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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:26 pm    Post subject: Alk - Sneak Peak at CoPilot v9 Reply with quote

pocketgpsworld.comAlk gave us a sneak preview of CoPilot Live v9 when we visited their stand at MWC2011.

This latest version of CoPilot is receiving final tweaks but David Quinn, Marketing Manager at Alk gave us a demo of the software and explained the new features and the thinking behind them ahead of the launch. Version 9 is a ground up re-design of the software with a new layout, vastly improved menu system and a number of new features.

The map display is now cleaner with all the information users expect but displayed in a simple dashboard style display across the bottom of the display. The menus have been re-designed so that all options are only one or two finger presses away from the top level, no more options buried 5 or more layers down.

Read the full preview with images here.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And I notice TechRadar are calling their preview, a 'review'!

Quite how anyone can review an app having spent 20mins with it inside a trade hall I shall never understand. And it's unfinished software at that!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:39 am    Post subject: copilot 9 Reply with quote

mmmm - I've been using various satnav on smartphones for years and TomTom Navigator has always been head and shoulders above the rest for route planning. I bought an android phone recently and, with no TomTom option for android, I tried copilot (briefly) - awful!! Route planning was bizarre - nowhere near the best route compared with TomTom. Dundee to Lancashire was the worst route of all. If only TomTom would remove their heads from their *rses and get a version out for android smartphones!!! What on earth are they up to??
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:42 am    Post subject: Keyboard style ? Reply with quote

Will Version 9 have the QWERTY Keyboard layout ?

.... and any news on the Version 8 QWERTY keyboard thatwas promised
Sooooooooooooo Long ago, but (AFAIK) never delivered ?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:03 am    Post subject: Re: Keyboard style ? Reply with quote

coconut wrote:
Will Version 9 have the QWERTY Keyboard layout ?
.... and any news on the Version 8 QWERTY keyboard thatwas promised
Sooooooooooooo Long ago, but (AFAIK) never delivered ?

Sorry, i don't recall seeing the keyboard on the iPhone demo.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:11 pm    Post subject: Qwerty keyboard Reply with quote

I'm using Copilot 8 and it does use a qwerty keyboard on the iPhone and iPad.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:36 pm    Post subject: Re: copilot 9 Reply with quote

mrclonkey wrote:
mmmm - I've been using various satnav on smartphones for years and TomTom Navigator has always been head and shoulders above the rest for route planning. I bought an android phone recently and, with no TomTom option for android, I tried copilot (briefly) - awful!! Route planning was bizarre - nowhere near the best route compared with TomTom. Dundee to Lancashire was the worst route of all. If only TomTom would remove their heads from their *rses and get a version out for android smartphones!!! What on earth are they up to??


Couldn't agree with you more.... It would be nice if they could up there game and make a real alternative.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:45 pm    Post subject: Re: copilot 9 Reply with quote

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If only TomTom would remove their heads from their *rses and get a version out for android smartphones!!! What on earth are they up to??

They have a version for smartphones - TomTom iPhone. And there are good options for Android already including Sygic and Navigon. If you want TomTom maps then there will be Route66 very soon.

Whether we will ever see a Windows Phone 7 version is moot, Nokia own Navteq and so, with the Microsoft tie up it would be very interesting for TomTom to dip their toes in on that platform.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After using the serious flawed Copilot 5 many years ago and dealing with their inept support desk, I wouldn't touch anything ALK produced again. TomTom all the way for me.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having just bought Copilot live 8 I wonder how much ALK are going to charge for the upgrade?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Having just bought Copilot live 8 I wonder how much ALK are going to charge for the upgrade?

ALK did say that they would be working something our for existing customers. The issue is complex as there isn't a path for upgrades in Appstore.

But they are looking at other options to recognise loyal customers.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simple solution: release a 'free' version to appstore that only functions when you add a specific code to it. To get the code you go to Alk's site, enter your existing details and pay the upgrade fee... Apple might not be happy though!

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaFt wrote:
Simple solution: release a 'free' version to appstore that only functions when you add a specific code to it. To get the code you go to Alk's site, enter your existing details and pay the upgrade fee... Apple might not be happy though!

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How about give everyone who bought v8 a free upgrade to v9 given all the bugs and missing features we've had to endure!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

does anybody know if you can install 3rd party POI's
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Darren,

What's the routing like on CoPilot Live v9, is it fast and more importantly is it accurate? The last CoPilot product I used was CoPilot Live v5 on a trip to Jersey (Channel Islands) in 2004, see the article here.

One of the main problems with CoPilot Live v5 was the routing:

Review of CoPilot Live v5 in Jersey wrote:
CoPilot has an interesting approach to re-routing after a wrong turn. Where as TomTom recalculates from your current position and tries to get you to your destination via a new route, CoPilot tries to get you to turn around and go back to the original wrong turn (back onto the original track) and try the original route again. If you ignore the attempts to go back to the point of the original wrong turn then CoPilot will eventually get the message.

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