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GPS is coming on strong for the Mac

January 1st, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

I was pretty excited when Google Reader showed me a new entry on the Garmin Blog last Friday about how they were going to release Garmin Training Center for the Mac. GPS (like its cousin, GIS) has always been a bit behind on the Mac. Still, we are starting to get some good tools now. Motionbased.com still doesn’t have all the functionality that is available to the PC side, but it’s close.

I think improved GPS support is really telling, in two ways. First, GPS is getting big. Sure, we gadget types have always loved these things, and we buy them pre-installed in our cars. But the market was very windows-centric because it was seen as a small niche and development resources went to the Windows market. Think Delorme and Microsoft Streets & Trips, et al. GPS is now big enough to warrant more interesting products for the Mac. Second, the Mac is getting really big. There’s a lot of excitement about the Mac platform and more and more software vendors are committing resources to develop apps for the Mac. This is awesome.

At this point, with Nike+ doing the treadmill thing, and Garmin doing the trail / running / biking thing, there are really good outdoor/fitness solutions out there Mac users. There’s even some interesting indie software like trailrunnerx. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks promising. I’m looking forward to seeing more of this trend in 2007.

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