For years, we used Maxsea v184.108.40.206 interfaced with our Furuno NavNet 2 chartplotter as our main tool for all our navigation requirements. This amazing software allowed us to do route planning, optimize our route based on weather patterns, show AIS targets, overlay Furuno radar onto the charts, etc. Although working perfectly, the software is now quite old and MaxSea stopped all support for this software back in 2014. It was time to upgrade our navigation software and we bought the latest TZ Navigator v3 from Chris Metcalf, Bluewater Books and Charts. Chris has been most helpful and after calling him on WhatsApp, he sorted me out in no time. I've been testing the software for the past couple of days and I must say it is so much better than the older MaxSea v220.127.116.11. Here is a short introduction video of TZ Navigator v3.
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I was going to redo the user icons for OpenCPN which I created a couple of years ago - fine tuning, better transparent background and resize them. Then Gene, Reflectionsv37 of Cruisers Forum, made contact with me about redesigning many more icons - to be officially incorporated in OpenCPN. This led to a flurry of messages on Cruisers Forum and I got stuck into designing over 280 vector icons for OpenCPN. The initial thinking was to render the icon graphics designed in CorelDraw to raster PNG format, but with the input of several other clever people, it was decided to render them in vector SVG format. Having vector icons means that no matter the scaling of the icons, they will always be crisp and sharp - whereas raster based graphics quickly become pixelated when view at zoom levels. Anyway, all this led to 2 days of intense graphic design work and then the odd fine tuning of some icons. Here is a image showing most of the icons which will be incorporated and released with the next upgrade of OpenCPN - there are several white icons not in the image below as it will not show on the white background. With the next release of OpneCPN it will not be necessary to paste icons in the Usericons folder anymore. OpenCPN is powerful and free navigation software which can be downloaded here: OpenCPN