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17 th July 2018
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New for Weather4D

The last update of the three applications Weather4D (Lite, Routing, Routing & Navigation version) several user-requested improvements in the display of meteograms. But what is less obvious is a big work on the charts display in the Routing & Navigation version, to better streamline the tiles overlay at different scales, during handling of zoom and slide, and to remove “black areas” sometimes subsisted on less efficient old generation devices. Read more →

27 June, 2018
Francis
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Nautical documents on electronic media [Update]

Since publication of Division D240 revised, applicable from the date of May 1st 2015 (see my previous article), It is now official that the mandatory nautical documents can be embedded in digital form.

2.06.6 The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (RIPAM), or a summary text and graphics, possibly in the form of adhesive liflets, or on electronic media and its reading device.
2.06.7 A document describing the marking system of the attended area , possibly in the form of adhesive liflets, or on electronic media and its reading device.

2.07.5 The lights book updated or available on electronic media and its reading device.
2.07.12 The official tide tables, or an equivalent annual document produced from it. It may be on paper or digital. These documents are not required in Mediterranean sea.

Most of them available now in free download, this allows substantial saving space and weight in the library of board, and also savings ! So here is a quick inventory of the french official and private documents, available in PDF format, that can be stored in Apple iBooks app on iPhone and iPad (and also on Android). Read more →

4 June, 2018
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Training onboard with ACM Catamaran [Update]

In 2018 the iPad training with ACM Catamaran are renewed. I will train "Navigate with an iPad" in onboard weekend on one of cruising school catamarans (Lagoon 380) starting from the base of Hyères – The Gapeau. The 3 up to 6 people for these intensive courses that are very successful for the past five years.

The Calendar 2018 was update. Read more →

26 April 2018
Francis
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Navigate with mobile Hi-Fi music

If you navigate with an iPad and enjoy mobile navigation, and if you like listening to music for dancing on the waves, you may be interested in Mobile Hi-Fi.

The well-known manufacturer Bose designed small Bluetooth speaker, the SoundLink MicroBT, compact and fully waterproof, perfectly suited for mobile use, and therefore the boat. I tested and adopted.

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10 April 2018
Francis
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Share GRIB files with Air Share

You are more likely to have adopted the Iridium GO! for its easy way to request GRIB files, directly from Weather4D and some other applications. But some also want to transfer these files to PC to import them into Windows software (as you know, nobody is perfect !). An easy solution is available : the app Air Share, supported by either iOS and Android. Read more →

26 March 2018
Francis
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Weather4D makes its (r)evolution

Hear, hear ye, hardy boaters, new Weather4D applications come up !

I have written “the” in the plural. Both historical applications of Sarl APP4NAV, Weather4D (March 2011) and Weather4D Pro (November 2011 ), change to the user interface of the now famous application Weather4D 2.0, which was the subject of a comprehensive review of its development published in December 2015. In order to make more consistent range, the names of the three applications are harmonized :

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10 th 2018
Francis
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Iridium NEXT maintains its schedule [Update-3]

June 2012, I wrote a post about the future constellation of communications satellites Iridium NEXT. While intended for operational use in 2017, the calendar was shifted a few months. Actually, the launch of the first ten satellites by the private company SpaceX, originally planned on 12 September 2016, was postponed for a few months by the explosion on September 1, a Falcon rocket 9 rocket explosion during the fuel filling on its launch pad before a shot of engine test.

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20 th 2017
Francis
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Guide Escales 2018 – Red card ! [Update]

It saddens me to finish the year with a critical article, but the subject deserves. I wrote in December 2016 (*) a genuinely positive assessment of the evolution of the application Guides Escales 2017 - Bloc Marine digital version by Figaro Nautisme editions - compared to 2016. But for edition 2018, is unfortunately go back, supply regress and severe rate increase.

Unlike the print edition you can keep several years in your boat library, the annual update of the application Guides Escales erases all purchased regions the previous year. It is therefore not a purchase but an annual subscription, nuance!. And that's not all…

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