[aprssig] Re: APRSPOINT
Stephen H. Smith
wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Fri Mar 16 22:43:41 CDT 2007
victorf at windreader.com wrote:
> This was posted on the NG sci.geo.satellite-nav this week. It is from
> the author of APRSPoint. I suggest that you check his web site:
>> If you have Microsoft Streets or AutoRoute, you have all you need for
>> live APRS tracking. Now you can take advantage of the superior maps
>> that comes with it and use it with APRSPoint. We have update the
>> installation process of APRSPoint so that it now supports Streets or
>> AutoRoute. You can visit http://www.aprspoint.com for a free download
>> and trial.
> I have used APRSPoint to track manned gas balloons flying in
> competition from ABQ, NM for the past several years (in October) and
> found it gets the job done. With S&T it is a usable and inexpensive
> solution for my tracking needs. Note that I have used it with MapPoint
> as I am a registered user. I am also a registered user of APRSPoint. I
> will be switching to S&T for this year's event however.
The information on his website is a paraphrasing (with attribution) of
my original post on this list about two years ago.
Note that you CAN NOT use Streets & Trips by itself. You can only use S
& T's DATA files to update the data in a MapPoint installation. You
MUST have MapPoint first. APRSpoint and UIview (via the UI-Point
plugin) can only talk to MapPoint, not Streets.
His "NAsetup" and "EUsetup" are actually the program part of MapPoint
minus the data files, even down to the included Internet Explorer 6.0
installer that updates any earlier version of IE when MapPoint is
installed. Not sure how he is getting away with redistributing parts
of MapPoint for free.
MapPoint and Streets/Autoroute differ from each other by only one .exe
file. The user interface and features are 95% identical. The major
difference is that MapPoint is a semi-professional GIS tool that has
analytical tools for importing, plotting and color-coding multiple
layers of data directly from external programs. MapPoint also has an
extensive programming interface for attaching 3rd party programs. I
have routinely installed both MapPoint 2006 and Streets 2006 into the
same folder which I usually name "StreetsPoint" for North America and
"RoutePoint for Europe. Both applications will happily use the same
database, even at the same time.
The main reason for this is that maddeningly, Streets and MapPoint save
the same map annotations, pushpin overlays and tracked paths into files
with different formats and extensions. Streets uses a file with the
extension .est while MapPoint uses a different format with the extension
Anything tracked with APRSpoint or UIview/UI-Point will be saved into
the MapPoint .ptm format. On the other hand, most other people are far
more likely to have the $30 Streets rather than the $300 MapPoint. You
can open both programs at the same time, select and copy markers and
tracks from MapPoint, then paste them into Streets where they will go to
the exact same location. You can then save the map layout in Street's
.est format for distribution or emailing to others.
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