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Old 01-01-2003, 10:41 PM
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Thats the Max Sea Personal Bathy Generator

quote:The first software that enables you to generate your own bathymetric data in real-time and display it in 2D and 3D.
The way in which data is displayed makes it easy to use and manipulate either in 2D or 3D mode.

Anyone used this software?



Just curious, have a question with regards to obtaining additional "dongles" to allow it to be used on more than one computer at a time i.e. - the boat and home as well.....without having to spend another $6K for another set of software exactly the same as the first set, just to get the additional dongle to unlock it??.

Any idea's?

Next question - what the fricks a dongle anyway? I'm told it's an adapter that fits into the printer port and that without it the softwear wont work beyond it's limited 'display' mode.

I see a future in trading dongles - will they become as highly sought after is widgets - can we trade dongle futures at the NY stock exchange?

(my missus finds out about my girlfriend & my dongle may have no future other than becomming a shrivellled leather piece a jewelery adorning her necklace!)

No doubt my kids will know EXACTLY what a dongle is (it probably comes as an extra with playstation or somesuch!) and where to get one - this techno stuffs all just a bit too hard for me..

If I can just find me a couple spare dongles, I got me some software to play with, which looks like it might be fun.

More Max Sea fun HERE

Lets all get dongling now!

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Old 01-02-2003, 12:08 AM
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3D bottom profiles are cool and hopefully the technology will get cheap enough for us recreational types. Simrad has a plotter/sounder (CM60) used by the big guys that displays a bathymetric view of the bottom based on data it accumulates as you traverse back and forth over an area (including structure, wrecks, etc.). On the image below you can see the boat's position and 3D point of view on the chart with a sub-window showing the actual 3D image of the bottom that you are approaching. If you turn the boat the image pans across the landscape as if you were looking at the bottom with an all-seeing underwater camera on the bow. Big $$$



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Old 01-02-2003, 05:35 AM
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amazing stuff - but without a "dongle" (whatever that is ) - I can't even have a play with it if I 'borrow' the softwear for a week or so!

It's actually the owner of the software (one of the big boys) who would like the additional dongle so he can do his "lobster trap setting homework" at home at night on his PC in the comfort of his house, with a cold beer in hand rather than while bouncing around at sea during the daytime.

Course If I could get two dongles - I too, could have a "play" with the software and "report back" (Read author a review) on it's functionality for rec users and charter skippers etc...hopefully WITHOUT being beholdent to the manufacturers and being "restricted" to reprinting their "scripted" media releases etc.

Just an idea at this stage - theres bound to be a "law" against it somewhere!

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Old 01-02-2003, 11:59 AM
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Some of the high dollar software packages for building automation systems furnish a special device that plugs into the parallel printer port. These devices contain a proprietary chip or hard coding that the software looks for, and if it doesn't see it, it won't work. These devices usually have a pass-thru that will allow the parallel printer to be connected. This method absolutely guarantees that the software can't be used on more than one machine. It sounds like the bathymetric software uses this same system.

I'm not familiar with that specific bathymetric software, but I would suspect that an extra "dongle" will not be found without buying it from the software company, along with additional software licenses

He should, however, be able to use the same dongle on either computer (assuming that the software is not in use on the boat while he uses it at home),
but unfortunately this will probably rule out your desired review of the package.....too bad; it looks really interesting..

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Old 01-02-2003, 06:32 PM
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Thats what I was afraid of.

This guy ownes two lobster boats, both of which he now has young skippers employed on. I think he was hoping to set out for them from home - their days planned settings coordinates for their traps, based on his knowledge of the area from past catch records, and their daily catch records, so they (and hence him) could benefit from his experience, with improved catch rates.

I guess he probably see's himself eventually with a "fleet" that he monitors electronically from home, supervises, communicates with, arranges the building / commissioning of his new vessels, selecting & employing crew etc etc - just "managing" his business is becomming a full time job without going to sea anymore.

Anyway - I think he has visions of using the software to help him do this - but it looks like he will need at least 5 copies to service, him, his two boats, and the two skippers home PC's as well so he can email them a works program complete with co ords for the days sets etc...

Seems like a LOt of dongling at $6K a time. I guess whoever comes up with similar softwar that can be licensed for multiple use will capture a lot of Market from Max Sea then - coz I can't see these guys in this industry paying $30k a time for software.

Might have to start me a dongle manufacturing business!

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Old 01-03-2003, 02:35 PM
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It sounds like your friend has a plan that Max Sea probably never considered (and could potentially be profitable to them). Might be worthwhile to try to negotiate a multi-user license (with multiple dongles issued, one per "seat") directly with them even if they don't already offer one. Worst case is they say no.

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Old 01-03-2003, 08:08 PM
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I'll talk to em and see what they say.!

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