Hi all, I am out cruising and to help keep my brain from turning to mush I decided to develop a website for cruisers (before leaving to cruise
I was a commercial software
developer). One of the key features was to be able to generate BSB/KAP files online with no required software
install on your computer (you do not even need Google
Earth). Although not as feature rich as GE2KAP this new service
will create BSB/KAP files in a way, which I hope is fast and simple (if anyone runs into any issues please let me know). The site does this by using either Google
Maps or Virtual Earth (Bings Google Maps equivalent), allowing you to move around and zoom into the area you want and pressing a button. All of the heavy lifting of the KAP create happens on the server. The site is in a constant state of enhancement and development (well it will be once I get a new power supply for my laptop
which just died, ,why does this stuff happen in remote
islands???). Once I get back to development, which I hope will be in about a week, I am going to look into integrating Nokia's "here", which is another satellite
image provider. Why the 3 different providers? I have found that each one may cover a remote
area better than the other. The site is free but you will need to create a login in order to generate the KAPS (add a marker or generate an ebook from the entered markers).
So, if you have gotten this far
the site is www.venturefarther.com
p.s. word of warning, we are actively cruising in remote areas (the Loyalties in New Caledonia) so response time to this forum or any emails from the "Contact Us" on the site can be delayed.
p.p.s sort of a skunkworks project
. I am working with an IPad navigation
software developer to make direct calls from within his app to the VentureFarther kap generation engine
. No browser needed! So far the testing has been going well with only a small issue that still needs to be addressed (stupid laptop
p.p.p.s I am open to any thoughts on how to make this site more user friendly or any features which may be useful.