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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…

The division of the zones returned to that 2016, increasing 12 up to 18 areas for Channel-Atlantic coast, and 10 up to 13 areas for the Mediterranean and Corsica. Areas like Barfleur-La Hague include only 2 harbours at 5,49 EUR ! Prices now range from 5,49 up to 9,99 € depending on the area and the number of documented harbours.

Here is the complete list :

Channel-Atlantic Mediterranean
Dunkirk-Boulogne 5,49 € Cerberus-Port la Nouvelle 5,49 €
Boulogne-Dieppe 5,49 € Port la Nouvelle-Port Camargue 9,99 €
Dieppe in Ouistreham 5,49 € Port Camargue-Marseille 7,99 €
Ouistreham-Barfleur 5,49 € Marseille to Toulon 7,99 €
Barfleur-La Hague 5,49 € -> 2 ports Toulon Saint Tropez 9,99 €
The Hague-St Malo 5,49 € St Tropez, Cannes 9,99 €
Channel Islands 5,49 € Cannes Menton 9,99 €
St Malo-Perros 7,99 € Bastia-Corsica Cape 5,49 €
Perros-Brest 7,99 € Aleria-Bastia 5,49 € -> 2 ports
Brest Loctudy 5,49 € Porto-Vecchio-Aleria 5,49 € -> 2 ports
Loctudy in Lorient 7,99 € Figari Bonifacio Porto-Vecchio 5,49 € -> 3 ports
Lorient-StNazaire 9,99 € Porto to Figari 5,49 €
St-Nazaire-Les Sables d'Olonne 5,49 € St Florent-Porto 5,49 €
Les Sables-Oléron 7,99 €
Oléron to Montalivet 7,99 €
Montalivet to Biscarrosse 5,49 €
Biscarosse-Hossegor 5,49 €
Hossegor to Hendaye 5,49 €
115,82 € 94,37 €

Knowing that the print version is sold 30 € by region - Channel-Atlantic or Mediterranean - is to dissuade you purchase the digital version whose price has doubled from one year to the other.

And that's still not all ! Depletion generalized of illustration : aerial views many ports have disappeared, where a photo remains, it is sometimes not consistent with the port map (Saint-Malo-Bassin Vauban, Guernsey St. Peter Victoria). The security information has significantly eased, only remains COLREG. The currents charts simply disappeared, and the annual tide table of coefficients. Tidal information is provided only for some station, and ends in October. In addition, off-line, available information are eased, It's a shame.

It makes you wonder if Figaro Nautisme wants really sell this application ! To finish, I find the complete change of the interface is frankly not a success, but this is subjective. What a pity, version 2017 was really successful and significantly more affordable (*)

[Update December 20 th] An update this morning shows at launch a popup offering to former buyers to contact support to restore their purchases :

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(*) Guide Escales 2017
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Author : Francis

Since 2009 independent IT trainer and consultant for boating. Translator of many navigation applications on iOS and MacOS. Professional in boating for over 25 years, I provide training for applications and consulting and assistance for the integration of mobile devices (tablets, smartphones) on pleasure boats.

3 comments

  1. The joke… long live paper, in this precise case.
    thank you for your vigilance !

  2. Thank you for this review ,and happy holidays

  3. It is actually scandalous that areas disappear iPad, after having purchased, during a simple update of the application Stopovers Guide through the Apple Store. The customer should be able to keep them free update as to the paper version. Especially since this annual subscription process is not announced to the customer clearly which increases dissatisfaction.
    This marketing strategy this application leads straight into the wall.
    The Boating Figaro should quickly respond.