[access-uk] Re: Loadstone GPS - free accessible GPS navigation for your mobile

lots of talk around this which is really interesting.

Steve, and others who have tried, can you explain why Loadstone GPS might be more usable than Wayfinder, for instance?

...Damon

----- Original Message ----- From: "Steve Nutt" <steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Saturday, July 22, 2006 3:44 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Loadstone GPS - free accessible GPS navigation for your mobile



Hi Monty,

But you could do both, that's my point. You could allow people to have it
free, as it stands now, but also allow them to buy maps, which could then be
imported into Loadstone. If this were the case, it would truly be useful.
Free is not always beautiful, but accessibility is. So some of us would not
mind paying for maps to power what looks like an excellent little utility.
So consider the idea of licencing maps for people to be able to buy them and
enable them to import them into Loadstone, that's all I ask. While it is
free only, it will never be as good as the real thing.


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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
Monty Lilburn
Sent: 17 July 2006 14:05
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Loadstone GPS - free accessible GPS navigation for
your mobile


Hi Steve,


Loadstone does not come with any preprogrammed maps. You basically have to
create your own points and essentially construct your own map. This is
because licensing map data is very expensive and we want to keep this free
so everyone who might find it useful can use it regardless of financial
status. Fortunately several countries are starting to offer their street
map data to the public domain so as we get our hands on this information we
can use it. Unfortunately the UK government - who we pay through our taxes
to survey our streets and create maps feel it necessary to charge us for the
info. I know quite a few people are lobbying for a change so hopefully that
will happen soon.


We also have created what we call the PointShare Exchange whereby people who
have point information (regardless of what GPS software they use) can upload
their points and download points too. So, the more people who use it the
better it becomes for everyone.


We do have quite a few points for the UK already and I have more still to
upload so in terms of points, the UK is in third place behind Canada and the
US.


But in terms of usefulness, it is very portable, and very useful when out
and about walking or in moving vehicles. Once you've created a point you
can always find it in the future. The program itself is improving every day
and we do try and encorperate user suggestions into the software as well.


Having said that, it isn't for everyone.  Wayfinder and the the other GPS
solutions may be much more suitable for people.  We're not trying to
compete, just offer one more choice to the mix and hopefully improve
everyone's independence without breaking the bank!

Best regards,
  Monty


On Sat, 15 Jul 2006, Steve Dryden wrote:

Hi Monty,

This looks really good. Not so sure on all it's features yetl. Will take
a good look at the site butt briefly, how does it compare to something like
wayfinder? Are all the POI's identified only if you program them, or are
there any pre done from maps?

Best regards.

Steve

 ----- Original Message -----
 From: Monty Lilburn
 To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
 Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2006 12:28 AM
 Subject: [access-uk] Loadstone GPS - free accessible GPS navigation
for your mobile


Hello all,

I just wanted to let everyone know about a new free GPS navigation
application called Loadstone GPS. It works on mobile phones and is
compatible with the various screen readers such as Talks and Mobile Speak.


 To find out more information, visit:

 http://www.loadstone-gps.com

 Admittedly it may not be suitable for everyone but it's worth
checking out  if you are interested in having accessible GPS
navigation that works on  your mobile phone.

There is a mailing list set up for Loadstone GPS specific discussion
as well as general GPS navigation discussion. More info on the web site.


 Best regards,
    Monty
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