Newsletter #48 - February 9, 2011
ActiveCaptain is EVERYWHERE
>>> We're EVERYWHERE >>>
There's new ActiveCaptain offline support for PC/Windows, Macintosh OSX, and even Linux.
ActiveCaptain is already supported by a wide variety of companies. Today a new company enters the community - Polar Navy.
PolarView is an inexpensive PC/Windows, native Mac, and native Linux navigation software program. It costs $39.99 for use on up to 5 computers. It supports free vector and raster charts, provides chart quilting, rotation, AIS support, weather integration, tide and current integration, anchor alarms...everything you'd expect. It also has international chart support through ChartWorld and other providers. Now it supports offline ActiveCaptain markers with full synchronization and updating. You can even add/edit reviews for ActiveCaptain.
Please watch the video below for an introduction to PolarView:
We especially like the native Mac support since we have both Mac's and PC's onboard our boat.
There's a free 30-day trial of the software. A special preview trial with ActiveCaptain support is available here:
Invitation Code: PreviewAC
For questions, issues, etc:
We are totally committed to having ActiveCaptain data available everywhere. We'll always make it free on the website so you'll never have to purchase anything to use it. But we're also going to work with EVERY marine electronics and software company to put support for our data inside their products.
THAT's what everywhere means.
>>> MaxSea Time Zero Explorer >>>
But there's more...
We are excited to have yet another navigation program supporting ActiveCaptain. As we've mentioned before, MaxSea Time Zero Navigator is an incredible product. There's also a higher-end Explorer version that fully integrates with Furuno NavNet3D allowing full instrument and radar support on the PC. Having the Explorer version is like having another Furuno Multi-Function Display.
As part of the Time Zero family, Explorer has ActiveCaptain support for offline data and synchronization putting all your navigation information on one display.
Explorer is now available for purchase on the ActiveCaptain website. Our price is so low, MaxSea won't allow us to display it. Even our store page about it can't show a price - you have to write to us if you're interested. We absolutely guarantee it is the lowest price anywhere for Time Zero Explorer. And until March 15th there's a $300 rebate on this high-end version.
Our store page for MaxSea Time Zero is here:
Furuno is still offering a $100 rebate for Time Zero Navigator software purchased before March 15, 2011. If you're interested in Explorer pricing, send an email to:
>>> Android Currents >>>
Those of you who have followed us for a while probably know we're technology geeks. But unlike some geeks who revel in bleeding edge solutions, we've always found the greatest satisfaction in bringing new technology into the realm of the practical. We love finding new programs that enhance the boating experience.
Currents is a brand new, free Android app that displays the NOAA CO_OPS coastal current data on maps. It's a wonderful tool for planning passages along the US coast. We're so happy to see Android developers creating new and interesting boating apps like this and we'll continue to bring them to your attention.
For more information about Currents:
>>> More Points of Interest >>>
One of the most common requests we receive is to add new marker types. Restaurants are the most popular. We thank you for these suggestions. It tells us that you are using ActiveCaptain and find it such a valuable resource that you want to be able to do even more with it.
While it is sometimes tempting to expand our reach, it is more important that we hold true to our mission - to provide boaters with the best cruising information possible when venturing out on the water. We offer information not available anywhere else - tens of thousands of marinas, anchorages, hazards, and boating local knowledge.
There are already tremendous resources for finding restaurants, stores, and other general services - UrbanSpoon, Zagat, Yelp, TravelAdvisor, etc. We could not begin to match the quantity or quality of these sites. The problem is that adding new marker types will only create clutter making it more difficult to find the boating information you find so valuable - the unique part of ActiveCaptain.
It is still possible to let other boaters know about important restaurants, shops, or attractions near marinas and anchorages though. Every marina marker has grocery, restaurants, bars, hotels, attractions, and other fields that allow you to enter information about land-based services nearby. Anchorages have "Other Services" where you can enter similar information. We believe this gives the best balance between offering the information needed and making it accessible and easy to see.
ActiveCaptain isn't about having the biggest quantity of markers. It's about having the best quality - useful cruising information that is validated and verified. That's where we're unique.
It has been a week of crazy weather throughout the US. Here in Myrtle Beach we have had freezing nights, fog, rain, and some bright, warm, sunny days. We are careful not to complain as we watch places with record snow falls including in our homeport of Castine, Maine. Meanwhile, Dyna and Dylan enjoyed watching the Super Bowl. They didn't really care who won, they just liked the chips and refried bean dip. You can follow them at:
Karen and Jeffrey Siegel
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