Newsletter #282

Newsletter #282 - September 2, 2015

Route Storage & Sharing

>>> Route Storage & Sharing >>>

Today we are announcing a new capability. It's something that will make your routes a whole lot more powerful. Route storage and sharing will allow you to synchronize your routes, wirelessly, between a variety of navigation products. It's similar to the way you synchronize ActiveCaptain data for offline use today.

Here's the problem it solves...

Today's cruisers have a variety of charting products - chartplotters, PC's with navigation software, tablet navigation, and even phone navigation. Many of these products can create and follow a route. Our boat never moves without a route activated. This provides a pre-planned, safe passage for the boat should an emergency require someone to take over. Visitors are trained to keep the boat on the active route line in an emergency to stay in safe water.

But how do you move your routes between the different products? For many tablet and phone products, it's nearly impossible. So planning takes place on your main navigation product. Maybe you can export your route, move it to another device, and then import the route. Maybe. It's often a frustrating and error-prone process. There had to be an easier way.

The ActiveCaptain website already allows you to create, store, and share routes. Today we're releasing a new API that developers can use to build route synchronization into their products. ActiveCaptain will store your routes on our servers and back them up for free. The API allows those routes to be synchronized to any navigation product. Any one that adds our API.

Imagine being at lunch and creating a route on your phone. Sync the phone's routes with ActiveCaptain and it'll upload anything changed to our server for storage and sharing.

Then, when you're back on your boat, run the main navigation product. If it has the new route API support, one sync and the route from your phone is there. Quickly sync to other apps and your route can be shared among all of your navigation products. No export, import, GPX files, or other mess. It just works.

In addition to announcing the capability, we're also announcing 3 products that already include this route API support:

- Coastal Explorer for Windows
Their forum explains how to load the pre-release version:

- MX Mariner for Android
Send an email to requesting access to their beta version with ActiveCaptain route storage.

- Aqua Map for iOS
The latest update includes ActiveCaptain route storage and is already in the Apple iTunes store.

Other developers can add this capability to their product for free. There are no costs or fees. Developers interested in finding out more can download the full documentation for the new API here:

There's more to explain about this new capability. We'll continue this discussion in next week's newsletter. For now, try the new route synchronization in the products that have it already. You'll start to understand how powerful this new capability will become.

And wait until you see what else it can do...

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Because of this, all later newsletters are being only put onto the ActiveCaptain Help Center found here:
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Older newsletters will be duplicated here until these pages are removed.

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