Originally Posted by Sir Rondo Normal
What? UK before Canada
? I thought we were friends?
Canada is a bit of a "black sheep" in regard to cartography which is no fault of their own. It is simply the vast amount of coast line in relation to population / tax dollars which makes cartography expensive to keep up to date. How this relates to MX Mariner is that it makes licensing the data too expensive to be usable for customers simply wanting a toy on their cell phone
. For example, the new (1.3.25) release of MX Mariner includes UKHO chart regions. Unlike the free NOAA chart downloads in MX Mariner the UKHO chart regions will be approximately $5 USD each. I believe $5 to be reasonable. Similar Canadian regions would be 10x that plus. I don't think sailors should have to pay twice for cartography they've already purchased. So, the solution is to create a tool that will import
using your PC to the MX Mariner optimized format. This way you can bring cartography you already own into MX Mariner. I do plan on continually expanding the downloadable chart regions in MX Mariner also as a convenience. Unfortunately we are at the mercy of various Hydro offices as to the cost.
I've been working with CHS directly in regard to BSB4. They have been very helpful. I expect to have a BSB4 import
tool available this summer.