Garmin GPSMAP Feb 2016 Software Update

Garmin has released a big GPSMAP software update for Feb 2016. The update has very “big version number” increases. The update does ONLY cover current Garmin chartplotters – and not the legacy models. (As SemperFishing on TheHullTruth says – think Legacy if your Garmin is GRAY in colour – current models are BLACK at the moment)

The updates covers among others – support for the new Garmin G2 HD and G2 Vision HD charts and improved auto guidance with the new charts. Plus there is new options for the Quickdraw maps in HD. And a lot of other update. Read on – release notes for major platforms below.Garmin GPSMAP 8008
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New Simrad NSS Evo2 software update v1.5

The latest Simrad NSS Evo2 series got a software update today. The new version 1.5 NSS Evo2 software contains one new important feature – “Bridge Control” – which is kind of a profile setting. With Bridge Control you easily can shift all screens from for example a Navigation setup to a Docking setup. The update also contains auto routing functions for both Navionics and Jeppesen charts.

Simrad NSS Evo2
New Simrad NSS Evo2 software version 1.5 with auto-routing and “Bridge Control” profiles

The new software update is compatible with the 7, 9, 12 and 16 inch NSS Evo 2 and is available for download today HERE

Simrad NSS Evo2 Bridge Control

  • Easily manage multiple displays across a helm station
  • Create your own bridge presets for activities such as docking, navigation, fishing, or diving
  • With one simple action you can configure the entire helm station
  • Link up to four displays as a ‘bridge’, and control what appears across those displays
  • Define up to four separate bridges, for vessels with dual helms or multiple stations
  • Create, edit, and delete bridges and bridge presets on the fly
  • Also compatible with Simrad NSS evo2 multifunction displays

Simrad NSS Evo2 Navionics Autorouting / Jeppesen Easy Routing (unavailable in North America)

  • Brings the convenience and ease of in-car style navigation to boating
  • Select a destination, and the chartplotter will automatically suggest the shortest, safest route
  • Routes chosen for the draught and dimensions of your vessel
  • Navionics Autorouting requires Navionics+ or Navionics Platinum charts
  • Jeppesen Easy Routing requires Jeppesen CMAP MAX-N+ charts

Simrad NSS Evo2 Jeppesen Tides and Currents

  • Display predicted tides and currents for a location in real-time
  • Make tide and current projections for a future trip
  • Zoom in to see dynamic current data directly incorporated into your navigational charts
  • Animated icons indicate current speed and direction
  • Requires Jeppesen CMAP MAX-N charts

Raymarine Lighthouse II v10.34 software update available for download

Raymarine has published the latest Lighthouse II software version – version 10.34 today May 13th 2014. The software works on all current Raymarine a/c/e and gS series displays.

Raymarine Lighthouse II v10.34 software update:

  • Support for multiple active sonar modules on the network
  • Ability to display multiple sonar channels simultaneously
  • Ability to create custom sonar channel profiles
  • New horizontal split screen fishfinder page
  • Corrected TVG control on CP450c
  • Added support for Navionics Sonar Log depth recordings
  • Added support for Navionics Plotter Sync (Requires appropriate Navionics mobile apps)
  • Lighthouse Charts Updates
  • Digital Switching Alarms
  • Update to SIRUISXM Marine Zone Boundaries
  • New Home Screen icons for Fishfinder app instances
  • New Fishfinder Simulator modes
  • AIS Dangerous Target Simulator Improvement – In Simulator mode it is defaulted to off.
  • Additional Languages – Czech and Slovenian
  • Various fixes and improvements

I don’t quite get the “Added support for Navionics Plotter Sync” – as that was supposed to be a feature that has been working for many versions. But maybe it has been updated. It was not very stable when I had my c97 – so I do hope this version is rock solid. 🙂

To download – Click here

New Navico Simrad Lowrance SonicHub firmware

Just a quick news snippet – Navico has released a new update firmware for Sonic Hub version 1.0.3058

Uni-Dock for SonicHub
Uni-Dock for SonicHub

The new version improves iPhone 5 support and adds support for the new Simrad Uni-Dock.

Lowrance SonicHub update: Click here

Simrad SonicHub update: Click here

 

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)