike, and mass transit guidance.
    rjedge54 and Wolfgan like this.
    02-19-12 06:02 PM
  17. BBPandy's Avatar
    Additional voices will be downloadable. At first, this will be other English, British, Spanish and French. This covers the largest number of downloads. Other voices can be added if there is demand.
    LMAO I love how they have English & British!

    I'm waiting to DL Texan


    btw this App has the potential to be one of the best, most usefull apps on the PB!
    02-19-12 06:29 PM
  18. PB199's Avatar
    I just got me pb today. Does this app support offline map?
    02-19-12 07:05 PM
  19. canuckvoip's Avatar
    @canuckvoip GPS doesn't work on the simulator as far as I know. It may be dependant on the dev environment but I'm not sure. I just remember reading something about it when I down loaded the NDK the other day.
    Is the GPS needed for the demo on the PC though?
    The vid (first one) was made with a GPX file sent by me to the dev.
    02-19-12 07:19 PM
  20. rjedge54's Avatar
    Is the GPS needed for the demo on the PC though?
    The vid (first one) was made with a GPX file sent by me to the dev.
    You're correct, if it was created from a gpx file then gps would not be required in the creation of the demo as long as the gpx was created on a device with gps initially. While it is possible to create a gpx file even using a web mapping tool, it would not contain speed and time data which the video did.
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    02-19-12 07:34 PM
  21. Sergag's Avatar
    For me it's french, thanks.
    02-19-12 07:51 PM
  22. jtegen's Avatar
    @pb199: Version 3 (from demo video) will allow for offline map data. The data is automatically stored (cached) while panning and zooming to a user specified limit. But no map data comes with the application initially. It has to beloaded while connected to the Internet.
    02-20-12 07:04 AM
  23. jtegen's Avatar
    Yes, the demo used GPX files provided by the current version of Magellan Compass on the PlayBook. The use of the application on an actual device, while driving, works better than what the video shows due to update rates.
    02-20-12 07:05 AM
  24. v6pman's Avatar
    i didn't watch the videos much, is there a cockpit view so its like other car GPS software, aka navigon?

    does it have TTS(text to speech) with street names?

    imo, PB needs a true GPS navigation software like navigon or garmin or tomtom, it will really boost sales

    7inches is the optimal size for a GPS car unit!
    Last edited by v6pman; 02-20-12 at 07:43 AM.
    02-20-12 07:41 AM
  25. jtegen's Avatar
    Future versions will allow map rotation in the same direction of the device. If you are talking about 3D view, probably not. On device TTS, not possible at this time, nor would most users want to pay for that license. Many self contained, good nav devices are $150+. So you have to weigh the cost of the product vs. the features being offered. We hope to have TTS for signs (eg "Turn right onto US 295" or "Take exit 29A" ), but there is current a bug in the sevice provider.
    02-20-12 07:50 AM
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