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Old 29-04-2010, 09:09   #1
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Hello,

My name is Gerard and sailing on a freight barge on Rhine, Danube and some other waterways.
Normally I'm using Periscal ecdis viewer (Periskal navigation technology.) provided by my employer.
It is expensive, windows only and very closed...
Now I discovered a linux chart viewer at last.
I hope the inland ecdis charts will work in opencpn, and in the near future we will also have an AIS transponder.


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Old 30-04-2010, 12:01   #2
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Yeah. Welcome Gaea. I have no idea what you are talking about, but it sounds very interesting. Wish I had a Periscal ecdis viewer. I sailed the Rhine a few times, aboard RMS vessels out of Dortmund(Duisberg). Fascinating stretch of waterway. Flashing white lights an all that.
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Sounds great, the ecdis features for inland waterways have just been improved by forum member Pavel, you could report any inconsistencies here Are you running your navstation on linux then?
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Sounds great, the ecdis features for inland waterways have just been improved by forum member Pavel, you could report any inconsistencies here Are you running your navstation on linux then?
I assume these improvements are in the beta package?

Well, my navstation has only one Winxp laptop with the Periskal ecdis viewer.
The rest are stand-alone devices like depth sounder, rudder indicator, rate of turn indicator, dgps, autopilot and two radars and two vhf radios.
The winxp laptop from my employer is the only one with a serial port for the dgps.
So I need a Bluetooth or usb gps for my own Ubuntu and Mandriva laptop.
Wen I get back home I'll check some auction sites for a second hand gps mouse.
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Yeah. Welcome Gaea. I have no idea what you are talking about, but it sounds very interesting. Wish I had a Periscal ecdis viewer. I sailed the Rhine a few times, aboard RMS vessels out of Dortmund(Duisberg). Fascinating stretch of waterway. Flashing white lights an all that.
In theory we could have met on the Rhine, I'm on one of those vessels like you have seen around a lot.
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Yes, the new icons are in the beta

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Wen I get back home I'll check some auction sites for a second hand gps mouse.
You may as well get a new one, they're 20/30 eur mostly, make sure you check compatibility first (most are compatible), I use the BU-353 which I ordered online in Germany I think.
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:35   #8
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I was thinking of a bluetooth mouse for about 15 euros, on marktplaats.nl
Many people sell them.
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I assume these improvements are in the beta package?
Yes, my modifications are in the latest beta.
The symbolization rules are not complete, but we should see whether the changes broke something which was previously working or not and then finish the rest, which is pretty easy but time consuming.
Any info and comments from people familiar with areas covered by charts from other sources than the Czech waterways authority and using standard Ecdis products is greatly appreciated.
As far as parsing goes we should be compliant with IENC version 2.1 so the object query should display all the info. I've done all the waterway signs symbology found in Czech Republic but there's a lot left to cover the other charts available. The only really problematic area are the Austrian Danube charts as they use different layers of charts for symbology and the chart itself and the quilting algorithm in OpenCPN is still not capable to display them correctly (just a question of time).

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When I install the beta, is it replacing 1.36 or alongside it in XP?

Now I only have the Hungarian Danube maps installed.

BTW, we have 2 Czech crew members.;-)
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When I install the beta, is it replacing 1.36 or alongside it in XP?

Now I only have the Hungarian Danube maps installed.

BTW, we have 2 Czech crew members.;-)
We are spreading worldwide like cancer Say hello to them...

You should be able to install in a different directory - the configuration will be used by both the versions and the charts will have to be ingested again when you run the other version. I haven't tested it much as I've never actually used 1.3.6 since installing the 2.1.0 beta, but it looks like working well... But still i would probably run 1.3.6 in a 20 meters wide shallow channel in fog

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Old 08-05-2010, 09:18   #12
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When I install the beta, is it replacing 1.36 or alongside it in XP?

Now I only have the Hungarian Danube maps installed.

BTW, we have 2 Czech crew members.;-)
Hoi Gerard,

For your info; The charts as provided by the Ris Server are much improved when using Opencpn 2.10. I have CM93 together with IENC from Rijkswaterstaat Risserver in use, what gives a good coverage of The Netherlands. However Rijkswaterstaat is still far from complete in the northerly provinces of the Netherlands, be it that, now clearance of bridges is readable. The charts for the Danube are free as well. It's a shame that Germany still not complies with the EU and has no free ENC's for the river Rhine.....

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Thanks Jan.
I'm still on the Danube, the Austrian part.
It will take about 12-14 days befor I can test the Dutch charts.
When where the Dutch charts last updated?
Indeed it is a shame there are no free German charts, but neither there are Belgium of French charts. And Slovak...
Anyway, I have to wait for a 2.1 linux package of Open CPN and find a linux compatible gps receiver.

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Thanks Jan.
I'm still on the Danube, the Austrian part.
It will take about 12-14 days befor I can test the Dutch charts.
When where the Dutch charts last updated?

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Hoi Gerard,

The Dutch charts were updated mostly 2009 and some 2010! Quality is so, so, but improving all the time!

For free charts; have a look at [IMG]file:///C:/Users/DeZwaan/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot.png[/IMG]Inland Waters Resources
You'll find Serb,Croat,Romanian, Cech and Swiss chart's for free!

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I think they are 4 years old. There is no intention of RWS to publish newer charts of all the inland waterways of Holland only the two main axes North-South (Groningen-Rotterdam) and East-West (Lobith-Rotterdam). This will be outside of the RIS initiative. The new system will be FIS (Fairway ...)
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