IMHO the creators of Open cpn
have totally forgot the user friendly part of the
programing. It may be fine for computer geeks, and those that use PC's on a daily basis, but I have wasted countless
hours just attempting to get the GE plug-in to work properly. Got it to work the first time only.
Can't get the spit screen
to work even with bribes since that first time !
And forget downloading charts from NOAA. and making them work .
I have created websites, used Photoshop, and illustrator at a pro level, programmed in basic,
and learned to love Pascal, but open cpn
is beyond my capacity to use.
A wonderful collection of tools I feel sure, but the help section and manual is like a foreign language to me.
A little info on what the various abbreviations mean, a
check list for other programs we might want, or need. Maybe a little more
info on what to do with the four folders you get in a noaa chart download.
How does one combine them into one to do a "Add directory"
that I assume must happen for the chart to work ? etc. etc. etc.
Easy peasy stuff for what I believe is less that %5 of CF users,
but a very steep learning
curve for most of us I venture to opine.
And I have attempted to use the Manual, and help sections.
Open cpn for dummies would sell well I believe ...
I feel sure that just a few "First do this, then go here and do this, right
click that folder, drag the contents into a new folder, etc, etc, and I
would be off and running, and maybe some others too...
Sending someone to another site to get this or that, then not give the
info on what it does, and how to use it for the needed particular chore
is frustrating to say the least.
Sorry if this sounds like a rant. It is not my intention...I just want to
use open cpn ! And IMHO it shouldn't be so difficult to use if your target audience is indeed "sailors".
And as a aside getting on the open cpn site has been impossible today !