I've just came from the cruise
We've used OpenCPN
all the way up on Toughbook with WindowsXP, with AIS/GPS signal from Navicom rt-650 VHF
Worked great, perfect I would say, easy to use, clear and simple.
I could talk about good things for ages, so let me mention the downsides only, as there are just few, and they are subject to personal preference only anyways:
-No instruments display. I know the devs say: NO - HELL NO! Still it would be great not to use COM splitters and another software
(PolarCOM) to display SOG,COG etc.
-AIS target query - must be chosen from tiny menu. With touchscreen during bumpy passage
it's kinda hard to do this, especially holding tiller at the same time, not mentioning when there are water
drops on the screen
, it's even hard to see the option in submenu.
-Night colors - couldn't see a thing. With touchscreen's angle of view and those colors somehow object's were barely visible.
But those obviously are matters of personal preference. Apart from that - the software
is fabulous, easy to configure and in-action use.
Thanks very much to all devs team