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Old 04-01-2006, 09:24 AM
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I noticed that Navionics finally posted the NavPlanner on their web site. Has anyone been able to purchase it yet and if so, where?

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Old 04-01-2006, 01:46 PM
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Yah, I ordered one through Boatersland for $129, but they have yet to ship it OR charge my card.
Old 04-01-2006, 01:59 PM
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Jim at BOE is taking orders. $125
Old 04-20-2006, 07:35 PM
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Just got notice (and a UPS tracking number) today!

It's real and it's shipping!
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BOE down to $118 for NavPlanner. BOE informed us that units were on the way from Navionics.
Old 04-21-2006, 12:59 PM
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Mine just arrived UPS and loaded it up. Looks good so far. Will let you know more when I play with it in a while.
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Got mine this morning as well. One little thing they overlooked before shipping the software; you can't transfer your waypoints from your C-Series to the program. I called Navionics to inquire and they said that they are working on it. GMAFB!!!! Why would they ship this without that functionality?

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Could you at least do routes?
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There is a function for routes. However, I don't ever use routes so it doesn't help me. I'm working on a round'a'bout way to import the waypoints via an Excel file. Essentially, export one fake waypoint to the .csv file format (which opens in Excel). Then copy the waypoints from the Raymarine Excel Utility into this file and import back. You have to make the conversion to decimal degrees format before doing this.

One other feature that is missing is waypoint symbols. Everything in the planner is a circle with an X in it. No wreck, rocks, diamonds, etc...

I don't usually bash vendors on a public forum, but I am very disappointed so far with this program. If they make the changes to make it user friendly with my Raymarine unit, I'll be their biggest fan.
Old 04-21-2006, 02:27 PM
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Importing the waypoints in the manner I described above seems to work. However, for some reason it only recognizes the first 648 waypoints, so you'll have to do it in batches of less than this amount.

Other features/enhancements needed:

1) The panning feature is not good. It moves one screen N, S, E, W at a time. Needs to have click and drag and/or screen scroll bars

2) Needs "find or show" a waypoint function. Currently if you look it up on the list you have to read lat/lon and find it on the chart manually. You should be able to right click and choose "show waypoint"
Old 04-21-2006, 05:45 PM
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King Bling, I am mucho disappointed to hear the inadequacies of NavPlanner. Mine has been shipped by Jim at BOE. Once it gets here I intend to find it's faults and weaknesses. Please provide Navionics your feedback and suggestions to make this a better product. I intend to do the same. If everyone will do this we should have a better product. We should also let Raymarine know the product sucks for functionality. They will have a lot of influence on seeing the NavPlanner is made into a completely functional product.
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I sure hope upgrades are free cause this software could use ALOT of help - or for that matter "are doing upgrades ?"

For those of you who have not bought it yet, hold off. There has to be something better out there, NavPlanner is 'behind the times' with use of technology and programming.
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I will be providing input, SlowTroll. It's just hard to believe that a company would put out a product of this quality with the price they are charging. Frankly, there is more functionallity in the Maptech ChartNavigator which is free to download and also view free NOAA charts on it.

Right now I feel like that kid who sent in their hard saved $2 for the X-Ray glasses advertised in the back of a comic book. You're so excited when the mailman shows up with the package, but once you realize they really don't work it's a hard let down

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Mine hasn't arrived yet although Jim has shipped.

So, do I need to have my Navionics Chip plugged into the computer in order to plot waypoints and plan routes? I need to know whether to bring the chip in off the boat

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Yes jmardo you will need your chip from the boat.
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jmardo - return it! Especially if you use a Raymarine chartplotter. Not only do you have to have the chip in your PC, you HAVE to have the Navionics card reader plugged into your PC, even if you already have a card reader in your PC! Totally crazy. If they are worried about 'copy protection' (they clearly use the Navionics reader as a hardkey), they need to get a product to market that someone would want to 'copy' first.

This will let Navionics know they need some serious work. If I'd bought mine from Boaters World or West Marine or any 'big store', as opposed to BOE. I'd be returning it. Clearly Navionics may know how to put NOAA data on memory cards, but thier software applicaiton development division needs MUCH improvement or they will not make it in this market.

I'm just hoping the upgrades will be free...............

For that matter, you want to buy mine at a discount? PM if so.

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"If I'd bought mine from Boaters World or West Marine or any 'big store', as opposed to BOE."

You can return it if you want. Who ever said you couldn't?
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I just got mine in the mail yesterday drove an hour each way in the rain to get my platinum chart off the boat this morning. What a disappointment C-Map PC Planner blows this away, both the software and chart detail. And as previously stated it's very difficult to move around the chart with Navplanner. You can't preview in 3D mode and the print Icon is not highlighted in the chart detailed mode so I can't print. I also show no waypoints do I need a separate CF card to save them or can they be stored on the Platinum chip? I personally don't think much of the 3D chart either a waste of money if you ask me. I will be returning my Navplanner, I wish I could use my E120's with C-Map
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Please find email I just sent off to sales@navionics.com:
After looking forward to receiving NavPlanner for some time I received it yesterday. I am very under whelmed by this software and I am surprised that Navionics would come out with a product like this. There is free Software from your competitors that is better. The NavPlanner software reminds me a software that was available several years ago when software was more rudimentary. It is hard to believe that the retail for NavPlanner is $129. I expected to get my moneys worth and I am sad to say that I did not. Please visit the website: www.thehulltruth.com. There are several other folks who received their NavPlanner on Friday and are upset. Hopefully Navionics should be planning an update for the software as the negative reviews for this product are just beginning.



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Here is a copy of my email to Nav and Ray:

Discussion Thread

Below is a copy of a memo that I sent to Navionics concerning NavPlanner.
Many of us who have C&E systems are highly disappointed with this product.
Most of us are going to be sending the software packages back for a refund.

Even though I like my C-120 and was considering upgrading to the E-120 I am
so disappointed that I am seriously considering getting rid of my complete
C-system and going with Furuno or Garmin. Prior to buying the C-120 system
I used Garmin with the ability to plan my trips and revise software data at
my PC. I want a system that will do these things that will completely
emulate the system and software installed on the boat. Right now the C-120
and NavPlanner does not have that capability.

Please read the link below to see how many others are as disappointed as I
am. Right now there are only a few of us who have the NavPlanner; however
as more people receive it and find out about its lack of functions and
features they will be sending their copies back.

This has a negative impact on Raymarine. I do hope Raymarine managers and
executives will be involved with Navionics to improve this product.

I would like to hear your feedback on this issue.



Regards,

Registered Raymarine VIP Customer



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Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2006 1:31 PM
To: 'sales@navionics.com'
Subject: NavPlanner



You cannot imagine how disappointed I and everyone who have received the
NavPlanner software are. The software is lacking and near useless. Please
see this link for problems:



http://www.thehulltruth.com/forums/t....asp?tid=96689

&start=1



Right now we are telling everyone how disappointed we are with the software
and that is not worth spending the money on. We are curious how you are
going to make improvements and if so, are the revisions going to be offered
to registered users for free? Depending on your answer, just about everyone
will be sending their NavPlanner back for a refund.



Please respond with how you intend to address our concerns.



Respectfully,

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