10 November 2019
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.
Expressed this way, it seems at first relatively simple. In reality, one is quickly confronted with the multiplicity of networks and communication protocols used by marine electronics manufacturers for many years : SeaTalk1, SeaTalkNG, SimNet, TopLine, Micronet, NMEA0183, NMEA2000, and I forget perhaps. What catching serious headaches ! Read more →
13 october 2019
Launched 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
comments Off on APP4NAV abandons 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
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
comments Off sur 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 the 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.
9 th July 2019
In 2019 the iPad training with ACM Catamaran have been renewed. I manage training "Navigating 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 several years.
Three weekends are included in the fall schedule 2019. Read more →
16 June, 2019
Geogarage, the mapping platform of raster charts derived from official services, today introduced two ENC-S57 rasterized charts layers for Weather4D Routing & Navigation, covering ’Spain and Croatia. The recent update June, 12 th of the application allows the activation of these two new chart sets. Read more →
13 June, 2019
I relayais in December 2018 an excellent issue published on the blog of our friends Geogarage, which are a permanent duty of a press review of the best foreign articles about mapping, meteorology, and generally all matters relating to marine navigation. Here is a translation freely adapted and commented in French. Read more →
6 June, 2019
You are still many to wonder about the choice of an iPad for navigation use. Unfortunately do not have time to respond to every request a post is required. A few years after a first similar entry, must annually re-update the issue, and sometimes more often.
With the presentation of the new iPad Air (iPad Air 3 ?) 2019, this tablet is inserted between the iPad 2017/2018 (low-cost) and the recent iPad Pro 11″. A bargain at a very attractive price for a machine with the A12 Bionic processor .
[Update 6 June, 2019] See end of article iPadOS 13.
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5 June, 2019
Many AIS tracking networks broadcast over the Internet are available. Among the best known : Marine Traffic, Vessel Finder, SiiTech, LocalizaTodo, and many others. One of these networks especially stands out, AIS Hub, an AIS NMEA data sharing center, which provides developers with an API for integration of its network in applications, and therefore display of AIS targets received over the Internet directly into the application. Featured from the beginning in Weather4D Routing & Navigation, this system has made it possible to envisage new and particularly innovative services. Read more →