2.04 is the current
release version I think, at least that is what I have and I think that it is the latest (it was last time I checked earlier this month).
Running it on windows 7, none of the choke issues reported by the OP. I run it on an N2k network via an Actisense NGT N2k to usb gateway. I have also set it up to output to autopilot
via and Actisense NGW but don't use it like that.
I have the weather
routing module also but am not sure that was worth the dosh but it seems that when you buy now you get a complimentary module.
I like it, it works very well as a navigation
tool for both planning and whilst underway, is very stable.
I have found their support to be quite good when I did have an issue (I screwed around with something in MS framework by applying an update out of sequence or something ) and another time a hardware
change on the nav computer changed the hardware
fingerprint and I had to request another which was supplied without quibble.
I don't like the way that Maxsea and all the other top end companies make it difficult to get at data that 'you' have recorded. For example a track export from Maxsea drops off depth
information so that you can use an exported track to generate your own bathymetry - this is obviously to protect their own PBG (personal bathymetry generation) module. However I just log all NMEA
data using GPSGate and can do my own thing with the data.
Depending on where you live, and sail, OpenCPN
can now give you almost the same functionality (more in some areas) for free and if your's in the US of NZ, for example, you have free charts
too. For the rest of the world the S63 plugin
allows the use of the latest vector charts from Chartworld. I think that when my large investment in Jeppersen charts for MaxSea get too old to use of I sail outside of their coverage area I'll just buy S63 charts for OpenCPN
. OpenCPN is not as stable as MaxSea, and in my experience and others that I know who have used it for cruising, it gets slow and unstable with large tracks and large numbers of waypoints but the developers are aware and are working on this aspect which seems to have improved in the latest version of O v4.0.