Quick Guide on GPS Mapping Software

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While GPS navigational systems were used by the military as early as 1967 it was not until 1989 that GPS mapping software started turning up on GPS navigation devices and GPS car DVD players.

Prior to 1967 GPS navigational systems was the sole domain of the United States military and was not available to the public. The first official operational GPS satellite was launched in 1978.  Eventually another 23 GPS satellites we launched which paved the way for introduction of GPS navigational systems designed for the consumer market. By the late 1980's GPS mapping software was becoming more widely used as the introduction of consumer came to market.

GPS mapping software is a critical component for a which has grown in demand exponentially.  Today one can choose either to purchase proprietary GPS mapping software or use several of the open source websites offer GPS mapping software downloads for free.

Below are a few of the most common GPS mapping software suppliers:

•       Tomtom

•       iGo

•       Mobium GPS

•       Elektrobit

•       NAVIGON AG

•       NDrive

Note: Some GPS systems come with pre-installed .

GPS maps are software which GPS navigational systems uses help the user find specific points of interest or driving routes. Points of interest include common and helpful mapping directions to gas stations, hospitals, tourist attractions, etc.  However a user can also enter a waypoint which is a specific spot or point of interest or a specific driving route which is programmed by the user.

There are many sources for securing GPS mapping software and tools to assist. However, before purchasing any mapping software read the user manual and or product specification because not all GPS navigational systems use the same software or programming language.

For example: Do not purchase GPS m software that requires or runs on Windows CE6 for a portable GPS navigator that runs on Windows CE 5 because the software is incompatible and you risk damaging the GPS device. Windows CE stand for Windows Embedded Compact which is an operating system licensed to Microsoft Corporation.

If you choose to download GPS mapping software from open source websites makes sure you always run a virus check on the download before installing software onto your GPS device. If you are uncertain seek a professional to help and guidance.

GPS mapping software is an important component to allow a GPS device to function properly and efficiently. Regardless of type of GPS device chosen, it is always best to read all instillation and product information before deciding to choose proprietary mapping software or open source GPS mapping software. You may be lucky and software has been pre-installed saving time.  Once the mapping software has been installed correctly your GPS device is ready to use.

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