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Old 04-02-2014, 12:43   #1
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RASTOW - raster stow contraction - is a Linux script which organize your rasters navigational charts (RNC's - *.kap files) in subdirectories by latitude and longitude. This chart format is bitmap and need much more space than vector charts, so it's interesting to load only the needed zone in your chartplotter or in your working device storage. Rastow operate acccording to timezone, by 15 steps in longitude, above and below 45 in latitude N/S, which make a total of 96 subdirectories. The created database may be bigger than the original base because a map can have a part in more than one timezone or <45 to >45 in lat, and it resides in all the timezone subs covered. So, Rastow can create only symlinks to your collection if your storage space is critical. At the end of the operation a chartlist.txt is created, containing informations of your collection.
About raster charts: theses charts are not so powerfull and practical than vector charts (no more details zooming), but generally come from original charts edited by officials hydrographics services, the source of vectors charts, so, sometime they may have more details than commercial vector charts or it is usefull to consult its in case of doubt. Some others people have the homesickness of paper chart look and feel, and theses charts keep the same aspect.

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Rastow V0.2

Bonjour tous.

Rastow updated with theses changes:
## correct bug (with some distros) in "find" command parameters.
## better scan for dates editions
## better internationalization in titles
## add update function
## add rename function
## add datums in chartlist catalog

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Bonjour,

Rastow, raster chart organizer alvailable en V0.3
Major improvement:
Integrate bsbfix (from libbsb package) for rebuitd index charts in batch mode.
Correct the distorsion trouble described in this post:
OpenCPN Version 4.0 Released

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Re: RASTOW, a tool to classify raster charts

Bonjour,

Rastow, raster chart organizer alvailable en V0.4.

Improvements:
- fix errors for some extraneous file names
- more detailled logs
- display operations on screen
- tested with 10554 charts !

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Re: RASTOW, a tool to classify raster charts

Frank Would this linux script organize Kap files created with vfkaps_pi and suiddio_pi?
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Re: RASTOW, a tool to classify raster charts

Hola Rick,

I have no experience about these PI plugins, but this is a general rule:
Any KAP file with regular header (if necessary corrected by libbsbb, included in rastow cmdline) may be handle, (classified, renamed, etc...) by rastow batch script.
If any trouble, thanks to send me KAP samples.
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