Friday, September 30, 2016

i-Boating for Windows tablets, PCs, laptops app now supports ENC & Vector charts.

We are pleased to announce that the latest version ( of the Windows app for PCs/tablets/laptops etc now included supports for hardware/GPU accelerated vector marine & lake charts. We support all Windows devices running 8.1 or higher.

  • Rotate marine charts (Text stays upright)
  • Analog zoom
  • GPU/Hardware accelerated
  • Zoom up to as close as 5 ft
  • Custom depth unit (ft, meter, fathom)
  • Keyboard shortcuts for zoom, rotate, tilt 

I've attached a few screenshots from a Windows tablet running the latest vector version.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Marine charts covering France, Greece, Turkey and Italy

We have made a huge addition to our coverage for Mediterranean and Atlantic. Effective immediately marine charts covering the following are available for Android & iOS devices.

  • France
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Italy
Coverage is all vector/ENC for these regions.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Europe Inland Rivers/Waterways update (Canal Du Midi, Rhone river and more....)

We've pushed a major update to our folio that covers inland rivers and waterways in Europe. ENC/Vector cells covering the following major regions were added:

  • Canal du Midi: Vector maps covering the entire length of Canal due Midi are now available for both iOS and Android.
  • Rhone River: Now we complete coverage of Rhone river, south of Lyon, all the way to the coast.
  • Canals and waterway around Berlin

Highlight shallow areas using custom depth shading in i-Boating

i-Boating app now supports custom depth shading to highlight shallow areas. I've included a specific example at the end illustrating how to use and before/after screenshots.

1. Without depth shading
2. With depth shading
3. How I figured out what value to choose for shading?

Before depth shading
For e.g. this is what the default map looks for New Jersey inter coastal waterway.  There are two depth areas here (one below 2.95 ft and the other above it). When navigating you would want to highlight the shallow area with a different color.

With depth shading

Here is how to use depth shading:

  • Tap menu/overflow button and select "Settings"
  • Scroll down and check the box that says "Enable Custom Depth Shading"
  • Change shallow depth to 0 ft and safety depth to 2.9f ft
  • Tap Save
Here is a screenshot with custom depth shading.

How to figure out what value to use?

You can use object query to find out depth range of an area. Simply long touch any where int the area and select "Object Query".

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Lake Muritz, Lake Boodensee, Odra river and more...

We have recently added coverage for the following regions. I've also added a few screenshots for Lake Muritz at the end.

  • Lake Muritz
  • Lake Constance/Boodensee
  • Odra river....
Please use the following steps to get this update:
  1. Delete old maps, (This step is important. New map cells are not downloaded if older ones exist).
  2. Re-download map cells.
Deleting old maps

  • Tap menu/overflow button on top right(for Android, its lower right for iPhone) and select "Settings"
  • In settings screen, scroll down and tap on "Delete All Maps"
Downloading new maps
  • -Tap on download icon on top left on your  device.. This will show download grid.
  • - Tap to select grid cells you wish to download.  If a grid cell is already downloaded it will show as green.
  • - Tap "Press to Download

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Vector marine charts over satellite imagery and street maps.

Viewing marine charts and fishing maps over satellite imagery and regular street maps was requested by several i-Boating customers. We are pleased to announce that the feature is now live on Android devices. (iOS version will become available upon Apple approval).

We have provided multiple different sources (currently 10 sources) of basemaps for i-Boating customers to choose from including street maps, USGS Topos, USGS aerial, satellite imagery and more.

Here is how to change the background maps:

  • Tap menu/overflow button on top right and select "Settings"
  • In Settings screen select "Refresh Available Sources" from the dropdown.
  • Select one of the several background maps
  • Tap on Save
I've added a few screenshots with this in action from my Android phone (for Lake Constance/Bodensee and San Francisco Bay).

Friday, May 6, 2016

Depth Offset in i-Boating.

We have recently added support for water level offset in i-Boating. This lets i-Boating users adjust the depth shown on the maps. If you have had less rain in your area (e.g California drought), you may want to decrease the depth shown on the map by specifying a negative value for depth offset. This would change all depth values shown on the map.

  • Tap on menu/overflow button (lower right on iPhone, top right on Android).
  • Select Settings
  • Type in the depth offset you wish to choose.
  • Tap to Save
I've also attached a few screenshots below showing the settings screen on both iOS and Android.