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08-05-2012 04:38 PM
JeffreySiegel
Re: Active Captain & iPad Aarghhhhhh

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Skippy. Go back and press the edit button on your post then, because that is not at all what you said and there was no ability to sense a joke.
It was OK. It's a common question - I'm happy to answer here and hit a dozen people with the same question rather than be asked it ten times in private.

There is another website (a major one too) that is implementing their own non-Flash support for ActiveCaptain. They're adding some significant other content to it too. It's a huge announcement set for the next few weeks and it'll provide another alternative that's totally free for online access to the data.
08-03-2012 11:15 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Active Captain & iPad Aarghhhhhh

The first download of the Active Captain database takes some time and is best done on a good wifi connection, not cellular. I update about monthly, which takes a minute or so via cellular. I had no trouble using my name and pwd.

p.s. skippy, you still haven't amended your post.
08-03-2012 10:50 AM
Skippyman
Re: Active Captain & iPad Aarghhhhhh

Minnewaska, you are absolutely correct. I worded the post poorly and I should have corrected it, as regarding AC. I do not like Charts and Tides for the reasons stated. Pschoonveld, Easeachart got poor reviews. "I've used this app a few times now and it's been okay. When it works it works well and gives you quick accurate info on depths and position. Unfortunately you can sail off the edge of the map. I couldn't get it to load the next map." "I bought this because it claims active captain support. I don't know because it won't allow me to enter my road runner email address as required for logging in to active captain. I reported this via email three times, and once via their web site. I get an auto reply, but that's the extent of their support." What has been your experience accessing Active Captain?
08-02-2012 11:50 PM
pschoonveld
Re: Active Captain & iPad Aarghhhhhh

Technical politics aside, I like eseachart quite a lot. It's cheap and has raster charts, which I enjoy. It has quite a few usability issues, but my main purposes are at route planning at home and activecaptain while underway. With the iPad being poor at best in daylight, I wouldn't use much of the chart plotting underway.

The other thing is that I like using eseachart to look at distant places. I can explore key west, my old stomping grounds on the great lakes and NY harbor, with AC info, without buying more charts.

It doesn't replace more full featured options, but it suits my needs.
08-02-2012 10:17 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Active Captain & iPad Aarghhhhhh

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Originally Posted by Skippyman View Post
Jef, I should have said that I was joking. I have spotty internet service. AC is great service and I have and would recommend it ti all my friends. As to the use of Charts & Tides, I was referring it my inability to see routs I have created and also the icons are just colored dots.
Skippy. Go back and press the edit button on your post then, because that is not at all what you said and there was no ability to sense a joke.
08-02-2012 05:33 PM
Skippyman
Re: Active Captain & iPad Aarghhhhhh

Jef, I should have said that I was joking. I have spotty internet service. AC is great service and I have and would recommend it ti all my friends. As to the use of Charts & Tides, I was referring it my inability to see routs I have created and also the icons are just colored dots.
08-02-2012 05:27 PM
SVAuspicious
Re: Active Captain & iPad Aarghhhhhh

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Originally Posted by Skippyman View Post
I have "Charts & Tides" app on our I-pad and it is close to worthless when it comes to using AC. Is there any other app that will allow you to access routs as well as reviews from AC ?
I've been using Charts & Tides since its commercial release. It is a great app. Why do you think it is useless? Without really clear data I would think you're missing something.
08-02-2012 05:26 PM
JeffreySiegel
Re: Active Captain & iPad Aarghhhhhh

The download time is only bad the first time you load the data - and it's compressed and doesn't use a lot of bandwidth even over cellular. After that, it only downloads the items that have changed since the last download.

Anyway, the reason it's big is because there's so much data - which is exactly why you want to load it in the first place!
08-02-2012 05:21 PM
Skippyman
Re: Active Captain & iPad Aarghhhhhh

Thanks Jeff, now can you do something about the down load time.
08-02-2012 05:10 PM
JeffreySiegel
Re: Active Captain & iPad Aarghhhhhh

I've been using Charts & Tides for over 2 years - I helped test and debug it. They only use NOAA vector charts so if there aren't NOAA vector charts for the area you're in, the chart support is poor. In all cases, the ActiveCaptain support is excellent - the best of all products that exist currently. They've also added Canadian CHS charts recently.

Today eSeaChart and SailTimer also support ActiveCaptain offline on the iPad. Garmin's app is about to be released with support as well. SailTimer is especially interesting because of the TDD/wind/tacking calculations they do. It just came out 2 weeks ago.
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