GeoSetter and Internet Explorer

I often will be asked why GeoSetter needs an installed Internet Explorer, currently Version 10. It doesn’t play a role if you also have Chrome, Firefox, Opera or another browser installed on your system. GeoSetter uses the IE.

The reason for it is, that only the Internet Explorer can be embedded into applications as an ActiveX control. The map window which is shown in GeoSetter is the Internet Explorer, of course without any surrounding stuff, without menus, without a toolbar etc..

Obviously the Internet Explorer is installed on each Windows machine – unless you didn’t uninstall it for yourself. So GeoSetter should run on each Windows system, but unfortunately it doesn’t. By now GeoSetter is using Google Maps API, a JavaScript interface for showing the map. As Google continuously extends the functionality of their API, using up to date JavaScript functionality, Google always requires a minimum version of browsers for running their code. At the moment, for the IE, it’s version 10 (please see here: Google Maps JavaScript Browser Support). Unfortunately this version is not installable on Windows XP, as XP doesn’t fulfill the security requirements of this browser and all newer versions. In consequence: GeoSetter doesn’t work correctly on Windows XP. It runs, but the map will not work completely or it will produce error messages or wrong behaviour. I’m afraid this can’t be changed by me…

7 comments

  1. I am not sure where you’re getting your info,
    but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
    Thanks for excellent information I was looking for this info
    for my mission.

  2. А где скачать старые версии, которые поддерживают XP?

    1. Because it’s Google which requires IE 10, not GeoSetter, there’s no older version of GeoSetter you can use. All versions of GeoSetter use Google Maps… I’m sorry!

  3. I know about it. I also search for it on the topic from there I collect some things then I used it and now it running smoothly. if you want to know that things then just browse the site and know from it.

  4. This looks as though it has great potential; thanks.
    I’m haveing great trouble seeing any map – IE is installed on Win10, I added Geosetter to prorams allowed through Win’s firewall, Google Maps is working fine in IE10. I can’t think of anything else to check. Using MBAM and WinDefender+Firewall.
    The map panel says:
    “The Map can’t be found at:
    http://www.friedemann-schmidt.com/geosetter/gmap21.html [* indeed, that page doesn’t seem to exist]
    Please Fill In The Correct Path at Program Settings…
    This problem can also be caused by the following reasons:
    Microsoft Internet Explorer is not installed properly
    Security settings of Microsoft Internet Explorer prohibits executing active scripting
    Proxy server (please adjust this also in the program settings)
    Firewall which blocks GeoSetter accessing the internet”

    I see that in IE settings, Advanced, Security – ‘Allow active content to run in files on my computer’ is not ticked; should it be? Danger?

    Thx. PhredE

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