I need new chart software
for the research boat
that I run for a living.
I don't necessarily want the least expensive software
out there. I have the budget
for expensive Nobeltec
Admiral like software if this turns out to be what serves my purposes the best.
I do not know much about the home brew electronic chart software and it worries me that there might be a huge learning
curve to get it working well. I have seen the posts with people having trouble getting this software to work
. I am not suggesting it is bad, I don't know, it just has me concerned. How true is this? How easily does the home brew software install and work
compared to something like Nobeltec
?, which I am familiar with.
There are two really important things that are a must....
I need to be able to categorize way points and routes by user. What this means is that I need to be able to assign way points (sampling stations) and routes to different scientists that I work with. I cannot have all the scientists way points and routes showing at the same time, the screen
just gets too cluttered, which is what I have now.
The other thing I need is to be able to click and drag waypoints within a route
in order to make very quick changes to that route
, without having to go into a menu. Sometimes I need to make last minute changes to the route once out in the field. The Furuno
Navet 3D software I have is horrible for this. To be able to import
routes and waypoints from something like an Excel file or other common software would also be very helpful.
I have two 1080 x 756 monitors at the helm
station, one for Navnet
and the other for Nobeltec Visual Navigation
Suite 6.0 with Passport charts
. The VNS is what I need to replace because the charts
are getting too old and the software is pretty old as well.
A nice third option would be able to download free NOAA raster scan and vector charts....is this possible with any software?
Any help I can get in making this decision is most appreciated.