Bring GE to Life! - GooPs GPS Navigation/Tracking

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Bring GE to Life! - GooPs GPS Navigation/Tracking davidhite 6/17/06 10:18 AM
New - Version 2.3 Released - Limit tracks by date, Enhancements, Bug fixes

Plug a GPS into your laptop -- Fire-up GooPs -- Jump into your car, boat, or plane -- and get ready for the Ride of Your Life!



Track yourself in breathtaking 3D with Google Earth and GooPs, an amazing companion to Google Earth that shows you where you are in REAL-TIME!
  • Watch yourself zooming through the landscape, while laid out behind you is a colorful track showing your traveled path and speed.

  • Use all of Google Earth's fantastic zooming and panning features to survey the landscape around you as you travel. Or use GooPs' built in AutoView feature for hands free control of tilt, rotation, and zoom.

  • GooPs is great for all types of vehicles, land, sea, or air and is compatible with almost any GPS (NMEA).

  • No network connection is required (you can pre-load your trip into Google Earth and run standalone)

  • Use GooPs' built in record/playback capability to re-live your trip, or save your trip directly to Google Earth as KML/KMZ.

  • Track your friends and family too! GooPs can track other GooPs users if you have peer-to-peer network visibility (mobile vpn or static IP) - no servers or monthly subscriptions required.

Here's what happy GooPs users are saying...
    "I have been playing around with the program for a few days... It's amazing!!"

    "The program works great, its true genius."

    "Used your program while driving home today... just gotta say holy crap this is impressive!"

    "I have to congratulate for this amazing feature you made to work with Google Earth."

    "Very neat program! Worked straight away!"

    "GooPs is a wonderful application right now. No further development could be done and I would continue to use it for the life of the carputer."


You haven't fully experienced Google Earth until you've been GooP'd!

New Realistic 3D Cursors!
You can now use realistic Google Sketchup models for your cursors. There are hundreds of cars, boats, and planes to choose from at the Google 3D warehouse.


Re: Bring GE to Life! - GooPs GPS Navigation/Tracking davidhite 10/11/06 9:09 PM
GooPs now works with the GE4 beta.

There is a beta of the new version available on the GooPs web site. I'll make an official release in the next day or two.

I changed the persistence file format, so you will lose your current track (goops.trk).
The remote tracking protocol has also changed, so you won't be able to run this version with older versions of GooPs remotely.

I tested with the latest GE beta 4.0.2091.
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-Dave GooPs - Real-time Google Earth GPS Tracking and Navigation Get GooPs Here!
GooPs Version 1.8 Released - GE4 fixes, Timestamps davidhite 10/20/06 11:38 PM
GooPs version 1.8 Release Notes

Important: You must remove any existing "GooPsServers" network links from your Google Earth "Places" folder.

GooPs now works with Google Earth version 4 beta:
- No longer crashes at startup when creating network link
- Cursor images are now displayed correctly.
- No longer continuously zooms out when tracking with AutoZoom off

Tracks are now disconnected if more than 60 minutes elapses between adjacent points.
- Resolves problem with lines drawn between points when traveling long distances when GooPs is not tracking or GPS is not on.

New "Timestamp" feature displays the actual time you were at any point on your trip.

New socket interface allows applications to send NMEA sentences to GooPs via a TCP/IP socket. (I'm still working on a COM wrapper for this).
- Server is listening on port 51234
- One NMEA sentence per send()
- Socket must be closed and re-connected for each send().
- Must be in live mode (not Demo). GooPs will automatically stop the serial port connection whenever data is received on the socket interface.
- Sample vanilla C socket client code available.


New "Save Periodic" feature saves your track to a local KML file periodically.
This will enable a simple brute force client/server based remote tracking.

- Set the number of seconds between each save in the Options dialog "Save to File Periodically" text box.
- The file will be named <name>.kml where <name> is the name of the local vehicle (e.g. "Me.kml")
- The file will be located in the directory from which GooPs is running.
- Use an off-the-shelf ftp synchronization program or a batch file and windows ftp to upload the kml file to your ftp server.

You will need access to an ftp server on the internet that is visible to you and all vehicles you want to track.
Each vehicle to be tracked will be configured to upload their current position and track to the ftp server periodically.
Anyone who wants to track a vehicle can then create a Google Earth network link to the kml file on the ftp server (e.g. "http://myftpserver/me.html"). Set the network link refresh parameters to taste. (I noticed that my ISP will not allow files with ".kml" extensions to be accessed via http, that's why the file is copied to "me.html" on the server rather than "me.kml".

Things to consider:
kml files can be quite large, set your track length and update rate accordingly.
The kml file names must be coordinated manually on any given server. If you use the same file name as somebody else you will overwrite their data.
The cursor will be scaled to whatever size the producing vehicle's zoom range dictates.


:: sample batch file to upload my positon every 5 seconds
::
:: build the ftp input file
echo user <username> <password> > send.txt
echo send me.kml me.html >> send.txt
echo quit >> send.txt

:: loop forever
:START
ftp -n -s:send.txt ftp.onlinemac.com
:: ping for n seconds
ping -n 5 127.0.0.1
goto start
:: end sample batch file
Re: Bring GE to Life! - GooPs GPS Navigation/Tracking vince_inn 10/27/06 8:36 AM
Quote:

No GooPs cursors or tracks are displayed in Google Earth.

On some systems, Google Earth network links don’t appear to work with “localhost” as the hostname. Edit the GooPsServers network link in the Google Earth Places and replace the string “localhost” with the actual IP loopback address “127.0.0.1”.




Please explain how todo this
Re: Bring GE to Life! - GooPs GPS Navigation/Tracking davidhite 10/27/06 9:39 AM
Hi Vince,

Find the "GooPsServers" link in the Google Earth "Places" or "Temporary Places" folder (if you can't find a "GooPsServers" link then you have another problem).

Right click on the "GooPsServers" link and select "Properties".
In the properties page "Link:" field replace the text "http://localhost:51233/GooPsServers" with "http://127.0.0.1:51233/GooPsServers"

Quote:

Re: GooPs Version 1.8 Released - GE4 fixes, Timest Hubble 11/20/06 12:00 PM
AMAZING PRODUCT!!!

Finally!!! found, this is what I has been looking for for so long, whit such a bad luck, that I tried to do it myself with a java pseudo web-server, but this solution seems to use a faster approach, maybe with the COM interface, doesn't it??

Really nice!, Congratulations , and keep going with the good job! .

I'll be your beta tester
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Re: GooPs Version 1.8 Released - GE4 fixes, Timest davidhite 11/21/06 7:58 PM
Thanks,

I'm glad you're enjoying GooPs. I had to do some clever programming to get the update rate as fast as it is. It does use the COM interface, but that's not what makes it fast.

I'm currently beefing up GooPs' multi-tracking capability so it will be usable with many more network configurations. Stay tuned.
GooPs Version 1.8.1 Mainenance Release davidhite 12/14/06 10:03 PM
1.8.1 - 12/14/06 - Maintenance release
Can now switch between Land/Sea and Air modes
Timestamps now displayed correctly between discontiguous tracks
Re: GooPs Version 1.8.1 Mainenance Release maxfacta 12/23/06 9:31 PM
Looks good.
What sort of work do you think would be required to port this to Linux? I'm willing to help, if I can.
GooPs broken with latest GE (4.0..2722 - 1/5/07) davidhite 1/7/07 2:17 PM
I just found a problem with the latest GE release. 4.0.2722, built on 1/5/07. GooPs won't work at all with this release (not sure when it broke). I am working on a fix and will release soon.
GooPs Version 1.9 Released davidhite 1/7/07 2:45 PM
1.9 – 1/7/07 – Broken with latest Google Earth Beta


Important: You must remove any existing "GooPsServers" network links from your Google Earth "Places" folder.

Fixed to work with Google Earth 4.0.2722 (built 1/5/07)

GooPsServers Network link now updates
Re: Bring GE to Life! - GooPs GPS Navigation/Tracking davidhite 2/3/07 12:38 PM
Has anyone had problems with the Google Earth satellite imagery being blurry when using GooPs? I see this on my laptop, but not on my desktop. It appears that GE is sending requests for the satellite image data to GooPs instead of the GE server.
I think this just started with GE 4.
GooPs 1.9.1 - GE4 fixes, Label, Nav enhancements davidhite 2/4/07 12:49 AM
GooPs version 1.9.1 Release Notes


Important: You must remove any existing "GooPsServers" network links from your Google Earth "Places" folder.

Workaround for Google Earth blurry images when using GooPs
On some systems Google Earth will not be able to access the satellite imagery data when GooPs is running. This causes the earth to look blurry.
If you experience this problem select the "Blurry Image Fix" checkbox in the GooPs Options Dialog, delete any GoopsServers network links in the Google Earth "Places" folder, and restart GooPs.
If you use this workaround you will not be able to run an http server on your system at the same time you are running GooPs.

Smoother navigation and control in Google Earth when AutoTracking.
GooPs no longer "fights" you when you tilt, rotate, or zoom your view using the mouse or navigation control.

Cursor Label Enhancements.
The display of cursor label fields is now configurable. The cursor label fields are Name, Speed, and Altitude.

Added a "Visible" Checkbox.
This controls the visibility of the vehicle and track.

COM Port Selection now goes to COM32
GooPs 1.9.2 - Built in FTP remote sharing, more co davidhite 2/14/07 11:12 PM
GooPs version 1.9.2 Release Notes


Important: You must remove any existing "GooPsServers" network links from your Google Earth "Places" folder.

Smoother navigation and control in Google Earth at all times.
GooPs no longer "fights" you when you use the Google Earth navigation controls.

Saved kml uses icon instead of 3d cursor.
The icon will be automatically scaled now, unlike the 3d cursor.

Various bug fixes around AutoView and error handling

TimeStamps are no longer displayed near the cursor.
This tended to obscure the cursor and was generally distracting.

Added FTP client capability for sharing your location remotely.
Requires an account on an FTP server (provided free by many ISPs). Periodically saves your location to an FTP server. The location can then be viewed via http by others with Google Earth or Google Maps.

Here's my GooPs location via google maps:
http://maps.google.com/maps?&q=http://sites.onlinenw.com/goops/ftptest.txt

Interestingly, my ISP's http server won't serve files with the extension ".kml", that's why the file is named ftptest.txt (not ftptest.kml).

Here's the kml for a network link that will track my GooPs vehicle remotely.
This one updates every 8 seconds.

Quote:


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<kml xmlns="http://earth.google.com/kml/2.1">
<NetworkLink>
<name>ftptest</name>
<Url>
<href>http://sites.onlinenw.com/goops/ftptest.txt</href>
<refreshMode>onInterval</refreshMode>
<refreshInterval>8</refreshInterval>
</Url>
</NetworkLink>
</kml>






There is currently a bug in Google Earth that does not allow you to ignore network link fetch errors.
If you exit GooPs and restart it without closing Google Earth you must manually refresh the link. Right click on the GooPsServers Network Link in your Places or Temporary Places folder and select "Refresh".
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-Dave GooPs - Real-time Google Earth GPS Tracking and Navigation Get GooPs Here!
GooPs 1.9.3 - Maintenance Release - FTP client fix davidhite 2/20/07 11:14 PM
GooPs 1.9.3 - Maintenance Release - FTP client fixes, 3D Cursor Fixes

GooPs version 1.9.3 Release Notes

FTP client no longer crashes with long welcome messages.

FTP client now works properly from behind firewall, through VPN.

FTP client now handles sub-directories properly.

Cursor now rendered correctly at all latitudes.
Cursor used to be distorted for those too far from 45th parallel. It
should now be rendered correctly except at extreme latitudes (>85th parallel).

If you're looking for a free FTP server to use for your remote tracking
Try drivehq.com. It's free and they offer up to 1GB of storage.

Set-up your drivehq account, it only takes a minute.
Then publish your drivehq web site. This will allow http access to the kml file that GooPs will upload.
Then set-up the GooPs FTP client to periodically upload your kml file to your web site:
server - ftp.drivehq.com
filename - wwwhome/goopsfile.kml

The uploaded kml file will now be accessible via http from your website.
Now anyone can set-up a Google Earth network link to point to your kml file - http://<username>.drivehq.com/goopsfile.kml
( e.g. http://goops.drivehq.com/goopsfile.kml )
Or access it via Google maps: http://maps.google.com/maps?&q=http://goops.drivehq.com/goopsfile.kml
GooPs 1.9.4 - Cursor Size, PointMarker, AutoView R davidhite 3/6/07 10:27 PM
GooPs version 1.9.4 Release Notes

New Adjustable Cursor Size.
3D cursor size can now be adjusted to your preference.

Selectable AutoView Rotate perspective.
The view perspective to the cursor can now be fixed at any angle (instead of just rear).
"Free" mode allows you to set the perspective to any angle via the Google Earth navigation controls.

New PointMarker feature draws a circle of a specific radius on the ground at every point
on the track.

This can be useful for applications where coverage of a specific area/width needs to be recorded and
analyzed (e.g. field coverage or search and rescue). This feature can be very resource intensive.

Track Point compression is now selectable.
Up until now, GooPs has always compressed track points (thrown away redundant
points). GooPs now gives you the ability to keep all track points
received from the GPS (It may be helpful to turn off compression when using PointMarkers).

RotateMinimum works again.

Baud Rate can now be set to 1200

Fixed problem with FTP client filename
This was broken if the file had no directory path. It now works with no directory path.
GooPs 1.9.5 - 3D Model Cursors!, COM Port/FTP fix davidhite 3/26/07 11:49 PM
GooPs version 1.9.5 Release Notes

New 3D Model Cursors (beta)

You can now use realistic Google Sketchup models for your cursors. There are hundreds of cars, boats, and planes to choose from at the Google 3D warehouse.






Most models will require some minor Sketchup adjustments to work properly. This includes scaling, centering the model on the origin, and rotating the model to face north.

Google Sketchup exports models to kmz format. GooPs requires that the model file (.dae - Collada format) be extracted from the kmz file using your favorite archiving program (winzip, winace).

Loading a model into Google Earth can require a great deal of memory. My system with 1GB ram can successfully load models up to about 3MB, the initial load can take several minutes.
Once the model is loaded there is little or no performance hit, and the model can be used by as many vehicles as you like.

A Collada model of a GooPs car is available on the GooPs web site:
[URL="http://goops.drivehq.com/car2yellow.dae"]http://goops.drivehq.com/car2yellow.dae[/URL]
Models are currently only available in demo mode.

COM Port fixes
Added selectable Flow Control and support for 115200 baud.

FTP fixes
Increased the command response timeout to help with GPRS connections.
Added an option to enable/disable the "rename file after copy to server" feature.

Added a Clear Track on Startup option
GooPs 2.0 Released - Free, Plus, Pro - Bug Fixes davidhite 5/12/07 10:50 AM
Now GooPs comes in three versions, Free, Plus, and Pro!

  • GooPs Free has all the basic features that have made GooPs so popular.
  • GooPs Plus adds the most popular advanced features like AutoView and SpeedTrack.
  • GooPs Pro gives you all of the advanced features and unlimited tracking.
Visit the [URL="http://goopstechnologies.com/"]GooPs website [/URL]for more info.


Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed crash problem when exiting GooPs under some conditions
  • Now puts cursor in last good position if no data is received.
  • Cursor image and model file names now stick.
  • Now maintains separate names for model and cursor files.
  • Fixed problem with zero degree tilt.
  • 3D Models can now be designated in AutoZoom.cfg
  • AutoZoom.cfg entries now override UI image/model names
Version 2.1 – 7/29/07 Mologogo/GpsGate Tracking davidhite 7/29/07 8:13 PM
2.1 – 7/29/07 Mologogo/GpsGate Tracking, Bug Fixes

Now you can track yourself and your friends via the GpsGate.com and Mologogo.com servers

GpsGate.com and Mologogo.com integration explodes the number of tracking options available to GooPs users. Now you can track yourself and your friends in Google Earth with a wide variety of devices including cell phones, PDAs and Smart Phones.

The GpsGate.com and Mologogo.com servers provide well supported and stable platforms that you can access from home or on the road.
With GpsGate.com your location can be uploaded to the server and you can track yourself or any other GpsGate.com user.

Mologogo.com supports tracking only. You cannot upload your own
position. (Mologogo.com support is currently a beta feature.)
See the GooPs "Options->External Servers" dialog for instructions on how to use this feature.

Improved TimeStamp and SpeedTrack segment detection to help reduce track errors

Improved bad point rejection to minimize invalid track points.

Improved FTP Client robustness.

GooPs can now run from the system tray.

GooPs can now display speed in knots.


Current GooPs Plus/Pro Users download version 2.1 here:

GooPsPro2_1.exe
GooPsPlus2_1.exe
GooPs 2.2 – GPS Data Window, Tracking Devices davidhite 9/21/07 7:50 AM
GooPs 2.2 – 9/21/07 GPS Data Window, Tracking Device Support, Bug Fixes

Added a Floating GPS Data window that displays the current vehicle speed, altitude, and heading.

Added support for Sanav GC101 and Laipac S-911 tracking devices. Just configure the device to send data to the system/host running GooPs, port 51234. The device will appear in the GooPs vehicle dropdown list when the first update is received.

Track data is now saved periodically so data is not lost if GooPs terminates unexpectedly.

Fixed an invalid point handling bug where gpsgate.com vehicles would gradually lose points.

The Google Earth bug that does not allow you to ignore network link fetch errors has been fixed with the latest release of Google Earth - 4.2.0180.1134 (beta), August 20, 2007.

Current GooPs Plus/Pro Users download version 2.2 here:

GooPsPro2_2.exe
GooPsPlus2_2.exe
Re: Bring GE to Life! - GooPs GPS Navigation/Tracking jshiuh 10/4/07 11:30 AM
Hey everyone,

I'm just wondering if this will work if you are walking and carrying a Laptop around. I know that souds silly or stupid but I'm just curious. Thanks.

Jason
Re: Bring GE to Life! - GooPs GPS Navigation/Tracking tekgergedan 10/4/07 12:16 PM
Hi js,

While the laptop is off? Then, you don't need a laptop at all but only a GPS device. Theoretically, yes but that would need some connection on air to a server which is set to be able to do the work. I don't have any idea if there is a GPS device that continuously sends out information by radio waves, tho, which the server can receive.
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Re: Bring GE to Life! - GooPs GPS Navigation/Tracking davidhite 10/5/07 5:41 PM
Quote:

Hey everyone,

I'm just wondering if this will work if you are walking and carrying a Laptop around. I know that souds silly or stupid but I'm just curious. Thanks.

Jason




Sure it will work. I often watch myself walking around my house with a laptop while testing.
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-Dave GooPs - Real-time Google Earth GPS Tracking and Navigation Get GooPs Here!
GooPs 2.2 – GPS Data Window, Tracking Devices davidhite 12/1/07 10:33 AM
GooPs 2.2 – 9/21/07 GPS Data Window, Tracking Device Support, Bug Fixes

Added a Floating GPS Data window that displays the current vehicle speed, altitude, and heading.

Added support for Sanav GC101 and Laipac S-911 tracking devices. Just configure the device to send data to the system/host running GooPs, port 51234. The device will appear in the GooPs vehicle dropdown list when the first update is received.

Track data is now saved periodically so data is not lost if GooPs terminates unexpectedly.

Fixed an invalid point handling bug where gpsgate.com vehicles would gradually lose points.

The Google Earth bug that does not allow you to ignore network link fetch errors has been fixed with the latest release of Google Earth - 4.2.0180.1134 (beta), August 20, 2007.

Current GooPs Plus/Pro Users download version 2.2 here:
http://goopstechnologies.com/versions/GooPsPro2_2.exe
http://goopstechnologies.com/versions/GooPsPlus2_2.exe
Version 2.3 – Limit tracks by date, Enhancements davidhite 1/31/08 8:41 PM
New Version 2.3 – 1/28/08 Limit tracks by date, enhancements, Bug Fixes

Track display can now be limited to a specific date range, useful for some tracking applications

FTP client will optionally upload data even if no new points received.
FTP client can now upload all vehicles, local and remote
SpeedTrack Max Speed can be set for better display of very fast or slow vehicles
Heading can now be displayed with cursor current position data
Doubled maximum track storage
Now rejects zero lat/lon and times more than 7 days in the future.
Fixed problem with double timestamps
Re: Version 2.3 – Limit tracks by date, Enhancements jerry_yu 9/14/08 7:48 AM
why can not i download the GooPs from the link?and where i could download it,tks.
Re: Version 2.3 – Limit tracks by date, Enhancements davidhite 10/28/08 2:21 PM
The GooPs site was down for a day or two. It's back up now.
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-Dave GooPs - Real-time Google Earth GPS Tracking and Navigation Get GooPs Here!
Re: Bring GE to Life! - GooPs GPS Navigation/Tracking BobInNC 10/28/08 3:31 PM
Quote:

Hi js,

While the laptop is off? Then, you don't need a laptop at all but only a GPS device. Theoretically, yes but that would need some connection on air to a server which is set to be able to do the work. I don't have any idea if there is a GPS device that continuously sends out information by radio waves, tho, which the server can receive.




Sprint and several other cell phone companies offer mobile broadband devices that plug into a USB port on your laptop. I don't think any one company offers complete coverage of the US, but I was able to have internet connectivity in my car on a recent trip from Texas to North Carolina. Speed was pretty good. GPS or GPS like information is generated by the device.
Re: Bring GE to Life! - GooPs GPS Navigation/Track Masonicmoron 10/28/08 4:09 PM
great application

but now no pc is required have you seen this

community news


best regards

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Re: Bring GE to Life! - GooPs GPS Navigation/Track BobInNC 10/28/08 4:20 PM
I'm probably one of the few people in the world that doesn't have an iPhone or iPod, but I do have a laptop oh, and a MotoRazr.
Re: Bring GE to Life! - GooPs GPS Navigation/Track Masonicmoron 10/28/08 4:46 PM
you are 2 up on me.

I have a bit of string and an elastic band ohh just found an old toffee.

It is I owe before I pod (have a walkman plays tape, not 8 track )

I have seen GE on the Iphone looks good not found the community layer yet but I will have a longer look tomorrow
Re: Bring GE to Life! - GooPs GPS Navigation/Track BobInNC 10/28/08 5:05 PM
To get any use out of an app on a cell phone I'd have to carry reading glasses with me and that ain't about to happen.
Re: Bring GE to Life! - GooPs GPS Navigation/Track Masonicmoron 10/28/08 5:17 PM
you need one of these



Or this



All the best
Re: Bring GE to Life! - GooPs GPS Navigation/Track Masonicmoron 10/28/08 5:53 PM
Sorry David

Our GPS needs updating we have gone off track

Best regards
Standalone (not internet connected) version of GE Charlie Fletcher 7/13/11 10:10 AM

In searching, I found a topic of "Standalone client with cache", but it seems old and there was no resolution as to whether this was possible.

Clearly (to me at least) it is impossible to do a complete standalone version -- you would need the Google database (10 TB???) and search engine to do this, and Google is not going to provide that even if you could set it up. However, can a reasonable "standalone" version (that is, one that is not connected to the internet) be obtained and setup with a "moderate" cache (say, several GB)?

Our goal would be to have a API to use GE as a visualization tool for some region for simulations in a classified (gov or private) environment.

Any information or direction would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Standalone (not internet connected) version of GE TheLedge 7/13/11 10:21 AM
Hello

You might want to look into Google Enterprise

Cheers
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Re: Standalone (not internet connected) version of GE Charlie Fletcher 7/13/11 10:37 AM
Basically, I know that is what I want and have submitted requests to the Enterprise sales team but so far have only gotten automated replies and no answer to my question.

I also called their tech support and they pointed me to these forums.
Re: Standalone (not internet connected) version of GE Charlie Fletcher 7/28/11 7:00 AM
Looks like I finally found an answer --

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2009/03/using_google_earth_offline.html