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Offshore Navigator: Version 5.08 Software Update

Created: 12/12/2003
Modified: 01/10/2012

Offshore Navigator Update
This download will update all previous versions of Offshore Navigator to version 5.08. We are proud to provide this free software update to all of our Offshore Navigator customers who have version 5.0 or later.
*This download is 32 bit compatible only, for 64 bit users see below for ordering a new Installer.

What's New...
The major new features include support for many Garmin GPS units. Please note that a separate download is required for Garmin USB GPS support.

What's Fixed...
This release corrects an instance where the application can fail unexpectedly while receiving satellite status info from NMEA GPS units. It also corrects problems loading and displaying certain charts created by NDI, the producer of Canadian nautical charts. Finally, there are many minor fixes and improvements that increase the reliability and usability of the application.

English-Language Editions ONLY
Please note that this update is NOT for use with the non-English language editions of Offshore Navigator (French, German, Italian, or Spanish.) Please contact the Maptech distributor in your country for the 5.07d update in that language.

Rebuilding The List
In some cases, you may need to "Rebuild" your chart list in order to activate your charts, or to take advantage of corrected tidal displays. If you are missing charts, or can not view tidal information after you have installed this update, open the Chart List, select Advanced Chart Management, and press Rebuild.

Additional Updates for Specific GPS Units
In addition to this patch, there are a whole family of Garmin USB GPS units that are now compatible with this Navigation software. Click here for more details.

Microsoft Windows Vista & 7
Unlike previous editions, Offshore Navigator 5.08 will install and operate under Microsoft Windows Vista and 7. However, it is not fully "Vista Compatible" - that is, it was not designed to use all of the features and requirements imposed by the new operating system. For example, the Tide and Currents documents (containing the tables, not the dynamic graphs) as well as the Coast Pilot pages and Light Lists are in a ".hlp" format that has been discontinued by Microsoft. Click here for a download to add .hlp compatibility to Microsoft Windows Vista and 7.

How To Install
Click the link below. In most instances, your web browser will ask if the file should be Opened, or Saved to your computer. Choose Save, then select a location to Save the downloaded file In. If you are unfamiliar with downloading and applying software patches, we recommend choosing your "Desktop"; select Save In, Desktop and press Save. Once the download completes, double-click the downloaded application that appears on your Desktop. This will apply the download to your Maptech installation. Once that process is completed, you may run your Maptech application and (once working) delete the download from your Desktop.

Please note: Do NOT save this update in the same folder as your existing Maptech application. Doing so will corrupt your installation, requiring a complete re-install to correct.

Update CD Available
You can order this update on CD-ROM for $49.95 by calling us at 978-834-9953. The CD edition can be used to update early (pre-5.0) versions of Offshore Navigator, and will also install the Tides & Currents for this year.

Release History
5.07 - 04/15/2005 - 5.07 Initial Release
5.07c - 01/18/2006 - New release with patches and 2006 US/NOAA Tide Data
5.07d - 06/09/2006 - New release with patches and 2007 US/NOAA Tide Data
5.08 - 02/21/2007 - 5.08 Initial Release
5.08b - 01/04/2010 - CD INSTALLER ONLY -contains 2010 US Tides & Currents.
Not available for download (for 32 or 64 bit)
5.08c - 12/15/2010 - CD INSTALLER ONLY -contains 2011 US Tides & Currents.
Not available for download (for 32 or 64 bit)

 File Name 
 File Size 
 Release Date 
  24.95 MB 
Requires an installation of Offshore Navigator, version 5.0 or later.


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