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    Overner is offline Registered User
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    Default OpenCPN Legal up to date UK charts coming April

    Know a lot of you are big fans of this free program, and also know the issues with pirated charts. Suffice to say if you can't get legal charts what do you do ?

    A bit of Transatlantic co-operation may solve this problem (at least for UK/Ireland):

    http://www.visitmyharbour.com/maptec...ing-charts.asp

    From April OpenCPN users with the BSB4 plugin will now have legal and up to date raster charts. For under 50.

    Mac users, these charts also work with GPSNavX (for Macs)

    Here at VMH we work hard to provide chart products that people will use at a good price.

    Wishing all of you a great season.

    Steve at VMH

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    Sounds awesome - but am I right in saying that the BSB4 plugin only works with Windows? And so is there any way us Linux users can take advantage of this..?

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    Default BSB4 compatibility

    I don't think the BSB4 plugin for OpenCPN works with Linux or Macs. Maybe they could develop one as a lot of work is still going on with OpenCPN

    We know this BSB4 format will work with Macs using a suitable program. The BSB4 charts lock themselves to your hard drive and are not locked to any particular program or system.

    Regards all

    Steve at VisitMyHarbour

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    Quote Originally Posted by Overner View Post
    I don't think the BSB4 plugin for OpenCPN works with Linux or Macs. Maybe they could develop one as a lot of work is still going on with OpenCPN

    We know this BSB4 format will work with Macs using a suitable program. The BSB4 charts lock themselves to your hard drive and are not locked to any particular program or system.

    Regards all

    Steve at VisitMyHarbour
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    since its closed-source, polar navy can display BSB4 under linux, its quite affordable (no connection, not even a user myself ):

    http://www.polarnavy.com/main/prod1

    I believe they also offer UK charts

    http://www.iportis.com/showcart.php?cart_id=299

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    Thanks for mentioning anyway. PolarView supports BSB4 equally on Mac, Windows and Linux.

    Quote Originally Posted by idpnd View Post
    since its closed-source, polar navy can display BSB4 under linux, its quite affordable (no connection, not even a user myself ):

    http://www.polarnavy.com/main/prod1

    I believe they also offer UK charts

    http://www.iportis.com/showcart.php?cart_id=299

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    Thanks for the heads-up. Have had a look at Polar View - looks good (though, in fairness, it's not that I think it does anything that OpenCPN doesnt - except support BSB4 charts!).

    That said, it's a commendable price.

    With Polar Navy, what are the options regarding charts for the rest of Europe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Overner View Post
    Know a lot of you are big fans of this free program, and also know the issues with pirated charts. Suffice to say if you can't get legal charts what do you do ?

    A bit of Transatlantic co-operation may solve this problem (at least for UK/Ireland):

    http://www.visitmyharbour.com/maptec...ing-charts.asp

    From April OpenCPN users with the BSB4 plugin will now have legal and up to date raster charts. For under 50.

    Mac users, these charts also work with GPSNavX (for Macs)

    Here at VMH we work hard to provide chart products that people will use at a good price.

    Wishing all of you a great season.

    Steve at VMH
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    Quote Originally Posted by idpnd View Post
    I believe they also offer UK charts

    http://www.iportis.com/showcart.php?cart_id=299
    I have ordered the charts and will let others know if they are any good

    Great price if it works Ok

    Tom

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    Hi

    Any news on this? I have OpenCPN v2.6 beta and having these charts would be great with this bsb plugin.

    How have people got on with these charts, how easy is it to import, and what is the upgrade method?

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