VMS on Ipad

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Hi, We're just trying to find anyone who has VMS software on a 3G Ipad and if they've used it Outback, We really just want to know does it work anywhere and if not, what we may need to have it work anywhere, We're looking to do the big trip next year and wanted to do all the inner tracks as well, while hoping to do it with an Ipad over the actual VMS Unit.
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Reply By: mikehzz - Saturday, Jul 02, 2011 at 22:28

Saturday, Jul 02, 2011 at 22:28
The 3g ipad works anywhere. You have to transfer the maps to it before you start. VMS is basically no different to any other gps program. I don't run it but I run Bitmap and Memory Map and providing the maps are actually installed on the ipad, it will show you where you are. No you don't need mobile reception of any sort. Mine happily tracked me from Yunta to Rawnsley Park a few weeks ago and mobile service stopped about 10 kms out of Yunta. It also tracked me the full length of the Birdsville track last year. Mike
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Follow Up By: SkinnyGizmo - Sunday, Jul 03, 2011 at 11:13

Sunday, Jul 03, 2011 at 11:13
Hi mikehzz,
Thanx for the info that will come in very handy, while we've looked at all sorts of mapping software, my partner has decided to go the VMS software but that doesn't mean we need to have only that on the Ipad by the sound of it, we could use a couple as Bitmap and Memory Map are both top of the range navigating tools as well. Thank You I will look more into it.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Sunday, Jul 03, 2011 at 22:53

Sunday, Jul 03, 2011 at 22:53
I've done a fair bit of travelling with the ipad instead of my laptop and it's pretty good. As an all round device it takes some beating. One thing I carry is a bluetooth keyboard which makes answering emails heaps easier. It just stores flat in my bag and only comes out in the evening if there are a lot to answer. I have the ipad in a stand up case as well so it acts like a computer screen.
Bitmap is only any good if you already have Ozi Explorer maps to use with it. You can't use Memory Map maps with it and Memory Map won't read Ozi maps. The process of loading the Memory Map maps onto the ipad is a bit painful, they could have made it easier in my opinion.
The advice about carrying paper maps and compass as well is very wise. Cheers
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Reply By: Member Dick - Saturday, Jul 02, 2011 at 22:39

Saturday, Jul 02, 2011 at 22:39
Hi ShinnyGizmo

THE VMS software on the iPad2 works fine. We just completed the Anne Beddell and it tracked OK and was agreeing with the other GPS equipment we were carrying. It works anywhere it can receive the signal from the GPS.

Some of the maps provided could be better but the are very usable.

A GPS should only be used as a navigation aid. There is no substitute for paper maps and a good compass.


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Follow Up By: richard - Sunday, Jul 03, 2011 at 09:20

Sunday, Jul 03, 2011 at 09:20
Have a look at MUDMAP for IPAD. It is free from memory.

It is similar to what VMS offers without the maps. You just buy the maps you want which is easy to do. However youdo get a free OZ map with it or could which is not bad.

Also another freeby is called Australia Offline map with direcu - it is a higher level map of OZ and shows you where are. Useful at times but not good for the bush.

MotionX HD is another worth looking at.

I also have BITMAP but find this a bit clumsy but at least you can use your OZIEXPLORER maps with it.

I have mentioned these because VMS for the IPAD is expensive. I do have a VMS GPS as well which cost a lot. I think the main cost is all the maps which you only use a fraction of.

I used my IPAD in Europe not long ago with mixed results.

At times I found it would have a signal but the software I used could not determine the position. I even hired a GPS with the car because it was so unreliable. However after keeping on trying I found the following:

1. Make sure all is working before you start off on a trip (ie get it working out side)\
2) If you do have trouble and the above does not work then power the IPAD down and start it up again or cancel the application or applications.

Once I worked that out I found the IPAD worked well. I used it exclusively when I hired a car next.

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Follow Up By: SkinnyGizmo - Sunday, Jul 03, 2011 at 12:59

Sunday, Jul 03, 2011 at 12:59
Hi Guys,
Thank You for all your info, its going to come in very handy, I have already downloaded MUDMAPS onto my Ipad but mines not 3G so is useless, while my partner will be getting the Ipad2 on 3G.

We brought Memory Maps and installed onto a Laptop but its impractical to use the Laptop as its just too big.
I've also priced the VMS software and thought the same (a bit pricey) but when you weigh up the price of an actual VMS unit and having an Ipad that is not only a navigating tool but also a computer, Ipod and much more it made a bit more sense to us as we'll be travelling for around 2yrs and as a computer helps us keep family and friends up to date with where we are.

I will take on board all your info and research it all, thanx for the help.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, Jul 03, 2011 at 14:45

Sunday, Jul 03, 2011 at 14:45
Skinny Gizmo.

If you have Memory Maps on your PC then you are half way there.

VMS is just Memory Maps with a different logo on it.

You can get the Memory Map Ipad software ( which the VMS is in reality ) and then load the maps you bought for your PC MM on to it.

More on MM for IPAD here.

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