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OpenCPN Version 4.0 Released

As posted here. I was involved in testing the new release, and wrote a couple chapters of the documentation:
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The OpenCPN Development Team is proud to announce the release of OpenCPN Version 4.0.
OpenCPN Version 4.0 is available for immediate download.

This version is a major feature upgrade and maintenance release of OpenCPN.

OpenCPN is a cross platform electronic navigation system (ECS) supporting a variety of cartography standards and hardware interface protocols. Versions are available for Linux, Windows, and Macintosh computer architectures.

Since widespread introduction in 2008, OpenCPN has gained a solid reputation.
OpenCPN version 3.x has been downloaded more than 400,000 times.

OpenCPN is running on hardware from tiny Raspberry Pis with 4" screens up to networked workstations. The adaption to specific user scenarios and needs is easily achieved by using the Plug-in architecture and the wide scope of user settings.

A responsive international user and developer community together with an up-to-date and complete documentation are warrants to make installation and use of OpenCPN a pleasure.


Some features of OpenCPN include:
- Quilted Raster(RNC) and Vector(ENC) digital chart display
- Full compliant support for official vector charts in S-57/S-63 format and InlandENCs
- Industry standard GPS receiver interfacing, with "moving map" on-screen vessel tracking.
- AIS receiver interfacing with configurable target safety monitoring
- Integrated Route, Track, and Waypoint database, with industry standard Import/Export capabilities
- Tide and Current prediction, with on-screen overlay of predicted data.
- Broad International Language support
- PlugIn architecture allowing on-going third-party functional enhancements.


OpenCPN is released under the GPLV2 license. The executable program and its source code are available for immediate, free, and unlimited download from sourceforge.net.


As a successor to OpenCPN Version 3.2, OpenCPN Version 4.0 contains many new features and enhanced functions.
Among them are:

- Increased performance in all modes, particularly when using OpenGL graphics acceleration.

- Additional network interface methods, including TCP/IP client/server and UDP broadcast.

- Support for multiple data source instances, including
Filtering and prioritization of messages
Output of NMEA data streams for real-time integration into ship systems

- Improved support for Mac OS X systems, including 64 bit native support.

- Integrated Tablet/Touch screen support.

- AIS Personal Locater Beacon (PLB) configuration and tracking.

- Enhanced AIS target tracking modes.

- GRIB PlugIn feature additions.
Graphical GRIB email request generation.
Moving particle wind overlay.
Enhanced GRIB data type support.

- Dashboard PlugIn feature additions.
More selectable instruments.

- Several new and updated Plug-ins, including
Digital Radar overlay for popular radar scanners
World Magnetic Model variation compensator
Climatology analysis
Dynamic route planning
Integrated logbook
Realtime datastream capture, record and playback
Google Earth integration
Weatherfax overlay
Vector chart object and feature search tool
S63 Encrypted vector chart support

- Major update to embedded Users Manual.

- Measurably improved performance and reliability over all supported platforms.



We hope you enjoy the new features of OpenCPN Version 4.0, and look forward to your continued feedback.

Download OpenCPN Version 4.0 at

OpenCPN | SourceForge.net


To get the complete insight about OpenCPN, for PlugIns and other useful information, visit our support website at
OpenCPN | Official OpenCPN Homepage

Discussions, questions and feature requests you will find here:

OpenCPN - Cruisers & Sailing Forums


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Dave Register, Lead Developer
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Good timing. I am in the process of setting up a new computer. I'll DL 4.0 today.


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iPad compatible yet?

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Re: OpenCPN Version 4.0 Released

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iPad compatible yet?
Short answer: No

Long answer: OpenCPN relies on wxWidgets library for cross-platform compilation of a unified source code. Under the current development model, it will not be available for Android or iOS unless wxWidgets becomes available for them. (Take this with a grain of salt, since it is my non-programmer's interpretation of the status.)

If you want it on a tablet, OpenCPN runs great on Win8.1 tablets that can be found for a low as $200.

If you really want Android, a few masochists have rooted their Android tablets and installed Linux on them so they could run OpenCPN.

A few other people run OpenCPN on a laptop and use VNC server/client to mirror the display on Android (and provides some control of the computer). Since there's a version of VNC for iPad, I bet you could do the exact same thing with an iPad.

The descriptions for all of this can be found at the OpenCPN support forum:

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Thanks for that.
I'm running an iPad2, which is finally slowing down after all the IOS updates.
I may very well consider a Windoze tablet. My daughter seems to really like hers.

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Do windows tablets let you use a mouse?
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Hmm. Not working for me on OS X 10.6. I get to the "Welcome to OpenCPN" screen where it asks you to press OK or Cancel and nothing happens when I press either button. Then after a short while it crashes.

I'll try it again at home on 10.9 and see if that works any better.

Or maybe I just need to wait for 4.0.1

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Re: OpenCPN Version 4.0 Released

Have tried this program a few times with mixed results. Just tried this new release but when trying to lay in a route, it seems the screen view charts (NOAA ENC) do not mesh one to the next. From one waypoint to the next, you run into a blank space with no chart. No tweaking of the magnification seems to be able to make the next quilted chart appear. All my other programs, even simple SeaClear will quilt charts as you proceed plotting waypoints. The program seems better than it used to be but still appears to be user-unfriendly as far as getting the appropriate chart views in place. The first few times I tried the program it simply locked and crashed so it has improved.

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Have tried this program a few times with mixed results. Just tried this new release but when trying to lay in a route, it seems the screen view charts (NOAA ENC) do not mesh one to the next. From one waypoint to the next, you run into a blank space with no chart. No tweaking of the magnification seems to be able to make the next quilted chart appear. All my other programs, even simple SeaClear will quilt charts as you proceed plotting waypoints. The program seems better than it used to be but still appears to be user-unfriendly as far as getting the appropriate chart views in place. The first few times I tried the program it simply locked and crashed so it has improved.
Status report: Working absolutely flawlessly here, Ubuntu 14.04. Caveat: haven't tried it with AIS yet (boat is on the hard) but don't expect any problems, worked out of the box on the previous version.
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Yes they do. I use a small Bluetooth mouse with my Asus tablet. Also use a bluetooth keyboard when I have a table to set up on.

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