I know that this is an old thread, however....
I have been using OpenCPN for two years on a 2005 Panasonic CF-29 Toughbook running XP. With the demise of XP I have made the leap to Linux Mint on a 2006 Lenovo T60P Thinkpad. Needless to say I was somewhat discourage to hear that I may not be able to use my Canadian Charts on OpenCPN.
However, my situation is different than Jakob's I believe. The difference is that my charts are not encrypted, as they were purchased prior to encryption being implemented. (Yes, I know that they are OLD! But I have been using them successfully for many years now.)
Since these files are not encrypted, is there a way to copy them into my charts folder and point to them in OpenCPM?
Thanks for any help that can be provided.
Originally Posted by bdbcat
As you know, BSB4 charts are encrypted, and unlocked for a particular PC by a key tied tightly to the individual PC's fingerprint.
The publisher of the BSB4 charts provides a decryption interface for Windows only. Why? I suppose at the time BSB4 was developed and initially released, linux was a very small player in the PC chart plotter space. Android did not even exist. And now, there seems to be no new development going on in BSB4. Not enough vocal customer demand for alternate interfaces.
It may be possible to obtain the confidential BSB4 API specs from Maptech under some non-disclosure arrangement. That would enable creation of a BSB4 PlugIn for linux and Mac. Might be worth a query to Maptech, anyway.