We have been working on adding support for C-MAP NT+ and MAX charts to Coastal Explorer and are now ready to start beta testing.
How to Participate
You must already have an active Coastal Explorer 2011 installation to participate in this beta test.
Download the C-MAP Support Beta Update Program. This is a 35MB download.
When the download is complete, run the update program. This will update your existing Coastal Explorer and install a small-scale worldwide base chart. Additional demo charts are available for download via the Chart Portfolio.
We are interested in hearing about any bugs or issues you run into that are not already listed below. Please use the Forum to report problems and ask questions about using C-MAP charts. We will try to make sure everything is answered as quickly as possible.
Using C-MAP Charts
Coastal Explorer will not start with the C-MAP chart selected; you must use the Chart Panel Menu (the wrench icon) to select the C-MAP Chart Type. You can also use the M key to select C-MAP charts.
The first time you select C-MAP charts after starting Coastal Explorer you will see a disclaimer from Jeppesen. We are currently obliged to show this message each time you use Coastal Explorer but are trying to get permission to add a dont tell me again option to the window.
The worldwide base chart does not provide much detail so if you are viewing at a large scale, you may only see a message that says No C-MAP charts are available for this area or scale in the middle of the screen. Just zoom out a bit to see the charts. The same message will appear at Coastal Explorer smallest scales as well, so if you are already zoomed out and see the message, its time to zoom in a bit.
The Chart Panel menu has a new page called C-MAP Charts that provides these options:
- Roads -- controls the display of roads on the charts
- Elevation Shading -- controls a shaded elevation contour on land areas
The beta release also includes a C-MAP Task Pane that includes many other options that affect how the charts are drawn. This task pane will not be in the final release and is included now for testing purposes. Some of these options will be moved to the Chart Panel menu before the task pane is removed.
Most C-MAP charts (including the demo charts) include a lot of Value Added Data such as marina information, photos, tide and current predictions, etc. To access this information, use Coastal Explorers Guide Book and Conditions Browsers.
Getting More Charts
Jeppesen has produced several demo charts for areas around the world and you can use these in Coastal Explorer. We have been adding a Chart Store to the Chart Portfolio and you can use this new feature to download the C-MAP demo charts. Well describe the Chart Store in more detail separately.
To install a demo chart, use Main Menu > Chart Portfolio and select C-MAP Demo Charts (free) from the new list on the left side of the screen.
You can now select the Detail View or World View options on the toolbar to see either a list of demo charts or the areas the cover.
Once you have selected a demo chart, click the Download button in the Property Panel. The chart will be downloaded in the background and you can get several started if you want. You can see how many downloads you have going in the Shopping Cart that appears at the top of the Property Panel.
When the download has completed, a yellow message will appear at the top of the screen and ask for permission to install them. You can also use the Sync button to install the charts at a later time.
We recommend that you do not purchase C-MAP charts for use with Coastal Explorer until we have finished the beta test. However if you already have C-MAP charts that you purchased for use with some other software, then those charts should just work with Coastal Explorer (provided they are NT+ or MAX format and are either licensed for the PC you use for Coastal Explorer or a C-MAP dongle that is on that PC).
The disclaimer window appears the first time you use C-MAP charts in each session and cannot be permanently dismissed.
Strange numbers are drawn in the upper-right corner of the chart. We are using this information for testing and debugging and it will not appear in the final version.
C-MAP charts will sometimes disappear when the chart is rotated (e.g. in Heading Up mode).
The Chart Overview panel does not show C-MAP charts.
At some areas and scales, the lat/lon grid and chart borders area restricted to a small area in the center of the chart panel and may not draw correctly.
Tidal current curves for C-MAP stations are all drawn above the slack water line.
The Route Obstacle features do not work with C-MAP charts.
The Chart Store is not complete and charts cannot really be purchased at this time.
A red message containing the word Error and two numbers appears in the upper-right corner. Please ignore this, it is not really indicating a problem!