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Can anyone tell me if the new Apple Air is compatable with these GPS units
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Reply By: Pete Mac - Sunday, Mar 13, 2011 at 17:40

Sunday, Mar 13, 2011 at 17:40
The main issue is the software the you run to give you 'moving maps'.

OziExplorer is the 'standard' as such and does not run under the OSX operating system which comes on Mac's. It is designed to run on Windows.

It is possible to run software called 'Parallels' on your Macbook which makes your system 'pretend' it is running Windows...hence enabling you to run OziExplorer.

There may be other mapping options for the Mac that I'm not aware of.

Cheers,

Pete
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Follow Up By: Member - SKLavell - Sunday, Mar 13, 2011 at 18:04

Sunday, Mar 13, 2011 at 18:04
THanks so much for that. Its just that i have a desk top Apple and was looking to buy a laptop also..

Steve Lavell
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Follow Up By: Pete Mac - Sunday, Mar 13, 2011 at 18:14

Sunday, Mar 13, 2011 at 18:14
Yeah - no probs, I am running OziExplorer right now on my Macbook Pro laptop... Is an expensive option though, as technically you need to buy a copy of Parallels and a license for Windows (plus the OziExplorer license). Almost cheaper to find a cheap netbook just for running OziExplorer.

Not that I would recommend it, but you can find Parallels & Windows available from ''unofficial' sources on the internet if you are technically inclined.
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Follow Up By: Member - SKLavell - Sunday, Mar 13, 2011 at 18:41

Sunday, Mar 13, 2011 at 18:41
I see what you mean a cheaper windows opsystem notebook would be cheaper
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Follow Up By: Pete Mac - Sunday, Mar 13, 2011 at 18:55

Sunday, Mar 13, 2011 at 18:55
Yep - essentially.

There are lots of other options for running moving maps in vehicle though...Personally I find a laptop in the driving area a little bit bulky.

Personally, if you want a no hassle, non technical solution then maybe something like the HEMA unit would be ideal.

Otherwise, if you are in no-rush, I would wait for (hopefully) OziExplorer to be released on the iPad... I think this should be an ideal navigation unit...as well as having other functions.

Cheers,

Pete
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Follow Up By: cycadcenter - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 14:46

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 14:46
Pete

Do you have any idea if OziExplorer will be released as an iPad app. or as an android app.

Also does the HEMA maps have an app for iPad

Thanks

Bruce
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Follow Up By: Pete Mac - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 15:07

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 15:07
BitMap is the cheapest option for moving maps on the iPad... still a little buggy, but for the few dollars it costs, worth it.

P
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Follow Up By: Pete Mac - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 15:14

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 15:14
Here is the link for BitMap.

From what I have heard, there maybe a version of OziExplorer available for iPad in the future.

HEMA maps will work with the BitMap app.

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Reply By: Member - SKL - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 14:59

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 14:59
Iv e learnt you can partition macbook pro to use some of its capacity to run windows software just load the disc eg xp etc and away you go.
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