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  1. A little earlier you complained Apple doesn't let you use generic bluetooth GPSRs - yet here you're saying the cheap generic GPS is a pain to use with Android. Bluetooth GPSRs made for iOS - not just Bad-Elf, but other mainstream mnanufacturers like DeLorme, Garmin, and others - work seamlessly with every location-aware service on the iPhone or iPad, without jailbreaking. The original discussion point in this thread is Bad-El - the folks there were kind enough to answer questions. Can we continue in that direction?
  2. Says a lot when the developer of one mapping app says that about someone else's You're not really competitors in the same market space, but still... I wouldn't think the one-time purchase price of the app covers the cost of hosting all the scans. Maybe it's a labor of love for him.
  3. Joseph, thanks for the reply. I know GMap 4 is focused on delivering Google's data in a convenient way. I was more commenting on the linked concept of how easily Topo Maps lets the user select and download maps for offline. I don't really think there's any way you could do that in a web-based app. Have you ever used that Topo Maps application? It shows a grid of topo quads, you drag a selection marquee around them, and it downloads them. I'm pretty sure he has ALL of them already bundled for his app to download and use, all zoom levels -- stored up on Amazon's cloud server for his app to download. Easy and fast from the user side, though limited to the available data!
  4. Joseph: I've tried this with GMap on my iPad but found it very tricky to view/save all of the tiles I want ahead of time. For that specific feature I haven't found anything easier/better/faster than Endecoot's Topo Maps program. I just wish it had other map layers available than the older USGS ones. -Lee
  5. Well, not precisely. Primarily intended for iOS, but the Model listed at the start of this thread has USB connection and can use that to stream NMEA sentences to Macs and PCs. Maybe that feature is the source of confusion here.
  6. Yet Bad-Elf's markets that GPS for Apple's iThings. Maybe they know something you don't?
  7. You've already touched on the two best: Endecott's Topo and TrailBehind's Gaia. I use both, find myself going back to Topo for its simplicity - it ONLY does USGS Topo maps. Gaia has lots more layers available, but to me seems to suffer from feature bloat. As for that thing you don't care about - ransferring waypoint and track data from your iThing to your eTrex - it's easy, but another thread altogether... http://forums.Groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=311111
  8. As I said, you'd have to ask the makers of the iOS-compatible GPSRs what protocol they use - but it isn't SPP.
  9. EC: Does this help? iOS Supported Bluetooth Protocols SPP isn't supported. A fair follow-up question might be what BT protocol do iOS-supported GPS gadgets use? I dunno. Ask BadElf. Or Dual. Or Garmin. or DeLorme - they all make Bluetooth GpSRs that work with iOS, while the more common GlobalSat and myriad inexpensive imported ones don't.
  10. I don't think he said that, and I think you're putting it in the wrong context. iOS does not "understand standard NMEA sentences." Neither does Android, or Windows, or Linux for that matter. iOS includes a set of routines called CoreLocation. These accept input from multiple sources (built-in GPS, cellular and WiFi triangulation, data streams from compatible Bluetooth or wired/connected devices) and uses all of that to make location data available to any application that calls for it. The application doesn't have to know how to read the data streams or even where the data came from; it just requests the location from the operating system. A gross simplification perhaps, but no worse than asking if it understands NMEA sentences
  11. It's even worse than you think. The number of caches you can get into an eTrex 10 depends on the size of the GPX files, which vary not only by the number of caches but also by the size of the descriptions, logs, etc. Garmin says it can hold 2000 caches but in reality you'll start seeing out of memory errors long before that. Even 500 is very iffy, 300-400 seemed a practical maximum while I owned one.
  12. You'ld have to ask Garmin. But if they're not making a bullet-point,of it in their marketing materials? They're either not doing it or don't think it's a big deal.
  13. Prior discussion on these forums... https://www.google.com/#q=bad+elf+site:forums.Groundspeak.com
  14. And there's more than one way to call for help. inReach is a premium device (at a higher cost) being usable for two-way communication and tracking. SPOT is a little less expensive and only one-way. And if all you are REALLY want is to be able to call for help, there are a lot of other options. REI sells them and discusses options here: http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/personal-locator-beacons.html
  15. Y'see, right there's a problem of credibility and relevance. In a forum mostly about geocaching, opinions of people who actually engage in the sport tend to carry more weight. The various eTrex models past and present might not be a pilot's choice - but they work dandy for a lot of geocachers. When I want something for the cockpit I'll ask a pilot's opinion.
  16. on the Geocaches page, MENU, highlight the sorting method to use and press ENTER.
  17. Taught me a lesson though. Not relying entirely iCloud's Find My device feature - which doesn't do anything until I notice it's lost and try to ping it. My lock screen wallpaper has my email address and home phone number on it now (just like the owner info text on my Garmin)
  18. But back on topic... The folks at Squaretrade did some dunk and drop tests.. Both iPhones survived 10 seconds underwater. After six drops from four feet, iPhone 6 was barely damaged, but iPhone 6 Plus broke. Well duh, it's heavier.
  19. This is pretty much what I do to make bicycle cue sheets for my eTrex 20. Tracks in GOX files are quite a bit simpler and in my experience more portable between different software packages and devices. But you have to watch and follow the line - it's not gonna say " Tuen left in 50 feet." Good enough to follow a bike route, not sure about a plow.
  20. I lost my "GPS" last night - actually, my iPad. Thought I had a pretty good idea of where I left it, backtracked but couldn't find it. As I was closer to public library than home, I dropped in and logged onto one of their computers. Went to iCloud/find page and ... nothing. A head scratcher - gone missing less than an hour before, nearly full battery, cellular data on. No ping meant it was either turned it off or broken. Not good. Regardless, I remotely set it into "lost" mode - to make it beep and display my phone number if anyone turned it back on. This morning I got an email from iCloud saying it was found, with an approximate location. And minutes later my desk phone rang; I made arrangements with the finder to pick it up later today. Asked for her address and the "approximate" location iCloud reported was exactly right. Not bad for an indoor fix with WiFi off. As for why it didn't ping last night? She said she didn't know what the thing was and thinks she turned it off accidentally. Her daughter stopped by this morning, DID know what it was, and turned it back on.
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