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Re: Open CPN 4.0 question--what am I missing here?
OpenCPN is an extraordinary piece of software!
It is free. It is open source. It is crowd created. There is an extensive support. It works with many chart formats. It can be connected to a number of external equipment as autopilot, AIS, radar, weather maps ...
And so on. There is much to like and little not to like.
OpenCPN is also available on Android, if one now wants to use pads/tablets for navigation.
It requires very little of the user, install the sw, download some charts and you are ready to go. The ones which gets a headache of this should stay with their apples.
There are some few commercial sw that is on the same level or better. Fugawi and Nobeltec are examples of this.
Then there is an endless amount of specific solutions as the Navionics has, an added a navigation program on both Apple (iOS) and Android. These can often just do one thing: use as an embedded plotter without connecting any external equipment.
Another class of sw are the extended hobby projects, similar in many aspects to OpenCPN and eg Fugawi. Often works good, many prefer these. They do not, however, have to potential of OpenCPN which development history is impressive and OpenCPN has the power of chaning the eco-system just as Linux did (but Unix failed to do!).
Last edited by Jaramaz; 03-06-2016 at 02:31 AM.