Feb 28 2009

APIC Moving Map Review on Mio C320 (Doesn’t Work)

Category: Aviation GPS,RamblingsDaniel @ 12:35 pm

Approach Systems Inc’s APIC Moving Map software, although very cool looking, AND the availability of a totally free version, is not compatible with the Mio C320.  According to their website, the program is not compatible with any program running Windows CE.  Even though the Mio does indeed run WinCE, I did try installing it anyway and sure enough, it doesn’t work.  Oh well.  If the makers of APIC decide to ever make a version for Windows CE, you bet I’ll be first in line to test/try it!

I will say the PC version (especially the free version) is very cool and if you have an ultra-mobile notebook PC with a GPS receiver, definitely give this software a shot.

Test Specs: Approach Systems APIC tested on February 27, 2009 on Mio C320
Pros: Cool looking, but doesn’t work on Mio.  Give PC version a shot.
Cons: Does not work on Mio C320.

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5 Responses to “APIC Moving Map Review on Mio C320 (Doesn’t Work)”

  1. Ken says:

    The software is quite good, agreed. However be wary if you live outside the USA as their databases and map / airspace reservation support is very poor in other countries. Indeed they are so old and patchy that they are illegal at best and dangerous at worse. That said for $9.95 you get a devent system for the USA.

  2. Dan Dambeanu says:

    I agree the interface is very nice and basic. There are few issues that were not resolved in the past 3 years. VOR and flight plan shows
    true headings and not magnetic. The blue tic marks on the compass rose of VOR in HSI mode are correct.
    The airspace blue line boundry jumps arround. The glide slope in the latest version is gone. The FInd Airport menu within flight plan does not
    give the option to choose airport ID, name or City. These are just some of the issues.
    Due to the fact that basic issues were not resolved lead me to firmly belive that Approach -systems does not have a devlopment group and did not
    since 2007 and all they do is get map updates from other sources and that is it and nothing more.
    Also they have no mission statement nor any intensions to get APIC working or WinCE which almost everyone uses or iPhone.
    it is sad that a nice software like this was just dumped.

  3. ken says:

    The system works pretty good while it’s working. However updates can be vey difficult and customer service is non-existant at this company. Mine worked until I updated it. The update process rendered the unit useless and the company didn’t care at all.

    • Dan says:

      That sucks to hear. I honestly threw out my Mio a few weeks ago since it never gets used. Once I got my iPhone and iPad, that’s all I’ve been using for navigation in the air ever since.

  4. Keith says:

    I have used the apic program. I liked it. For the money it is hard to beat. However when I tried to update my software on their site. It rendered my PDA unusable, and I paid them for the upgrade. To top it off, like ken said earlier, customer service at this company is non-existant. Now that I read all of ken’s review, my experience is almost exactly the same.

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