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PolarView (was: Alpha testers wanted)

G'day all!

A brand new ENC (vector) chart navigation application for Windows and MacOS is looking for alpha testers. If you are interested in navigation, software and have a bit of a daredevil in you - apply here.

This is a first attempt at letting anyone not related to the product take a look. To be sure, application is far from complete (it is, essentially, an ENC viewer). If you try it, you *will* encounter bugs - this is the nature of Alpha stage products.

We are looking for your feedback. It is still very early in development cycle and your feedback will most certainly have a real and significant impact on direction the project takes.

We know that more features are missing than can be counted. What we are looking for in particular is feedback on the features that are currently in the product. Some of the areas that need an outside expert user look are:
- Chart display correctness.
- Chart color and symbol selection and readability.
- Operation on various hardware and OS platforms.

The application is currently available for Win32 (Windows 2000/XP, potentially Vista, we are looking for Vista testers) and Mac OS (Intel only, no PowerPC support) 10.5 Leopard (10.4 Tiger needs testers as well).

If you like what you read and want to risk it - visit download area at Polar Navy . Download is "by invitation" and access keyword is ALPHA1.

Thanks all

P.S. The installation package does not include any charts. Charts in ENC format can be downloaded from NOAA web site at Electronic Navigational Charts: NOAA ENCsĀ®. Download ENC charts, place them in any location on your hard drive and use File->Open menu item to open ENC chart files. The primary ENC chart file that needs to be selected is the one with extension .000.
Documentation will be available shortly - pardon the dust.

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I love looking at software like this just for fun so I tried downloading it but for some reason my screen is just black when I opened it on my mac which is set up with leopard. Any help?????

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I love looking at software like this just for fun so I tried downloading it but for some reason my screen is just black when I opened it on my mac which is set up with leopard. Any help?????
One thing that is missing is a README file We are working on it (but this will count as feedback number 1 ).

The software does not include any charts. Charts in S57 ENC format are available from NOAA website here: Electronic Navigational Charts: NOAA ENCsĀ®

Once you download an ENC cell, use File->Open menu to open it. Something should appear on your screen. If it does not - that would be feedback item number 2.
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O thanks that would help maybe you should include that in you original post. Ill give you feedback as I explore.

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I love looking at software like this just for fun
It's amazing your computer still works.

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Ya I know its running a lil bit slow but not too slow and I havn't got any viruses yet. I love my mac.

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I'll have a go at it when I get home tonight... sounds interesting and I love breaking things

I encourage a Linux version!
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I'll have a go at it when I get home tonight... sounds interesting and I love breaking things

I encourage a Linux version!
Linux version may come later. It is technically possible (and verified to work under controlled conditions) but challenging to maintain due to variety of available versions and distributions of Linux. If it will happen, it will probably be a few iterations later, when (if) we get through Alpha and Beta towards production release.
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K after playing around a little bit the NOAA charts aren't too detailed in the viewer. I do have the way zoomed out version but I thought they would still have some sort of labels.....heres a couple screen shots. The first one is after I downloaded all of the charts....too much space so I deleted then the second one is pretty much New England.Alpha testers wanted-test2.jpg

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Brak, any maps of Europe? Portugal and Spain?

If there are I will be interested.

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