Mapopolis Platinum for Palm OS with HOLUX GPS
Mapopolis is one of the most popular mapping
and navigation software vendors for the PDA market and one of the
first to provide maps software for the Palm OS back in 1999. Along
with their comprehensive map systems and navigation software, Mapopolis
also offers many GPS hardware bundles so that users can have one-stop
shopping for their GPS needs. The software runs on both Palm and
Pocket PC OS devices. The Mapopolis Platinum for the Clie we have
received for testing comes with the HOLUX GM-210 mouse GPS with
a vehicle power adapter and a serial cable. I find this bundle
is the most efficient for those who upgrade their PDAs often as
the Mapopolis application and maps can work with many GPS units;
and the HOLUX GPS supports many handheld device models. Here is
the support list for both Mapopolis and HOLUX hardware. If you
want to know more about how GPS works, read our GPS
Mapopolis software will run on any Palm OS 3.1
or higher device including OS 5 with 8MB of RAM recommended. It
also supports the Clie hi-res screen at 320 x 320 and the high
res plus display at 320x480. If you have maps installed on your
expansion card, Mapopolis transfers the map to RAM before displaying
it in order to make the display and search functions as fast as
possible. So make sure that you have sufficient free RAM on the
device to temporarily hold the map.
The Mapopolis application supports any GPS device that
transmits NMEA 0183 standard and currently supports GPS receivers
Magellan GPS Companion for Palm V
Magellan GPS Companion for Handspring Visor
NavMan for Palm m500 series
NavMan for iPaq
Nexian HandyGPS Pro for Handspring Visor
Transplant Computing CF-GPS for HandEra 330
Rand Mcnally Streetfinder GPS
HOLUX GPS Support List:
The HOLUX GPS can support many PDAs with the appropriate connectors including
iPAQ, Casio, Jornada, Clie, XDA/T-Mobile, Toshiba and even IBM Workpad C505/500.
Check their web site for more updated list. The GPS has a removable connector
so you can buy the connector that fits your PDA should you upgrade PDAs.
Using the installation CD in the Platinum package,
the Mapopolis software will auto-start the installation process.
You will see a list of all the States in the US excluding Alaska
(you can download maps of Alaska from Mapopolis web site) and some
major areas of Canada. You can install the maps of any counties you
wish to store on your PDA and check the Install Palm Application
box if this is the first time you install the GPS and maps. There
is an additional feature in this installation window. If you only
know the city names but are unsure which counties they belong in,
you can select the State and type the city name to find the county.
This only works for the US maps. After you are done selecting the
maps you wish to install, you will see the list of the maps and files
size on the right hand column. Select the Target User if you have
more than one PDA that HotSyncs to your computer, the application
and maps will be installed next time you sync. You will see a Mapopolis
icon on your PDA with which you can launch both maps and GPS software.
The HOLUX GM-21 is a 12 parallel satellite tracking
channels GPS that’s designed for in-car use and powered by
the vehicle’s cigarette lighter. The 2.6x2x0.88 inches mouse
GPS has a patch antenna and a strong magnet for accessing signals
while mounted on top of your car roof. It also has a built-in rechargeable
battery and memory to store satellite data for quicker position fix.
When you plug the GPS in your cigarette lighter, the power will charge
both GPS device and your PDA. The cold start takes about 30 seconds
with good access of the sky, and warm and hot starts take a few seconds.
I’ve been able to get at least 6 satellite signals with good
The GPS device can be accessed and controlled by the
Mapopolis software. Launch Mapopolis map, then click on the menu
button on your silkscreen. You can launch the GPS menu, which lists
your current Latitude and Longitude, Elevation, moving Speed and
Satellite Strengths bars. You can also modify the GPS settings including
Connection Type (Serial, MemStick, CF, FR and BT), Auto-scroll map
(to keep your current location in the center of the PDA screen while
driving), Auto-rotate map, Keep device power on for 1 hour, Display
GPS data on map and Restart GPS at program start.
Even though you need to be in your car to use the GPS
receiver, Mapopolis navigation software and maps give you plenty
of freedom to either plan your trip ahead or find directions on the
Mapopolis claims to have every street in the US including
thousands of landmarks. The maps are updated as the new developments
pop up and are surveyed. Of course, one cannot test every street
in the US, but I had no trouble finding the most enclosed street
in relatively new development areas. When you view the maps on your
PDA, you can scroll them by dragging the PDA's stylus across the
screen. One very useful feature in viewing the map is the zoom function.
You can have up to 16 levels of magnification, giving you a powerful
view of the area and specific streets. You also have choice of the
level of detail you want to display on the map by modifying the Display
Settings, which include Display Street Name, City/ Town Names, Landmarks
and change fonts and colors of different road types.