Originally Posted by left52side
Ok I am sure there is a topic on this but cant seem to find it.
I am not horribly great with computer software and installing and such.
I am looking for some good software programs such as maxsea and nauticharts software for my computer.
Obv I will have paper clothes on hand.
Just thought it would be nice to have the software as well.
I downloaded maxsea charts but in two weeks and still couldnt figure it out.
Any help or ideas would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
I've tried them all....yes, them all.
Of the last 3, I liked the Rose Point Chart Navigator Pro, which I guess is now called ECS. But I'm too 'frugal' to buy it.
Maxsea was good but I don't have a Phd in Maxsea...and didn't want to get one. It was a little temperamental and would fail to start properly and/or lock up on occasion. It was also slow and boggy
on my older equipment
OpenCPN is a good program that is getting better all the time. It is fast. The price
is right. It does what I need it to do.
Additionally, I've switched to Linux
operating systems; first was Ubuntu, which OpenCPN runs very well. There was a discussion in this Forum about converting a VHF radio
to receive AIS
and using another Linux
program called gnuais to pump that data into OpenCPN. Cool.
But I had a little trouble compiling and configuring everything.
The problem was getting Airmail, a Windows program, for the Pactor modem
to work in Ubuntu.
I then switched to Navigatrix, and it is the closest thing to plug'n'play for the software and equipment
I use and still gives flexibility for what I want to do.
The hardest part is downloading the file; creating the USB key, and learning
to boot from it.
I like it so much, but didn't like the USB stick that much so I installed it on the hard
drive. If I irreparably screw anything up....I can restore it with the USB stick.