Yes I know that SEACLEAR is free, but they both work the same, scanning and importing your oun charts. I still havn't worked out how SEACLEAR works.
The way they others are going with no same standard, and opdating from day to day, one would be a fool to invest in such system...
Yes it looks very good at first glance, I like the idea of making vector charts from raster screens.
It's celestial navigation tools seem well developed, and therefore is going to suit blue water guys very well.
However, it's NMEA features seem extremely limited, I could not find mention of any NMEA output facilities for autopilot for instance.
Anyway I'm downloading it to have a good look.
I would have to say that it's got some way to go to compete with Seaclear, which is now highly developed, even to the extent of having an integrated AIS system.
Seaclear can display from various graphic formats - but its acutally better to use Mapcal to make WCI files of the chart scans - gives quicker and better performance, the WCI file carries all calabration info with it, so in fact you can copy them to a memory stick, cd, floppy, etc. etc . to use on various machines without using hard drive space ....
The method I use is to have all graphics scanned to cd and then import / convert these to wci into a chart directory on hard drive. Then calibrating each and saving as each calibration is added. <TIP> When calibrating a chart, save calibration as EACH point is calibrated - that way you reduce work each time you pick another point to use for calibration, as cursor position will be displayed etc. It will also show up bad scans for distortion etc.<>
Once I have all calibrated and saved - I then cut a cd-r with them and empty the hard drive. From the menu now reset directorys to that of the cd and let it re-list all charts .... now you have a chart folio system that is truly portable between pc's - as long as all pc's know to look on the cd for charts.
If you have BSB / KAP, NOS / GEO charts etc. - you can have those on cd as well, I usually set a different directory for WCI and other chart formats ... so that you have direct split. Setting directory in mapcal will set-up Seaclear fine.
So read page 19 onwards and it is not that hard honest ...... !!!
Unless of course this entire thread is a trade plug for Navigator 4.5 ?????
I have nothing against Nav 4.5 - just think that such a limited chart range is not suitable for a software program that charges a fee .... considering that Ozi-Explorer, WinGps, Seaclear etc. etc. are shareware / freeware and actually have wider chart format ranges and do more via NMEA ..... sorry - not convinced about Nav 4.5 ......
Sorry, I have to (sea)clear this up. I asked if anyone had tried it,(Navigator) not about how it works. Seaclear looks fine, it was just harder to find the info. M'm new to this, so many words are also new to me.
.I did join the yahoo group, but first time I open it,I found 50 emails I havn't asked for, so I droped out.
Seaclear and Navigator both works with your own scanned charts, and that was what I was after. No need to buy a plotter and the like.One need not fear a sudden update of soft or hardware, leaving you with more outdated stuff. I have enough of that.
Now I shall return to dreamland.
Sorry for my writing not always being correct, I'm a native DANE. /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif
I'm looking for mapcal , can't find it. Also my manual only has 15 pages, where is the others hiding ? Do they come with the mapcal download?
Thanks for the info on yahoo, I'll try it again. Now has to apply all over again.
Good news is, I have 12 month to find out and learn all I can.
I live in Brisbane which is a stopover and rest point for around the world sailors. /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif