Release 1.6 is out

April 9, 2011

It’s the same old story. What was supposed to be a small set of bug fixes to previous release, grew into a separate release of its own.

Version 1.6 turned out to be mostly about raster charts.

– First, BSB v4 support is now available on all platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux) for both existing and new BSB v4 users. I would like to thank Canadian Hydrographic Service for their help and support in this matter – they’ve been great!

– Raster chart rendering has been sped up significantly, to the point where it will often be as fast as vector, if not more.

– Raster charts night colors have been customized for best visibility using custom colorization method. Thanks go to Pascal for pointing the issue out.

– Through the magic of re-projection, PolarView now supports raster charts in virtually any projection, including Polyconic and Transverse Mercator. This should provide appropriate coverage for Great Lakes sailors.

– Tide information is provided in tide station’s own time zone. Tide display now has live user-controlled slider to query data. Thanks to Rick for keeping my attention on the tide subsystem!

Documentation on using BSBv4 charts should be available on support site shortly.

Have fun!


PolarView NS 1.6 / PolarCOM 1.6

April 8, 2011

PolarView NS
– Improved and faster rendering of raster (BSB) charts
– Improved generated night palette for BSB charts
– Reprojection of BSB charts, support for BSB charts in most projections (including Polyconic, UTM)
– Support for BSB v4 charts including a built-in BSB v4 installer
– Show information on BSB chart datum and depth units
– Improved rendering of S63 charts
– Faster and more responsive “non-blocking” chart display
– Ability to query specific times and values on tide graph, including on-screen tide slider
– Support for world wide time zones and display of tide times in local timezone
– Numerous miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

PolarCOM
– Bug fixes and updates