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Old 08-01-2015, 07:55   #1
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OpenCPN Version 4.0 Released

8 January, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The OpenCPN Development Team is proud to announce the release of OpenCPN Version 4.0.
OpenCPN Version 4.0 is available for immediate download.

This version is a major feature upgrade and maintenance release of OpenCPN.

OpenCPN is a cross platform electronic navigation system (ECS) supporting a variety of cartography standards and hardware interface protocols. Versions are available for Linux, Windows, and Macintosh computer architectures.

Since widespread introduction in 2008, OpenCPN has gained a solid reputation.
OpenCPN version 3.x has been downloaded more than 400,000 times.

OpenCPN is running on hardware from tiny Raspberry Pis with 4" screens up to networked workstations. The adaption to specific user scenarios and needs is easily achieved by using the Plug-in architecture and the wide scope of user settings.

A responsive international user and developer community together with an up-to-date and complete documentation are warrants to make installation and use of OpenCPN a pleasure.


Some features of OpenCPN include:
- Quilted Raster(RNC) and Vector(ENC) digital chart display
- Full compliant support for official vector charts in S-57/S-63 format and InlandENCs
- 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
- PlugIn architecture allowing on-going third-party functional enhancements.


OpenCPN is released under the GPLV2 license. The executable program and its source code are available for immediate, free, and unlimited download from sourceforge.net.


As a successor to OpenCPN Version 3.2, OpenCPN Version 4.0 contains many new features and enhanced functions.
Among them are:

- Increased performance in all modes, particularly when using OpenGL graphics acceleration.

- Additional network interface methods, including TCP/IP client/server and UDP broadcast.

- Support for multiple data source instances, including
Filtering and prioritization of messages
Output of NMEA data streams for real-time integration into ship systems

- Improved support for Mac OS X systems, including 64 bit native support.

- Integrated Tablet/Touch screen support.

- AIS Personal Locater Beacon (PLB) configuration and tracking.

- Enhanced AIS target tracking modes.

- GRIB PlugIn feature additions.
Graphical GRIB email request generation.
Moving particle wind overlay.
Enhanced GRIB data type support.

- Dashboard PlugIn feature additions.
More selectable instruments.

- Several new and updated Plug-ins, including
Digital Radar overlay for popular radar scanners
World Magnetic Model variation compensator
Climatology analysis
Dynamic route planning
Integrated logbook
Realtime datastream capture, record and playback
Google Earth integration
Weatherfax overlay
Vector chart object and feature search tool
S63 Encrypted vector chart support

- Major update to embedded Users Manual.

- Measurably improved performance and reliability over all supported platforms.



We hope you enjoy the new features of OpenCPN Version 4.0, and look forward to your continued feedback.

Download OpenCPN Version 4.0 at

OpenCPN | SourceForge.net


To get the complete insight about OpenCPN, for PlugIns and other useful information, visit our support website at
OpenCPN | Official OpenCPN Homepage

Discussions, questions and feature requests you will find here:

OpenCPN - Cruisers & Sailing Forums


The OpenCPN Development Team
Dave Register, Lead Developer
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Old 08-01-2015, 08:00   #2
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Cheers and a big hug for Dave and all the other contributors that made this milestone possible!!

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Congratulation to Dave and all the team

Thanks you for your dedication to this project

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Thanks to all.... for great work.

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Excellente nouvelle. Merci à Dave et à tous les développeurs.

Hum .... What great news. Thank you to Dave and all developers.
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Great work!
Hope to see the downloads ready on the download page soon then
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Thanks for this great job

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Thanks For the whole team efforts. I'm going to give it a try.
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The news has been rolled out on the Norwegian community site, Facebook, Google+, Linkedin and Twitter.
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Thanks Dave and all the crew

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Hi...
It seems like some of the translated files was not included in the build.
In the Norwegian (Norsk) translation of the Dashboard plugin, there are a few lines that seems to be from an older translation.
Translation was ready in good time before the deadline. One line that was added very recently, that one slipped trough. However, corrected now.
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Ahoy OpenCPN Supporters...

Well, we did it.
O4 is out the door, fledged safely.

The list of contributors and supporters is too numerous to recount here. You know who you are...
But I want to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all your hard work, patience, and attention to detail over the past months. OpenCPN 4.0 is the most stable, feature-rich, and well documented open source project I have ever been involved with. It is breathtaking...

It makes me very proud of you all.

So, what's next?
Lets all take a short breather. Re-engage with our families and other non-virtual things. Go sailing, even.

Then, with a bit of recharging, we will be back with a plan for the next release of OpenCPN.
After all, the fun never ends....

Sincere thanks to all
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O.k.

'INSTALL' included with the source from github says "See the Build Notes section for applicable tesselator configuration options." These build notes do not appear to be in the source from github. Googling only turns up the above mentioned "See the..." and if the referred "build notes are at opencpn.org I can't find them.

Precisely whare are these build notes? Seems like including them in the source would be a good idea.

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Wrong...
Seems we should probably update the INSTALL file. Nobody touched it for 4 years...

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