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17 rd 2020

Navigation Mac tutorials on your iPad [Update]

A growing number of boaters now uses an iPad at sea. But offshore, when no network connection is available, and therefore no more internet access, how to access different aid or technical instructions regarding the tools used ?

The answer is in the creation of a library of files in PDF format that can be easily stored in the application Apple Books, for free, fortunately. Read more →

17 th 2020

Iridium GO! A positive feedback [Update]

Iridium GO! cruising

Since it appeared on the market in September 2014 (Eh, yes, 5 years ago !) this device an indisputable ergonomics and excellent quality / price ratio has become a must for sailors out at sea. Easy to implement, without the need for an external antenna (except metal hull) it can be used inside the boat.

A test several weeks, conducted in October and November 2016 during a transatlantic delivery, had already demonstrated its ability to download GRIB weather files and frontology maps despite the low rate (about 10 KB / mn). With the new Iridium NEXT constellation (¹) we notice since 2019 a real improvement in the global coverage without satellite disconnection.

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11 th 2020

Training onboard with ACM Catamaran [2020]

In 2020 the iPad training with ACM Catamaran are renewed and extended. ACM also began the decade with a new website much more user friendly, aesthetic and efficient. I manage training "Navigating with Weather4D Routing & Navigation with iPad" in onboard weekend on one of cruising school catamarans (Lagoon 380) starting from the base of Hyères – The Gapeau. From 3 up to 6 trainees for these intensive courses that are very successful for several years.

The Calendar 2020. is available and registrations open. Read more →

10 November 2019

Integrate tablets with onboard instruments : Wi-Fi gateways

For several years it is possible to integrate iPads and other mobile devices using Wi-Fi to onboard instruments. This enables navigation applications, not only receive all sensor data : log, anemometer, sounder, AIS, etc., but also to send their own navigation data to instruments, as, in example, to control an autopilot.

This integration is through devices called “gateways” or “routers” that connect to networks of instruments, receive the data circulating through these networks, and transceive in Wi-Fi to tablets and smartphones. Some navigation applications are being developed to process this data and transform mobile devices into real navigation centers. Read more →

13 october 2019

Navigation Mac is 10 years !

5-yearsLaunched at the same time as the iPhone 3GS and iNavX app, and a few months before the first iPad, This blog follows since 10 years the continued growth of mobile devices used in maritime navigation.

Through more 350 articles, I tried to guide users throughout the evolution of materials and navigation applications dedicated to Apple mobile. Read more →

16 September 2019
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APP4NAV discontinues the Android version of Weather4D

Weather4D had been ported to Android from fall 2013. One year later, in december 2014, Weather4D integrated charting navigation, NMEA data support via TCP-IP, autopilot control. Routing was only missing, already developed on iOS for Apple devices.

Alas, the following years, the time-growth of iOS development did not allow the developer to follow the Android version in parallel to the same level of functionality. Finally, two years ago, Google announced that applications using native code should include a version 64 bits (in addition to the version 32 bits). Read more →

6 August 2019

Heat wave ? How to refrigerate your iPad

My friends Christiane and Jochen Lührs are the proud owners of a superb classic ketch German building, Socorro, with which they regularly cross the west European coasts. Fully built of solid wood in 1951, they maintain her with meticulous care, after many navigations from Norway to Scotland, and Europe to the West Indies.

In stopover a few days ago in Vannes, I had the great pleasure to visit them. I knew Jochen when he was the German translator of iNavX, now a fan of Weather4D. I finally got to visit their magnificent boat, which attracted more than a glance along the quay, with its perfect polish, its gleaming stainless steel, its masts Spruce, and impressive wheelhouse. I have also discovered an amazing invention… Read more →

30 th July 2019
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Weather4D – Updated user guides Routing & Navigation

The French and English manuals updated are recently published by Apple Books. Included the latest features of Weather4D Routing & Navigation 2.0.47 from 12 th July, mainly :

  • shortcut menu on the routes for changes
  • shortcut menu on Goto (enabled target)
  • option to disable fullscreen mode action

That complement the precedent functions : Performance features, laylines, SAR AIS, supporting new data, etc..

To update the manuals, follow this tutorial.