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08-17-2005, 11:23 AM
Hi every one,

I have written a new plug-in for Mappoint. It is called GPS Magic and it does everything Advanced GPS did, and lots more.

The reason I wrote this add in is because I registered AGPS about 3 years ago and used it for a short while, but i found it did not work as well as I expected it to.

I kept checking for updates but none were available.

After a while I decided that I would have a go and write my own plug in just for personal use. However I have been using it and modifying it for the past 2 years and have now decided to make it available to the general public.

It has got a Skin that makes it look like a GPS receiver.


And Instructions that look like road signs.

It also has a traffic camera option that alerts with the enforcement speed as you approach a traffic camera.

for more information please take a look at my website,


and let me know what you think.


08-22-2005, 10:36 AM
So really, this is a UK-only application?

Cost-wise, how does the laptop + GPS + MapPoint solution compare to one of the modern GPS guidance solutions or one of the PDA + GPS solutions.
Having just spent three weeks in the UK I've seen a number of such variations. Maybe its just my extended family but they seem more popular over there :-)

It strikes me that the PDA solution would be more convenient and cost effective. They also come with frequent updates. But the re-routing seemed to take a while (perhaps a minute) for the Garmin that I watched for 100+miles. (local knowledge can help often results in changes from the suggested route).


08-23-2005, 02:23 AM
Hi Richard,

Thanks for your reply.

In answer to your questions.

My intended target is people who already have a laptop e.g. a service engineer, sales man ect. These people may not wish to buy a PDA just for routing purposes.

At present GPS Magic is only available in English however, it will work on all versions of Mappoint.

In the future I may release a multi lingual version of the software.

Kind Regards,

08-23-2005, 07:34 AM
Hi Paul,

I wasn't thinking so much of the multi-lingual nature (although that would be important), but also things like the road signs - which vary from country to country.
I know what a green background road sign means, but does everyone else :-)

Also I don't know what the speed camera databases are like for other countries - perhaps you're right in aiming for the UK market.

I was thinking from the perspective of adding it to my website. To make it worthwhile (for me), it would probably have to have a higher selling price with a slightly different business model (ie. free trial), and work with other countries (=bigger market). (send me an email off list if you're still interested)