You should check the format the charts
you want are in before you buy. Below is from their Support Forum and that guy was not happy wasting $150.
RE: PC Only
(msg #2.4: Posted Jan 23, 2007 4:11 PM)
I am confused. I am using SeaClear navigation software
. I bought the MED1 charts from Maptech
, because SeaClear says: "The BSB/KAP file format is licensed from Maptech
. BSB/KAP version 1-3 is supported." Unfortunately, it is impossible to install the charts in SeaClear. I spent 150$ for nothing. Could you give me a hint? Thanks.
(msg #2.4.1: Posted Jan 23, 2007 4:53 PM)
As you note, SeaClear (a Windows PC-based application) supports version 1-3 of BSB
charts. Their website, however goes on to say "Encrypted charts, like BSB/CAP can not be used." Because of the requirements of the various international hydrographic offices, all charts outside of US waters (such as those on the MED1 CD) must be encrypted in the BSB4 format.
When this format was created in 2002, we offered an updated software
development kit to all of our partners so that they could support BSB
4 charts. I am unsure why SeaClear has not implemented this change - you may wish to discuss this with them. For more details, please see this Technical Document
You may wish to consider using the Offshore
Navigator software included with the MED1 CD. This includes all the features needed to effectively navigate with those charts. If Offshore
Navigator is not to your liking, there are a variety of other navigation
software packages (by Maptech and others) that will interface properly with BSB 4 charts.
Senior Customer Support Manager
I understand he is talking about the Med but he bought without being sure what he was getting would work. I hope you don't end up in his boat.
I have been looking at programs that will convert BSB files to other formats. There are several available. Maybe this week I will get time to try a couple of them and report the results.