New Nobeltec Software – VNS and Admiral MAX PRO
5 August 2008
It’s been over a year since C-Map, the popular marine electronic chart supplier, was snapped up by the American giant Jeppesen (a Boeing Company). The results of the marriage are beginning to bear fruit, with the launch of Nobeltec’s VNS and Admiral MAX Pro software. Nobeltec, who make marine navigation software products, and who are already part of the Jeppesen family, now utilises C-Map’s innovative MAX Pro charting.
Their simple-to-use PC programs turn a laptop or onboard PC into a full function chart plotter, radar sounder and can even integrate with an AIS receiver. Most importantly, they utilise C-Map’s new MAX Pro cartography, which not only provides fantastic detail and clarity, but also a quick, real-time update service via the Internet or user-saved files which can be uploaded through a memory stick or data card. Once charts are installed on the PC, the user can access the Internet to check for any ‘Notice to Mariner’ updates, which will be automatically applied to the installed charts. All charts come with a one-year subscription which can be renewed annually. Another feature of C-Map MAX Pro cartography, is that charts can be rented for a 4-motnh period at a discounted price – ideal if you are planning a cruise where you are unlikely to return in the future. True global coverage is guaranteed with a database of over 30,000 charts.
In addition to all the normal chart plotting features, such as track and position overlay, course up or north up chart presentations and a comprehensive routing and waypoint facility, VNS MAX Pro can offer radar capability for a full chart plotter-radar system. MAX Pro cartography also offers a high-resolution satellite image overlay, enhanced 3D views with shaded relief, dynamic tides/currents overlay and an anti-grounding technology which checks your routes for potential underwater hazards based on your boat’s draught.
The Admiral version of software offers even more sophisticated functionality, with support for up to two radar scanners and multi-monitor capability, allowing a single computer to display alternative presentations on separately configured displays. In addition, Admiral MAX Pro offers networking capabilities to allow for data sharing between multiple computers – ideal for larger systems, superyachts or commercial vessels.
VNS MAX Pro is priced competitively in the UK at £239.95 including VAT, and Admiral at £599.95. Radar systems add about £1100 including VAT to the price. A Wide chart region from C-Map MAX Pro’s collection costs £249.95 including one year of updates.
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