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by jordans on 24-Oct-2013

We are pleased to announce a new Coastal Explorer update. This update includes a variety of new features, usability improvements, and bug fixes. Since the last upgrade of Coastal Explorer in January of 2011, there have been more than a dozen free updates to the software.

New Features:

Hi-Resolution Screen support The trend in screen technology is towards high resolution: they are called high DPI screens and are found on many newer laptops. Only up-to-date programs like Coastal Explorer can take advantage of high DPI screens which provides much crisper charts and graphics.

USA -Topographic Web Maps (MSR Maps replacement) Add a rich and useful backdrop to the NOAA vector charts. The Topographic Web Maps include contours, shaded relief, roads, place names, and other useful information.

USA - Aerial Photo Web Maps (MSR Maps replacement) This mid resolution aerial imagery is great for trip planning.

Hybrid Vector Chart Combines vector chart data on the water with land based data from one of several sources including: NOAA raster charts, Topographic Web Maps, Aerial Web Maps and other photo or topographic charts.

Highlighted Safety Contour Provides a visual clue as to where it is safe to travel based on a safety contour you enter in the vector chart options.

Dragging range circles and arrival circles With more than one mark selected adjusts the size of all.

Updated Guide Book Browser Guide Book icons are now listed in the browser making it easier to find detailed information about the entries shown the chart window.

Other Updates The latest version includes dozens of minor updates and enhancements that make the program easier to use.

How to get the latest update If your computer is connected to the Internet and you have recently started Coastal Explorer then you probably have the update, if not start Coastal Explorer and click the synchronization button (next to the search box). The update will download, when it is finished click the install button. If your computer is not on the Internet, from another computer download the latest update from www.coastalexplorer.net/support. Click the first support topic “The latest version of Coastal Explorer”.


by jordans on 06-Sep-2013

Below is a list of boat shows that we are attending this "boat show season."

International Workboat Show, New Orleans, LA Booth# 853 October 9 – 11 www.workboatshow.com

Fort Lauderdale International boat show, Fort Lauderdale, FL – Booth# 354 October 31 – November 4 http://www.showmanagement.com/fort_lauderdale/event/

Pacific Marine Expo, Seattle, WA – Booth# 833 November 20 – 22 http://www.pacificmarineexpo.com/

Seattle Boat Show, Seattle, WA – Booth# 2221 January 24 – February 2, 2014 http://www.seattleboatshow.com/

Miami Boat Show, Miami FL – Booth# 1672 February 13 – 17, 2014 http://www.miamiboatshow.com/


by brad on 15-May-2013

Today we released another update to Coastal Explorer. It is available now for manual installation on the Support page as well as via the Sync command in Coastal Explorer.

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by marshallp on 20-Jun-2012

Have you ever wanted to take a class where you'd learn how to use the features of Coastal Explorer? Now you can! This eight part video seminar explores Coastal Explorer, from Getting Started (overview) through planning and using routes. It’s all you need to use Coastal Explorer 2011 effectively and begin planning and cruising!

The series includes:

  • Planning and Cruise modes
  • Efficiently moving around the chart window
  • Configuring the program, data ports, guide books, virtual instruments
  • Using the Guide Book, Conditions and Ship’s Log tabs
  • Creating and utilizing routes

Watch the videos...


by brad on 17-Apr-2012

Rose Point now makes it easier then ever to purchase and install C-MAP by Jeppesen charts.

Coastal Explorer has been updated to deliver C-MAP charts via the Internet. After purchasing one or more chart products they will automatically be downloaded to your PC and installed into Coastal Explorer. Some of the files are quite large (particularly the MegaWide products) so be sure you have a decent Internet connection or enough time for a big download before starting.

See the articles section for complete instructions.


by brad on 09-Feb-2012

Coastal Explorer now supports C-MAP by Jeppesen charts. This is great news for boaters who are planning to travel outside US waters. The charts are cost effective, detailed and include coverage for the entire world. The charts are purchased for a particular region which come in two sizes, wide and mega-wide. Specialty fishing and bathymetric charts are also available.

C-MAP Max charts include: excellent chart coverage for a given region, photos and diagrams of ports and marinas, land elevation information, and tides and tidal stream data.

The C-MAP MAX Chart Catalog is included in the Coastal Explorer Chart Portfolio and includes an easy way to purchase them directly from the software. The charts are delivered on DVD that we send you in the mail, or that you get from your local reseller.

To view the charts and install them on your computer you must first install the FREE Coastal Explorer update. After installing the update you then install the C-MAP Support Add-on. Both of these are available on the downloads page.

For more information, refer to our FAQ.


by brad on 01-Mar-2011
 
The Best
Navigation Software
Just Got Better
(Again)

Introducing
Coastal Explorer 2011

Upgrades are Available Now


by brad on 06-Oct-2010

COASTAL EXPLORER 2011

The new Coastal Explorer debuts a more streamlined planning interface and enhanced features. The new interface adds functionality without adding complexity. It also includes access to the Atlantic Cruising Club and Active Captain content. There is a new "one button sync” feature. One button checks for software, data, and chart updates as well as synchronizes your blog and guide book with the Coastal Explorer Network.

more info...

NMEA 2000 GATEWAY

The Gateway provides simplified and reliable access to NMEA 2000 data in Coastal Explorer. By purchasing the hardware and software from a single source, the user is ensured that all of the components work well together to get the most from the NMEA 2000 network.

more info...

NMEA 2000 ENGINE INTERFACE ADD-ON

For the first time, there is a full-featured, reliable, and easy-to-install engine monitoring system for owners of vessels that have older analog gauges and senders. The key benefit of this new system is that it includes the hardware to connect to existing sensors in the wheelhouse or the engine room, and includes a NMEA 2000 network connection and USB gateway. It displays the information on a page of user-defined gauges and also records historic data which is shown in a timeline. The system also includes support for user-defined alarms.

more info...

ROSE POINT FISH FINDER

A complete electronics installation includes several key elements: electronic charting, radar, instruments, and Fish Finder. Now, users can get all of these features from a single company. The new Fish Finder Add-On is a sophisticated full-featured system that compares very favorably to other Fish Finders costing five times as much. The product consists of an interface box, and the Fish Finder Add-On. Transducers are sold separately.

more info...

ROSE POINT NETWORK

All of the Rose Point products are designed to work together to create a unique customer experience. Each add-on product includes support for an additional screen. If desired, the user can have a separate dedicated screen for plotting, radar, sounder, and instrumentation all running on the same PC.


by brad on 06-Oct-2010

Rose Point’s dedicated customers have benefited from new and innovative features added to the software since 2005. Rose Point’s newest release is scheduled for December 2010.

One of the biggest challenges of adding new features to a software program is to create more functionality without adding complexity. This is why so many older programs are so hard to use. Rose Point has invested a lot of resources in developing the new version of software and a more simplified user experience; the 2011 version has a completely re-designed planning mode. The most commonly used features require the fewest number of steps which makes the software easier to learn and use.

Many of the new features are consistent with Rose Point’s goal of making various types of useful information more easily accessible to boaters, including: support for cruising guides (such as the Atlantic Cruising Clubs Marina Guides and Active Captain) and new weather options (such as support for XM, WX, weather, and free NEXRAD data). Other features include: better planning tools and enhanced tracking, as well as, direct support for NMEA 2000 data.

Coastal Explorer 2011 is a paid upgrade. The cost is $99 and includes continued enrollment in the Coastal Explorer Network. Rose Point will provide complimentary Coastal Explorer Network access to existing customers through December 31st of 2010. New customers who purchase the software prior to the release of 2011 update will get one year of access to the Coastal Explorer Network (from the date of activation) and a complimentary upgrade to the 2011 edition of the software. The upgrade can be downloaded from the Internet, or users can request a DVD for a nominal charge.

There are hundreds of other minor changes that improve the overall user experience. Examples include new route manipulation "handles" that make it easier to edit existing routes and the route timeline that helps users understand where they will be along their route at any given time. This unique feature also makes it easy to choose when to depart for optimal travel times based on tides and tidal currents.

Rose Point Navigation Systems is a leading developer of PC-based navigation systems and produces Coastal Explorer and Rose Point ECS. The company was founded in 2003, by Brad Christian, an ex-Microsoft developer. Rose Point is located in Redmond, Washington.

For screen shots, please contact Jeff Hummel: Jeff@Rosepointnav.com.


by brad on 06-Oct-2010

Most pleasure boaters use their vessels for cruising, but the next most common usage is recreational fishing. Rose Point’s Coastal Explorer helps boaters safely cruise from place to place, and now with Rose Point’s Fish Finder, boaters will be able to use their computer to help them catch fish as well.

The new sounder add-on consists of two components: hardware and software. The hardware portion, a “black box” sounder, is a small interface box that connects to power, the transducer, and to the computer via Ethernet. The software portion of the product consists of additional screen views and controls which can be used to turn your computer into a full-featured Fish Finder.

Jeff Hummel of Rose Point Navigation Systems noted that many boaters want to have an entirely PC-based system. Rose Point has only had some of the components of a full system in the past, including radar and chart plotting. Now, with the Fish Finder, Rose Point can offer all of the key elements desired by their customers: chart plotting, radar, and Fish Finder. The company has been working on the Fish Finder for a while; some of the test customers have been using the system for more than a year. The goal has been to offer high-end features and performance without requiring the user to manipulate a lot of complicated controls. Rose Point has now achieved this and is very pleased with the results. A test customer indicated that the Fish Finder compared very favorably to products costing five times as much!

The hardware supports dual 50/200KHZ transducers up to 1 Kilowatt. Transducers from Airmar and Radarsonics are available. The interface box can be located near the transducers to eliminate loss of signal in the cabling. This opens the market to locations where the Fish Finder may be a long distance from the computer(s). The Fish Finder hardware has many built-in features that are only found on the most sophisticated devices, providing appeal to Fish Finder aficionados, whom know how to adjust the settings for maximum performance in various conditions.

The software includes all of the features that you would expect to find in a high-end stand-alone Fish Finder but also includes some new enhancements. One of the new features is auto-scaling of data in the Fish Finder window. When the range is changed the data already in the window resizes to match the new range, thus showing a smooth transition from range-to-range.

The Fish Finder add-on can be displayed within Coastal Explorer or on a separate screen dedicated to the Fish Finder.

For screen shots, please contact Jeff Hummel: Jeff@Rosepointnav.com.


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