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bluewaterpirate posted 09-09-2009 11:25 AM ET (US)   Profile for bluewaterpirate   Send Email to bluewaterpirate  
Software v5.0 is now available for [Garmin 400/500 series] units.

Here is what the update adds/refines/fixes.

Changes made from version 4.50 to 5.00:

--Numerous rearrangements of menus, configurations, and adjustments to place most-used features in easy to access locations.

--Made the Back button smarter to minimize the number of key presses required to exit commonly used features.

--Changed the appearance of UI lists and allowed paging by using the -/+ keys.

--Added logging of MOB events.

--Improved waypoint marking interfaces to minimize map obstruction and reduce required key presses.

--Greatly improved the drawing speed for charts. In most areas users should rarely see a partially drawn map when zooming and panning.

--Prevented the map from initially re-drawing when panning on the Chart/Sonar funciton and after displaying a menu above the chart.

--Added continuous smoothing of the head-up direction for head-up charts. Head-up users will find this change a remarkable improvement in performance.

--Added continuous smoothing between zoom levels.

--Changed the chart terminology for heading-up orientation from Track Up to Head Up.

--Add ability to choose the label display for waypoints by symbol. User can choose to show labels for waypoints of a particular symbol with the waypoint name, comment, or symbol only.

--Waypoints can now be turned off on charts by symbol. This allows the waypoints on the map to be quickly limited to those of interest for the boater?s current activity.

--Added ability to show or hide track logs based on color.

--Added a compass rose overlay option.

--Added ability to mark waypoints with the pointer on weather maps.

--Added all supporting features for the latest g2 and g2 Vision, including user control of bathymetric contour shading.

--Added a perspective 3D display of charts for people who do not have g2 Vision cards.

--Added ability to overlay charts and photographs on the 3D relief when using g2 Vision.

--Added ability to rotate the 3D view and point to objects for review.

--Improved the head-up responsiveness of Mariner's Eye 3D making manual route following much easier to do (no over-steer).

--Numerous appearance and drawing performance improvements.

--Added option for a compass tape at the top of the screen.

--Removed the 'sonar panel' display from Fish Eye 3D and replaced with symbols indicating sonar detections.

--Removed the control for specifying the sonar beam width in the 3D picture. Beam width is determined automatically from the transducer.

--Added sonar noise rejection control.

--Added user control for water temperature offset.

--Added ability to move a pointer around on the sonar image when paused and mark waypoints at locations pointed to (underwater waypoints feature).

--Added support for heading sensor connection via NMEA 0183.

--Added a graphical compass to Information->Dashboard.

--Expanded control of navigation leg transition to include a time-based choice.

--When a route is activated the unit will automatically add a leg from the boat's current position to the first waypoint in the route.

--Changed the chart terminology for heading-up orientation from Track Up to Head Up.

--Can now load and store multiple sets of user data files on an SD card.

--Added user comments field to waypoints.

--Added range, bearing, and a graphical pointer to waypoint review pages.

--Changed the symbols and colors to be closer to international standards.

--AIS vessels are only filtered from the map by distance from the boat. The user can set up the range of interest or choose to show all AIS vessels up to a maximum of 100 vessels.

--Added standard 'select and activate' interface for AIS. User can choose which targets to track with a larger symbol and heading/COG indications. All other AIS vessels display in a smaller symbol to minimize clutter.

--Use a solid line for AIS vessel heading and a dashed line for course over ground.

--Added user-controlled trails for AIS and DSC vessels.

--Added connecting legs over shallow areas at the beginning and end of the path. This allows the boater to auto guide to a shore-based service. The unit will sound an alarm when the boat approaches the shallow leg.

--Added a control for shore-line proximity tolerance which allows the user to choose tighter margins for passage through narrow channels or set a larger distance margin from the shoreline.

--When following Auto guidance added a navigation option to recalculate Auto guidance to the current destination from the boat's current position.

Here are some videos of the functionalites added by the V5.0 update.

Waypoint Management Functionalities

Dashboard, System Info, AIS Functionalities

Mariners Eye, Perspective View, Fishing Chart, Event Log, Alarms (AIS, DSC, Navigation)

Some pictures

Perspective View with compass tape

Dashboard view Compass View

Mariners Eye View with warning depths displayed in orange.

Chart View with Compass Rose turned on

Waypoint Display (new) System wpts can be turned on or off using four one of four choices. (see second picture under this heading).


bluewaterpirate posted 09-10-2009 03:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
There are new online owners manuals available for current users of the Garmin 400/500 series chartplotters. The new owners manuals are common for all the new 400/500 series CP's.

Click on the link below to download the latest owners manual for your 400/500 unit.


Liteamorn posted 09-10-2009 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Liteamorn  Send Email to Liteamorn     
Thank you once again for keeping us updated on our Garmin products. Having the 545s I can't wait to get down to the boat and format another card and install this update.


Rich S posted 09-11-2009 04:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rich S  Send Email to Rich S     
I'm impressed with the discription for many of these updates....

Can't wait for the next sunny day here in Philly to try 'em out!

THANKS for posting this!

bluewaterpirate posted 09-13-2009 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Some more stuff and something new in the near future.

Way Point Management and stuff to come ......

New AIS Functions & Display .......

Perspective & Mariners Eye Displays & funtions ......


Dauntless16MA posted 09-15-2009 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dauntless16MA  Send Email to Dauntless16MA     
Hi -

I am enjoying my first season with the 440s. As far as the software upgrade is concerned... How is it done? Do I download the update from Garmin - transfer it to the SD card - then upload to the 440S?

I didn't see anyting specific in the manual concerning software updates.


bluewaterpirate posted 09-15-2009 02:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
16ma ....

Open the link below ...... when it opens click on download instructions ..... there you go. You can also download the update from this website. product=010-00515-40&cID=148&pID=8055


Dauntless16MA posted 09-15-2009 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dauntless16MA  Send Email to Dauntless16MA     
Thanks Tom - Got it!

I'll install it this weekend.

Waccamaw Whaler posted 09-24-2009 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
Thank you Tom. Looks like some nice improvements.
I wish Garmin would expand the ability to use longer waypoint names. I'm 'detail' charting local uncharted rivers and I'm having difficulity remembering some of the abbreviations.
Waccamaw Whaler posted 10-02-2009 12:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Waccamaw Whaler  Send Email to Waccamaw Whaler     
I'm missing the purpose of the "White Line". What is it showing me?
Rich S posted 10-11-2009 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rich S  Send Email to Rich S     
Garmin has 5.1 out now...and it does a few more things, like give you the ability to add the Compass Tape to all the Nav Chart screens.

I like that option.

livin posted 10-27-2009 02:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for livin  Send Email to livin     
bluewaterpirate: I purchased a 441s a couple of weeks ago. I checked my unit software and installed 2.40 dated 9/25/09. Will the 5.0 I think maybe even 5.2 or 5.3 now work with the 441s?
livin posted 10-29-2009 11:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for livin  Send Email to livin     
I call Garmin and the tech told me that the 441/541 already have the info in the updates that are in v. 5.0 and above. I guess that these are the newer machines.
bluewaterpirate posted 11-01-2009 11:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
The 441 is a newer version of the 440. DO NOT use the updates for the 440 on your 441. The lastest update for the 441 can be found here. V 2.5 product=010-00766-00&cID=148&pID=28755

The 441 uses a a different processor, more dynmaic ram, NMEA 2000, and has a different GPS antenna than it's earlier cousin the 440.


livin posted 11-01-2009 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for livin  Send Email to livin     
Thanks Tom, I will install v2.5 this week.

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