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Old 11 October 2007, 13:03   #1
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Anyone know if it is possible to use a Navionics Gold cartridge with a laptop?
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Yes - you need the Navionics Navplanner package which comes complete with card reader. Around 112.50 delivered if you want one. It's a basic route planning package.

Some details here from Navionics

Or you can have a full nav package www.fugawi.com for 200 including the Navionics card reader.
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Yes - you need the Navionics Navplanner package which comes complete with card reader. Around 112.50 delivered if you want one. It's a basic route planning package.

Some details here from Navionics

Or you can have a full nav package www.fugawi.com for 200 including the Navionics card reader.
I use an Apple Macintosh and run a charting programme called GPSnavX. I am currently using Maptech raster charts. But I already have a Navionics cartridge that I would like to try.

Would I just need the card reader then? Seems too simple....
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Seems too simple....
Yep - you won't be able to use the Navionic charts with that package, with or without the card reader. Now if you'd said you had a Mac laptop at the beginning . . . as the NavPlanner package is PC-only.

I don't believe there's a Mac-based package that uses Navionics charts at all.
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I don't believe there's a Mac-based package that uses Navionics charts at all.
MacENC, from the same developer as GPSnavX, can use ENCs, but I have only read about the charts being downloaded and not read from a cartridge.

Oh well. More research required.
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Even if you could download the Navionics charts, the formats between the vector chart systems are different. So you'll get some packages that work with C-Map, some with Navionics etc, but usually not both.
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Even if you could download the Navionics charts, the formats between the vector chart systems are different. So you'll get some packages that work with C-Map, some with Navionics etc, but usually not both.
I understand that. But as I already have the Navionics card, that is the format that I am concentrating on.
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Did you get anywhere with this? As I understand it MacENC will work with Maptech/UNHO/Navionics but only fro a CD. Not sure if the Mac will necessarily tell the difference from a card reader, unless there unlock codes involved.
I have just ordered a Maptech planner and I wil have to run it under Parallels or Bootcamp, but MacENC would be a lot more convenient if it will work with Maptech catridges. I just don't want to buy yet more software if it won't work.
I have always thought of computers as a modern day cargo cult; they need to be encouraged to work by offering them more kit!
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No, I didn't get any further.

So, I am still using GPSnavX with Maptech charts taken off CD.

This is a good forum to ask questions though:

http://www.macsailing.net/bbs/index....2c576da68d6325
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