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02-26-2014 10:36 AM
christian.hess
Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

^^more info about that please?
02-25-2014 09:26 PM
N4HHM
Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

I've used it for several months and it works great. Using a module to convert 12 v to 19v for my laptop so I would not have to use an AC inverter (keeps everything DC). I think mine was $ 79.00 with the usb/gps.
02-25-2014 09:09 PM
latka
Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

Thnx for that guys. I have sorted the problem in the mean time, the GPS is using the COM3 port whereas the computer was looking at COM1 !
02-25-2014 01:36 PM
eherlihy
Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

Updates to PolarView NS are FREE once you have purchased a license. If you have purchased, then you are entitled to an upgrade.

Also according to PolarCOM Free Download PolarCOM is FREEWARE;
Quote:
The term freeware generally denotes software products that may be downloaded and used at no cost, for an unlimited period of time. This is in contrast to the trial licensing model, for example, where the software may be used fully and freely, but for a limited amount of time (usually 15 to 90 days).

There is an important distinction to be made, however, depending on how the software is used and on vendor policies. Using a product at home for activities that do not generate income is deemed as personal use, whereas using it in a company or other similar scenarios is classified as commercial use. It is common practice for software vendors to make an application freeware for personal use and at the same time require a fee to be paid for commercial use. Nevertheless, there is a considerable amount of software that is freeware for both personal and commercial use.
02-25-2014 12:55 PM
DRFerron
Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

PolarCom was free, but you needed the key they give you to unlock it so that it worked with the GPS. I haven't purchased a new version. Maybe that has changed since PolarCom is not used.
02-25-2014 12:40 PM
eherlihy
Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

With the updated version (2.0.2), I notice that it loads more quickly than the old version (1.whatever). I don't have my USB GPS puck, so I can't try that right now.

I did, however update over 450 charts in my library in UNDER 20 minutes.
02-25-2014 12:03 PM
eherlihy
Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

... Continuing...

I am glad that this came up. I just visited the Polar Navy site, and see that in Polar Navy 2.0, PolarCOM is retired! The product is now fully integrated as of October 14, 2013. I'm going to try it now.
02-25-2014 11:54 AM
eherlihy
Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

Thanks Donna, but I can find no notation to that effect...

I believe that PolarView NS will work if you download and install PolarCOM.

PolarCOM is a FREE, but separate, download. Here is the description;
Quote:
PolarCOM was developed to be an integrated NMEA 0183 marine navigation instrument data bridge and multipurpose data display. It combines background server operation with high quality easy to read and fully customizable digital instrument views, complementary to a chart display of PolarView.

PolarCOM can bridge any NMEA 0183 compatible data. It will understand and display data based on following sentences: GLL,GGA,GSA,GSV,VTG,RMC,DBT.
Available instrument types include:
- GPS position
- Speed Over Ground
- Course Over Ground (True)
- Course Over Ground (Magnetic)
- Depth Below Transducer
- Time of Day
- GPS Satellite Status
Here are some key features of "PolarCOM":
Support for multiple NMEA 0183 data sources and instrument types
TCP and UDP network server support permits sharing your NMEA 0183 data with network-enabled navigation software
NMEA data logging and replay capability
Customizable set of digital instruments for data display, providing virtually infinite combinations of views
02-25-2014 11:43 AM
DRFerron
Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

For Polar Navy, at least, the GPS only works with the paid version.
02-25-2014 11:27 AM
eherlihy
Re: Anybody tried SeaClear II free nav software?

Quote:
Originally Posted by LeeV View Post
I decided to try Polar Navy based on your suggestion. I downloaded the free 30 trial installed it and plugged the Garmin 76cx into the usb port. The instructions say: Right click on PolarCOM tray icon and select Configure menu option. Well, there is no tray icon (Blue Globe) and I cannot open the Configure menu! Even with the shift/alt/C, it won't open. So....here I go again!
Sorry that it took me so long to notice this thread (thanks Barry).

Stated earlier is that for PolarNavy to detect the GPS, you have to start PolarCOM either before or after you start Polar Navy (i've tried it both ways). PolarCOM creates and manages the virtual serial ports for the USB GPS.

I have tried SeaClear, OpenCPN and PolarNavy. For the cost of the software, and the ease of loading and updating charts, and the integration with ActiveCaptain, Polar Navy is, IMHO, the best of the bunch.
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