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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.

12 Responses

  1. Lookout Sailors says:

    I like the enhancements. You didn’t mention but I’m betting that it will cost me yet another fee. That is the disappointment with Navionics in particular. Their app’s life seems to be be very short. It is not available on iTunes quite yet.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Nope, no fee; Mobile 2.0 is a free update to Mobile 1, and at least the USA iPhone and iPad versions are on iTunes now. I got them as standard updates, and those screen shots above are all from the current app, not a beta.
    There was a step change when Navionics completely redid their mobile apps last winter, going from a chart-region-included model to download-what-you-want from a larger region. I tried to explain it here:
    In fact, the transition still isn’t complete. The Android app is still at Version 5.3, which means it’s way behind 2.0 (confusing!) and doesn’t have the features discussed above. I was impressed that when I opened it recently I was offered a new set of U.S. East charts, but I suspect that it will soon be replaced by a 1.0 or 2.0 app that will have to be paid for.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    PS. I just checked iTunes for “Navionics Marine” and all the iPhone apps went to 2.1 on 8/12, which is also when all the iPad regions went to 2.0. So everyone who has the newer app for iOS should now have all the features discussed above.
    I got confused because I took a quick look at Navionics Mediterranean HD on my iPad and didn’t see the new interface. In fact, it’s an old 5.0 app and has been replaced by Marine: Europe HD. It looks like some app prices have gone up a bit since the new app was introduced, like USA & Canada from $10 to $15.

  4. Dean says:

    Unfortunately the wind overlay feature has gone (changed). you use to be able to scroll through 72hrs as an overlay. Now the only thing I see is a small snapshot window you have to drill down to.
    To be fair in Australia this was never very accurate anyway.

  5. Lookout Sailors says:

    I have USA East HD Ver 5.0.4. I believe that you are referring to Marine & Lakes: USA HD. I did get it as a standard update. When I selected it I was asked to buy it.

  6. Lookout Sailors says:

    Let me clarify. I did not get it as a standard update! I was asked to purchase 2.0

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Right, I’m referring to Marine & Lakes: USA HD for the US app; the rest are called “Marine: xxxxx”. The original 1.0 app — which, according to Navionics, couldn’t be delivered as an update because it’s so different and covered such different areas — came out late last winter at a discount meant as friendly gesture to those who bought the East, West, etc. apps earlier on. Another way to look at it is that Navionics has developed seven whole number versions of their Mobile app, one of which they charged for.

  8. dean says:

    How come in the pictures above you can see water in the background? Whenever I put the overlay on I can only see land areas.

  9. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I tried to explain in text, Dean; it’s an occaisional bug that ought to an option, I think.

  10. Craig says:

    Like “Lookout Sailors” I too was an early Navionics Mobile customer. I find Navionics whole transition confusing. I think they should at least have an FAQ on their own website. After reading the comments on your site, I think such an FAQ would say: “We no longer want to support the small map regions that our early customers purchased. Sorry guys. We did upgrade your maps and applications last May. We have no plans for doing so again. Please buy the new app at full price. We would give you a discount but Apple’s commerce system famously does not allow that. Fortunately, our stuff is pretty cheap for what you get.”

  11. steverow says:

    One of the Problems with the navionics mobile app is that it is only available for Google Certified Devices at present via the Android Market
    I am in the position that I have it on my HTC Wildfire, but cannot make more use of it by buying again for my WitsTech 7″ Android Tablet.
    I have been in touch with both Navionics and Google about this, but a stunned wall of silence has prevailed, with Navionics saying that they do not operate any device restrictions on the App. So that then must be coming from the Android market.
    So come on Navionics… have it available for direct apk download from your site, or have it available from third party App sites. I really want this new app on my 7″!!
    Navionics must be losing a lot of available business by knocking out about 60% of the available android devices out there.
    Most Google Certified devices are in fact Phones with Tabs a long way behind, it seems that Google hasnt yet caught on properly to the Tab.

  12. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Navionics tells me that 20,000 users have submitted 150,000 UGC entries since its full roll out a few months ago. It’s also clear in the email that they want MFD manufacturers to enable display of the UGC layer as it’s such a fast way to get chart corrections like missing ledges to the end user.

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