As part of its policy to offer users a leak ever more efficient and safe, the public institution Waterways of France embarked on the production of electronic navigational charts on various domestic routes in its network. The first two : link "Dunkirk-Escaut" and "La Garonne" is published.
The big surprise, unique in the history of the French administration, is that these cards are [...]
The multiplexer Miniplex USB-2 (¹) by ShipModul company can connect all the instruments on board directly to a USB connector on your Mac. GPSNavX and MacENC software can receive and display NMEA instruments, and if necessary forward to an autopilot, a VHF DSC, chartplotter, a Radar or any other repeater.
A utility "Miniplex2" to configure the input channels and [...]
We knew how to send NMEA data from MacENC to iNavX on iPhone or iPad (¹), and so to use the instruments on board connected to the Mac to provide position for iNavX.
The reverse is now possible. L'application GPS 2 IP, Capsicum developed by Dreams, can use the GPS with an iPhone 3G or iPad for the position in MacENC. Translated into French, very easy to use, GPS 2 [...]
It is increasingly common to see an AIS receiver, Automatic Identification System (*), receiver above yacht's chart tables. Although only merchant vessels of over 300 tons and passenger ships are required to fit onboard an AIS Class A transponder, small commercial vessels are increasingly fitted with AIS Class B transponders least [...]
Weather in the menu allows these applications to query a weather GRIB file and then view it on the map open. Request a function GRIB file sends a request to server Saildocs.com who returns to the inbox the requested file. You can then get the file in attachment and store it to the location of your choice (²).
The Show a GRIB file [...]
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 [...]
Manager cards MacENC can use several types of cards at the same time, each type consisting of an independent folder.
ENC charts in ENC catalog (ENC_ROOT, ENC_ROOT1, ENC_ROOT2, etc.)
The raster charts in folders that you previously created.
The Navionics in predefined folders per region for download.
I gave the steps to follow to download and install maps on my CNE site in the [...]
As is mentioned in GPSNavX and MacENC Help pages, under "Simulator", you can use the simulator to perform a reckoning. Simulator, Indeed, can be handy if you do not – or more – have a connected GPS.
The simulator starts from the GPS menu
The simulator uses the last known GPS fix to position the vessel. [...]
Since my article 20 November on the topic, version 7.40 MacENC made of the possibility of drawing straight lines on the map with the tool « Annotation ».
This can now create routes more easily than freehand, creating less of waypoints.
The principle is the same explained in the previous article, the procedure remains the same.
The change is that now you can draw multiple lines following, [...]
To connect a GP32 (31 or 30) with a Mac or PC, we must first strip the free end of the cable connector 6 pin contains the data wires, in addition to positive and negative power wires. The diagram below shows the principles of wiring.
The interesting wires for data transfers NMEA are yellow one (NMEA OUT), green one (NMEA IN) and [...]
Both applications offer direct printing of screen content. It is very convenient to print a chart, whatever the scale used to screen. Actually, Print this concerns only the chart content visible on screen, excluding pop-up windows. Generally it must first choose a print in landscape, and then use the File menu > Print.
As can be [...]
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 [...]
You have to follow the steps below, in order :
1) Quit GPSNavX or MacENC before proceed.
2) Installez the driver Prolific PL2303.
3) Connect the antenna BU-353 USB GPS to a USB port on your Mac.
4) Start GPSNavX or MacENC, select the menu « GPS > Log on». Open the drawer «Parameters», then select :
- Type : « SiRF USB »
- Port : «usbserial»
- Rate : « 4800″
1) Quit GPSNavX or MacENC before proceed.
2) Install more [...]
MacENC 7.30 provides a very interesting feature to create a route, composed of a series of waypoints, from a plot made with the mouse on the chart using the mode « Annotation » in the toolbar.
How to Start ?
1 – Select the menu Roads > Open.
2 – Create a new route or choose an existing route.
3 – Click mode « Annotation » in the toolbar.
4 – Create an Annotation, [...]
On «enabled user» of ENC charts is a unique identifying number attached to a device, or application, able to read the chart data encrypted ENC (S-63 format). This « User Permit » is required to record a system (chartplotter, chart reader, software) and allow to generate, for charts purchased, a single authentication code to use these charts to the referenced system. User Permit (User Permit) [...]
To use the Navionics Gold with MacENC from site x-traverse.com (*), it must first be subscribed and purchased an account (or) folio(s) maps on page « Our Pricing » this site.
In order to activate and download, you must use the application X-Traverse you can download here in French.
1 Activation and download
Once installed the application X-Traverse, close MacENC if you opened it [...]
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 [...]
Some users GPSNavX MacENC or encounter difficulties in receiving GRIB weather files, after running a query directly from the application menu. Here's what to do to make it work :
First check that the messaging software for OS X Mail has at least one email account that can send and receive (POP or IMAP and SMTP correctly set up)…