Saturday, November 20, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
- Extensive list of marina, and related marine services throughout the United States.
- Searchable by city and state.
- Listed from closest to furthest away from your location.
- Uses NOAA maps to show the location of the marina or site you are interested in.
- The map is scalable with a pinch to zoom in. Use your finger to pan around.
- The map view show the lat/lon coordinates and heading to the marina.
The app does what is say it will do. Search any place and it will give you the marinas and services in that area. I like the Map view, it give the user the exact location, lat/lon and bearing to the marina. The Details tab is very helpful to know what services and accommodations the marina or yacht club might provide.
I found it hard to think of anymore details I might want out of this app. Marinalife did a great job in putting this together. It is easy to use and very informative and best of all, free.
Posted by Mark Messerli at 1:17 PM
Posted by Mark Messerli at 12:19 PM
Monday, November 8, 2010
- Clicking on the vessel shows information about the ship including name, destination, navigation status and job function.
- Sorting functions allow sort by function. It will show cargo, tankers, commercial and passenger ferry's and cruise ships.
- gTrax offers updated information for an additional monthly fee. If you want to see updates once every 24 hours it will cost you about $5. To get live streaming data the service will cost you $10.00 per month.
Cons: The AIS network is not that extensive and spotty in some areas. There are only about nine ports covered in the US. Make sure it covers your area before you download it. If you need up to the minute information it will cost you $5 per port. It would be best to install an AIS receiver on your boat if you wanted to keep track of ships in real time. Check out the Ship Finder and Ship Tracker apps. They offer up some competition to gTrax with additional features and functionality.
Posted by Mark Messerli at 7:38 PM
Sunday, November 7, 2010
- GPS works through location services on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
- GPS worked with the external third party Dual GPS cradle.
- It has a powerful search function which helps the user find marinas, restaurants, marine repair, boat dealers, tides and currents.
- The software can track your position in realtime on the charts.
- It has the ability to record tracks, routes and waypoints and measure distance.
- Navionics has the ability to overlay satellite shots from Google or Bing providing an Internet connection is available.
- It has Facebook and Twitter connectivity.
Cons: It would be nice to have inputs for AIS tracking or other instrument types. Navionics does not give access to NOAA charts. There is no caching of the Google or Bing overlays images so an Internet connections is required to display the overlays.
Posted by Mark Messerli at 4:59 PM
A "More Detail" selection is now provided for the Navionics charts. This will show a list of objects near the location where you tap on the chart.
UDP support has been added in the TCP/IP NMEA Client Setup. Go to preferences and TCP/IP NMEA Client. There is now a setting to toggle between TCP and UDP.
Navionics Region 1XG, 35G 2011 editions.
Great job Rich, keep up the good work. We are all loving iNavX!
Posted by Mark Messerli at 11:01 AM