GPS (Global Positioning System) is a widely known technology today which is being extensively used for navigation purposes. Initially, this technology came into usage with the Defence Services in the US and thereafter, it was introduced on a large scale in the shipping industry. Today, it is featured in automobile, mobile phones, tablet devices etc. for its use by general public for navigating their way when they are on streets. Just like other components, GPS technology also requires a hardware along with a supporting software component which can decode all the information given by the GPS hardware. MarshallSoft GPS Component for VB v.2.2 is a package for designing such applications.
MarshallSoft GPS Component for VB v.2.2 is a shareware application from MarshallSoft Computing is a Win32 DLL (Dynamic Link Library) that lets a VB program and .NET version 2.0 or higher, to communicate with a GPS device connected to RS232 serial port and supplying NMEA 183 standard sentences. The component uses Win32 and Win64 (for 32 and 64 bit applications) Application Programming Interface for connecting to the serial ports, thus eliminating the need for any special drivers for Windows. The supported sentences for receiving and decoding from a hardware device include GPRMC, GPGSA, GPGGA, GPGLL, GPWPL, GPVTG, GPGSV etc. The application can connect with the device via a simple bluetooth serial port and has the full ability to convert the units of measure with its built in functionality. The program has a GUI interface showing all the information like latitude and longitudes in the map.
To conclude with, MarshallSoft GPS Component for VB v.2.2 is a user friendly component to let the user easily gain access to GPS hardware and provides the user, complete navigation information. Hence, it receives a score of three and a half rating points on the scale of five.