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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Rose Point believes there is a big future in NMEA 2000 and has developed a new type of Gateway for sharing network information with Coastal Explorer. The new device is different from other “gateways” because it has a more direct connection to the software, eliminating an entire layer of software overhead. Most of the other “gateways” use a com port, which can cause confusion when configuring your computer because the port is for NMEA 2000, not serial data. The Rose Point Gateway appears in the operating system as an NMEA 2000 Gateway.
The Rose Point NMEA 2000 Gateway consists of a small marine grade encapsulated electronics module with two cables, one for NMEA 2000 and the other with USB. Installation is very simple: Connect the device to the NMEA 2000 network and then plug it into the computer. Then, insert the driver disk and it is done! The device also includes two status lights, one for NMEA 2000 network traffic and the other for indicating USB status.
Jeff Hummel, director of Sales and Marketing at Rose Point, said:
“Rose Point is primarily known as a software company, but we had long since decided to produce hardware to the extent that others do not. Meaning that if we see a clear need for a product, but it’s not available, we will produce it. The essence of Rose Point products is that they just work. In order to ensure trouble-free access to NMEA 2000, we decided that we needed to create our own device. We wanted unfettered access to the network so that we can get the most from it. Other devices create a layer between our software and the network; we have no control over what we could do with these other devices. Users will benefit from using our Gateway because any support issues can be directed to one company, both the producer of the software and the hardware.”
The Rose Point NMEA 2000 Gateway has a suggested retail price of $349 and will be available 3rd quarter, 2010.
For product images, please contact Jeff Hummel: Jeff@Rosepointnav.com.
We are making a few adjustments to the Beta News and Downloads pages in an effort to simplify our beta release process and your ability to find information about changes.