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Old 27-07-2011, 07:35   #1
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OpenCPN Version 2.5 Release

ANNOUNCEMENT:

OpenCPN Version 2.5.0 is released, and available for immediate download.
The version is a major feature upgrade and maintenance release of OpenCPN.

OpenCPN is a free and OpenSource navigation package running on Windows, linux, and Macintosh computers.

Some features of OpenCPN include:
- Quilted Raster(RNC) and Vector(ENC, cm93) digital chart display
- Industry standard GPS receiver interfacing, with "moving map" on-screen vessel tracking.
- AIS receiver interfacing with configurable target safety monitoring
- Integrated Route, Track, and Waypoint database, with industry standard Import/Export capabilities
- Tide and Current prediction, with on-screen overlay of predicted data.
- Broad International Language support

OpenCPN is designed to be easy to install, configure, and use daily.
OpenCPN may be freely downloaded and installed without cost, registration, or time limits.

New and Enhanced Features for OpenCPN Version 2.5.0

1. Per-Cell offset adjustment for cm93 charts
2. Transverse Mercator chart quilting.
3. Selectable full screen quilting option.
4. Configurable lat/lon gid lines.
5. Variable screen dimmer function.
6. Improved Tide/Current information window.
7. Configurable "Layers" function, enabling selectable display of fixed objects.
8. Improved and extended AIS functions, including
a. Euro Inland support
b. Base Stations and ATONs
9. Selectable FullScreen display mode.
10. Integrated Route Planner function, with Tide table support.
11. Enhanced GUI functions, with floating transparent Toolbar.
12. Several new language options.
13. Improved internal memory management.
14. Improved Autopilot output support.
15. New Multi-leg Measurement tool.
16. Improved Vector chart symbology.
17. Improved integrated Tide/Current data accuracy.
18. Improved Route definition interface, including selectable Route colors.
19. Full conformance for all platforms, especially including Macintosh OS X.
20. Greatly improved staility on all platforms, as a result of extended Beta testing.
21. Many, many improvements in the basic User Interface, while maintaining the ease-of-use that
OpenCPN is widely known for.

PlugIns:
1. Enhanced Dashboard PlugIn with several new instruments.
2. Enhanced GRIB PlugIn with isobar graphic depiction.
3. Extended PlugIn interface definition allowing greatly increased PlugIn functionality.

We hope you enjoy the new features of OpenCPN Version 2.5, and look forward to your continued feedback.

Download OpenCPN Version 2.5.0 at
OpenCPN | Download OpenCPN software for free at SourceForge.net

For PlugIns and other useful information, visit our support website at
OpenCPN | Official OpenCPN Homepage

The OpenCPN Development Team
Dave Register, Lead Developer <bdbcat@yahoo.com>
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Old 27-07-2011, 07:44   #2
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Does one need to uninstall the previous version before installing this current version?
Sorry for the dumb question, but I am computer challenged.
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Old 27-07-2011, 07:50   #3
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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.5 Release

Beta Test Team....

Well, we did it! 2.5 has launched, and is safely in orbit.

It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway) that we could not have produced such a robust and reliable Release without the patience, tenacity, and broad knowledge base of our Beta Test Team. You should all be proud. I know I am.

Well done. I thank you all.

Special thanks go to the PlugIn developers. I think we have proved the concept with this Release, and look forward to more PlugIn extensions as we go forward.

I could go on and on with kudos, but I'll stop here. You know who you are, and what you did. Be proud.

What's next?
I'll take a bit of a breather, and then we should start some higher level discussion regarding a roadmap for the future. Several of the team have indicated to me that they have ideas in that direction, and now is the time to make some plans. Lets all step back one pace and look a bit farther out....

By all means, let it be known that we are not done yet. There is a universe of blank bits out there, just waiting for a chance to be useful.

My heartfelt thanks to all.
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Old 27-07-2011, 09:47   #4
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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.5 Release

Install well in Windows 7. No problems works OK with my GPS and AIS; Also with Virtual Serial Port. Vessel replace but no scaling (length and beam).
Excellent work thanks to all of you.
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Old 27-07-2011, 10:21   #5
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Hello Dave ... and all the OpenCPNer ..

Bravo et merci.

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Old 27-07-2011, 10:28   #6
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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.5 Release

Hi Dave,

Thanks to you and others developers for this new version that I have installed with Git.
I have just a problem : when I launch Opencpn, and then I open the route manager, select the waypoint tab, select a waypoint and select properties (without any change), when I click on "OK", most of the times Opencpn closes. Not all the times, but most of them.

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Old 27-07-2011, 18:01   #7
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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.5 Release

Sorry Dave for another dumb question ...... what do I have to do to install it on SUSE flavoured Linux?
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Old 28-07-2011, 04:25   #8
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Sorry Dave for another dumb question ...... what do I have to do to install it on SUSE flavoured Linux?
Rodz,

compiles fine from source or use one already compiled version at the Opensuse Build Service. I have one ready (opensuse 11.3: 1-Klick-Installation, opensuse 11.4: 1-Klick-Installation) Factory and Tumbleweed are also there.
Maybe there are other Builds in other repos.

Simply klick on the right link above and everything should be done...

Builds for other Distros like Fedora may or may not work.

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Old 28-07-2011, 05:21   #9
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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.5 Release

Hi.
I have just installed the 2.5 Release and have a question about FullScreen mode. The "New and enhanced features" states "9. Selectable FullScreen display mode", does this mean it is possible to toggle FullScreen somewhere in the application without pressing F11? I am using a small computer based on WinXP Embedded without keyboard support for F11.
The new version is otherwise running perfectly
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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.5 Release

I just encountered a problem with the screen dimmer function. I may not understand how it works. Pressing F6 does indeed make the screen dimmer and then brighter; but the Tool Bar stays grey and upon rollover goes a very dark grey and becomes unreadable. The two bars at the botton of the screen go black and stay black and are unreadable. Restarting Opencpn doesn't clear the condition so I assume there is a ini parameter, but can't seem to find it.

How can I reset???

EDIT In the .ini file Set nColor Scheme=0
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Steffen!!
I found other compiled versions you had done. Installed without any problem. Works great!! Many thanks for your help !!!
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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.5 Release

Thank you for a wonderful sailing tool.
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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.5 Release

wdkester....

Regarding screen dimmer function:

What operating system, please?
Also, consider the interaction between F5 (Color scheme) and F6 (dimmer).

Screenshot would also be useful
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Many, many thanks for making my cruising life even more enjoyable. I can only make a wild guess how much time and creative energy the team has put in this magnificent program.

You are kicking several commercial asses (pardon my french).
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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.5 Release

Dave..

I had constructed a lot of extra .xpm icons for the Mark Properties box but since the new v. 2.5 OCPN version they are all gone. I have re-entered them in both 'icons' as well as 'User icons' sub-directories together with the standard icons but they do not show up?

What could be the problem?

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