General App Accessibility
Finding Charts to Download
Plotting Routes Manually
Importing routes from email attachments
Importing routes from a website
Entering Way Points
Way Point using Current Location
Way Point By Manually Entering Lat Lon
Way Point under Cross Hairs
Route Manager FAQ
Auto Follow Mode
Route Assistance With Voice Prompts
What is route assistance?
How to turn on Route Assistance?
Tide and Currents
Tide and Currents FAQ
Other actions on Action Bar
User Guide for iPhone / iPad Marine Navigation App
The app uses standard iOS buttons to traverse through the various screens. Most screens also have a home button() on top right. Tapping on it would take you to the homescreen of the app.
The map/chart screen includes a menu bar at the bottom. With the chart opened you can access most features from the menu bar. Please tap on the overflow button (the button with an uparrow sign ) on the menu bar to view more actions. Some of the most commonly used actions are: (These functions are described in detail later).
● New Route: To manually create a new route from scratch.
● Route Assistance: To follow a route that you have plotted or imported.
● Import Manager: This lets you import routes from existing sources in GPX/KML format. You canalso use this to access created routes or recorded tracks.
● Record: This starts track recording. It records the boat location every 3 seconds by default.
● Auto Follow: Continuously updates boat's location on the chart.
Screenshot showing menu bar and overflow button
Screenshot showing home button
The app provides multiple way to download charts:
Using visual search you can draw a rectangle around your cruising area and bulk download all charts covering the area. It is accessible via:
Add Charts+ -> <Country> -> Visual Search
The following screenshot illustrates how one can download all charts covering Lake Mead via Visual Search. Lake Mead is covered by 6 charts. One can find them all via Visual search and bulk download them by tapping on download icon on top right.
You can also use keywords such as the name of lake or reservoir or other text that identifies the area you are looking for.
Its accessible via Add Charts -> <Specific Country> -> Search Charts
For e.g. if you need coverage for Lake Texoma just typing in Lake Texoma should be sufficient.
We have also organized the charts covering a region into logical groups/folios that can be accessed under the Chart Catalog.
For e.g. there is a separate folio for all charts covering the ‘Trent Severn Waterway’, there is a another for ‘Rideau Canal - Ottawa River’.
This section describes some of the capabilities of the route manager. It is organized into the following sub sections:
1.) Open the chart, press overflow button on menu bar and select "New Route".
2.) This would show show route editing controls at the top. The route editing control is initially in pan mode.
Tapping on the center button(it looks like two directed route/arrow edges) would switch it to route creation
Tap on "New Point" to drop a route point that you would follow in succession.
If you want to create a point that is not exactly on route but anavigation aid, use "DropMarker/Pin" (second button from left).
3.) When you are done creating the route, tap on "Save Button" to save route.
The following screenshot shows Route Editing in action:
Hand Icon: Tap on it to switch to pan mode.
Pin/Marker Icon: Tap on it to drop a point anywhere (not necessarily on the route).
Route Icon: Tap on it to switch to Route mode. In this mode you will see two more buttons on the screen.
Save/Disk Icon: Tap on it to save the route.
Cancel/End Icon: Tap on it to end your route editing session.
To export routes, please follow the following steps:
This will open a mail composer with the route exported as a compressed GPX file.
You can import routes in GPX or KML format from files sent to you via email attachment. If you know the URL of a file, the app can download the file and import it as well.
You can import routes from GPX and KML files sent to you as an email attachment.
If you know the http URL of a rout ein GPX/KML format, you can import it directl in the app using the following:
The app will automatically download the file and import it in the app.
This option is useful if you want to import track available on a third party website.
The app allows waypoints to be created in multiple ways. Way Points entered this way are stored under “Default Way Points”.
To create a waypoint this way, please use the following steps:
This creates a way point at the current location determined using device’s GPS. This can be used to model scenarios such as “Lucky Fishing Spot” or “MOB marker” etc.
If you know the latitude longitude of a point, you can enter the coordinates manually to create a way point. Please make sure that the coordinate type is set to the format you are going to enter the coordinates in.
For e.g. if your coordiantes are in degree minute second format, please make sure that this is what the coordiante type is set to under Options. The app changes the UI depending on the coordinate type. To set coordinate type to your desired format, tap on Options -> Select Coordinate type and tap on “Save”.
This lets you create a waypoint under whatever you are seeing under cross hairs of the map at the center. Typically you would use this option as a bookmark for where you were looking at when browsing the chart.
Q1. I saved a route. How do I edit it later?
A1. Please use the following steps to edit a route:
Tap on “Edit Route” at the bottom.
Q2. How do I change the name of a point on the route or How do I delete a point on the route?
A2. By default all created route points have names such as “Marker 1”, “Marker 2” and so on. To change the name of a route point:
This would give you option to change the name or delete the point.
Q3. How do I change the name of a default way point or How do I delete a default way point?
This is the simplest form of route assistance. Auto Follow mode (aka the moving map) is accessible by tapping on the “Auto Follow” item on the action bar at the bottom of the screen.
When turned on it does the following:
Please note that the last two features listed above are in an update that has not yet been approved.
The screenshot below shows these in action.
If you are following a specific route, please use Route Asssistance. A route is essentially a collection of route points that one follows in succession to get from point 'A' to point 'B'. The app automatically figures out what is the next waypoint in the route using current location and heading.
With route assistance enabled for a route, the app takes care of the following:
The screenshot below shows route assistance in action.
Before you turn on route assistance, you must either plot a route or import a route. Please see the section “Route Manager” for details on how to do this.
Once you have a route you wish to follow, please use the following steps to turn it on:
With track recording turned on, the app stores the followed track. The track is saved on the device and can be shared with other as GPX files. (Please see the section on Exporting Routes in Route Manager).
To turn on track recording please do the following:
This section describes various setting/options available in the app.:
The app supports tide and current predictions for some regions.
You can do either of the following:
Q. What is the unit for tidal height predictions?
A. All tidal heights are shown in units set under Options. By default this is meters. The predictions units are shown at the bottom of the screen. It will automatically change to ft if you change the metric to miles or NM under Options.
Q. How do I add a station to favorite list?
A. When looking at predictions for a station please tap on the “Favorit” button at the bottom of the screen.
The app includes a list of POIs organized by categories. The list of POIs is accessible by tapping on View POIs on the action bar. This includes POIs for categories such as “Wrecks”, “Obstructions”, “Mooring/Warping facility”, “Harbour Facility”, “Recommended Track Line”, “Boat ramps”, “Fish Attractors”, “Fish Atlas”, “Fish Stocking”
This lets you do a text search for POIs on the current chart that you are loooking at.
This clears any layers that have been overlaid on the chart. For e.g. if you are viewing POIs on the chart and no longer wish to view them, please tap on”Clear” to clear this layer.
This launches the distance bearing tool. You can use it to measure distance and bearing between any two points on the map.
It is important to note the following about distance bearing tool:
This shows charts close to the chart that you are currently looking at.
This is a shortcut to view all recorded tracks on the device.
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