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I'm surprised OpenCPN has not had any mentions here - it's a free of charge, free software navigation system that is under development but apparently fully usable. Features of the most recent version, 1.3.0, include CM93 vector charts, AIS support and runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

SourceForge.net: OpenCPN - OpenCPN project page at Sourceforge

cpnindex.html - Lead developer's homepage



Enjoy!!
 

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I had trouble with configure. If you are on ubuntu it needs libwxbase,libwxbasedev and libwx common, and libwxheaders installed along with libglu1mesadev and a package that went along with it. I had make errors after that so I may have a wrong package or I may have something else on my machine that is interfering with it. I need to get going but I will look further into it this evening.

It looks like a nice package that is still active even if they don't have a large community to help support it. Could not find much documentation but I only spent about 15 minutes on it.

Cool find though!
 

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i was trying to install it on my netbook, to assess its suitability.
it runs Linpus, a light weight distribution of the redhat persuasion.
had no luck with that, so i tried using the new ubuntu netbook remix from a usb stick, and used the .deb file for installing it. worked like a charm, until i tried installing all of the maps at once. the netbook has only 1/2 gig of memory, so it was a little too much for it.
 

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Opencpn Version 1.3.2 has been released. This release contains numerous enhancements and bug fixes.

Highlights include:

1. Improved AIS target depiction and collision detection alerts.
2. Hot keys and scroll mouse support.
3. Help File.
4. Various display speed and quality optimizations, especially for CM93 charts.
Development is continuing at a fast pace. Post feedback or bug reports at http://sourceforge.net/projects/opencpn/
 

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The open development model guarantees the long-term sustainability even if the primary developer gets bored with it :cool:

I suggest filing any feature requests or bug reports at the discussion here or at SourceForge.net: Find and Develop Open-Source Software.
That is optimistic at best. I have seen the majority of "open-Source" projects just disappear or never reach the lofty goals set out. Either the project is harder than anticipated or just no audience. But best of luck, I may try it out if just for messing around. Do you think this might work with a cheap GPS sensor from say DealExtreme? Thinking as a backup/planning type situation, where the main system is a dedicated chart plotter on deck and this down below.
 

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Opencpn Version 1.3.4 was released on 30 September, 2009.

This is a maintenance release containing the following enhancements:

1. Ship's position tracking function, with GPX export and import.
2. Enhanced icons and screen graphics, for improved visibility.
3. Import and export of Routes using GPX interface protocol.
4. Implement CM93 vector chart detail control slider.
5. Assorted usability and reliability improvements.

See the Changelog for full details.

Opencpn Version 1.3.4 may be downloaded from the following link:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/opencpn/

Thank you for your continued interest in opencpn.

Fair winds to all
Dave and the opencpn development team
New version released - Enjoy!!
 

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Opencpn Version 1.3.6 released!

Opencpn Version 1.3.6 was released on 05 January, 2010.

This is a maintenance release containing the following enhancements:

1. Add basic GRIB file decoding and chart overlay display.
2. Improve and expand NMEA message type support.
3. Improved documentation.
4. Add modular international language support.
5. Assorted usability and reliability improvements.

See the Changelog for full details.
You can get the newest version at sourceforge or at the new, dedicated openCPN website.
 

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Installed the latest on two Linux platforms, Ubuntu and Fedora. The Ubuntu install was painless and took just a few mins. The Fedora install had troubles. Had to install wxWidgets and make is still giving me compile errors. Havent tried windows yet, but plan to this weekend as I have one of those laptops on the boat.

Just today got some charts loaded, working on the GPS interface, and more to do. So far, it seems to work well but I have just scratched the surface.

Peace,
Maze
 

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I installed it on my laptop last week it's cool! But I can't figure out how to get it to open charts that I've downloaded from noaa. I'm sure it's a no brainer for most of you but I'm stumped. :confused:
 

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The built in charts work Chuck, it's the one's I got from Noaa .. don't know what file to copy them to for CPN to open them.
 

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Denise - Chuck's got the right method.

Step 1) Download the charts from NOAA. I like downloading by state best. Make a note of which folder the charts are saved to on your harddrive.

Step 2) Open said folder and unzip the files from NOAA. They should by default get unzipped into the same folder used for the original download.

Step 3) Click the "Wrench" tool on OpenCPN and then click the "Charts" tab.

Step 4) Within the charts tab, navigate to the folder on your harddrive where the charts were unzipped.

Step 5) Click "Add Selection"

Step 6) Click "Ok"

You should then see OpenCPN loading the charts.

Hope that helps!
 
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