Please note that we have updated the following MapMedia Vector C-MAP by Jeppesen charts from the Mediterranean, Black, Caspian, Aegean, North and Baltic Seas and other European Coasts and inland waters:
These updates include the latest charts and NTM provided by our data providers. Copy the new reference and go to MapMedia’s chart catalogue if you want to check the coverage of each chart.
As an example, see the modifications that have been introduced to the Marmaris Port in Turkey and to the Liverpool Bay in UK:
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
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 The charts you currently hold are probably out of date…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€
Raster chart vs. Vector chart: there is a real debate going on between these two schools and yet, it’s very hard to say which nautical chart format is better than the other, as the choice depends most of the time on user habits or personal preference.
In one hand, Raster Charts are an exact reproduction of the traditional nautical paper charts, as they are digital scans of printed lithographic charts.
What is the great thing about Raster Charts? Users that have always used nautical paper charts are more than happy and reassured to find the same information on screen.
In the other hand, Vector Charts are a rendering of a lithographic chart in a point-by-point format. “Vector” is a synonym for line, and vector charts are composed of mathematically-defined geometric shapes: lines, objects and fills. Think of connecting the dots, it’s the same principle.
These dots are stored in a database and drawn on the computer or plotter screen by the software, thus the display of a Vector Chart doesn’t look much like a nautical paper chart.
What is the great thing about Vector Charts? You have more displaying options and they require less space in your hard disk.
Keep in mind that in general, Raster Charts are made by national hydrographic services and Vector Charts by private companies. Neither the first format nor the second exists for all the regions in the world, so the accuracy and richness of data will depend on the area you’re interested in!
MaxSea International’s sister company MapMedia, offers a wide range of over 6000 marine raster charts restoring the accuracy and reliability of national hydrographic offices paper charts. MapMedia also produces vector charts through collaborations with the best charts editors of the market: Navionics, Jeppesen and some national hydrographic services (databases S57 for USA and Norway). MapMedia is able to provide a complete catalogue of vector charts along with marine raster charts offer.