I have (Ok - I HAD) Navionics
U.S. & Canada
for my iPad 2. Though there were some deficiencies, I thought it an excellent program. But I had serious reservations about relying on it for Navigation
originally sold it for $50, then add a few in-APP purchases. That was ostenssibly for a permanent ownership
license of Navioionics for the iPad, and worked on iPad2 through the current
models. But their latest gambit is exploitative and crooked as a bent stick. A few months ago they shifted to an ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION of $99. Initially they claimed that it had additional features, but would continue support for "legacy" owners. As of iOS7..6 they completely shifted policy.
My version of Navionics abruptly stopped working last week. A brief note on their website informed me that they no longer "support" legacy apps. But worse than that, they locked down the old versions of the program so that it is no longer operational!
Some of you may recall
that we had a spirited debate a few months ago about relying on iPad and iPad APPS as a replacement for an "old-fashioned" chartplotter
. If I were on a cruise
and suddenly found myself without my charting program, I would be worse than extremely upset. Of course the company is free of liability, as I recall
they had a disclaimer that this should not be used for Navigation
, or some such thing. These bloody bastards (even worse phrases come to my lips) have thrown many sailors to the sharks and shoals.
My only personal consolation is that I have a proper chartplotter
(Standard Horizon), using the C-Map
chips. Probably C-Map
is no better than Navionics, but at least they don't turn off the function of my chart chip even if I don't update to the latest chip.
I go back to my original conclusion, even if for somewhat different reasons..
I recommend a reliable waterproof, sunlight visible, dedicated task specific operating system. If you want to run Navigation software
on your laptop
, use OpenCPN
.org. Brillliant software
, though there is no version yet available for the iPad. But you can get Wiindows, Max O/S X and Linux
version. Extremely robust, can use both Raster and Vector Graphic charts. Free! Yes, Free!
Do I still love my iPad? Yes, of course. But I really think that Navionics are a bunch of shady characters. So I will continue to use my iPad to read mail, the morning NY Times, shop on line (when my regular laptop
is not running), and for those great astronomy and tide/current programs.
Yes, I am double pissed at Navionics. They sold me a $55 package with the assumption that I was buying
a program that would be supported by them. They changed the contract
unilaterally without warning.
I should have expected this from them. I was originally so impressed with the iPad Navioinics program that when I bought my first Windows 8 operating system in October 2012, the first APP I bought was the Naviionics version of the iPad Navionics. Whammo! A few months later Navionics removed the program from the Windows 8 Store, and then denied that it have ever been there! When I sent them supporting info of my purchase
, they then acknowledged that they decided to remove it from Windows Store, but I could continue to use it. But I wouldn't trust my life or my boat to such sleazy characters.
Try it out for yourself. If correct, please confirm to me on the TOGNews and pass word around to your friends. Their behavior is unconscionable. It is not comparable to a game
APP suddenly trying to charge for use. This may be vital life threatening disruption of your nav software.
Harvey J. Karten
TOGNews & Birdbrains