I've seen posts asking about adding Active Captain
data into the Open CPM package. The response I recall
indicated that it had been explored, but didn't go forward because Active Captain
is a commercial
product. I had assumed that meant that Active Captain wanted payment for use of their data under license
. If that's not accurate, it's not clear what the issue is.
Might be worthwhile to revisit the topic. Active Captain states that they license
their data free of charge:
> <<<3rd Party Partner Apps >>>
>From the beginning, we realized that ActiveCaptain data needed to be displayed in many more places than just the website. Websites have a hard time interfacing to GPS
plus using a website requires online access. We thought that the perfect solution would be having the entire ActiveCaptain database offline, inside a real navigation
product so it could be used with nautical charts
and especially while underway.
>We approached a few companies with the ideas and the communications
interface to allow the offline database to be synchronized to guarantee it was up to date. Each product manager had their own set of product enhancements planned and many were interested in the idea of using our data but we knew it was going to take time to fit into their schedules.
>Today there are 40 companies that license ActiveCaptain data. We can't let this walk down memory lane pass by without giving a shout-out to MaxSea
. They were the first, showing the new integration at the Miami Boat Show
in 2010: https://activecaptain.com/newsletters/2010-02-15.php
>There are about 30 applications that support ActiveCaptain data today. They include some of the very best navigation
products on the market. There are multiple products for Windows, Macintosh, iPhone/iPad, and Android. You have your choice on every platform. Each product has its own set of capabilities. There are free products and products at a variety of price
points. There's even another website that displays the ActiveCaptain data, Weather
Underground - from their home page, select More / Activities / Sailing Weather
: Sailing Weather | Weather Underground
>With ActiveCaptian data being in so many places, many boaters are confused about how it all works. You may not know that we license the data for free to these companies.
[Emphasis added] It costs nothing for the navigation products to use and distribute the ActiveCaptain data. The applications come from each of the third parties. We don't write the software
and it is not being purchased from us. If you have a problem, question, or suggestion for one of the navigation products, you'll receive the best answers by writing or calling technical support for the product you installed or purchased. Plus it's critical that these third party developers hear the questions and suggestions from their users so they can take that information and make their products better. >>>
So far, Active Captain data is spare in a lot of areas, but growing nicely and quite well developed in others. It would be nice to have this unique and useful data integrated into Open CPN
in an appropriate fashion. While Active Captain can be used in parallel with Open CPN
, the need to switch back and forth is often awkward and occasionally dangerous.