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Old 05-04-2011, 09:51   #1
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GPS Output: Running Multiple Apps

I would like to rnu multiple programs that can use the gps information simultainiously. My present software does not allow this. Is there an app (Open source or Windows) that will allow this? Say I wish to run OpenCPN and GoogleEarth with both using the GPS info. (My system has two monitors.)
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Don,
there are a few tools letting you share the GPS signal on 32-bit Windows. Eterlogic - VSPE: tool for serial ports emulation is one of the better ones.
If you are running 64-bit version of Windows, I'm afraid there's nothing free.

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Don,
there are a few tools letting you share the GPS signal on 32-bit Windows. Eterlogic - VSPE: tool for serial ports emulation is one of the better ones.
If you are running 64-bit version of Windows, I'm afraid there's nothing free.

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THANKS!

This looks like what I am looking for in Windows. I'll test it out tonight.

Now I need to find the same thing in Linux, (Debian/Ubuntu 32 bit).

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Re: More than one app running that uses the GPS output

I have been using GPSGate for years. It is very stable/reliable, and I believe they just made the one-input to two-outputs (GPSGate Client Express) version free.

Download link here. GpsGate Downloads - GpsGate.com

The 'standard' version, which comes with the free download and is free for 14 days, will do multiple inputs to multiple outputs. I regularly run on an older slower laptop, two inputs (GPS and AIS) to about 4 programs. It has a lot of other features, including the ability to send GPS data over the internet (if you've got an internet connection, of course).

This program will also turn a Garmin GPS 12-which is relatively useless unless you invest in now-obsolete Garmin software, into a useful NMEA GPS which you can use for navigation.

But it looks like it only runs on Windows.
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THANKS!

This looks like what I am looking for in Windows. I'll test it out tonight.

Now I need to find the same thing in Linux, (Debian/Ubuntu 32 bit).

On Linux the things work a bit differently and the normal way is to use GPSd - read Setting Up GPS | Official OpenCPN Homepage for more info.

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On Linux the things work a bit differently and the normal way is to use GPSd - read Setting Up GPS | Official OpenCPN Homepage for more info.

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I'll give this a try tonight also.

Thanks!
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Re: GPS Output: Running Multiple Apps

I have been using Xport on Vista (32 bits) for splitting a single GPS source to several apps without a hitch
Free and KISS-oriented

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I have been using Xport on Vista (32 bits) for splitting a single GPS source to several apps without a hitch
Free and KISS-oriented

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Thanks, I'll try it.

It's good to know that since there are multiple answers I am not the only one that will find this helpful.
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Re: GPS Output: Running Multiple Apps

I used to use GPSGate but a free program, NavMonPC has it built in to give you three virtual ports. The NavMonPC program displays AIS targets as well as other navigation information. NavMonPc

From their site:

NavMonPc is a Windows program for the capture, display, and playback of NMEA-0183 data. The user interface is optimized to run on a low-power, small-format "netbook" style of computer, but it will operate on any Windows-compatible machine. It is not intended to replace a chartplotter -- NavMonPc does not display standard navigational charts -- but instead this program is designed to supplement your chartplotter and provides additional features and convenient access to important navsystem data.

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