Installing the Desktop Version of "MTK Data Logger Control BT747"

IMPORTANT: BT747 is updated with a CERTIFICATE to comply with JAVA 7 (1.7.0_51) security.
(I bought a trusted certificate (provided by a trusted authority) for about $300.  Received it on Jan. 17, 2014.
Thank you (!) to the users that donated a bit (thanks!) to partially cover the cost of the certificate.
 If every person using BT747 would donate $1 the cost would be covered in about two weeks (luckyly for you, I did not wait to cover the cost).

Installing the desktop version of BT747 for GPS control is fairly easy through the 'Java Web Start' system.  This system works on Windows flavours, MacOS and Linux.

To download zip files follow this link.

On Ubuntu it is recommended to Install sun-java6 first

For easy installation (RECOMMENDED!), use one of these links:
Try the desktop version of BT747
or Install the desktop version of BT747
Try the development version
, Install the current development version or keep it up to date automatically.

On recent machines or in case of trouble with the serial link: BT747 Latest using RxTx 2.2pre2 (RxTx dev version) for Windows 32 & 64 bit, MacOSX, Linux or Install the development version using RXTX2.2pre or Install the stable version using RXTX2.2pre

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Wanted: small tracker with display and large memory

I currently use a Holux M241, and the features I like most are

  • AA battery: you can get them anywhere on this world
  • Display showing coordinates or velocity or distance
  • Good cooperation with BT747

However, the memory for 131000 track points (less with newer firmware) is a bit tiny for any holiday of more than a week.

I found the "Locosys GPS Walker" with about 2 GBytes of Memory (and a built-in mp3-player, who needs that?), but that thing has some disadvantages:

C_GPS2KML - Creating advanced KML output

C_GPS2KML is a tool that reads CSV or NMEA files to create advanced and configurable KML output (for Google Earth,...) that can be easily integrated in BT747.

It can show direction of movement, speed history, detailed login information, and can also generate static and interactive graphs of altitude, speed, acceleration, satellite reception quality, etc. All the parameters of the KMZ are configurable (colors, size, alpha, icons...).

BT747 Debian Package in preparation

A debian package for BT747 is now in preparation.

I was contacted to see if I was willing to assist in that , which I agreed.  I made some updates already to make the packaging easier, but there is still some work to do by the packager.

Installing BT747 in Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) - Installing sun-java6

Every new version of an OS is subject to generating secondary effects and the latest Ubuntu version has an impact on BT747.

By default OpenJDK Java 6 is installed for the core java virtual machine and libraries and Icedtea to enable 'Java Web Start'.

Unfortunately that seems to result in some trouble here and there so I recommend to install the 'sun-java6' package instead.  Sun has been acquired by Oracle, but the package still is 'sun-java6'.

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