Blackberry GPS Solutions






Attached to this page for your download in my historic GPS page in pdf form.  I will be working on new pages for the various programs over time, and if you want to contribute, please email me at stinsonddog at gmail com.
 
 
While no secret my favorite of the apps is Telenav
 
and my favorite of the free apps is Google Mobile Maps 3.2.1 with walking directions,street view, traffic and Latitude (where you can see where your friends are).  One caveat about GMM on the Blackberry Bold. The screen on the new Bold has a higher resolution than the Curve.  This means in the same space GMM is rendering the maps much smaller and for older people they just can't read it.  I struggle with even my reading glasses.  The Curve has a resolution of 160 pixels per inch both horizontally and vertically (320/2=160 and 240/1.5=160) the Bold hav a resolution of about 213 for its 480 x 320 screen.  Zooming doesn't change the rendering of the pixels and the street names are very small and difficult to read. 
 
 
 
If you want to find out about all of them visit this comprehensive listing: http://www.onlyblackberrygps.com/



And what if you want to track your sports activities.  There are quite a few ways to do it.  NONE OF THEM HAVE A SOLUTION FOR THE ISSUE OF TRACKING ELEVATION WITH GPS, AT LEAST THAT I AM AWARE.  So for skiing and mountain biking, I use my Suunto Core watch and GPSLogger on the blackberry.  GPS Logger is free and does the following:

Core Features of GPSLogger

  • Record your movement over time - the following values will be stored:
    • longitude / latitude
    • accuracy for longitude & latitude values
    • # of satellites
    • current altitude (in WGS84)
    • current course/heading
    • current speed
    • name of location (if specified)
  • Display of the current data in various views:
    • Path View: Displays the traveled path in a x/y coordinate system (2D-View)1
    • Elevation View: Displays the change of altitude over time1
    • Speed View: Displays the change of speed over time1
    • GPS View: Displays longitude, latitude, heading and speed in a large font (e.g. for your own navigation) 
    • Timing View: Displays elapsed time, current speed and Ø speed in a large font (e.g. for runners and cyclists)1
    • Compass View: Displays the current heading in a nice compass view2 3 6
    • Direction View: Shows an arrow/line that points into the direction of stored location (according to your current heading)3 4 5 6
  • Outdoor navigation (incl. ETA) -> see documentation for details 
  • "Guide me Home"-Function for people who easily loose orientation like myself ;-) (see 'Direction View')
    To reach the destination you have stored, travel in the direction of the arrow on the device. If the arrow is pointing up, you are traveling in the correct direction to reach your selected destination. If the arrow is pointing down, you are traveling away from the selected destination. This makes GPSLogger also suitable for Geocaching!3 4 5 6
  • Lap Timer functionality
  • Zoom IN & Zoom OUT for path, elevation and speed views
  • "Distance Alerts/Signal" - the device can peep & vibrate after a user-specified distance (in meters or feet) was traveled (especially useful for runners & bikers)
  • Night Mode in 4 different colors (yellow, blue, red and green)
  • Save current location to use it later with the "Guide me..."-Function
  • Store current location on the Clipboard (e.g. to paste it into a SMS or eMail)
  • Support for wildlife tracking/recording (with the option to select from predefined location names)
  • Load and display a previously recorded path
  • Summarize information about a previously recorded path
  • Export recorded paths into CSV, GPX, KML (GoogleEarth) formats (and send it via email if you wish)
  • Import a path in GPX or KML format (e.g. that are recorded with other applications that support GPX-Export or have been downloaded from websites like GPSies.com7

1
requires that the devices is actually logging (this means a path will be recorded)
2
only available for BlackBerry® devices with OS4.6 or higher (SVG-support required)
3
since BlackBerry® devices come without a compass, this function requires that you move around so the current heading can be calculated from the GPS data
4
requires that you have loaded a previously saved location
or 
when logging, this function will always guide you into the direction of the first recorded location of your current path (your start location)
5
this function is not a navigation replacement - you will be guided into the direction of a previously stored location. It does not take natural barriers like rivers or canyons into account.
6
thanks to Rob Antonishen for the very nice compass SVG file
7
minimal requirements for a location stored in the GPX file are: longitude, latitude, and timestamp information
 
 

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Stinsonddog,
Oct 15, 2008, 1:11 PM
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