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11-14-2015 01:58 PM
eherlihy
Re: Free or low cost GPS navigation software?

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Originally Posted by DRFerron View Post
I think he's talking about the navigation software license. At least, that's how I read it in the Polar Navy thread where the same message was posted.
U R correct, Donna.
11-14-2015 09:21 AM
mrmac
Re: Free or low cost GPS navigation software?

FREE APP -- FREE CHARTS

We have a Garmin 4210 on Southern Comfort which works well, but I prefer a free software program, OpenCPN 4.0 for navigating. When you are in a narrow, twisting, poorly marked channel, it is comforting to have one person drive as another studies the boat's position and assists. OpenCPN has better resolution than the Garmin, is terrific for trip planning, and has better features.

I have a 7 year old ACER netbook (Windows), a USB GPS puck, and an inexpensive mouse which I use to run OpenCPN. The charts are free from NOAA and updated regularly.


OpenCPN 4.0
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10-09-2015 01:23 PM
DRFerron
Re: Free or low cost GPS navigation software?

I think he's talking about the navigation software license. At least, that's how I read it in the Polar Navy thread where the same message was posted.
10-09-2015 12:31 PM
hellosailor
Re: Free or low cost GPS navigation software?

"Upgrading your OS (I just jumped from Win7 to Win10) REQUIRES that you use an additional license!"
How's that? What required the additional license, when MS provides a Win10 upgrade from comparable versions of Win7 at no charge. (An exception being certain highly discounted versions of Win7, like some of the developer licenses and other "not normal retail" licenses.)
10-09-2015 10:53 AM
eherlihy
Re: Free or low cost GPS navigation software?

Upgrading your OS (I just jumped from Win7 to Win10) REQUIRES that you use an additional license!

I just ran into this issue with PolarView NS from PolarNavy; it isn't so much "a problem," but it is something that you should be reminded of (it took me by surprise). Your initial purchase likely included 5 licenses, so it should not be a big deal. If you are running those 5 licenses on multiple machines (I am also running on a WinXP machine at my navigation station), be careful that you don't run out of licenses.

(Note to Mods; yes, I am posting this in multiple threads pertaining to PolarView NS)
03-06-2013 08:31 PM
rockDAWG
Re: Free or low cost GPS navigation software?

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Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
Have I mentioned how happy I am with Polar Navy? For <$50 for up to 5 PCs (one license covers 5 installations); it is easy to use, easy to update, and it works!

Maybe I have...

DISCLAIMER: I have NO affiliation with PolarNavy, other than as a satisfied user.
I have Polar Navy too and love it. BUUUUUTTTTTTTTTTTT, I have a problem I can't download and purchase other charts, like the charts for Central America or other places outside U.S. It seems that we need to have two separate registrations from Polar navy and the charting company. Somehow, I got really lost between them. Well... that was a couple months ago, it is still not werking
03-05-2013 01:51 PM
nodders
Re: Free or low cost GPS navigation software?

I purchased electronic Garmin charts for $50 and downloaded on my IPad. works GREAT! Excellent detail/accuracy and the "active captain" feature that has all kinds of information. Of course good to maintain vigilence on depth sounder.
03-04-2013 04:00 PM
tap
Re: Free or low cost GPS navigation software?

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I just spent totally frustrating time trying to download opencpn. Carefully following instructions on a desktop running W7, I was able to only download a decompression program. No navigation program. The download also graciously loaded Yahoo onto my computer, which I had no interest in. Getting rid of Yahoo is almost impossible. I urge caution before trying to down load opencpn at this time.
You probably tried to downloaded it from softpedia or one of the other scam sites instead of from opencpn's site. These sites make money off of other people's software by optimizing their pages to show up in search results and then serving up a page full of ads to people searching for the software. Instead of directing people to the real site of the software they provide a fake download link that installs adware and spyware on you computer. Then maybe you get directed to the opencpn site to download it (using opencpn's bandwidth of course), which you could have done all along without ever visiting the scammer's site.
03-04-2013 02:23 PM
eherlihy
Re: Free or low cost GPS navigation software?

Have I mentioned how happy I am with Polar Navy? For <$50 for up to 5 PCs (one license covers 5 installations); it is easy to use, easy to update, and it works!

Maybe I have...

DISCLAIMER: I have NO affiliation with PolarNavy, other than as a satisfied user.
03-04-2013 01:28 PM
denverd0n
Re: Free or low cost GPS navigation software?

Have to agree with hellosailor that the problem is on your end, dongreerps. Over the weekend I downloaded the latest version of OpenCPN and installed it with absolutely no issues at all. Were you downloading it from the official OpenCPN site? That would be OpenCPN | Official OpenCPN Homepage
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