Navionics iDevice apps gets auto route functionality [update 1]

Just a quick news flash – today’s Navionics Mobile app for iDevices can now do auto routing on the water. If it will be as good as Garmin auto guidance is yet to be seen

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The price is $4.99 and is available now after an update and in app purchase. You might have to download latest maps from Navionics to make it work but so far no success for me

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Update – well the Auto Routing is very touchy. After a few attempts I have found out the App can randomly do routes towards me (so in reverse to what I tried first) sometimes it will work – other times it won’t. I am in a narrow dredged canal area but still?  And it also seems like many of the bridges around has no height which might not help. But even without bridges it is still quite “random” if it works or not.

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Mercury VesselView 4 and VesselView 7 listed as in stock?

A few US Mercruiser Parts websites are now listing Mercury VesselView 4 and Mercury VesselView 7 in stock

Mercury VesselView 7
Mercury VesselView 7

 

VesselView 7 is listed for US$2000 (cheapest seen $1736) – Part Number : 8M0074095

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Manuals for Garmins new 8000 series are available for download

Revision A of Garmins 8000 Series (8008,8208,8012,8212, 8015, 8215 & 8500) are now available online.

No mention of the CAN interfaces so far though – but matches up quite well with the Garmin new GPSMAP 700 (721/741) series where the 12 pin sonar connector is not mentioned and the Network port is reserved for “future use”. So it seems like Garmin are keeping some goodies for later.

Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Series Installation Manual

Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Series Operations Manual

The quick start manual is completely garbled – but Garmin might update that – so here is that link as well

Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Series Quick Start Manual

Older Garmin Series 8000 Posts:

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Lowrance HDS Gen2 v2 software update – initial impressions – update 1

This is just a quick “flash” 🙂

I updated my HDS G2 Touch – and all went well. GoFree works perfect like on my NSS8.

The first thing I tried 🙂 was of course Map sharing between NSS8 and HDS G2 Touch – and it works! Impressive and very nice!

Lets see if my problems with “device configuration resets” have been solved.

Update:

Well – Map sharing also works with Structure Scan Maps – my NSS8 has the Navionics maps – and the HDS G2 has my StrucureScan (now HD) maps. And the HDS happily shares those with the NSS – while getting Navionics Charts the other way. Neat – but it seems like I have to reboot after adding a new structure scan map to make it available to the NSS.

And it does seem like my twin engine device configuration stays in place – but too early to tell for certain.

Lowrance HDS Gen 2 Software Update v2.0 available

Lowrance has [finally] released the HDS Gen 2 software update for Lowrance Gen 2 Touch and “normal” Lowrance Gen 2 units.

The new features are:

  • Support for GoFree wireless remote operation with the Lowrance WIFI-1 module – so you can “remote control” your HDS Gen2 from iDevices and Android devices. [HDS/Touch]
  • Insight Genesis compatible – so you can create your own maps – but unfortunately still limited to very few locations around the world. If you are not in an approved location – you can’t create an account and use Insight Genesis [HDS/Touch]
  • Map/Chart sharing – Share your Navionics/CMAP or Insight maps with other HDS Gen 2 units [HDS/Touch]
  • Navionics Depth contour shading and highlights [HDS/Touch]
  • Navionics EasyView, Dynamic Tides & Currents [Touch]
  • Internal GPS antenna updated to use 5Hz update speed from 1Hz (5 Hz = 5 times pr second) – latest Lowrance Point-1 external GPS is a 10Hz antenna
  • StructureMap HD Sonar Charts – The old version gave you very resolution limited “Sonar Charts” of your recorded structure scan logs. The new version 2 keeps high resolution. [HDS/Touch]
  • Structure Scan auto contrast [HDS]
  • Now Gen 2 supports the Lowrance Point-1 10Hz external GPS [HDS/Touch]
  • And a new feature – Dual Chart Capability – we don’t know what that covers yet but will investigate [HDS]
  • New panel setups for HDS-8 and HDS-10 [HDS]
  • A screen capture shortcut [HDS]
  • And like Raymarine a/c/e series – a built in PDF reader – for keeping manuals handy. [HDS/Touch]

Version today on release date May 10th : 2.0-45.135

Direct download location:

HDS Gen 2 Touch Software Version 2

HDS Gen 2 Software Version 2 (non touch)