Thursday, February 2, 2012
iNavX Part 2: Chart Display and Waypoints
In this post I want to cover the details and functionality of the Chart display interface and show how to create and edit Waypoints.
In the instrument banner you can swipe left and right with your finger to see additional instruments. Multi touch functions of pinching in and out will zoom the display in and out.
On the top right side of the gray chart banner you will see a gear icon. Selecting this will take you to the chart display settings. Here you can modify viewing, position and color of many items on the chart display.
Settings for Icons, Velocity vectors, night vision, waypoints, routes and tracks can all be set.
The "Long Tap New Waypoint" feature can be turned on or off here also.
In the lower right side of the display there is another lower case i, selecting this will give you information about the chart on display.
Here you can select the chart options for removal, updating, emailing, Tweeting, printing and opening the chart as a PDF file.
This may seem like a lot of detail but it will become second nature when you start adding waypoints and building routes.
The third way to create a waypoint is to hit the Waypoints soft key at the bottom of the display. The Waypoints screen includes Import/Export, Remove All Waypoints, New Waypoint and Port Search. On the bottom you will see a list of waypoints.
Import/Exports is a way to save or retrieve your waypoint and routes with your X-Traverse account. Your email and password for your X-Traverse account must be entered in the Account view under Preferences. You will need an internet connection to transfer the data to and from your account.
Remove all waypoints is pretty self explanatory. Selecting this will wipe out all your waypoints. Your are prompted again asking if you want to remove them, if so, select "Yes".
The New Waypoint selection will create a new waypoint near your present position. This new waypoint "pop up box" includes several options.
You can change the waypoint name by selecting the Name field and typing the new text. Actual latitude and longitude can be entered if you know the GPS coordinates. A short description can also be added. Hit the Position button to use your current position. The Lock button allows you to lock it from deletion until unlocked. Show can be switched on or off to display the waypoint on the chart. The Arrival button allows you to set the arrival distance setting. If this waypoint is used in a route and you are within the arrival distance the app will advance to the next waypoint in the route.
Scroll to shows the waypoint on the Chart view display. The Camera icon in the upper right corner allows you to take a picture or use a picture from your devices camera roll and attach it to the waypoint. Open in Maps will bring up the waypoint and allow you to view it in Google satellite, street maps or both. You will need an Internet connection to display the Google maps.
The Goto Button, when selected, starts the navigation from your current position to the selected waypoint. iNavX shows a solid blue line on the chart display and shows the bearing, distance, crosstrack error and time to go in the instrument banner on the top.
Another great feature on the Waypoints page is Port Search. Here you can search for a marinas, points of interest, resorts and navaids. Selecting the Position button on the top of the page will list all locations within 50 miles. This feature will only work with the Navionics charts. The NOAA charts will not have this data. The data base is local so no Internet connection is needed for the Port Search.
As you can see, iNavX has a very full featured chart display and waypoint functionality. They seem to have thought of everything. You can see why it is one of the most popular charting and navigation apps out there.
Next time I will cover routes and tracks. Stay tuned!
Posted by Mark Messerli at 5:28 PM