Raymarine has once again updated their LightHouse software to Version 9.4
Here is a list of the updates
- Raymarine Lighthouse Chart Support
- Redesigned User Interface
- Chart Data selection
- Navionics Sonar Chart support
- Navionics Freshest Data reminder
- Multitouch support for a Series multifunction displays
- Reorganization and Renaming of Menu items and structure
- Autohide Databar
- Increase of Waypoints (3000 Total, 100 Groups), Routes (150 containing 200 WTPs), Tracks (15 Tracks – 10000 points)
- GPX file formation support
- Waypoint Symbols
- Symbol Search
- Waypoint area search
- Multiple Sonar selection
- Distance unit setup (ability to set upper and lower denominations separately)
- Expanded ETA & TTG data items
- Expanded support of PGN 127489 (Engine alarms)
- Added DSC support over SeaTalkNG/NMEA2000
- Support for 8 displays (originally was 6)
- Sonar app – In absence of speed transducer system defaults to ‘NONE’ rather than default previously
- Various fixes and improvements
- User manual updated
The updates are available to download from here and is suitable for everyone who owns any of the Raymarine aSeries, cSeries, eSeries and gS Series
Raymarine expands the offering with the new Raymarine gS series Glass Cockpit. It is not a black box kit like the Garmin GPSMAP 8500 – but individual screens in low profile – and looks very sleek.
The series has a 9″, 12″ and a 16″ model. In short you can say they are like the E series – but has not got neither built in keypad, card slot or sonar. All the controls you have – is a single power button. But they are supplied with a wireless version of the C/E series keypad so you can control all displays from one remote.
But they look great! A lot better than the C/E series. I hope LightHouse “bugs” will be ironed out – and then you have a great looking glass bridge display for any yacht. But there are a LOT of bugs in LightHouse.
They use the LightHouse interface as mentioned, supports IP cameras and but has multiple Ethernet interfaces – this time with Power Over Ethernet (POE). There is also DVI output for external screens and BNC Video inputs.
And finally they are “polarised sunglasses” friendly.
It looks like it is going to be an interesting year for marine electronics. But congratulations to Raymarine for what I think is so far the best looking displays out there.
Raymarine will update the LightHouse UI for the GPS’s to V5.
Main new features: Fuel Management tools, FLIR Camera “Slew-to-Cue” keeping Flir images in “center” and IP Camera support.
Update will be available within the next few days.
The next 2013 version will support Fusion 700 control via NMEA2000.