Modern Piracy

March 26, 2011

It is not much of a secret that there are cracks out there for many (perhaps most) software products. PolarView was fairly low on the radar of software crackers, until now that is. Thanks to their tireless efforts, PolarView now has a crack of its own (link removed – I decided not to provide these guys with free publicity 😉 )

Rather than ignoring the issue, I’d like to state my position on this:
1. PolarView protection is not particularly difficult to defeat and I do not plan on spending significant efforts on changes to the licensing process at this time.
2. Support is not provided to users of cracked copies of PolarView.
3. Users running cracked copies of PolarView are strongly advised *not* to upgrade. Attempting to upgrade cracked copy of PolarView will result in removal of PolarView data profile.


Windows UI

March 24, 2010

It’s been noted that our Windows UI was not quite as polished as Mac and GTK. That may have been true – but the next release will definitely improve things.

Here is the screen shot of PolarView NS working all together – navigation, instruments, GRIB, in Windows colors. If you have feedback on Windows look and feel – let me know.


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


PolarView/PolarCOM Update

November 23, 2009

This is an intermediate maintenance release that fixes a few issues in version 1.0 of the product.

PolarView: show bearing/distance information when moving waypoint used in route.

PolarCOM: solves a number of serial port connectivity issues – if you had a problem making your GPS work with PolarCOM, this update should resolve it (or so I hope).


Documentation Now Online

October 23, 2009

Documentation for all our products is now available online, as well as with PolarView download. Admittedly, these are “Quick Start Guides”, but they do contain enough information about core product functionality to get a new user up to speed. It certainly is my intention to stick to the KISS principle, so that the learning curve for our products would be minimal.