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Old 15-05-2011, 16:48   #1
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Help Manual in PDF ?

I would like to be able to access Help without an internet connection. Also, the abbreviations used for such things as light attributes (in CM93 charts)- is there an explanation of those somewhere?
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Old 15-05-2011, 17:17   #2
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I would like to be able to access Help without an internet connection. Also, the abbreviations used for such things as light attributes (in CM93 charts)- is there an explanation of those somewhere?
It's inside OpenCPN too.No need for web.Unplug your cable or whatever,click the ? and there's a help tab.To prove it,tunnel to C:\Program Files\OpenCPN\doc folder...If nothing happens,be sure the browser can work offline.Tell it to,if you must.Mozilla ones do.
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Mike...
Something like http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1599165/open...help_en_US.pdf ?
Re light description abbreviations - aren't they part of lesson X in any navigation course and chapter Y in any navigation book out there? But if not, feel free to do some research and describe them in the wiki, they will make it into the next release of the manual... You can start at Light characteristic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia or Lights, buoys - aids to navigation.

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Re: Help Manual in PDF ?

there's quite a good one in the manual too...mariners standard
Vector Chart Display | Official OpenCPN Homepage
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Re: Help Manual in PDF ?

For all abbreviations found on charts download a pdf copy of
Chart No 1:Nautical Chart Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms
This is the US version of BA:s 5011.

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Re: Help Manual in PDF ?

HINT: Locate the HELP file and make a link to it and put it on your desktop. That way you don't have to open openCPN to view it. I copied the keyboard 'short-cut' section and put it in a text file on my desktop. Works for me.
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HINT: Locate the HELP file and make a link to it and put it on your desktop. That way you don't have to open openCPN to view it. I copied the keyboard 'short-cut' section and put it in a text file on my desktop. Works for me.
But I would almost certainly have openCPN open anyway if I were wanting to refer to the help section. The problem (for me) is that a lot of the subsection links (eg "Vector Chart Display") are back to openCPN.org/etcetc, and on the boat I will not have access to the internet.
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Mike...
Something like http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1599165/open...help_en_US.pdf ?
Re light description abbreviations - aren't they part of lesson X in any navigation course and chapter Y in any navigation book out there? But if not, feel free to do some research and describe them in the wiki, they will make it into the next release of the manual... You can start at Light characteristic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia or Lights, buoys - aids to navigation.

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Thanks for the link - that does it precisely.
Re: the abbreviations - yes indeed - lesson 1 in fact! But where I live and sail it's "proper" British Admiralty standards!
I must, and will follow up Cagney's link and find out how the rest of the world does things.
Thanks again for your help.
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But I would almost certainly have openCPN open anyway if I were wanting to refer to the help section. The problem (for me) is that a lot of the subsection links (eg "Vector Chart Display") are back to openCPN.org/etcetc, and on the boat I will not have access to the internet.
Aaah,got it...you want ADVANCED OpenCPN help!I know what you mean now.sorry..yes.you see the link and darn-it's online!
You can do as I do and
save the detailed pages that are only available online.Give them a useful name when saving...You needn't always save the "Webpage complete"...just the "Webpage html only" often does fine(test a few)....you'll save space and clutter but test to suit yourself...sorry I can't speak to other browsers except my own.
The help won't link directly to these,but at least you can find 'em.
This doesn't work everywhere,but it does with O.
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