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Stopovers Guide 2017

I mentioned last July the Guide « Stopovers», digital version of the block Navy published by the Figaro group. It would seem that the remarks I made on the improperly fragmented Division of these guides have been heard : version 2017 see the reduced number of modules 17 up to 12 for the channel-Atlantic coast, and 13 up to 10 for the Mediterranean. This is a welcome initiative !


Shipped with ACM Catamaran courses 2017

In 2017 My collaboraton with ACM Catamaran is renewed. I will be training 'Navigate with an iPad' in weekends shipped on one of the school of cruising catamarans (Nautitech Open 40, Lagoon 380, Lagoon 400) starting from the base of Hyères - the Gapeau. The 3 up to 6 people for these intensive courses that meet a great success four years ago. (continue…)

iNavX 5.0 from Charybde to Scylla

The major update 5.0 of iNavX, issued late August, has unfortunately been a long and painful birth for new developers, and a succession of vortices and reefs for users. Among the many bugs and regressions laboriously fixed by successive builds, the worst part was the total loss of charts for almost all of us. And this, repeatedly. On top of the recent migration, this month, of charting server X-Traverse to a new website Fugawi much more user friendly, has not made things easier. Some explanations are needed. (continue…)

GALILEO and the Apple mobile

Within a month of the launch by Ariane 5 four new satellites of the GALILEO constellation to 18 satellites, manufacturers of components of location have already presented their new chips of location supporting the European GNSS. This allowed the Spanish company BQ to propose early September the first smartphone "Galileo-ready., equipped with the processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, the Aquarius X 5 more.

We could expect to find the same chip in the iPhone 7 from Apple, that fitted for the iPad and iPhone 4S 3 all its mobile devices with Qualcomm communication processors, integrating GPS reception (US) and GLONASS (Russian), it is not. With this latest smartphone, Apple revives Broadcom, waived for 2012 to ensure these functions, by integrating a chip BCM47734.


Weather4D tutorials 2.0

French and English tutorials Weather4D 2.0 have been recently updated.


The main novelty was to include subtitles in videos to improve understanding of « gesture», English term used in French which sums up in the context of touchscreens « movements of the hand and fingers to perform an action».


Miniplex-3Wi-N2K : Major updates

ShipModul manufacturer comes to provide on its web site two major updates to dowload for its multiplexer Miniplex-3 :

  • Firmware Miniplex-3 V.1.17
  • Firmware Wireless V.1.4

Two update files, featured with a procedure (in English), are packaged in a single folder WiFi V1.4.0.0. Download. The implementation can be done with the configuration utility MPX-Config V.2.1.0 minimum, available in PC and Mac versions. (continue…)

Responsive Web [Update]

Definition (*) :

Responsive Web design is a Web design approach which aims at the development of sites offering a reading and optimal for the user navigation experience regardless of its model range (mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, desktop monitors).

A user experience « Responsive» successful implies a minimum of resizing (zoom), crop, and multidirectional scrolling of pages.

My web site a facelift. It was high time to adapt it to the mobile devices that are flooding the planet. (continue…)

The Weather4D 2.0 new is arrived

No holiday for developers ! I mentioned the upcoming new tests at our long journey from Corsica to Normandy last May. After several weeks of finalization, and mainly to adapt early to future iOS 10 available this fall, here is the delivery of the new version 2.0.15 of Weather4D 2.0. Addition of new highly anticipated features.


GPS and iPad Wi - Fi + Cellular

Early January 2011 I wrote started the year in a bad mood (¹) After finding repeated incompetence of Apple sellers, during Christmas, concerning devices they sold, mainly iPad and iPhone. I note unfortunately as 5 years later, nothing has changed, it is to despair !


Stopovers – the digital version of the Marine block

I wrote at the beginning of this year the largest although I thought of Digital Almanac, the digitized version of the Reed's Nautical Almanac. The Figaro group, Publisher of the www, owner of weather-Consult / The weather channel and the edge book – Bloc Marine, published since late 2014 «Guides stopovers., the digitized version of the Navy block on iBook Store. (continue…)

Application for navigation ?

I'm not a follower of the comparative tables for applications, and I already said, so it is difficult to measure and compare completely subjective aspects such as ergonomics, the graphic quality of a user interface, the speed of execution of such and such function. However, a recent comment in a previous article I was sufficiently annoyed that this makes me an attempt of comparison of purely objective aspects, namely the offered functions and prices. (continue…)

What iPad for navigation ? [Update]

You are more likely to wonder about the choice of an iPad to use navigation. Unfortunately did not have time to respond to every request (retirement is still beyond my horizon), a ticket is required. Four years after a similar article (¹), of course now completely obsolete, It was time to redo this issue. (continue…)