I use the program as my principal nav system, I have many other backups but dont use paper.
OpenCpn is the best program I have found and I am always up to date with the latest beta version (though I havent yet downloaded the new Stable version).
Yes they are activly working on it, however often not in the direction I see as benifitial for navigation
. Most of my iteractions with them is because they have changed something that worked well before and now distroyed a thing I valued a lot. The most recent when you zoom in the chart goes all fuzzy and you cant read anything. Some idea that GPS
and ECN plotter are not very accurate so if they make OpenCpn less accurate the heavens will applaud. I was less than mollified by their reactions to my grief. (Even inconsequentially small things like adding extra clicks to change Leg to Route over a 3,000nm passage
makes the added clicks a pain in the bum).
So, as has happened in the computer industry many many times, OpenCpn is only as good as its latest incantation. If the loonies get in charge of it then you can box it and throw it.
Some loony got in charge of iPads last IOS update and changed the way spell checker works so now I can not use spell checker on forums
. How brainless, and unthoughtful to people like me who have dyslexia.
Everyone makes mistakes
and everyone needs to forgive and get over it... I hope the group keeps working on OpenCpn but in 2015 they go for a bloody long sail with it, without wearing their geek tshirt, then come back and keep improving the program for sailors, not just for programmers using some wierd platform no one has heard of.