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Old 02-01-2012, 17:22   #1
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Problem Installing Charts

I've followed the steps in the manual and read FAQS. When I attempt to install charts from the toolbox setting, what I see displayed is a folder containing what appears to be the contents of my C drive. There is a folder for OpenCPN, but nothing that appears to be chart directories/locations (as is demonstrated in the manual). How do I find and install charts? In particular I am looking for the entrance to SF Bay Area to start with.

PS. I've ordered a Globalsat USB GPS mouse to use with this.

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Old 02-01-2012, 18:04   #2
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Re: Problem installing charts

Evan..

OpenCPN does not come with any charts,so that is clear...

From the charts area,you have to select the directory of charts you have first got to create. Having downloaded charts from somewhere,put them in this CHARTS directory,select the CHARTS directory and click on the 'ADD SELECTION' button.
Finally,'Force full database rebuild' button,following which your charts should be installed and visible.

You might start with the NOAA free NGA charts which you will find within the OpenCPN directories. NGA Charts Status Region Miscellaneous at OpenCPN.info (English)

All NOAA charts of the USA are free to download here:
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Good luck!

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Old 02-01-2012, 18:21   #3
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Re: Problem installing charts

Thank you Sir - now that is really cool!
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Old 27-02-2012, 22:13   #4
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Re: Problem Installing Charts

I've followed the steps in the manual and read FAQS.
I have downloaded the The East Asia Hydrographic Commission charts for the south China Sea but are unable to view them. I have loaded them in a directory and they are in the active chart directory.I have set up the vector charts in toolbox as suggested with on results .I am running version 2.5.0 on windows vista .I can view cm93 charts from this area if put them in the active directory.Any help would be appreciated .

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I've followed the steps in the manual and read FAQS.
I have downloaded the The East Asia Hydrographic Commission charts for the south China Sea but are unable to view them. I have loaded them in a directory and they are in the active chart directory.I have set up the vector charts in toolbox as suggested with on results .I am running version 2.5.0 on windows vista .I can view cm93 charts from this area if put them in the active directory.Any help would be appreciated .

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Please publish your log & ini files. Instructions here Installing OpenCPN | Official OpenCPN Homepage
To publish them on this forum ad ".doc" to the end of the filename.

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Old 28-02-2012, 12:17   #6
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Re: Problem Installing Charts

Thanks for the prompt reply.
After downloading and sucessfully unziping the NOAA ENC charts I have found that unzipping the files with 7-zip was the problem I had with the south china sea charts.I have now extracted them and they are working fine .
Thanks once again. My mistake.

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where can I find charts for the PNW to import into OpenCPN?
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where can I find charts for the PNW to import into OpenCPN?
These are the NOAA charts. Nautical Charts & Pubs

Download the OR, WA and AK charts then extract them into a folder.

In the charts tab of Tools identify this folder and do a Force Full Database rebuild.

The Canadian charts are not free.
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Re: Problem Installing Charts

"Problem Installing Charts"

that is not problem, that is




"I do not know how to install the charts"
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"Problem Installing Charts"

that is not problem, that is




"I do not know how to install the charts"
Hey,

better somebody asking than grumbling.....

Here are a lot of people that are happy show the little steps required sometimes to get things working.
And a lot of guys just don't know where to look for the manuals

Have nice evening

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These are the NOAA charts. Nautical Charts & Pubs

Download the OR, WA and AK charts then extract them into a folder.

In the charts tab of Tools identify this folder and do a Force Full Database rebuild.

The Canadian charts are not free.
thanks , i just had to open my eyes. sometimes we make a mountain out of a mole hill. I started installing piecemeal. a chart at a time, then discovered they had an "All" option. cool.
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Re: Problem Installing Charts

I know this is probly a stupid question, But Connie uses her Capn Nav program all the time, and I even ck it myself ! but being Old we know nothing about this Open CPN ? are the charts useable in a program like this Capn program ?? Or is a whole new system needed ?? jus asking for the undestanding
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"I do not know how to install the charts"
With support like this why bother even installing the program, sheesh
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I know this is probly a stupid question, But Connie uses her Capn Nav program all the time, and I even ck it myself ! but being Old we know nothing about this Open CPN ? are the charts useable in a program like this Capn program ?? Or is a whole new system needed ?? jus asking for the undestanding
bobconnie,
OpenCpn is just like the capn but different to look at. Prettier,I'd say. You give her charts to read and a gps, ais, and she will put it together. Have a look right here:

OpenCPN | Official OpenCPN Homepage
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Thanks a bunch! We will read a little more and then ya never know ! I might even join the Young folks usein Electronicks !! LOLO Really thanks alot
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