If you read this blog, you may have noticed that I try to avoid talking about future releases and new options until they are actually ready to be released. Something about not putting a horse in front of a computer, or so the saying goes.
However, to get some early feedback and also keep everyone interested informed – this post is here. The next version (1.3) is under active development, scheduled to be released “very soon now”. The major new feature in that version is AIS support, including a few nice options not available elsewhere. Aside from AIS, however, this version brings a lot of other changes – hopefully all to the best.
A few most visible options are a new “Traditional” color scheme and a chart overlay showing scale/orientation/current position as well as distance and bearing in navigation mode.
This color scheme matches NOAA raster charts (in “day” colors) – sometimes too well.
Another upcoming change is an expected retirement of PolarIS “nameplate”. It is a nice name for sure, but it caused quite a bit of confusion among users expecting to find a separate application. So, from the next version on the name “PolarIS” is no more. Instead, there will be just PolarView and PolarCOM. With “navigation license” added PolarView will add a suffix “NS” (which stands for “navigation system”), as shown in the title bar of the screen shot above.