TZ Navigator v3 Video Sneak Peek

TZ Navigator is now officially set for release: May 19th, 2016.

In this video you will see all the new features in action:

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New User Interface

Our redesigned user interface will make your life much easier when it comes to route planning and all the features you are familiar with (Tides, Currents, Weather Forecast, etc.). All the concepts which made TIMEZERO a huge success (Tool Bar, Layers and Navdata) are now included in an enhanced User Interface fully adapted to be used on touch screens!

Security Cone

The new Security Cone is a feature in adherence with the official rules of the IMO. It uses the data in vector charts or the 3D data within the charts to detect shallow areas and isolated dangers. If an obstacle is detected inside this cone in front of the boat’s trajectory, an anti-grounding alarm will automatically be triggered.

Secure Route Planning

Route Planning is of the utmost importance for every boater. Our new technology assures the security of a route upon creation. Through color codes (green/red) it is instantaneously possible to know if the depth is sufficient for the safe passing of your boat.

And more!

Note: The release of TZ Navigator will mean that we will stop supporting all TIMEZERO v1.9.8 and below. We will continue however to support v2 on all compatible operating systems until the end of 2016 (Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1).

MaxSea at Navalia 2014

This week, Sandrine Abadie, MaxSea Inside Sales Manager, represented MaxSea at the Navalia International Shipbuilding Exhibition, which took place this week in the north-west of Spain.

When: 20, 21 and 22 May, 2014Navalia Trade Show

Where: Vigo, Spain

Navalia Info: In 2013, over 25,000 professional visitors attended from 90 different countries. There were approximately 500 exhibitors. Read more about this exhibition here.

MaxSea Booth: MaxSea products were demonstrated at our partners’ booth: FURUNO España and Nautical.

Navalia attracted many professionals involved in the commercial fishing industry.

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Sandrine Abadie – MaxSea Inside Sales Manager with Miguel Nogueira – FURUNO España Sales Manager

MaxSea TimeZero PLOT software is specifically designed for commercial fishing, and was demonstrated with the new WASSP Module, showing advanced compatibility features with the multi-beam sounders.

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MaxSea TimeZero integrated with a WASSP multi-beam sounder

This event was very successful and MaxSea would like to thanks FURUNO and Nautical for their cooperation. See you next year!

 

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New Worldwide Tidal Data Now Available in TimeZero!

We are happy to announce that new worldwide Tidal Data for TimeZero users is now available on our website totally free of charge.

When you download tidal data in your MaxSea TimeZero, you can view tides stations directly on your chart for the present moment as well as into the future. This is very helpful for planning the best route and departure time.

To install the new tidal data, simply go to our website and click on the link marked in red below:

Please read the PDF file here for full details of this new tidal data.

Feel free to contact us if you need any further information.

 

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Software Update: MaxSea TimeZero ECS and PLOT v2.0.4

The MaxSea TimeZero ECS and PLOT v2.0.4 update improves compatibility with the new FURUNO DFF1-UHD TruEcho CHIRP network sounder. The DFF1-UHD (Ultra High Definition) broadband sounder delivers significant advancements in signal clarity and target definition, and is also able to send Bottom Discrimination information to TimeZero (similar to the BBDS1).

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MaxSea TimeZero Sounder Module

Thanks to its full compatibility with Furuno fish finders, the sounder module allows you to enjoy all the advanced features of Furuno sounders on your PC. The FURUNO DFF1, DFF3, BBDS1 and now the DFF1-UHD can turn your TimeZero display into a powerful, dual frequency fish finder.

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The MaxSea Sounder Module is available for:

.The DFF1-UHD TruEcho CHIRP network sounder

Designed to operate over a wide range of frequencies utilizing a broadband transducer, the new DFF1-UHD TruEcho CHIRP-enabled network sounder for MaxSea TimeZero delivers significant advancements in signal clarity and target definition.

.CHIRP Technology

The clear presentation of the DFF1-UHD marks individual game fish and bait fish, even when tightly schooled together or very near the sea floor.

.Benefits of CHIRP Technology

  • Scans across a range of frequencies
  • Enhanced depth penetration, resolution & clarity
  • Precise separation between bait fish and game fish
  • Enhanced ability to distinguish targets from noise using improved signal-to-noise ratio
  • Improved bottom tracking at high speeds
  • Vastly improved shallow water performance
  • Reveals more fish by eliminating surface clutter & noise

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A full PC-Sounder solution

Paired with a Furuno Ethernet Sounder, TimeZero is a full PC Sounder solution:

  • Bottom Discrimination
  • Bottom hardness
  • ACCU-FISH

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Software Update: MaxSea TimeZero Navigator & Explorer v2.0.4

We are pleased to announce that a minor update to MaxSea TimeZero Navigator and MaxSea TimeZero Explorer is now available.

This update introduces compatibility with Windows 8.1 and improved compatibility with the new FURUNO DFF1-UHD TruEcho CHIRP network sounder* as it delivers significant advancements in signal clarity and target definition.

MaxSea TimeZero recreational v2.0.4

As it is a minor update, it is free of charge to all customers who currently own MaxSea TimeZero Navigator or Explorer software version 2.

Please note that you must possess a MaxSea Sounder Module added to your MaxSea TimeZero Explorer software in order to avail of these improvements in Furuno Sounder integration.

Highlights

  • Compatible with Windows 8.1
  • Improved compatibility between MaxSea TimeZero Explorer and the Furuno DFF1-UHD (better transducer set-up and power setting selection)
  • New “Allow Chart Overzoom” option (Plotter Options) that prevent “Overzoom” tiles to appear when the customer is zooming too much on the chart
  • Minor Date Bar bug correction

To download this minor version, go to My MaxSea, login or create a new account and click on Downloads.

My MaxSea - Downloads

*Important Transducer Information for TimeZero integration with FURUNO DFF1-UHFD

We recommend using the Airmar transducer B265 or CM265 with the DFF1-UHD. In this case the transducer configuration will be automatic (TD-ID).

Other “Low High” CHIRP transducers such as the 175LH, 109LH or 509LH may be used, however the accuracy of both ACCU-FISH and Bottom Discrimination modes will not be guaranteed.

In this case, put the transducer settings to “Model Number” (within the Sounder Initial Setup) and select “B265LH”.

If you wish to know more about our recreational range, here are MaxSea TimeZero Navigator and MaxSea TimeZero Explorer product pages.

MaxSea International launches its new website

MaxSea International is happy to announce the launch of its new website on September 10, 2012.

MaxSea New Website

3 main objectives: be informed, get support, buy

Besides an overall improvement to its visual appeal, the new website introduces:

  • Lots of videos and pictures
  • Available in English and French.

Newcomers can find a very funny and complete explanation on what exactly marine navigation software is, MaxSea’s core business:

Software update: MaxSea TimeZero Navigator & Explorer v1.9.8

We are pleased to announce a new free update for our MaxSea TimeZero Software. MaxSea TimeZero v1.9.8 (Navigator and Explorer versions) includes several bug corrections and new features such as:

  • Route planning function improvement: TimeZero is the only software that takes tidal current into account in the Route Detail list. With the new feature, the leg of a route is highlighted when the currents are too strong.
  • Routing new features: Also, this version introduces the possibility to re-launch a second routing from the same departure, a feature that can be very useful if you want to change some of the routing parameters while keeping the same start and end position.
  • NavNet TZtouch compatibility: With this version of MaxSea TimeZero you will be able to exchange Routes & Waypoints through SD Card, share nautical charts and navigation data from the TZtouch network.

Relaunch of a second routing feature - MaxSea TimeZero v1.9.8

Strong Currents Highlighting Leg Feature - MaxSea TimeZero v1.9.8

Please refer to this MaxSea TimeZero v1.9.8 PDF for a complete description of the new features.

If you want to know more about our sailing range, here are MaxSea TimeZero Navigator  and MaxSea TimeZero Explorer product pages.

Why use a marine navigation software to prepare a route, a journey, or a marine expedition?

Marine navigation software has become an indispensable tool in the world of offshore racing. It is critical for race directors to ensure the most accurate preparation and conduct of a competitive race.

Route in the Baltic Sea MOD70 European Tour 2012 by Gilles Chiorri
Above screen shot shows a route section of the Baltic Sea MOD70 Step # 1 MOD70 European Tour 2012.

The question of whether to install electronic chart software can arise for coastal navigation (cruises or racing) and for offshore trips, so it is very important to identify the merits of using this type of tool….

If a reminder was necessary, the sea is of course, a formidable environment. It requires accurate planning, both on land and at sea. This anticipation is needed in order to fully understand, prepare and carry out navigation with good seamanship.

The following factors affect each and every route navigated: the distance and time needed to cover it depending on the boat specs, the type of coastline and its dangers, weather and sea conditions, tidal currents, the ports or shelters along the route etc.

Nowadays, a navigation software installed on a laptop such as TimeZero developed by MaxSea, allows integration with, and quick and easy access to all of the above elements in just a few clicks of the mouse.

Whether you are at home in the preparation phase, or in live navigation mode, course preparation is made extremely comprehensive, and also allows a high level of interface customization.

The TimeZero software features a wide zoom level on charts, (which is identical to SHOM charts, and should therefore remain “familiar-looking”) which is the equivalent of having a wide portfolio of paper charts immediately accessible. Thus the tools zoom-in and zoom-out then allow you to have a good visual picture of the desired navigation area.

TimeZero allows you to overlay satellite photos on your chart, so that you can visualize specific places in advance, and plan a correct approach to the area!

Route in Denmark by Gilles ChiorriIn addition, the “divider” tool (bearing/distance) can be used to quickly segment the route, or measure distances and position themselves in relation to geographic points of interest. It is possible to simultaneously create a course outline using the “route” tool and to start live navigation. With just a few clicks along the way, you have your route, distance and direction (true or magnetic option) between each waypoint, as well as the cumulative distance. You can name each waypoint, and insert or move a waypoint at any time during navigation of the route.

Preparing a route becomes fun and you can always refer back to your navigation logbook. By making all the possible adjustments, a basic route gradually transforms into a detailed course, corresponding with your expectations such as your safety criteria in relation to distance from shore or a shoal, a place that you want to see up close etc.

All data created in the software can then be saved with the route name, and even assigned to a specific layer, which as its name suggests can be displayed or hidden according to your wishes. Once activated, this route can be exported to your GPS for rapid access to route information.

Once the software is integrated with onboard navigation hardware (GPS and other suitable instruments) TimeZero is transformed into an even more powerful navigation aid. Your boat is symbolized by an icon to scale that moves in real time on your screen, as simple as a video game.

Route in Marseille MOD70 European Tour 2012 by Gilles Chiorri
Above screen shot: Marseille and landing zone changes MOD70 in Marseille (source MOD70 European Tour 2012).

After importing the marine weather forecast file (commonly known as a “GRIB” file), you can launch the routing function to optimize your route by integrating the effects of weather conditions on your route. You can also calculate the ETA on the next waypoint or decide the fastest route to reach your end point. The routing function and comprehensive weather of TimeZero opens the door to anticipation, and accurate planning.

In conclusion, after many years at the chart table equipped with a Cras Ruler, a handheld compass and dividers, with an eye on the GPS, it now seems essential to have TimeZero onboard, whatever the intended sailing, inshore or offshore, whether racing or cruising!

Happy navigating to all of you this summer.

Gilles Chiorri

Race Director – Navigator

Gilles Chiorri - french sailorGilles Chiorri is a French sailor and Merchant Navy officer with an impressive background as a skipper.

He is the new race director and race manager of the MOD70 European Tour and other major ocean races.  He works also as OC Events Director and Yachts Consulting Executive Director.

Chiorri won the Mini Transat in 1987, the Jules Verne Trophy in 2002 (with Bruno Peyron) and finished second in La Solitaire du Figaro in 2002.

Gilles Chiorri is currently using MaxSea TimeZero marine software, nautical charts and modules as a sailor and race director.

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The History of MaxSea Infographics 1984-2012

Many of you might have some questions regarding our company’s past and present. Well, this infographics is intended to help you understand our history through some key dates and facts.

The History of MaxSea1984-2012 - marine navigation software leader

Key Dates 

1984 – Brice Pryszo, naval architect and passionate about informatics, invents a revolutionary algorithm for automated sea routing

1985 – Creation of Informatique et Mer company and its first software for Mac, called MacSea

End of 80’s – After a huge success in the french market, MaxSea starts developping its distribution network. Iceland becomes its first distributor, followed by other scandinavian countries

1994 – Foundation of the electronic cartography company MapMedia

1999

  • Switch from Mac to PC
  • Company and software change their name to MaxSea
  • Launch of 3D PBG  module

1990-2000 – MaxSea’s distribution network covers Northern Europe

2000 – Setting-up of a US subsidiary company: MaxSea Inc.

2001 – SigNet Group was created to group together all companies: MaxSea International, MaxSea Naval and MapMedia

2000-2005 – Further expansion of MaxSea’s distribution to Southern Europe and Latin America

2004 – Technical and financial alliance with FURUNO, marine electronics leader

2007 – Foundation of MaxSea Naval, the Spanish subsidiary

2008 – Launch of TimeZero technology and first sailing software powered by it: MaxSea TimeZero Navigator and Explorer

2009 –

  • Purchase of Nobeltec, main rival and US leader
  • Launch of MaxSea Webstore

2010 – Launch of MaxSea TimeZero professional range: ECS and Plot

2011 – Launch of Nobeltec software powered by TimeZero technology

This is the first of a series, we will hopefully enhance the aesthetics of the next one!

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MaxSea v12 vs. MaxSea TimeZero: why upgrading?

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Here are some reasons worth considering if you want to know what differentiates MaxSea v12 from MaxSea TimeZero even if you’re a happy MaxSea v12 (and previous versions) customer. Just consider these few reasons to upgrade your software and move to TimeZero technology.

It’s easier to use

  • Intuitive user interface developed thanks to our 25 years of experience
  • Highly smooth Chart Engine (Zoom TimeZero, 2D/3D, PhotoFusion)
  • Routes and waypoints management simplified without any loss of “power” (unlimited routes and waypoints)
  • No more dongle but a software license which allows two installations and offers much more flexibility

TimeZero raster charts catalog is constantly updated

 When you purchase a Raster chart with MaxSea TimeZero, you can be sure that you benefit from the latest version available. The charts you currently hold are probably out of date…

Additional modules are now supplied in standard package

  • Weather module is now included offering a download in one click!
  • AIS and AIS online modules are included (299€ before). An Internet connection allows you to see AIS world traffic!
  • Enhanced Routing Module is transferred automatically if already installed on your previous version.

Last but not least…we will stop the distribution as well as technical support of MaxSea v12 products during 2014.

TimeZero technology is, without any doubt, the future of our range of products. Our previous version won’t be updated anymore, neither software nor Charts. All our technical resources are now oriented towards TimeZero technology.

If you want to see MaxSea TimeZero in action, watch this rolling demo:

From April 16th to June 30th 2012, upgrade from MaxSea v12 to MaxSea TimeZero Navigator from 199€ instead of 375€

If you need more details, feel free to contact us at info@maxsea.fr

Ready to upgrade your software? Go to www.maxsea.com and benefit from this outstanding offer.