The relationship of a recent experience of an iNavX user and Weather4D PRO routing function invites me to bring a warning to the attention of novices boaters in computer use.
A regatta course, from St Helier (Jersey) to arrival Granville, optimized with Weather4D PRO using fine grid GCWF model and MyOcean currents prediction, gave the following route in iNavX :
The wind [...]
A comprehensive multimedia iBook guide about iNavX use : basic functions, advanced functions, interfaces with instruments. From purchasing and loading charts to TCP / IP connection, a step by step teaching helps you master all the functions of the application. Free updates with major new features coming up.
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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, [...]
Since version 3.6.1 iNavX display provides GRIB weather files, high-resolution theyr.com. This site English society Kona Ltd is the developer of the application GribView I mentioned in a previous post (¹). An active account on the site x-traverse.com be opened, and done subscription to one of the Theyr subscriptions.
Actually x-traverse.com website allows two subscriptions :
Theyr Standard – Mobile prices [...]
Since version 3.5.5 iNavX displays AIS-SART targets plotted as red icon and label easily identified. A tap on the icon to display text information transmitted by the beacon (position reports). Another improvement that comes to support the spread of AIS for the safety of ships and crews (*).
The AIS-SART is a stand-alone radio device used to locate a boat [...]
The company has just introduced ShipModul on its website its new wireless multiplexer, Miniplex-2Wi. This device comes in direct competition to the IMUX Brookhouse, on which I wrote several posts on this blog, but penalized since early 2011 by delivery prohibitive for France.
The Miniples-2Wi only regards boats owners with NMEA 0183 and/or RAYMARINE SeaTalk instruments. For boats with a network [...]
Navionics vector charts contain a number of detailed information for each marina, and sometimes some moorings. These places are marked on charts by the symbol shown against.
These data are called in English "Navaids" when information concerning navigation, and "POIs" when dealing with practical and interesting information (Point Of Interest, the « s » is the plural).
Search in iNavX
In the view we Waypoints [...]
iNavX offers for a while an "anchor alarm" feature, currently available at the bottom of the application Home page.
This feature was frequently criticized as impractical. iNavX 3.3.0 rectifies the failure in an improvement that makes it particularly clever now fully operational.
The "Anchor Alarm" is used to define the radius of a circle drift, with an adjustment from 0,01 NM (19 meters) [...]
In a recent post, I mentioned the possibility of transferring files between a Mac and WiFi iPad Files Connect with the application. This is of course not the only method.
In a forthcoming article, I will discuss the connection of an Iridium with a Mac OS X, to make requests and receive GRIB files in the open sea. As to date it is not possible [...]
For a while Rich Ray was asked to add a feature button "Man overboard" in its applications. Recently, following a new application on the site macsailing.net, he motivated his refusal for the following reasons :
Such a button would take up limited/valuable screen real-estate on every screen..
Such a button , with expected behavior, come in [...]
Since version 3.2.7, iNavX can import GRIB weather files and waypoints, routes and tracks files, received by mail attachments, or transferred from a Mac or a PC to an iPhone / iPad using a dedicated application. Supported formats are. Grb (GRIB), .gpx (waypoints), .kml / .kmz (Google Earth).
A single push on such a file opens the dialog "Open in iNavX", which itself [...]
My Fischer 37 "Lady Jane" is equipped at the base of a conventional antenna Raymarine GPS, the trio wind, depth, speed instruments, and a multi chartplotter / Radar C70 :
In November 2010, Reading this blog has strongly urged me get a multiplexer. Control its navigation and see instruments displayed with iPhone is really a challenging project. The navigation software is very iNavX [...]
Since the beginning of the year 2011, not less than six iNavX updates were made by Rich Ray, either one monthly !
If there is nothing revolutionary, many improvements «invisible» were made, as optimizing objects display (waypoints, icons, tracks, routes, etc.), tracks resolution, convenient improvements on measures of distance, waypoints display, the display of information available on [...]
iNavX can connect, since version 3.1.7 of October 11 October 2010, AIS data to the server SiiTech I mentioned in a previous post (¹). The benefit of this remains questionable in France because of the low coverage of our coasts. This may change.
Actually, the number of SiiTech ground stations is increasing, the Channel coast are now well covered, and the coast [...]
It is now possible to connect a N2K system (¹) to iNavX, on iPhone or iPad.
Actually, Actisense company, well known for its NMEA interfaces (multiplexers and gateways), designed the NGW-1 ISO, an NMEA 2000 converter to NMEA 0183 and vice versa. Connected to a Miniplex-2wi of ShipModul or WLN10 of DigitalYacht, the converted data will be sent via WiFi to iNavX.
A NMEA 2000 [...]
More and more great ! After Wi-SP Digi Connect, l’iAIS de Digital Yacht, here's IMUX of Brookhouse.
The multiplexer is a iMux (*) NMEA 0183 able to transmit in WiFi data from the instruments connected to it (GPS, Navigation, AIS) to an iPad, iPhone, or any computer featured with a built-in WiFi receiver. All navigation applications receiving NMEA data 0183 through a serial port, USB or Bluetooth [...]
I explained, in a recent post, on receiving NMEA data from instruments on board without going through a Mac (or PC) aboard. It is now possible to do the same for receiving AIS data with an iPad or iPhone.
Digital Yacht has developed a new AIS receiver for use with mobile devices from Apple. iAIS, is its name, WiFi transmits the [...]
With versions 3.1.6 and 3.1.7, iNavX improved GRIB files request by proposing a new window settings.
As MacENC, can now choose several settings for required files, so as to optimize the size of a file based on the navigation area.
In view WEATHER, option «GRIB settings» offers several choices :
Days to choose the end of the file : 3, 5 or 7 [...]
Despite the online Help iNavX and various tutorials on the subject, a lot of requests received and complexity of subject imposed on me a quick explanation.
The TCP/IP protocol
TCP / IP stands for "Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol" and is pronounced « T-C-P-I-P ».
TCP/IP is a communication protocol, consists of a set of standardized rules of communication on the Internet and is based on a technique of providing a unique IP address to each computer on the network [...]
With iNavX, in iPhone like iPad, updating of charts comes through an easy procedure. However, we must distinguish region updates that may occur between editions, and update by a new edition.
Navionics has replaced its entire marine charts portfolio 2009 by a new edition 2010, and for all regions of the world. These regions [...]
From your Windows PC, or your Mac OSX, you want to plan, without spending a penny, your future summer boating, create waypoints for places you want to achieve, the passages that you intend to sail through, and then to transfer these waypoints in your iPhone iNavX.
Nothing easier !
A solution exists, without buying software or charts : Google Earth. Follow the guide…
In the tutorial video iNavX No. 2 – The advanced, I explain how to connect to a WiFi iNavX MacENC iPhone to a Mac via TCP / IP.
Previously, for Mac beginners, or those still not well versed in network settings for OS X, here is the method – very easy – to create onboard your wonderful ship, a private wireless network linking your Mac and your iPhone.
1 Activate [...]
If you open an account on the website of x-traverse.com Fugawi, you will have the ability, more than GRIB weather files requests, to store waypoints, routes and tracks files, in order to recover it for other applications.
You have a very easy way to transfer directly from GPSNavX or MacENC to x-traverse website : Early X-Traverse application availability [...]