A breakdown of the TIMEZERO tools in the Tool Bar

TIMEZERO technology lets you perform and manage your trips in real-time. Using the advanced features couldn’t be easier thanks to the Tool Bar which makes managing your trips a doddle.

The Tool Bar has 25 tools to choose from and each one serves its purpose. These tools allow you to access features and interact with instruments in the software. The Tool Bar is found in the left side of the screen. Among various possibilities, it lets you create waypoints, routes and interact with your tracks.

In this article, we thought we would look at each of the tools so that you can figure out which ones are most pertinent to you. Some allow for simple features while others are far more advanced but let’s take a look:

Quick note: Some of these tools are unlocked with modules and others are only possible in one workstation (e.g. Planning).


Tools available for TZ Navigator v3 :

Tracks: Click on this button to enable or disable Track Recording. Track recording is enabled when this button is surrounded in blue.

Zoom in & Zoom out: Click on these buttons to zoom in or zoom on the chart. You
can adjust the scale selection from the Plotter Display Options (by clicking on the button
“Chart Scales Selection”)

Zoom: This tool is very useful if you don’t have a scroll wheel to zoom
continuously on the chart. When this tool is selected, left click to zoom in and right click to
zoom out.

Pan: This is the tool which is selected by default. It allows you to pan the
chart with the mouse. If you have another tool selected, pressing the ESC key on your
keyboard revert to the Pan tool.

Divider: This tool allows you to make bearing and range measurement in
between two points. If you select this tool and double click on the chart, it will create a
divider line in between your own ship’s position and the point where you double clicked. You can double click on the tool itself to erase all dividers.

Go To: This tool allows to create a quick “Go To” point by creating an Active
Route. You can double click on this tool to create a Go To using lat/lon.

Mark: This tool allows to create marks. You can double click on this tool to
create a mark using lat/lon.

Route: This tool allows you to create a route.

3D Orientation: This tool is used to adjust the 3D view when the chart mode is
set to “3D”. You can switch from 2D to 3D by clicking on the “3D” button located inside
the chart scale at the bottom left of your screen.

Zone: This tool is used to create areas. Select this tool, click on the
chart to create boundary points and double click to close the area. You can double click on
this tool to create an area by using lat/lon.

Boundary Circle : This tool is used to create circles.

Boundary Line: This tool is used to create lines. Click on the chart to create
boundary points and double click to end the line. You can double click on this tool to
create a line by using lat/lon.

Annotation: This tool is used to create annotation. You can double click on this
tool to create an annotation by using lat/lon.

Event: This tool is used to drop a mark under the boat position

MOB: This tool is used to drop a “Man Over Board” (MOB) mark under the
boat position. When you press on this button (single click), it drops a marks, selects the
“Navigation” WorkSpace and zooms at a navigation scale automatically. If you double
Reference 174 click on the tool, it will also activate a route and raise an alarm. To cancel the “MOB” alarm, simply Cancel the active route.

Logbook Event: This tool allows to create a manual event in the logbook.

Screenshot: This tool takes a screenshot of the screen and stores it in the
location defined under the General Options (“Screenshot Recording Location”).

Update Area: This tool is only available in the “Update” WorkSpace and is
used to define the weather update area. Once the area is define, select the “Update”
button on the top right of the screen.


Tools unlocked with TZ Radar Module:

Synchronize Radar Range: This button synchronizes the Radar range with the current chart range. Press this button to adjust the radar range to the closest matching chart scale. On the Navigation WorkSpace, you can also click on the Radar Scale (on the bottom right of the screen).

Range In and Range Out: These buttons are used to
increase or decrease the radar range.

EBL VRM 1/2: Right click on this tool to select either “EBL” or “VRM” mode (two set each). Click on the chart or radar screen and drag the cursor to create the EBL or VRM. Double click on this tool to erase all EBL and VRM.

Guard Zone 1/2: Click on this tool to create a
Guard Zone (relative to the boat) by clicking and dragging the cursor on the chart or
radar screen. Once the guard zone has been created, right click to adjust its parameters.
You can create up to two guard zones by right clicking on the tool. Double on this tool to
erase all guard zones.

Tools unlocked with TZ Sounder Module:

Range In/Out: These buttons are used to increase or decrease the sounder range. You can adjust the scale selection from the
Options (by clicking on the button “Sounder Range Selections”).


Tools unlocked with TZ Weather Routing Module:

Launch Routing: This tool requires the “Routing” Module. It is used to create
routing in between two points. If you double click on the chart and have a valid GPS
position, it will create a routing in between own ship position and the point.


To find out more about the different additional modules that will enhance your TZ Navigator potential, click on the button below: