Before updating your Nobeltec software
you should be aware that the update will disable the use of S-57 vector charts
and will, in fact, wipe them off your hard disk
without notifying you. The S-57 version charts
are those that the NOAA distributes for free and are updated regularly. It is clear that the availability of free government
charts for the US is depressing sales of Nobeltec's highly priced versions of the exact same charts (only updated less frequently than the government
Nobeltec claims that they can't allow the use of these government charts due to liability issues if they have erroneous data. However, these data are the same ones Nobeltec builds their charts from, so the argument is specious. Can I sue if Nobeltec charts have bad data (rhetorical-the answer according to my user license
is "no")? Further undermining their position is the asymmetry of not (yet) disabling raster chart support.
I talked with Nobeltec technical support and they told me the phone
is ringing off the hook about this issue and not a single
caller is happy. I was encouraged to write them with my concerns and complaints because they were forwarding them straight to the person who implemented this policy (it sounded like very few at Nobeltec were happy with the policy).
I urge everyone concerned about this to write Nobeltec at email@example.com