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Old 31-07-2011, 23:43   #1
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Location: Göteborg, Sweden
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My Experience: Three + One Week - OpenCPN2.4.xx Betas

I been out on my boat for three weeks now and one week on my fathers boat. Both smaller motorboats, at least by todays standards. On both we used OpenCPN as compliment for the onboard plotters. I have a Garmin 526s, quite small ha a bigger Lowrance, he used to have Oziexplorer as main navigational tool.

Overall, OpenCPN have been a great tool, it been adding much to the overview, on my boat I have the laptop, a MacBook running Ubuntu 11.04-64, on the table as a overview chart. This way the Garmin could be zommed in to details all the time, and with the screen size of that it what it's best at.

First: The most anoying thing is something to do with my connection on my boat, it's a combinations of how i set up hardware and how Ubuntu Linux/Opencpn works. I have two usb-rs232 converters one to the plotter and one to the AIS. Both in a usb-hub and thet with an long usb cable into the computer. This leads into each time i connect the plotter gets either ttyUSB0 or ttyUSB1, switching all the time. So i have to change setting almost each time i start. Very annoying and not sure where and how to solve the best.

Second: Using AIS tracks from other ships, it's great, but i think the colour should be possible to change, as it it now is the same as my old tracks by default. With auto-daily tracks I have to change my tracks colour everyday as well if to have them different. It should be no big work fixing this one.

Third: Maybe a chart problem maybe it's a combination. When in inland europe zooming out a bit on the very detailed channel charts. It changes to the no details cm charts, I see no way to see two very detailed charts, so you can get a bit of a overview ahead with AIS targets.

Forth: One time the AIS target list window became unclosable, this was in windows and a .5?? beta build. I have not had the possibility to investigate thte issue further, we just keeped the AIS target list closed for the rest of the days. And with not stable internet updateing was not an option.
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