Alas, it was too good ! On 15 last March I wrote an enthusiastic note announcing the option to renew for 900 days, for half the original price of each Navionics region, time to update charts. As we say in Martinique : ça a pris fin !
Actually, since a few days the renewal was reduced to one year. Fugawi commercial service, which manages the charting website X-Traverse, explains :
We were lucky at X-Traverse to have been granted a wider time frame for renewals from Navionics as an introductory offer for early 2013. We were «catching up» for a long period of months were we did not have any 50% discounted renewal program to match the 50% discount Navionics offered in the Freshest Data program.
iNavX Help is default integrated in English. The French Help is only available if you have an internet connection (WiFi ou 3G). The reason is that the French help has many screenshots, which makes a file with a size incompatible, to date, with the limit imposed by Apple for the maximum size of their applications. It is, thus, only accessible through a web link.
To have French Help, when you have no network connection, you can download it in PDF file from your iPhone or iPad : I am updating systematically on iNavX page from my website, bottom page. A long press on the icon of the file will open in iBooks where it will be recorded and will be available for offline viewing.
And yes, this is the world upside down ! At the beginning of iPad use in a boat, the tablet was used to capture the screen of a PC fixed to a chart table for display applications such as MaxSea in the cockpit. The solution was - and still is - widely used. But since I'm working with some colleagues to show that the iPad is capable of providing a fully autonomous navigation solution (¹), these tablets are increasingly installed in a fixed position in the cockpit.
Once attached and connected to a power tight, on a wheel column or close to the tiller, disassemble the iPad may seem tedious to spend a few minutes inside the cabin. The solution would it not mirror its screen to display on a single PC screen via WiFi, in order to monitor the progress of the boat on the electronic chart while we are active in the galley ? (Read more…)
Request more frequent from boat owners is for the installation of a WiFi reception onboard. The proliferation of computers, tablets and smartphones on boats incentive to maintain a connection with the Internet, even navigation. Exchanging emails, monitor social networks, receive weather files, and many other reasons lead to an uncontrollable addiction. C’est la vie !
I have already mentioned on my website, in chapter about means for receiving GRIB files, some available solutions : (Read more…)