Originally Posted by SailFastTri
The Coastal Explorer Network is just extra information downloads and information-sharing "features" that IMHO are extra fluff. You don't NEED to use them, but there are some benefits to having the added info available. I haven't seen anything that would interfere with core
navigation use and you certainly don't need to be connected to the Internet
to use the program aboard.
Agreed. I'll give you an example of where the lines are blurry. CE offers a ships log and blog capability. Currently, this only posts to the CE network. They claim they are working on an XML export, which I hope makes it into the software
. Without the export or print, this feature is somewhat limited in value/use to me.
There are great benefits to the CE Network - automatic chart updates, weather
downloads, community guide book, etc. It looks like users will pay $99/year for this convenience + software
updates. They are moving towards an annual subscription model.
I like the sofware. I've found Rose Point Navigation to be very responsive to suggestions, improvements. I'll have to think about a $99 upgrade to the 2010 version and the ongoing subscription. If I didn't like CE so much, I would be using OpenCPN!