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saumon posted 03-13-2014 07:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for saumon   Send Email to saumon  
I received an email this week promoting some new features on the Navionics mobile application: the Advanced map options.

Although I'm a die-hard Garmin fanboy, mainly for their devices, I must admit that the Navionics cartography (available for everything except Garmin) have evolved fast, and for the best, in the last months.

They first introduced a few months ago the Sonar Charts, where depth soundings are enhanced by individuals sonar logs and now, they add some useful map tools to control the display of the map, like a fully customizable depth-shading and even a water-level adjustment, i.e. when one adjust the water-level to, let's say, +4ft, it will automatically correct the spot sounding on the map.

Here's a shot video presentation:

For now, the Advanced map options seems to be only available on the mobile applications and not on their charplotters counterpart but if it does the same as the Sonar Charts feature, it will be available on both shortly.

jimh posted 03-14-2014 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Thanks for the notice of the new features. It seems like electronic marine charts are a new battleground for marine electronic manufacturers to compete for your boating electronics purchases.
saumon posted 04-15-2014 07:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for saumon  Send Email to saumon     
Here's another video showing how to use the sonar recording log to create map of previously uncharted lake, demonstrated on a Humminbird unit. Similar in function to the older DrDepth software but a lot easier to use. list=PLHQEguDhuBaCjdCsELASCjtdRXpvNk0rO

jimh posted 04-15-2014 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Saumon--Thanks for the update on the Humminbird plotter and Navionics charts. You reminded me that Humminbird purchased DrDepth last year, suddenly taking that popular product off the market, much to the disappointment of some of its users. I was expecting that Humminbird would re-cycle DrDepth into a SONAR mapping program of their own. I don't know if that has happened yet.

I am a bit surprised to see Humminbird using Navionics charts, because I thought their business model was to sell both the chart plotter and the electronic charts for the plotter as an exclusive combination. Now it looks like Navionics has penetrated that exclusivity with the Navionics charts.

One concern I have for any of these self-surveying SONAR mapping programs: they always seem to require use of some version of the Windows operating system to upload the data. I can't figure out, in 2014 and era of the web, why anyone would require a specialized operating system specific application to be used to transfer a file. Why not just have an FTP site? Maybe Navionics thinks that fishermen are too computer-dumb to accomplish a file transfer, so they needed to create an application that would accomplish the file transfer in the simplest possible method. By requiring use of Windows to join in this crowd-sourced charting, they are excluding part of the crowd.

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