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Old 11-12-2010, 05:38   #16
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Regarding the iPad- I strongly recommend Navionics. Vector charts simply out-perform raster (iNavX) by a huge factor. Very affordable, and there is a water-tight vacuum enclosure for it that works very nice.
I've used it extensively East Coast US, Caribbean, Bahamas.
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Old 14-12-2010, 10:58   #17
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Jaquers2,
Thanks for the URL link. Can't imagine what I did with my saved one.
How are you getting on with GPSNavX? I have not used it but it is on the list.
I do like USGrib, pity it is not available for the native Mac environment.
maybe it is time to run "Boot Camp"?

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Old 14-12-2010, 11:50   #18
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Old 14-12-2010, 16:52   #19
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One point to make clear: Macs can run Windows, either natively or through a virtual machine, but you need a separate licensed copy of Windows to do so. They do not come preinstalled with Windows and neither does VMware or Parallels.

If you use VMWare Fusion (and possibly Parallels, but I've never used it), you can save a "snapshot" of your Windows machine. This allows you to be quite daring using Windows on the internet. Simply take a snapshot of a known, clean system and if you should happen to get a virus or other malady (will probably take 1-2 seconds since you are using Windows), you simply restore the snapshot and you are clean again. You can do this over and over. Easiest way to deal with Windows malware.

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Old 15-12-2010, 01:13   #20
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After the good advice I have raided the piggy bank and bought a MacBook.......

I have my copy of Windows Vista and following the instructions I will install it using bootcamp so I can install my existing Maptech charts and AIS software.

For reference if I buy new charts in the future can I load directly onto the Mac OS or do I need to keep them within the windows partition?

Hope that makes sense, so much to learn
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Old 15-12-2010, 17:07   #21
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FWIW, I can't get Maxsea to run on my MAC in parallels mode. Maxsea says it does not support virtual PCs, but that they understand it works in VMWare Fusion. Have not tried that yet, as I want to get it working under parallels first.
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Regarding the iPad- I strongly recommend Navionics. Vector charts simply out-perform raster (iNavX) by a huge factor. Very affordable, and there is a water-tight vacuum enclosure for it that works very nice.
I've used it extensively East Coast US, Caribbean, Bahamas.
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Mark,

Where can One find this "water-tight enclosure"?

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Old 18-12-2010, 12:01   #23
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Old 19-12-2010, 19:40   #24
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HELP!!!!!!Need software advice

Sorry, but I'm a computer handicapped, old time, paper chart/sextant, navigator trying to move into the 21st century. I've searched the net over and over and I'm as confused as ever, if not more so!

OK, so,
1. I've got a Mac Book, with 4GB memory
2. Seems that Mac ENC is the best software, I've looked at their demo BUT I can't zoom in to my current, primary sailing area, west coast of Mexico, with any detail, is that a limitation of the demo?
3. and, this is the biggie, What charts can I download from the net (free or buy) that cover the Pacific coast of Mexico that will work with Mac ENC? Where can I find them?

Don't want to $pend the bucks for the program if it's not going to work for coastal navigation here.

Thanks, in advance, for all the expert advice!
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NOAA ENC (US charts) are free to use with MacENC. Install as described in the ReadMe ..

MacENC Quick Start Guide


For Mexico use the Navionics Charts from X-Traverse ..

X-Traverse for Mac OS X - Download Charts for GPSNavX and MacENC
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Thanks a million!!!!!!!!
It looks like you've sorted it out for me. Simple and direct, I like that a lot!!!!!!
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Hi Jeff, thanks for that. That corroborates what I've heard from others. And since I can't even get the trial version of Fusion to download, I am going to put Maxsea on the Mac under Bootcamp. One question, it is the only thing I plan to do under Bootcamp. Can you give me an idea of how much of the hard drive I should partition for Maxsea (I have version 12 without TZ and a Macbook pro with 320GB)?
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Just curious, what is the benefit of doing all that and not just using MacEnc? I haven't chosen what to put on my mac yet.
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