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Car PC Hacks by Damien Stolarz

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Hack #73. Use CENTRAFUSE as Your Car PC Frontend

CENTRAFUSE integrates media playback, navigation, and hands-free mobile phone control in a clean, sharp-looking interface.

When I first installed a computer in my car, there wasn't any software available that did exactly what I needed it to do. That's when I decided to write CENTRAFUSE. What originally started out as a small project quickly grew into a large one. My main focus was to build a touchscreen-friendly music player, but it became much more than that. Just like any other car PC owner, I soon wanted navigation, video playback, and radio control capabilities, and I wanted it all integrated into one application—and hence, CENTRAFUSE expanded into what it is today (see Figure 7-14). This hack will tell you a bit about how CETRAFUSE works and the features it offers.

Installing CENTRAFUSE

To get started, visit http://www.fluxmedia.net and download the latest version of CENTRAFUSE. While visiting the site, it is also a good idea to download the latest user manual. If you plan on using any third-party applications (such as PhoneControl.NET [Hack #63] for phone integration or Radiator [Hack #19] for hardware radio control), I recommend that you install and set up these applications before running CENTRAFUSE. This will simplify the configuration process, because you will already know the locations of your external applications. If you plan on using GPS, you should install your GPS software and verify that it is functional before ...

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