Yes, I downloaded both the charts
and their free viewing program, Chart Navigator.
The free downloaded charts are up to date raster. Quality is fine.
I don't have much experience with electronic nav programs so I can't really compare it to the ones you buy such as The Capn, Nobletec, etc. I assume they are better, probably more seamless and more features?
I also just received some paper chart kits from Maptec that came with a CD of the same charts that are in each kit. I am able to view the CDs in the Chart Navigator program the same as the downloaded charts. The downloaded charts are more up to date I believe.
After playing around with the nav program I am able to configure two different GPS
units to the program. A hand held and a GPS antenna
The GPS antenna
just plugged in to the USB port and was pretty simple to configure.
With the hand held, a Garmin
Etrex GPS, and data cable purchased separately, I can upload waypoints and download positional info.
I also purchased a serial
port to USB adapter to fit the Etrex data cable to get it to work. My laptop
does not seem to know where it put it's serial
port, getting like me and forgets where it puts things I guess...
I am just in the learning
stages of all this so your mileage may vary...mine sure does!