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There are people who love Apple and people who hate them. No matter
how you feel though, there's no denying the incredible success Apple
has gained since the iPod, iPhone, and iPad product lines. Today Apple
is the largest company in the world by market capitalization:
- Apple is bigger than the entire US stock market was in 1977
- Apple is worth more than than all NFL football teams combined (by ten
- Apple is significantly larger than the GDP of Denmark (and Sweden and
and Venezuela and approximately 160 other countries)
We've had a long personal history with Apple ourselves:
- Karen was an employee of Apple doing marketing in the very early 90's
- Our first company developed software for the Macintosh (real success
came when we ported that software to Windows though)
- Jeff met with Steve Jobs twice and had numerous conversations and
meetings with Bill Atkinson, developer of MacPaint and HyperCard
- Products that we developed were on the cover of MacWeek and we
received a MacEddy award for software we wrote for another company
There were years when we only used Macs and years where we got rid of
all of them and only used Windows. Today we have both although our
main laptops are both MacBooks (a Pro and an Air). We use Boot Camp
to run Windows on the Macs for navigation software which works great
although requires a reboot.
It's estimated that 8-9% of computers in use today are Macs. This is
interesting because the ActiveCaptain website statistics show that
about 22% of the access to the site is using Mac/OSX. So more boats
out there are floating with Macs than you'd normally see in other
Because of this, we thought it would be a great time to talk about
the Mac navigation software that we use on our own Macs - PolarView.
It's a native OSX application that uses the free BSB/NOAA raster and
S57/NOAA vector charts along with a variety of international chart
options. It's blazingly fast, creates routes that are compatible with
ActiveCaptain, and has full support for the ActiveCaptain data offline.
You can even write a review for a marker while using PolarView.
PolarView has a normal price of $49.99 and includes a license for 5
computers. There is a Windows version too and you can use the 5 copies
across any combination of 5 computers (Windows or Mac/OSX).
Right now there's a special price of $39.99 - but we're not done.
We wrote to the developer and November isn't a big month for navigation
software so they're providing a $9.99 coupon to ActiveCaptain users
between November 1st and 30th. Use this code when purchasing:
If you have a Mac, this is really great native OSX software and
you'll find good uses for it. Plug in a USB GPS like the GlobalSat
BU-353 and you have a full backup navigation system for your Mac.
This is the only OSX navigation software with ActiveCaptain support.
We honestly use this software for real. And often. It's quite nice
to be able to run it without rebooting into Windows.
More info on PolarView including a free 30 day trial:
Polar Navy - Marine Navigation Software
A good place to purchase the GlabalSat BU-353: