CE & ACC, great but not enough! Part 1

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

2 Responses

  1. Jeff Hummel says:

    Thanks for the write-up in regards to our new Atlantic Cruising Club collaboration. A few thoughts.
    First, regarding Maptech Chart Navigator Pro, we evaluated our options after Maptech was broken up and sold; we decided that it did not make sense to continue the product, instead we chose to focus on Coastal Explorer. We offer a Chart Navigator Pro upgrade to Coastal Explorer for $99. Chart Navigator Pro users have continued support for 3D and all of the other Maptech data as well as the new features we�ve added over the last couple of years.
    Even we are surprised to see Chart Navigator Pro currently offered for sale on various websites (including Maptech�s) since the product is no longer available, and has not been available for several months. We�ve heard there is a different version coming out called Chart Navigator Plus, which is actually a version of an older product called the CAP�n.
    Regarding Atlantic Cruising Club. I�ve been trying to create a business relationship with an independent cruising guide publisher for fifteen years. Since it has never been done before there are no established business models to follow. Why has it taken so long? Well, various details of the business model have prevented this from happening before; Most publishers do not have their data in a format that can be easily converted for use on a PC, then there is the cost, who pays for the development and data conversion? With ACC we were able to overcome these problems. The ACC model is ideal, lots of free content and paid content available with the purchase of the book. I expect to see other guides to follow a similar model. Five years from now most PC applications and plotters will support this type of content. Now that the first publisher has a product, it�s a race to see who will be next.
    One of the key benefits to the subscription model using the Coastal Explorer Network is that the data can be updated, whereas the printed material eventually becomes out of date. The other advantage is that users can make comments on locations or businesses and share those with other users. This feature will be available in the near future. We expect that for any given location there will be data available from all kinds of sources; Coast Pilot, Panaramio, guide books, and the public.

  2. As an avid user of Coastal Explorer 2.0, I would first like to say that I really appreciate their approach towards adding significant functionality on a regular basis as opposed to just during a normal major release lifecycle. It creates a sense of excitement around the application – what are they going to come up with next? I can’t point to any other application I regularly use that I have the same level of excitement about.
    Anyway, from my perspective, the opportunity is ripe to incorporate Web 2.0 and social media technologies into the application. The ability to do Twitter updates, Facebook updates, integrate with our blog, integrate with our SPOT, incorporate community based information, push and pull location based information (where are other boats that meet criteria I specify?), etc. would be of interest to me. Add to that an open API allowing other guidebooks or online organizations (ActiveCaptain, Passageweather, etc.) to integrate into the application or to pull information and you’d have a pretty cool piece of technology.
    Regardless, I do appreciate the work that Rose Point puts into CE and I’m looking forward to it continuing.

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