OpenCPN is a navigational tool that can be used to plot routes and navigational charts. The software offers several different display options, including a mode that displays maps as single charts and one that displays them in a quilted mode. Users can view charts north-up or some other way and can even access a dynamic moving-map mode. Supported charts include BSBv3 raster charts, S57 ENC charts and CM93 vector charts. Additional chart types—such as nv-charts and BSB4 charts—can be supported by the software with the installation of some plug-ins.
Besides being used to navigate and plot routes, as mentioned earlier, it can be used for tracking vessels as well, with a special provision for naval vessel tracking. Waypoint navigation is possible, as is autopilot output. Users can set alarms too for particular anchor sites and route planning includes tidal prediction tools. Charts can be annotated on GPX layers.
The program can leverage OpenGL technology for improved performance on today’s computing systems and has a multitude of plugins available, from ones for Google Earth data support to a Voyage Data Recorder. It is a cross-platform program.
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