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.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Persian/Arabian Gulf, Red Sea & Gulf of Aden now available in i-Boating

We are pleased to announce that we have added support for coverage of Persian/Arabian Gulf, Red Sea & Gulf of Eden.  The folio covering this region is available in i-Boating for both iOS and Android devices.

The folio includes coverage of the following regions:
You can find more details at the link below:

Friday, March 25, 2016

i-Boating now supports inland Russian waterways (incl. Volga River & Moscow area).

We are really excited to announce the availability of charts covering inland Russian waterways. This includes Volga river and waterways covering Moscow area. Coverage is 100% vector. The app has already been translated to Russian. If you have an Android device, you should already have the version localized to Russian. iOS users, please wait until the new version is approved by Apple.

The following regions are covered in the latest update.

  • Central Region: Includes Volga, Nerl, Kashinka, Unzha, Moskva, Dubna, Hotchya, Shosha, Oka, Reservoir from Tver to Nizhny Nowogrod, Ivankovskoe, Channel im.Moskvy.
  • North West: Curonian Lagoon, Kaliningrad region of the river, Nevskaya Guba, Neva River, rivers and lakes of the Karelian Isthmus, Ladoga lake, Svir river, lake Onega, White Sea-Baltic Canal, Volga-Baltic Canal (Vytegra River), White lake, Iwinski spill
  • South Russia: Volga (Balakovo to Delta), Volgograd reservoir, Volga Delta, Volga-Don canal to them. Lenin, river Don, Tsimlyansk reservoir, Kuban river, river Protoka
  • Volga Karma region: Includes Cheboksary, Kuibyshev, Saratov reservoirs and rivers Kama, Ufa, Chusovaya, Sylva, collapse, Inva, Vishera, Vetluga.