Hi, Jon the developer (and cruiser) behind VentureFarther here. VentureFarther is in my estimation (hey, I wrote it I may be a bit biased
) the simplest/fastest way to generate satellite charts
Maps, Bing and Nokia here) without installing any software
. You are right, it is not as feature rich as GE2KAP, but it is much easier for the average computer user and since it is 100% web based it can run on any computer, including your smart phone! As of today over 101,000 charts
have been generated and more are generated each day. Since also VentureFarther does more than just KAPs, I am moving forward integrating the features. What does this mean to cruisers, well as an example say a country like Vanuatu
(satellite images are great for here) has 50 anchorages
shared (the crowd source part of VentueFarther), wouldn't it be really cool to come in and request a KAP pack of all these anchorages
in a single
zip download? I have everything in place for this already (a database that can locate GPS
coordinates to any country/state/island) in the world. What am I waiting for? Well since this is a self funded site it is currently running on a fairly low powered server, I have plans to upgrade to a much better one soon as the server prices have dropped considerably since I started 4 years ago. Once one the faster server these kind of features are possible.
Now what does VF offer that is found nowhere else. Currently anyone can record NMEA
using the VDR plugin in OpenCPN
. If you have your depth sounder
integrated into the NMEA
stream a simple upload of this recording will share your recorded depths, both online and in KAPs.
If you check out VentureFarther, go to the Spain
page, there you will see "Survey's" listed. Click on any of them and you will see the recorded depths, if you go the KAP generation page to the same area and select the "depths layer" you will see them there and will be included in your generated KAP. Really cool for those places where the water
is not so clear and ready a satellite
image not great. Any questions just please let me know.