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He is a flamer. One of the few other posts that this twit posted on another thread was another attempt to insult others. What he needs to understand is that someone who can't spell and doesn't have a concept of punctuation, and is rude on top of it, won't be taken seriously.

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He is a flamer. One of the few other posts that this twit posted on another thread was another attempt to insult others. What he needs to understand is that someone who can't spell and doesn't have a concept of punctuation, and is rude on top of it, won't be taken seriously.

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Not only have I installed and tested OpenCPN and found it to be pretty spot on, I plan on using it on my own cruiser when I acquire it. Thank you Tom, thanks for the heads up! Maybe I will install it on a Raspberry Pi with Mint OS and a liliput screen for fun, a pocket charter!
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I've installed it on Linux and it works great there, too. Great to support open source software. We need more if it in the world.

I use the simple USB puck, by the way. You can get on on Amazon for around $35 or so and they work great. I have also used my AIS receiver with OpenCPN.

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I've installed it on Linux and it works great there, too. Great to support open source software. We need more if it in the world.

I use the simple USB puck, by the way. You can get on on Amazon for around $35 or so and they work great. I have also used my AIS receiver with OpenCPN.
I use Open CPN on a netbook with a similar set up but with Win 7 starter. I am on different boats, so I like to have one system I can use without a learning curve. One boat was a AIS receiver with a serial connection, so I use an adapter.

I find that using Xport helps with com port issues.

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I find that using Xport helps with com port issues.
Ah, good to know. I shall load the free version on my "GO BAG" flash drive.
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Since I am Mac based...

I love MacENC. Combined with an iPad and iPhone (both running iNavX, it is a very nice system for much less than an installed chart plotter. And it ties very nicely into the rest of the onboard instruments.

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I have played with OpenCPN, Seaclear, PolarNavy, and Garmin's Mapsource (although, because I have never figured out how to use it with a GPS puck, I am not sure that Mapsource is comsidered "navigation software").

I have found that Seaclear and OpenCPN are a pain to configure the charts for, and they both forget which com port is configured with the GPS.

So far, PolarView seems easiest to configure, and manage MAPs. It has also not been a problem with configuring the GPS. It also integrates with Active Captain, so you have a summary of the cruising guide for the area for free. For $30, it seems worth the price.

I bought the license key Friday, and will apply it after my 30 day free trial ends.

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I have found that Seaclear and OpenCPN are a pain to configure the charts for, and they both forget which com port is configured with the GPS.
I use Xport to help configure com ports. It really helps when I am on a boat with a AIS receiver into which I plug.

I use CHS BSB4 charts, so I use a plug-in. No problems configuring charts.

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I have played with OpenCPN, Seaclear, PolarNavy, and Garmin's Mapsource (although, because I have never figured out how to use it with a GPS puck, I am not sure that Mapsource is comsidered "navigation software").

I have found that Seaclear and OpenCPN are a pain to configure the charts for, and they both forget which com port is configured with the GPS.

So far, PolarView seems easiest to configure, and manage MAPs. It has also not been a problem with configuring the GPS. It also integrates with Active Captain, so you have a summary of the cruising guide for the area for free. For $30, it seems worth the price.

I bought the license key Friday, and will apply it after my 30 day free trial ends.
One aspect of OpenCPN revealed in this thread - the dual screen capability - seems very desireable to me. Can Polar Navy do that - open two screens at the sametime at different zoom levels?
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One aspect of OpenCPN revealed in this thread - the dual screen capability - seems very desireable to me. Can Polar Navy do that - open two screens at the sametime at different zoom levels?
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No - at least not to my knowledge.

But, since brak is monitoring this thread, I expect this feature in the next release.


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