Monday, October 22, 2007
Efficasoft GPS Utilities for Windows Mobile impressions
This software was recommended to me after I complained to a friend of the lack of advance GPS features on Memory Map. The software I am using is the Pocket PC version and is compatible with Windows Mobile 2003, 5.0 and WM6.
GPS Utilities is a fairly simple program. It does not even come with maps, POI or waypoints. Those are easily obtainable online from resources like Multimap, Digimaps or Google Earth. Not that I care about those as I already have digital Ordnance Survey maps for use on Memory Map. The software supports a range of compatible Bluetooth GPS receivers as well as built-in NMEA compatible chipsets through serial.
At a glance GPS Utilities provide the user with a range of useful information such as co-ordinates, altitude, current speed, course and the statistics of satellites locked onto a GPS receiver. Perfect for geotagging photographs during bike rides. A digital compass is also available.
dThe ability to export the Track Logger file to .kml format and view it on Google Earth should be great for people who still own paper maps or for those who are travelling overseas. You can also convert the logs to GPX compatible files, which can also be used on Garmin devices.
I haven't given the software much testing but so far I find this application to be 'dumb proof', and the soft buttons UI works well during trekking though at times use of stylus is necessary. Unfortunately some key features important to logging are missing such as the ability geotag photographs or notes on my device. I will be trying out more applications in the next few weeks, both freeware and shareware to see what is best for those.