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GPSRouteX is a full-featured, auto-sequencing GPS route navigation application for Mac OS X. Full support for GPSd, import/export Google Earth KML files, import/export GPX files, create your own routes and waypoints, even use your laptop with Google Earth driving directions to give you spoken, "turn-by-turn" driving directions! For a more complete description, check out the feature list.

What's New

Version 1.01:
  • first full release
  • new icons
  • added system clock-sync function
  • updated help
  • removed inactive menu items


  • Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • A GPS unit compatible with your computer

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Robin Darroch (Developer) Member IconDev+0
Robin Darroch (Developer)

Don't be put off by the above review - it's actually incorrect in some important regards. GPSRouteX works with anything that GPSd supports - including serial, USB and Bluetooth GPS receivers. It is correct that you need to install GPSd before you can run GPSRouteX... but that's very easy to do: gpsdX comes with an installer and a GUI config utility that takes care of all the heavy lifting. Best of all, gpsdX is free!

I sent an e-mail to the user who posted the above comments to try and help him figure out the problems he was having, but haven't heard back from him yet. If you have any problems with any of my software, please e-mail me using the address on the web site. As many users can attest, I'll do my best to sort out any problems... and of course, I'm always keen to improve the software, too!

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Version 1.0.1
xtal Member IconReview-2

Features: it only supports RS232, so it's pretty useless for people who have bought their GPS recevers in the last few years. Come on, it's 2006 now, every manufacturer uses USB!

Ease of use: i was surprised at first when I could start the application. After I read the manual, I have figured out that you need some kind of a driver (gpsdX). Please, write a proper installer, Mac folks are not used to fiddle around with the installation of extra software components to get the application work!

Value: for an application with no USB support and manual setup, a price of 29$ is definitely too much.

Stability: no issues at all, therefore 5 stars here.

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Version 1.0.1
Robin Darroch (Developer)

"it only supports RS232" - this is incorrect. It supports every GPS which GPSd supports, including many USB and Bluetooth GPS units. I myself use it with a Holux GM-210 USB GPS, and it works perfectly. I know of other people using it with Bluetooth units with similar success.

In fact, GPS hardware support is not part of GPSRouteX at all - that is contained entirely in GPSd (gpsdX).

"I have figured out that you need some kind of a driver (gpsdX)". True. As stated on the home page and in the ReadMe file on the disk image, GPSRouteX requires GPSd to run. gpsdX (which is a Mac-native Universal Binary build of GPSd) is a completely separate system upon which GPSRouteX depends. Although I understand your initial confusion, the installation of gpsdX is fairly clearly linked on the install disk image (both as a web link to the gpsdX home page, and in the ReadMe file... I've tried to keep the ReadMe short and to the point, so that - hopefully - people will actually read it).

Many people would prefer that a new piece of software didn't go installing things behind their backs, and I have to say I am with them. Since this application requires more than can be achieved with just "drag-and-drop" installation (which is really the only 100% Mac-like way of doing things), I've elected to keep gpsdX clearly separate, so that the user can install it when they need it (if they don't already have it), and see very clearly what happens when they do so.

Value: for an application with no USB support and manual setup, a price of 29$ is definitely too much.

gpsdX is completely free, includes an installer and GUI config utility, and enables GPSRouteX to support most current USB and Bluetooth GPS receivers, then allowing you to use many freely available sources of data extremely easily. Since no other Mac application currently does automatic route sequencing, and most others start at $50 or more, I hope $29 isn't too much to ask for a program with more powerful features and (in combination with gpsdX) similarly comprehensive GPS hardware support.

Then again, if real-time route navigation isn't actually what you want to do, then $29 is definitely too much to pay, because that's what this program does. :) If you're looking for utilities to transfer data to and from handheld GPS units, then it's definitely better to look in other places.

Thanks for your review... and let me know if you think of any other features you'd like to see in this program in future!

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Downloads 5,123
Version Downloads 193
License Demo
Date 22 Jul 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $29.00
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