Great work, Will!
I lately switched from Fugawi
on my laptop
pc and use iNavX
on my iphone
4S. I was really hoping for a OCPN port to iOS since iNavX
does not support loading charts from my PC. Plus I just wanted to standardize to just one charting program. Then I saw the thread on installing OCPN on a droid, so I went out and bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and went back to actually read the thread, and saw that it was not exactly a no-brainer. My Google-Fu is strong enough that I was able to find Marine
Navigator, OffNav, Navionics
, Memory Map, and a few other Droid apps that more or less suck for features, and also your MXMariner app. Been playing with it for a couple of days now, mostly comparing it to Marine
I have to say, I think the convenience of being able to work directly with raster and vector charts is worth the slight performance penalty, compared to the *.gemf files. Of course this is from the perspective of one who has just bought a brand new Droid tablet with a fair amount of processor power. Maybe the thing to do is let the user decide during installation
whether he will use *.gemf files or loose charts, based on the device capabilities and his preferences? This, to me is a major issue, since I occasionally sail foreign in real life, and always do so in my professional life. If I was never going to leave U.S. waters, the freely available NOAA rasters, compiled into gemf files, would be just fine. Well, I have a fairly comprehensive collection of other charts I have collected over the last few years, and it would be nice to be able to load them directly without fiddling around with conversion to a format that none of my other electronic chart navigation tools recognize. I will of course try out your MX Cart on my laptop
, but I will be grumbling about it constantly, I suppose.
I would like to see customizable images
for waypoint marks, and toggle visible on/off for waypoints that are part of a route.
It would be nice to be able to manually select a chart and resolution for a particular spot, too. A lot of times I have noticed that while zooming in or out, legends or borders or blank areas of the raster chart cover up a location on an underlying layer! GRRRRRRR!!!!! Happens on Lake Pontchartrain in an area I traverse when entering or leaving my marina, for one place.
I was quite pleased at how easy it was to import
my gpx files. Nice. I got quite a few routes that I didn't want to have to re-do from scratch, especially without a mouse. My fingertip doesn't give me the kind of resolution I want. So it is nice to be able to plan a route in OpenCPN
on the laptop, and save to gpx and import
into MX Mariner.
I have been dragging my heels on going Droid, because my jailbroke iphone
is such a supremely capable device, with an incredible display that I can see okay out in the cockpit
. Now, spoiled me, is gonna have to root the Droid, I guess, but I think in the end I will like it. So far I am finding a lot to be satisfied about with it, as I get more familiar with the device and with the OS. Between your app, and Marine Navigator, I have two decent choices for a chart app. I will be following your progress with great interest. Again, nice work, and thanks for letting it go for such an affordable price