Recently I installed OpenCPN
and I am quite impressed with the overall functionality and effectiveness of the display. I was disappointed that my old Maptech
Chartpacks aren't supported by OpenCPN
. I've read the threads talking about using different chart formats. I converted and calibrated one of my old Maptech
to work with OpenCPN.
I have dozens of old Maptech Chartpack regions and was hoping to use them with OpenCPN. I can't imagine going through the manual steps of converting the tiles to tif/png, stitching together and calibrating for an entire region, let alone several regions. This works fine, but is a lot of work.
Are their reasons OpenCPN doesn't support the Maptech Chartpack format? I assume there's some sort of licensing issue with reading these formats? Aside from conversion cookbook
and manual calibration, why isn't there an automated procedure for converting and calibrating these charts
? It seems to me that the coordinate system is available in the HDR information, so manually calibrating shouldn't be necessary.
It would be a good enhancement to read these charts or automatically convert. I appreciate the effort and hard work that went into OpenCPN. I've used may other charting software
and OpenCPN seems worthy of consideration. Once I can figure out how to get my charts converted, I may consider switching from Coastal Explorer!