Screen Shot Frustration

 

PROBLEM: Performing a Screen Shot on my Nuvi 750 requires that I first go to “TOOLS”, then “DISPLAY” and press Screen Shot (which is disabled). I then have to “ENABLE” the screen shot which will remain active (I guess) for as long as the unit is on (once turned off, the Screen Shot defaults to “DISABLED”). This places the Icon in the upper right corner of the 750 where it resides until you initiate a trip at which time it places the Icon on the lower left of the screen just above the “ARRIVAL TIME”. Any action from that point on places the camera icon back in the upper right corner. This is a bad location for several reasons, but I will cover only the one that I am particularly interested in. I would like to do a Screen Shot of a location that I am passing by (e.g. Dunkin Doughnuts – where else?). I touch the vehicle icon and it provides me with a screen that has the coordinates, nearest address and nearest intersection (note that the camera icon has moved back to the upper right side of the screen). You must save that location by giving it a name (or it will disappear), so I press “Save Location”. I now must give it a name (while driving since I probably will be alone), so I try to enter a name via the keyboard. It is grosssly mispeeled, but ---- I can’t erase it because the dang camera icon is in the way and all I do is keep taking pictures of that screen.

RESOLUTION: Make the screen shot camera default to “ON”, keep it in the lower left of the screen and provide voice recognition to name the file. Many (if not all) of the coordinates listed in all of the files on this site could be cleaned up by everyone that has the capability to positively identify the location of each and every entity.

Is this in the realm of possibility? The technology already exists in other gadgets such as voice recognition. Once perfected, all one would have to do maybe is say “VEHICLE” and the coordinate screen would appear. “SNAP SHOT” and you would have a picture of that screen. “POSSUM RANCH” and you would give it a name. “SAVE” and you would have a permanent record (if desired). “MAP” and you would be back viewing the map as if nothing happened.

Does anyone on this board have enough pull to get Garmin (or any other brand) to add these or similar functions to their GPS units. Personally, all I want is basic functionality of getting me from one place to another. I have a six CD MP3 player integrated into my audio system on my truck, so I don’t need a MP3 player. I can’t look at pictures on the unit and drive. If I want to show someone the pictures, I have them on my computer and notebook. I don’t need to have books read to me. These types of features simply increase the cost of the unit, do a very poor job of what it is trying to do (such as the FM transmitter), and frustrate the operator trying to get them to work. If anyone needs these functions I would suggest that they look for better alternatives.

FWIW, Curt Hinson

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The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.

Huh?

Sorry, I must be slow. I have no clue what you are trying to accomplish.

CurtHinson wrote:

I touch the vehicle icon and it provides me with a screen that has the coordinates, nearest address and nearest intersection (note that the camera icon has moved back to the upper right side of the screen). You must save that location by giving it a name (or it will disappear), so I press “Save Location”. I now must give it a name (while driving since I probably will be alone),, so I try to enter a name via the keyboard.

Why don't you just pull over before attempting to mess with your GPS?

And as far as taking a screen shot of saved location, why don't you do that at home instead of while driving?

Here's what you can do:
1. As you are driving around you spot a location that you want to save. First thing to do is pull over.
2. Tap the vehicle icon and select Save Location. Enter the name and press Done. Then continue driving.
3. When you get home turn on the screen shot feature. Then select Where To, Favorites, select the location, and select Show Map. Zoom in or out (if necessary) and then take the screen shot.

Save location

I think that you may be making it too hard, but I may be missing the point. This is what I do. As I drive if I notice a correction to a poi that I work on I will tap the screen, save with a name that is abbreviated (mcd, kk, bk). I then will read my favorites with GeePeeEx. It has the coordinates saved in the favorite so I can read them. You could also read them with mapsource.

Maybe that would be easier, as I agree the camera is always not where you want it....

daniel

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Garmin StreetPilot c580 & Nuvi 760 - Member 32160 - Traveling in Kansas

Making it too hard

The simplest thing to do would be to touch the icon then just save whatever the GPS wants to name it (probably something like 'waypoint1'). Next time you stop just open the waypoints and edit the name.

The second alternative as already suggested, just pull over and type in the info. In another thread somone admits to rear ending three cars while playing with their GPS. Not that you'd do that but it points out the potential anytime you take your eyes off the road.

Another alternative, the Nuvi 800 series responds to voice commands as you've requested. Maybe you just need to upgrade.

Cheers

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Garmin GPS III, GPS V, StreetPilot 2610, Mobile 10, Nuvi 660, Nuvi 760

New Location

I recently did what you are describing for a new store location in my area, but in this way:

1. Enabled screenshot
2. Return to the main screen
3. Pressed the Sat bars long enough to enter the Sat screen which displays the lat/lon
4. Pressed the power button to take the snapshot
5. Came home and connected my 660 to my PC
6. Opened the snapshot photo and copied down the lat/lon
7. Emailed the file maintainer with the store address, phone number and lat/lon info

I never bothered saving it as a favorite and just deleted the snapshot file after I was done.

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