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GPS for Dummies (Paperback) (Joel McNamara)

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Need directions? Are you good at getting lost? Then GPS is just the technology you’ve dreamed of, and GPS For Dummies is what you need to help you make the most of it.

If you have a GPS unit or plan to buy one, GPS For Dummies, 2nd Edition helps you compare GPS technologies, units, and uses. You’ll find out how to create and use digital maps and learn about waypoints, tracks, coordinate systems, and other key point to using GPS technology.

Get more from your GPS device by learning to use Web-hosted mapping services and even how to turn your cell phone or PDA into a GPS receiver. You’ll also discover:

  • Up-to-date information on the capabilities of popular handheld and automotive Global Positioning Systems
  • How to read a map and how to get more from the free maps available online
  • The capabilities and limitations of GPS technology, and how satellites and radio systems make GPS work
  • How to interface your GPS receiver with your computer and what digital mapping software can offer
  • Why a cell phone with GPS capability isn’t the same as a GPS unit
  • What can affect your GPS reading and how accurate it will be
  • How to use Street Atlas USA, TopoFusion, Google Earth, and other tools
  • Fun things to do with GPS, such as exploring topographical maps, aerial imagery, and the sport of geocaching

Most GPS receivers do much more than their owners realize. With GPS For Dummies, 2nd Edition in hand, you’ll venture forth with confidence!


  • The GPS industry has been growing rapidly, and this book has long been the guide of choice for first-time users of navigation systems and other GPS devices


  • Updated with 60 percent new content covering the latest devices, technologies, and applications


  • Delivers everything readers need to make the most of GPS, from using digital maps and accessing free Web-hosted map services to creating custom maps, geocaching, and more
Number of Pages: 386
Genre: Technology
Sub-Genre: Earth Sciences / Geography, Cartography, General, Electronics / Digital, Automotive / General
Series Title: For Dummies
Format: Paperback
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Author: Joel McNamara
Language: English
Street Date: October 13, 2008
TCIN: 11822750
UPC: 9780470156230
Item Number (DPCI): 248-25-3123
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