[Loadstone] Loadstone VS Wayfinder - was: OT: Re: connecting gps receiver for wayfinder

suzanne brewster suzybrew at comcast.net
Thu Oct 26 22:05:38 BST 2006

Thank you so much. This explanation helped tremendously!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Monty Lilburn" <monty at loadstone-gps.com>
To: "General discussion pertaining to the Loadstone GPS program" 
<loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2006 4:20 AM
Subject: [Loadstone] Loadstone VS Wayfinder - was: OT: Re: connecting gps 
receiver for wayfinder

> Hello Suzanne,
> Hopefully I can help you clear up your confusion regarding Loadstone and
> other GPS software packages such as Way finder.
> Let me preface by saying that I do not use WayFinder nor have I ever used
> it!
> A GPS system needs  two components to work.  A GPS receiver and a software
> package.  There are many GPS receivers on the market as well as many
> software packages.  Every GPS receiver's job is to report its current
> location on Earth, and every software package's job is to interpret the
> location information from the GPS receiver.  All GPS receivers aren't
> compatible with all software packages, and each have many distinguishing
> features and functionality that set them apart from each other.
> Think of the screen readers JAWS and Window-eyes.  They are both screen
> readers that interpret what is on the screen and translate that
> information to speech.  Although their primary function is the same, they
> each have there own way of reaching that goal.  Different commands,
> functions, features Etc.  You can even have them both installed on the
> same computer which will work fine as long as you do not try and run both
> at the same time!
> Well, there are many GPS software packages  as well: Loadstone, Wayfinder,
> BrailleNote GPS, Trekker and several others targeted at sighted users.
> Each software package does things a little differently, they have
> different features/functions, they run on different platforms, they cost
> different amounts to own and operate!
> To address your questions and statements regarding Loadstone and Wayfinder
> specifically:
> They both Use Longitude and Latitude information provided by a GPS
> receiver.
> Wayfinder uses your phone's mobile internet connection (if available) to
> retrieve map data that it can reference with the current longitude and
> latitude.  Loadstone does not currently use the internet to retrieve data.
> Instead, it stores information in  databases saved on your phone that are
> used to cross-reference with the current location information from the GPS
> receiver.
> Loadstone definitely lets you save Points of Interest.  I am not sure what
> Wayfinder does or doesn't do in this regard.
> Loadstone and Wayfinder do not work together and you would not "sync up"
> the two software packages.
> You asked about differences.  I'll mention a few but perhaps someone who
> has used both packages may be able to correct be or expand.
> The main difference between Loadstone and Wayfinder is that Loadstone is
> free and open-source whereas Wayfinder and most other GPS software
> packages are not!
> I understand Wayfinder has a route-planning feature  and Loadstone
> currently does not.
> Wayfinder relies on you having Internet access on your phone (which can be
> costly) and Loadstone does not.
> Wayfinder likely has better (more complete) mapping data than Loadstone
> though this of course depends where in the world you are using each
> product.
> I would strongly recommend you read the "Getting Started Manual" located
> on the Loadstone web site's Documentation page.
> Best regards,
>   Monty
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