PolarView 1.2/PolarCOM 1.2/PolarIS 1.2

January 20, 2010

The 1.2 release is an important maintenance release. It addes a few new features, and numerous improvements and fixes for user-reported issues. This release also brings up to date our Linux product versions with complete PolarIS functionality now available to Linux users. In addition, Mac version is now a universal binary supporting both Intel and PowerPC (G4) Mac systems.

PolarView/PolarIS
– Display bearing and distance on each leg of current and navigation route
– Route reverse option
– Improved vessel marking when anchor alarm is set
– Better track handling (including distance and time calculation)
– Numerous improvements to ENC chart scaling and rendering
– Better support for Windows 7 (64 bit)
– Linux version update

PolarCOM
– Added default dial panel for initial installation
– New ports with “autostart” option start immediately once added
– Analog BTN dial
– Light up currently selected alarm icons in alarm panel
– Improvements to NMEA parsing and calculation of wind, depth, XTE
– Better handling of serial port data


Linux Version Support

January 20, 2010

It’s been a while, and now our Linux products are up to date and synchronized with Mac and Windows releases. We hope you find this new version useful and, as always, welcome questions and feedback.

As an open system, Linux comes in variety of distributions, aimed at different audiences and providing diverse functionality. From desktop to servers and embedded devices – there is a Linux out there to fit the need. This wide diversity brings with it distinct issues that are specific to each Linux distribution, makes troubleshooting and issue resolution more difficult.

Bear this in mind when using our Linux products. Download, install and try them. Make sure they work well on your preferred brand of Linux. If they do not – feel free to contact us, but remember that issues not specific to Polar Navy products may be difficult to resolve.

Having said that – we are glad you are here, and will do our best to make Linux users feel welcome.


Mac PowerPC Support

January 20, 2010

By “popular demand” we now provide Mac version of PolarView and PolarCOM as a universal binary supporting both Intel based systems as well as PowerPC (G4).

PowerPC based Mac systems are now becoming somewhat dated and may not support some of the optimizations available on Intel machines. Please set your expectations of our product performance accordingly.

Please note, that support for PowerPC based systems is limited. We provide this version on the “best effort” basis. If you encounter any issues while using PowerPC version of our products – feel free to contact us, but remember that platform specific issues may be difficult to resolve.


“I launch PolarCOM and nothing happens!”

November 29, 2009

I get this question a lot from users, so here is the rundown on our products and what is happening here:

PolarCOM is not the entire product, rather it is a GPS instrumentation and NMEA multiplexor application. To get chart/live GPS/ship view you need both PolarCOM and PolarView NS.

PolarView NS is an ENC/RNC chart planner and live GPS navigation application. It also includes a free GRIB viewer and a download service which gets GRIB data from our servers, as well as tides/currents visualization. It requires PolarCOM to interface with your GPS and other instruments for navigation and AIS display.

PolarCOM is a “kind of” a service. As such, when you run it – it starts in system tray or Launcher. On Windows/Linux you should see a small “blue globe” icon in the tray. On Mac the application will run as a Launcher icon. You can reach PolarCOM options by right-clicking/cmd-clicking on the icon in system tray or Launcher, respectively.

The suggested use is to launch PolarCOM once and just keep it there, in tray, for as long as the system is up. PolarView NS can be started and shut down as convenient, to save power, increase battery life and free up CPU and screen for other things. If PolarView NS is closed , PolarCOM will keep currently navigated route and all the related information. When you restart PolarView NS, this information will be restored.


PolarView 1.0/PolarCOM 1.0/PolarIS 1.0

October 23, 2009

PolarCOM
– Analog instruments (wind/course/heading)
– Depth/Wind/Speed through water etc.
– Navigation items – VMG, BTN, distance/time to next/destination, XTE
– Alarms – arrival/XTE/depth/anchor drag

PolarIS
– Initial release of our integrated navigation application
– “Live ship” navigation, routes, tracks etc.
– Fully integrated with PolarCOM