PolarView 1.3 / PolarCOM 1.3

The 1.3 release is available now. This release contains a number of major feature additions as well as numerous improvements and fixes for user-reported issues.

PolarView / PolarView NS
– AIS target display (rendered to scale), with heading and course, dangerous target marking
– AIS vessel list for direct search/information access
– Improved quality of raster chart rendering and scaling
– New Traditional color scheme for vector chart rendering
– Position/bearing/distance to cursor, scale/chart orientation as overlay on the map
– Rendering own ship to scale
– Arrival circle around next waypoint in navigated route
– Improved support for S57 chart rendering including new navaid symbols.
– Sounding decluttering and adjustable font size
– Better support for international charts and multiple other improvements.
– 0.5 degree resolution GFS grib data added to download options.

– AIS support with CPA/TCPA (Proximity) alarm
– New “red” night color scheme
– Significantly improved handling of serial ports under Windows

This release also discontinues the “PolarIS” product name in favor of simplified naming. This name change does not affect any functionality you may currently have.

15 Responses to PolarView 1.3 / PolarCOM 1.3

  1. Richard Fairman says:

    Congratulations Have just downloaded latest versions. Night colors look good and AIS works well. I have just simulated a collision rick in the SF bay all the way from Turkey AIS alarm works well. Hopefully AIS Base Stations and ATN next. Rumour has it AIS Base Stations will soon be transmitting weather and safety information. Polar com and Polar NS now is the most feature rich and clear cut navigation system on the market.

  2. Richard Fairman says:

    Hope you have time for this. With the release of AIS equipped SART I am trying to set up a MOB alarm in polarcom for inclusion in my book SeaClear Unleashed. I have set up a Simulated AIS SART with the message AIS SART ACTIVE. The AIS target is stationary with no heading and at or very near the GPS position. Your AIS alarm sounds when I activate the simulated AIS Target. What would be the optimised CPA And TCPA to set to allow this SART MOB alarm and still id collision risk ships without identifying too many ships. Do PolarCom AIS alarms work without Polarview NS. Perhaps a SART MOB alarm would be a feature for the future. At present I thing no current chartplotter or Nav system has this.


    • polarnavy says:


      I re-read your post – this is an interesting issue you bring up.

      1) The entire CPA/TCPA functionality is contained in PolarCOM – technically you don’t need PolarView to use it, though you won’t get a benefit of useful visualization.

      2) The CPA/TCPA algorithm is quite precise, and it takes into account actual vessel size (both yours and AIS target). That said, for vessels that do not transmit vessel size (in mesage type 5 or 24), or until we do receive this message – we use a default size for “sanity”. It’s 80 ft loa by 32 ft beam + 10% “fudge factor” – this is relatively large for at least some safety.

      3) So, even if you set CPA to 0 – there is still a perceived risk of collision when the location of the device is close by unless PolarCOM receives dimension data that shows the beacon to be “very small” or otherwise knows that this target is not a ship.

      I suspect that there is some way that a beacon identifies itself as such in AIS messages. I am going to contact you by email to discuss further – if you can provide some sample data, I’d be glad to incorporate better handling of these devices (at a very least make sure they don’t trigger alarms and don’t appear as vessels).

  3. Richard Fairman says:

    Sorry another Comment

    A nice to have would be a radar style AIS display as one of the instrument in PolarCom. A lot of people would use PolarCom instruments in full screen view at the helm and an immediate position fix on a MOB or collision risk target would be useful.

  4. Just to make sure my understanding is correct. The $9.99 is for an upgrade, so that my present version ‘PolarIS 1.2.7’ becomes ‘Polarview NS’?

    And then for an extra $9.99 I can get a separate license, e.g. for my netbook-PC as opposed to my desktop sofa-sailor-pc?

    And then finally, – S63 charts, I guess, can not be copied from one installation to the other? They have to be bought for a specific installation?

    Thanks πŸ™‚

    • polarnavy says:


      If you currently have a “Core Navigation” license, there is no need to buy anything extra. Once you install a new version of PolarView your license will continue to be valid. The name tag will change – you will see PolarView NS rather than PolarIS. This does not affect any functionality you may have.

      The additional/replacement license (at a cost of $9.99) is for any additional installations you may have – i.e. another laptop etc. It will contain all the features you ordered previously at “full price”. I.e. if you already have a Core Navigation and AIS Module licenses, then replacement license will contain these two options for a new PolarView installation.

      According to my understanding of S63 standard requirements, users do need a separate set of S63 charts for every software installation under most conditions. That said, it is technically possible to use charts on a new installation under certain conditions. Please contact me directly (by email) for more information.

  5. Thanks a lot, that was even better than I expected, which I don’t mind of course :-). I’ve downloaded both, and it works fine. I’ll put the money into the AIS-module even I don’t have an AIS-transponder. Just for the fun of playing with it..

    • polarnavy says:

      AIS module is a lot of fun. I’ve been testing it with a data stream providing about 4000 vessels worldwide (to ensure best performance) and there is no better cure for winter “armchair sailing” period. With a link to vessel photos in information dialog it all really comes alive.

      You do need access to an NMEA AIS datastream though to enjoy this functionality at home.

      BTW, AIS Module license can be used in “standalone” mode (without Navigation license) for users who want to follow AIS traffic at home.

  6. Jason Taylor says:

    I installed PolarView and PolarCOM 1.3 last night. The sparse soundings are amazing and really clears up the screen around my marina entrance. The red night-mode option in PolarCOM is stunning. Any chance for red-shifting the PolarView night-mode?

    Also, something that would be a real nice to have… some large-size finger-friendly touchscreen buttons that can be placed along the left and/or right of the screen. Perhaps 96×96 pixels… For things like object info, zoom+/zoom-, MOB, day/night. Additional features could be on a click-to-slide-out menu drawer or something. I’m just thinking of “lively cockpit” use-cases where using a fingernail to hit the menu bar items or doing a long, stationary click-hold in order to bring up the right-click menu don’t really work well.

    • polarnavy says:


      Thank you for the positive feedback!

      The touch-screen feature set, quite similar in general design to what you describe, is in plans. Partially it is waiting for me to identify appropriate “reference platform”. Since touch screen interfaces are not quite as common and I’d like to make sure that platform I select will match the experience users will have. It will happen, eventually.

      I’ll add “red” night chart color scheme to the TODO list. The number of palettes keeps multiplying on me πŸ™‚

  7. Richard Fairman says:

    I noticed that the Lat Long display in night mode is dimmer than the other instrumentss. Is there a reason for this?

    Also a Fugawi has a curved projected vector for AIS targets based on COG heading speed and ROT. Is this possible and it gives a more accurate track for collision risks.

    The user interface is very clean and uncluttered compared with some bloatware cluttered screens. I hope you will keep it this way. Perhaps its time to licence PolarCom as I have had great interest in users who want to overlay PolarCom over SeaClear



    • polarnavy says:


      There is no specific difference in display – we use the same colors for all instruments. If you see a difference – contact me by email and send me a screen capture of what you see.

      We are a viewer and a navigation system, i.e. we show current state of information as provided by external sources or sensors.

      Predicting AIS target future movement based on current data will be necessarily incorrect in a non-trivial amount of cases, precisely when you need this information. I don’t feel that this is something our product should be doing.

      I think PolarCOM will remain free for a foreseeable future.

  8. Gerhard Bagge says:

    Very good program which i tried out during our easter sailing trip. I use the s63 charts and Ubuntu linux version.
    I often sail in waters where the depth is less than 10m and every time I come over a * i have to open the menu to get the depth (or look at the paper chart). Either show the isolated depth or just right click or hover over it to see the depth would be very useful.
    Also I suggest to add “current direction and speed” to the GRIB module, this can be downloaded for free, at least from the Norwegian site http://www.yr.no, and I have seen it in other “pay services” for Grib files.

    • polarnavy says:


      Thank you for positive feedback!

      I’ll consider labeling underwater obstructions. As far as currents go – the only data set we have access to is free NOAA GRIB data. I don’t think they have data set including ocean currents. That said, GRIB viewer improvements are on a TODO list, including additional types of data display.

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