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Loading Charts into the Home Planning Edition

Created: 01/10/2006
Modified: 05/07/2007

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Introduction
The Home Planning Edition of the Navigator software requires charts to operate optimally. These charts can be acquired from a variety of sources - depending on what is most convenient for you.


Included with your vessel's Navigation Computer
Customers with pre-2006 Navigation Computers purchased separate chart CDs for use on their machines. These same CDs can be used with the Home Planning Edition. To install the CDs on your home computer, start the Home Planning Edition, then choose Setup, Charts, Copy Charts from Disc. After registration (required for some CDs,) the charts will be available for use in the Home Planning Edition. Because registration may be required, be sure to have the Product ID number(s) for your chart CDs available. If you have lost your Product ID, or have any problems, please give us a call at 978-792-1035 and we'll get you up and running.

Starting with the "Model 300" series Navigation Computers in 2006, Maptech includes Chart Navigator Pro DVDs or ChartPack DVDs. These DVDs contain all the NOAA Charts, Contour Charts, and other navigational data for the entire collection of US waters. These DVDs do not require special registration, and can used directly with the Home Planning Edition. To install the DVDs on your home computer, start the Home Planning Edition, then choose Setup, Charts, Copy Charts from Disc.


FreeBoatingCharts.com
You can download charts directly to your home computer using www.FreeBoatingCharts.com. This Maptech-sponsored web site contains the official NOAA charts - ready for download and use in your Home Planning Edition. To take advantage of this, simply visit www.FreeBoatingCharts.com and follow the simple instructions. Once extracted from the download, the charts will be available for use in the Home Planning Edition.

Please note that only the NOAA charts themselves are available for download. Other navigational data, such as the Contour charts, Navigation Photos, Topographic Maps, and Tidal Predictions will not be included. For these, you will need to go back to the CDs (or DVDs) that accompanied your vessel's Navigation Computer.

You can also use FreeBoatingCharts.com to update the chart portfolio of your Navigation Computer. Please click here for specific instructions.


Other Maptech Products
For over 15 years, Maptech has been the leading provider of digital charting products. Many of our past and current products consist of charts that are fully compatible with the Home Planning Edition. For example:

Chart Navigator Pro
Chart Navigator Pro bundles the latest PC-based navigation software with a suite of DVDs containing all the NOAA Charts, Contour Charts, and other navigational data for the entire collection of US waters. In fact, these are the very same DVDs included with all 2006 and 2007 Model 300 series Navigation Computers.

Thus, if you have Chart Navigator Pro, you can also use the same DVDs with your Home Planning Edition. However, you will need to re-install the chart DVDs to take full advantage of all of their features in the Home Planning Edition. As with any chart disc, use Setup, Charts, Copy Charts from Disc to re-install the chart DVDs into the Home Planning Edition.

Chart Navigator
Chart Navigator is similar to Chart Navigator Pro, except it includes a different PC-based navigation software product, and does not include the 3D Contour charts. All of the chart DVDs can be used with the Home Planning Edition. To install the DVDs into the Home Planning Edition, start the Home Planning Edition, then choose Setup, Charts, Copy Charts from Disc. After registration, the charts will be available for use in the Home Planning Edition. Because registration is required, be sure to have the Product ID number(s) for your copy of Chart Navigator available. If you have lost your Product ID, or have any problems, please give us a call at 978-792-1035 and we'll get you up and running.

If you already have installed your Chart Navigator DVDs (and are using Offshore Navigator,) you will need to re-install the chart CDs to take full advantage of all of their features in the Home Planning Edition. Under normal circumstances, this process will not require re-registering, nor will the charts occupy two different locations on the hard drive. As above, use Setup, Charts, Copy Charts from Disc to re-install the chart CDs into the Home Planning Edition.

Chartbook Companion CDs
Chartbook Companion CDs are included free with the purchase of a Maptech Chartbook or ChartKit. These CDs contain digital reproductions of the exact pages found in those paper chart books. The digital reproductions can be used by the Home Planning Edition. In fact, if the Chartbook Companion CD is already installed, the Home Planning Edition should detect it automatically and add the charts to its portfolio.

If the Chartbook Companion CD has not already been installed, simply run the setup program on the Chartbook Companion CD to install Offshore Navigator Lite and register the charts for use on your PC. Once complete, the Home Planning Edition will recognize the charts.

U.S. Boating Charts DVD
The two editions of the U.S. Boating Charts DVDs (one with Tides and Currents, the other without) are fully compatible with the Home Planning Edition. These DVDs contain NOAA and Army Corps charts for the entire US. Other information, such as 3D Contours, aerial photography, and topographic maps is not included. To install the DVDs into the Home Planning Edition, start the Home Planning Edition, then choose Setup, Charts, Copy Charts from Disc. After registration (required for the Tides & Currents edition of the DVD,) the charts will be available for use in the Home Planning Edition. Because registration may be required, be sure to have the Product ID number(s) for your copy of the US Boating Charts DVD available. If you have lost your Product ID, or have any problems, please give us a call at 978-792-1035 and we'll get you up and running.

CAPN U.S. DVD
The CAPN is a new addition to Maptech's family of products. As such, its chart DVDs are not fully compatible with the Home Planning Edition. For best results, we recommend using one of the other chart packages with the Home Planning Edition.

Marine Navigator
Marine Navigator contains the same CDs that are commonly used with Maptech Navigation Computers, with one extra: an 'Offshore Navigator Installer' CD. With the exception of the Installer, all of the chart CDs can be used with the Home Planning Edition. To install the CDs into the Home Planning Edition, start the Home Planning Edition, then choose Setup, Charts, Copy Charts from Disc. After registration (required for some CDs,) the charts will be available for use in the Home Planning Edition. Because registration may be required, be sure to have the Product ID number(s) for your copy of Marine Navigator available. If you have lost your Product ID, or have any problems, please give us a call at 978-792-1035 and we'll get you up and running.

If you already have installed Marine Navigator (and are using Offshore Navigator,) you will need to re-install the chart CDs to take full advantage of all of their features in the Home Planning Edition. Under normal circumstances, this process will not require re-registering, nor will the charts occupy two different locations on the hard drive. As above, use Setup, Charts, Copy Charts from Disc to re-install the chart CDs into the Home Planning Edition.

Digital ChartKit
Maptech's Digital ChartKit products contain most of the same CDs that are commonly used with Maptech Navigation Computers. However, Digital ChartKits do not include Contour charts, but includes an 'Offshore Navigator (or Chart Navigator) Installer' CD. With the exception of the Installer, all of the chart CDs can be used with the Home Planning Edition. To install the CDs into the Home Planning Edition, start the Home Planning Edition, then choose Setup, Charts, Copy Charts from Disc. After registration (required for some CDs,) the charts will be available for use in the Home Planning Edition. Because registration may be required, be sure to have the Product ID number(s) for your copy of Maptech Digital ChartKit available. If you have lost your Product ID, or have any problems, please give us a call at 978-792-1035 and we'll get you up and running.

If you already have installed your Maptech Digital ChartKit (and are using Offshore Navigator,) you will need to re-install the chart CDs to take full advantage of all of their features in the Home Planning Edition. Under normal circumstances, this process will not require re-registering, nor will the charts occupy two different locations on the hard drive. As above, use Setup, Charts, Copy Charts from Disc to re-install the chart CDs into the Home Planning Edition.


What's the scoop with all the CDs?
As you can see, there are a variety of CDs (or DVDs) you could use. Here's what you may find, and what is on each CD.

Maptech Nautical Charts (BSB Format)
These CDs contain the official digital NOAA charts for the given region. They also contain data for Tide and Current predictions, marine facilities, and other navigational aids. These CDs form the core of your chart library.

Maptech Navigation Photos
These CDs consist of the photographic charts displayed in the Navigation Computer. Taken from airplanes and satellites, they provide a unique perspective on the area.

Maptech Topographical Maps
The land equivalent of NOAA nautical charts are USGS-produced Topographic Maps. These maps are highly detailed, extremely accurate, and often contain information useful when navigating through inland waterways.

Maptech Contour Charts
These 3-D charts provide digital representations of the sea floor. Fishermen use these charts as they often reveal great "hiding spots" that fish love. The Contour 3-D data can also be used to predict if a vessel is going to run aground.

ChartPack DVD
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Chart Navigator Pro DVD
Each ChartPack/Chart Navigator Pro DVD contains all of the latest Nautical Charts, Navigation Photos, Topographic Maps, and Contour Charts for that area of interest. In other words, all of the information described above is included on each ChartPack/Chart Navigator Pro DVD.

Chart Navigator DVD
Each Chart Navigator DVD contains all of the latest Nautical Charts, Navigation Photos, and Topographic Maps for that area of interest. In other words, all of the information described above (with the exception of the 3D Contours) is included on each Chart Navigator DVD.

Chartbook Companion CD
These CDs contain digital reproductions of the pages found in paper Charbook and ChartKit chart books. Since these books are derived from the official NOAA charts, they are very similar to Maptech Nautical Chart CDs. However, they cover less area, and do not contain Tide and Current predictions, marine facilities, and other navigational aids.

U.S. Boating Charts DVD
These CDs contain the official digital NOAA charts for all U.S. waters and Army Corps of Engineers charts for most inland waterways. They are also available with Tide and Current predictions. Because of their low cost, these provide a convenient mechanism for annual updates of your NOAA chart library.





 


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