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NOAA Electronic Charts in Raster Format To Improve
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posted 06-11-2014 07:19 PM ET (US)
Some time ago, NOAA announced that it was ending the printing of their paper charts, but perhaps lost in that announcement was the mention that the resolution of the electronic charts produced for the raster navigational chart (RNC) format would improve in resolution to 400-dots-per-inch (DPI) from the previous 254-DPI resolution.
This increase in resolution is anticipated to improve the clarity of the charts, along with improving their general aesthetics. NOAA indicated that the improvement should be applied to the entire catalog of electronic charts in RNC format by January 2014.
To see the difference, here is a sample chart in the old, 254-DPI resolution:
And here is the same sample in the new 400-DPI resolution:
To browse the electronic chart catalog, visit:
posted 06-12-2014 11:24 PM ET (US)
I downloaded several hundred new NOAA RNC (raster) charts for the Great Lakes this morning for use with my computer-based chart plotter application, PolarView NS. The new 400-DPI charts look very nice.
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