One of the first full-featured electronic chart/navigation software packages was the Capn’. We were partial to it here at Ocean Navigator
since it had a celestial navigation plotting capability that allowed you to plot celestial LOPs on a chart.
Now Capn’ program is being reintroduced by its current owner, Maptech
. It comes with a full array of raster and vector charts, AIS capability and something Maptech calls Smart Chart Logic.
According to Maptech, here is a rundown of some of the Capn’ latest features:
“Charts: Capn’ includes the largest inventory of raster and vector charts available in single navigation package covering the United States and its inland waterways. It comes with:
RNCs (raster) and ENCs (S-57 – Vector) from NOAA
DNCs (vector) Digital Nautical Charts from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
RNCs and IENCs (S-57) Inland Waterway Rivers from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
Aerial color and black/white photos
Color 3D bathy charts
Capn’ comes on 18 DVDs with a MSRP of $449.95. Fleet discounts are available.
“Smart Chart Logic: Switching from a raster to a vector chart causes some programs to display charts that look fuzzy or with lines that do not connect and most programs do not even run DNC format. Capn’ manages the charts so you automatically see the best chart at the best scale for the area selected.
“It smoothly quilts diverse charts together &mdash ENCs with DNCs or raster with vector. Smart Chart Logic automatically displays charts and chart insets at different scales &mdash for example, see a 1:80,000 chart with an inset at 1:10,000 automatically.
“Chart Transparency: Enables you to see the raster chart through a vector chart or see through a photo overlaid on a raster or vector chart. By moving the transparency bar you decide what level of transparency works best in your current position. Transparency blending is a valuable and unique feature to the Capn’.
“AIS: Capn’ has all the standard AIS functions that are configurable to your needs. AIS lets you see an image of your vessel and the barge you are pulling so you see your full length. It plots position, course, speed, type, size and identity of commercial traffic sending an AIS message.
“You can even see and receive a warning projection of a possible collision (“closest point of intercept) based on current data. This real-live projection brings new meaning to situational awareness.”
No mention of celestial capability!