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Reefmaster ute med oppdatering - jeg tester eget dybdekart på mobil

Reefmaster versjon 1.4 kom for en ukes tid siden. Det har skjedd flere bra ting i denne oppgraderingen, blant annet at man nå kan eksportere fil fra Reefmaster som er kompatibel med Google Earth (og alle andre som tar .kmz-filer) og dermed få opp dybdekartet som et overlegg på Google Earth. Dette betyr igjen at det har blitt rimelig enkelt å få Reefmasterkart opp på mobile enheter, både IOS og Android. Jeg har to IOS-enheter, en IPad Mini og en IPhone 4s. 

For å gjøre dette, lager man et dybdekart i Reefmaster som vanlig, men velger eksport som Google Earth i steden for feks Humminbird eller Lowrance. Man lagrer så filen på et passende sted på sin PC, og overfører den til sin mobile enhet. For IOS-enheter, var det enklest å sende den som et vedlegg i en mail til meg selv (på Gmail, men andre kan sikkert brukes), åpne mailen i nettleseren på IPaden og så åpne vedlegget med Google Earth. Google Earth kan du laste ned gratis fra App Store. Jeg fikk det ikke til å virke ved å åpne vedlegget i den vanlige Gmail-appen, jeg måtte via nettleseren.

Når du skal lage filen i Reefmaster, får du noen valg rundt hvordan kartet skal se ut i Google Earth.
1- Fill shoreline
Denne kan du huke av på dersom du har definert omrisset av sjøen. Alt utenfor ditt dybdekart vil bli "fylt" med en farge etter eget ønske. Du kan velge hvor transparent fargen skal være. I eksempelet under har jeg ikke krysset av for denne funksjonen, dybdekartet blir da helt transparent.

2 - Contour appearance
Her velger du hvordan dybdekonturene skal se ut. Feks om de skal være svarte, hvor tykke linjene skal være og om de skal være farget etter dybden. I eksempelet mitt har jeg kjørt med standardinnstillingene.

3 - Minor Contours
Dette gir mulighet for å la dybdelinjer på forskjellige dybder få ulik bredde. I eksempelet mitt har jeg ikke krysset av for denne funksjonen, så her er alle konturene like, bortsett fra forkjellig farge etter dybde. (Som er gitt av valg 1.) 

Skjermbildene er fra IPaden. Det første bildet er zoomet en bit ut, dybdekartet viser området utenfor Purkøya og Geitøya. "Hullene" i kartet er fordi jeg mangler sonardata fra de områdene.

Zommet ut
Ved å zoome inn kommer konturene frem, og siden Google Earth bruker IPadens GPS vil ens egen posisjon i kartet komme frem som en blå prikk, omtrent som i en hvilken som helst kartplotter.


Zommet inn
Av andre ting som er verdt å nevne spesielt, er en stor oppgradering av hjelpefunksjonen i Reefmaster, som nå ligger i programmet og har fått seg noen løft også hva gjelder innhold. For alles indre nerd, er realesedatoen på egen app til IOS og Android skjøvet frem til høsten, jeg gleder meg allerede. :)

Oppdateringsinfromasjonen fra Reefmaster i sin helhet: Innholdet er hentet fra www.reefmaster.com.au

What's new in ReefMaster v1.4

Here's what's in the latest version:


* Live Mapping with NMEA 0183



Link up to two NMEA 0183 devices to your laptop to create maps in real time. Position and depth data can be combined from different devices; for example, take depth data from a dedicated sounder unit, and supply position data from a Bluetooth GPS puck, or even use your smart phone.
Maps can be edited and viewed in 3D whilst they are being generated, and GPS position data can be overlaid on any of the views. See live data for more.

* Integrated help manual

The help manual has been comprehensively updated, and is now downloaded with the application as a windows help file. Use the new help button in the main toolbar, or click F1 at any time to view the help file. The new manual is also available as web-help.


* New support forum

We've got a brand new forum on the ReefMaster website. Please drop in to say hello, post pictures of your map projects, and make the support forum your first port of call for application-related support questions.

* Comprehensive new map-making tutorial with demo files

Follow the new tutorial, with demo track and shoreline files included, here.

* Export contours to Google Earth KMZ files for viewing on a mobile device



A new export option has been added to generate Google Earth KMZ files with contour lines and ReefMaster waypoints. There are a range of map styling options, including zoom-dependent minor contours, colour coded contour lines and water-body background colours. Maps can be loaded onto Google Earth for iOS or Android for use on the water. See here for more.

* Changes to map grid resolution

Some changes have been made to the way grid resolution is set for contour generation, which now allows the finest resolution to be used even for very large maps. See Contour Grid Resolution for more details.

* Changes to user map simplification

Path simplification in user maps has been overhauled. Tracks are no longer simplified by default when they are added to user maps, and the level of simplification for each path within the map can be individually adjusted, if required. See User Maps for more.

Fixes

  • Crash on exporting empty paths in User Map
  • Local license key deactivation now works without an internet connection

How to update to version 1.4 of ReefMaster

Restart the ReefMaster application in the presence of an internet connection.
The application will prompt you to update.

I want to try ReefMaster!

You can download a fully functional, free 14 day trial of ReefMasterhere.

My trial expired but I’d like to try the new version

Drop an email to support@reefmaster.com.au and we will send you a key and instructions on how to use it to get another week of the fully featured trial version. Please note that this is not an automated service and you may not receive your new key for up to 24 hours.

Coming soon...

Bottom hardness add-on module - Estimated release: October 2013
Calculate bottom-hardness values from from Humminbird™ or Lowrance™ sonar log files. Generate hardness image overlays for export as an image file or Google™ Earth overlay, or display in the 2D and 3D views of ReefMaster, with adjustable transparency.

Android and iOS viewer apps - Estimated release: End 2013
View ReefMaster vector contour maps over coloured depth backgrounds, with overlay imagery. All on a Google Maps background , with live position update (GPS functionality required).

Sidescan image mosaicing - Estimated release: Early 2014
Create sidescan mosaic images directly in ReefMaster from Lowrance™ or Humminbird™ sonar logs, with layering of multiple images and map backgrounds in 2D and 3D.

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