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Charts & Tides for Mac is now available from Mac App Store

by Daria Blackwell/Sail-World Cruising on 31 May 2013
Charts & Tides for Mac - available now SW
Good news is that Navimatics Charts & Tides for Mac is available right now. Charts&Tides for Mac has passed review from Apple and is now available for OS X 10.8 and later from the Mac App Store.

Navimatics moved the capabilities over to the Macintosh keeping ActiveCaptain support. So yet another platform is availablewith ActiveCaptain offline and perfect for boating use.

Some of the functionality offered in this release:

* Provides continuous and seamless large area charts derived from NOAA and CHS vector cartography.
* Shows tide levels and current speeds on the chart using easily interpreted icons. Allows you to judge the water situation around you with a single glance.
* Integrates with the ActiveCaptain interactive cruising guidebook providing you with access to thousands of marinas, anchorages, hazards and other local knowledge.
* Stores the entire ActiveCaptain database offline so that it is always available to you, even without an Internet connection.
* Allows you to instantly search thousands of chart features and the ActiveCaptain database.
* Supports waypoints, routes, tracks and allows you to import and export them in GPX format.
* Supports GPS devices that transmit in the NMEA format. Route navigation with automatic waypoint sequencing is supported.
* Comes with a dark UI that looks good during the day and will preserve your night vision when it is dark.

The software comes with a world base map, but does not come prepackaged with any detailed marine charts. Once you've downloaded and installed it, you pay for charts. The entire US NOAA set of vector charts costs $39.99
which is quite inexpensive for laptop software. You can also use the software without purchasing additional charts.

According to ActiveCaptain principal Daria Blackwell, the proportion of Mac users in the sailing world is higher than across the population. 'While the Macintosh has only about 8-9% of the desktop computer market, almost 30% of the access to the ActiveCaptain website is done on Macs using OS X. For whatever reason, our community has an Apple slant and if you're tilted that way, check out the product.'

For more information including screenshots, the user's manual, and support, go to:
http://www.navimatics.com/ChartsTidesMac/

In the Apple App Store, search on Navimatics or click on the Download button on the Navimatics page about the product.

Additional features coming soon:
* AIS support and lots of options to connect GPS and AIS devices.
* Weather.
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