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A Great Programme!
I now use it at sea in preference to "C-Map" and "MaxSea"
Congratulations and thanks to the authors!
I've just downloaded 1.3.6 and 2.1.0 beta. Haven't used them seriously at sea yet, but I've noted a few remaining "bugs/improvement possibilities" while my boat is at anchor
1) Tide display still shows "today"/"tomorrow" every 7 days (past and future) from the current date. Trivial, but a bug!
2) My copies don't show any additional "currents" beyond the CM93 chart info when I click the "currents" button. Maybe I need to download another file with "currents" data? Where can I find that file?
3) My older (pre 1.3.6) version either stopped GPS
updating/plotting boat position at low boat speeds(<3kts?) or only updated/plotted intermittently. This is a bad feature - is it a bug?. Up-to-date position plot is particularly important when slowly entering harbour or confined spaces. I haven't yet tested versions 1.3.6 or 2.1.0 beta while moving to see if that (bug?) remains.
4) I note that you have fixed the measurung accuracy problem. Works well now. Automaticaly changing units from decimal miles to metres for short distances was a good idea - Well done!
5) Improvement? - The right-click "move boat here" function restores too quickly to be very useful. Suggest increasing dwell-time - or better - change the command to "show/hide boat icon" with default "show".
6) Improvement? - Add a "lock/release marks" facility with default "locked" - This would prevent accidental moving of marks while clicking to centre/zoom-in the display. Happens to me frequently when zooming in and re-centring from large-small scale. You have "lock/release waypoints" facility already - same facility for marks would be good.
7) Improvement? - add an "undo" button. If you do something wrong now its "too bad" the info is lost
- no recovery available!
8) I haven't yet found an "anchor alarm" facility in these latest versions - That would be a very useful additional feature if it output an alarm
condition (active Hi/Lo) on an I/O pin or output sound on a headphone jack so that an external "loud alarm" could be implemented.
In summary - a great little programme! - but, as with all software
, there is "always 1 more bug" and "room for improvements"! Not too many improvements though, please! - it's KISS concept
and obvious intuitive operation is a great feature!
Regards, John Macey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
sv Andiamo IV, Melbourne, Australia
(currently anchored at Cairns)
ps. Re my 8) - I now see from this forum that a windows (Vista) patch is needed to implement this - where can I get it?