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Compass Eye and SeaNav, good surprises from Pocket Mariner

At the bend of a search on App Store for my previous post, I found out under the term "Simrad" an application that furiously reminds me of something. From research to research, I discover the company Electric Pocket. This British applications publisher develops some applications for mobile since 1997, and recently some applications nautical under the name Pocket Mariner. This company is based in Wales, United Kingdom, and deals with partners from around the world.

Marine electronics manufacturers and the Tablet phenomenon

A few days before the opening of Nautic Paris boat show where, I remember, I will be present on the stand iTabNav (Hall 2.1 – D31), an overview is required. And precisely, in our immediate horizon we will have, like every year, the proximity of their representatives and marine electronics manufacturers.

In the previous edition of the boat show, I could see the nervousness - not to say hostility - manufacturers respect the phenomenon Crescent of tablets and other smartphones on the market of navigation. (A) promote these devices and their applications, I do probably not have only friends in this environment. However, the strong pressure of the purchasers of boats, and so navigation electronics, a forced such manufacturers to incorporate a minimum of interactivity between their own equipment and mobile devices now owned by a majority of browsers.

What prompts me to do a quick update on the State of the supplied applications and the progress of the proposed functions.


Iridium Mail & Web unusable for a month for GRIB files [Update]

Since release Apple iOS 8 early October, Iridium Mail & Web application (which replaced AxcessPoint Mail & Web application) is no longer able to export an attachment in another application by the function "Open in".… ".
Thus can no longer use a weather GRIB file received as an attachment from the SailDocs server in any application.
[Update 21 November 2014] Version 1.0.6 Finally fixes this bug, but unfortunately adds others including rotating display.


Fugawi specifies charts purchase conditions on X-Traverse [Update]

In two previous posts I explained Navionics new trade policy as well as changes for the purchase of charts into the website (¹).

Misunderstandings have led me to request clarification on the modalities of activation of charts region, and despite some repetitions already outlined above, Here is a summarized development of the terms and conditions currently offered by X-Traverse. (continue…)

Navigieren mit iNavX iBook in German

A new version of my tutorial Navigate with iNavX in German thanks to Jochen Lührs, iNavX app localizer in German.

The best and only multimedia manual for iNavX. Basics, advanced functions, Connection to on-board instruments. The purchase and installation of nautical charts up to TCP/IP connections. Learn, How can you apply iNavX and its features. A step by step guide with video tutorials show you, How to use this program. Constantly being updated.

• 48 Pages
• 74 Pictures
• 14 Videos

Note to the 1. version

In this first edition are all video articles on german, but even with the video images of the English version. Will find the video images in German version in future update. This has no influence on the understanding.

Iridium GO! and data transfer : the disappointment

My previous post entitled Iridium GO! keeps its promises, functionally no doubt. But I also wrote :

[…] baud rates identified during my tests, with systematic passage of satellite over my position, were disappointing : of 39 up to 52 seconds to connect to the server, download speeds 1119 up to 1616 bps at best. To compare, with Iridium 9575 and external fixed antenna, I got the connection time of 14-15 sec. and download rates that have often largely exceeded the 2400 bps up to sometimes more than 3000 bps (³). Only flip-up antenna of GO! seems inadequate, the slow rate of transfers increasing the connection time and the final invoice.

I have therefore undertaken, Thanks to my partner E SAT which let me use this device with adding the antenna connector, test by connecting Iridium GO! an external Sailor antenna, already used two years ago for a comparison between Iridium and IsatPhone (¹).


Navigation Mac is 5 years old !

5-ansLaunched at the same time as the iPhone 3GS and iNavX app, and a few months before the first iPad, This blog follows since 5 years the exponential growth of mobile devices used in marine navigation.

It was worth to mark the occasion ! (continue…)

iPolar 2.0 and new Weather4D arrived

iPolar 2.0 comes with several improvements, which one expected from the origin : the ability to export the polar by mail. Done, and more export of polar (simple or multi-voiles) is done systematically in 3 file formats : CSV, TXT and POL. What reuse polar with any application on Mac, PC or other mobile devices.

The dream !


How to update charts with iNavX [Update]

With iNavX, with iPhone like iPad, charts update goes through two processes. It is necessary to distinguish individual charts update, and update full charts folders with a new edition. (continue…)

Iridium unifies the use of its mobile devices

Since the release of Iridium GO! (¹) There were two different pages of subscription (for free) to messaging service, and two applications (iOS/Android) to connect to the Iridium devices. Now there is only one application : Iridium Mail & Web application to connect to the router AxcessPoint, either Iridium GO! (continue…)