Originally Posted by JNoel
Navionics has gone to a online Freshest Data Program. This will allow you to upload the most current data as of the day you do the update. You receive 1 year of unlimited updates from the time of purchase
. If you purchsed a chart from Oct 2010 through today you can do the updates. Prior to that you would need to purchse a new chart to participate in the program. I have used the system for the past 2 years, there is a count down clock that tells you how many days you have left. and an override even if you don't need an update you can do it anyway. After that it will cost you typlicallly 1/2 price
of a new chart to reactivate the chart for another year. Hope this helps......
The latest Navionics charts come with Freshest Data for a year.
One heinous flaw in the new cartography distribution system is that the new cards are sold blank, and you cannot just download the entire chart area at once. You have to choose areas with a mouse, and you can't do the entire area at once, and you can't tell what you've got loaded and what not, without actually scrolling through the whole chart. An idiotic, half-**** solution designed to appear superficially cool and flash without any regard to how these are really used. For someone setting off on a long cruise
(like I did a few months ago) across an entire chart area, with limited Internet access, this is just heinous. I ended up wasting gigabytes of data loading and reloading trying to get it right, and even then missed a few spots, which could have had safety
implications had I not had other cartography aboard. I repeat -- you can't even see what you've loaded, and what's not loaded!!
Very poor job, Navionics!
The Freshest Data is also not very fresh, with buoys out of place and harbour changes done years ago not reflected, but I guess that this is probably an inherent limitation of the system -- just because you can update the card every week, doesn't mean that all the source data is updated.
I do have a question -- If I let Freshest Data lapse, can I reactivate it a year later? I don't need it during the winter, but would like to reactivate it before I come back next summer.
And a suggestion to Navionics -- ditch that mouse click area selection system for downloading charts and just go back to what you have been using for years on INavX
and probably others using that distribution system -- you have a list of sub-areas you can choose and download, with a page where you can immediately see what sub-areas you have downloaded, and what you have not downloaded. That way sailors with poor Internet connections paid for by the megabyte (that will be many who buy these charts in the middle of a cruise) can download one bit at a time, reducing the risk of a failure to download, and you have a list of what you have and what you don't have. That system -- unlike the new one -- works.
Even better -- put the entire chart area on the bloody card when you sell it, like you used to do before you started selling blank cards. So that you just have to update the chart, not download the entire chart area.