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Program Announcements / 'navEgator' - game to practice map reading skills

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GeeBee
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Posted: 18th Oct 2011 22:52 Edited at: 18th Oct 2011 23:04
[Edit] Fluffed the links - see next post

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GeeBee
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Posted: 18th Oct 2011 23:02
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If anyone has time to look over my "serious game" and provide feedback then it would be much appreciated. It won't "thrill" but that wasn't the aim!!

In particular, different computers seem to run slow, despite my attempts to develop it without any need for significant graphics requirements.

It's really intended for assisting with the learning of initial map reading skills, then providing an environment within which to practice them (without going outside to the cold 'n' wet...).

I've thrown together a couple of map-reading tutorials if any of you are in that 'novice' position.

Application and Media at (approx 130mb):
http://www.mediafire.com/?gcx4dr54jp40o02

Tutorial / Overview at:
http://www.mediafire.com/?d94j1741d7x5jh4

Simple tutorial at:
http://www.mediafire.com/?9du1evodud89j26

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Posted: 26th Nov 2011 10:07
I am intrigued by your program,
Unfortunately it won’t work on my computer; I suspect it uses shaders,
My computer does not like shaders
Is it possible to make the program without shaders (if used)

If not do you know any other programs ‘out there’ like yours?
(DB or not DB) or any websites for this hobby.
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Posted: 26th Nov 2011 22:43 Edited at: 26th Nov 2011 22:44
SuziY

No shaders used - deliberately because the audience I was developing for would probably only have older laptops & limited (probably on-board) graphics.

Sorry to hear you aren't having any success. Can you provide your computer specs? Any error messages?

In the meantime you might want to look at a small (3mb) promo video:
http://www.mediafire.com/?i8xa6ua54a22xha

There is also a map-reading tutorial (.pdf - 4mb) using screenshots from the app. This may help you decide if you want to keep trying to get navEgator to work:
http://www.mediafire.com/?cl2xl5me4p3m9vi

See what you think

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Posted: 28th Nov 2011 10:10
GeeBee

Thanks for your quick reply, I looked at both the PDFs which is what interested me in the program,

I re-installed your program, but left out the Direct X, and it works, so thank you very much.

However I still don’t understand what it is I am supposed to do,
the PDFs give a good overview, but I’m still at a loss how to
read the map and/or find the targets/locate my position (I don’t have any experience in proper map reading (other than A-Z))

on the menu screen the program claims a trial is the program to
be sold?
Is it aimed at the specialist or general release?
What gave you the idea?
(sorry about the slow reply, I use public service internet and am only allowed an hour
per day, via libraries )
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Posted: 28th Nov 2011 23:46
SuziY

Great - good to hear its working now.

NavEgator is a kind of "Serious Game". The intent was to allow people who had received instructor-led map reading tuition (possibly also using navEgator) to then be able to undertake confirmatory practice in their own time, and as frequently as they wished. Often I have found that such practical skills fade rapidly unless reinforced early by lots of use. Unless the person is a regular mountaineer or similar, the opportunity to do so may not arise sufficiently. If this process had some 'fun' element, then so much the better!

I will take a fews days thinking about how I could improve things for someone like yourself - ie no prior map reading skills, or instructor to lead you through the basics.

The trial date limit is currently more to assist version control. As good ideas or feedback is received, I can be confident that future enhanced releases are the only ones `out there`!

GeeBee

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Posted: 12th Jan 2012 22:40
I have updated & improved the tutorial about how to produce accurate grid references.

If anyone wants similar tutorials on other aspects of map-reading I can mash a few together.

http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?27btdypxjrvdoi4

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Posted: 18th Jan 2012 10:08
Thanks for the Tutorial, I have been looking at
YouTube Videos
How to Find Your Position on a Topo Map Using a GPS UTM
How to find a map grid reference
And others
To get a handle on Map Reading.

So thank you for a most intriguing, unusual, absorbing, simulation

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