What does this mean? Well we use a mathematical model from those good people at NOAA as the basis of calculating magnetic and secular variation. Every few years an updated data set is published which we need to incorporate into our code. Once we have done some checks and verified that the calculations are correct then we can release the new data set into our products. This affects the UKHO ADP products (although not until next year), the POLAR enterprise editing suite, Henry our flagship navigation system and of course Nuno™ our newly launched small craft navigation system. Rumour has it that something to do with the earth’s magnetic field, the moon and a Windows Phone will be happening here quite soon.
This pic is from http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/geomag/WMM/image.shtml
We are ecstatic to announce the first full release of the commercial version of Nuno™ Navigator.
This marks the end of the beta trials. Many thanks to all the people that took part.
Nuno has come a long way since we started. This release includes many improvements:
- Track Log. See where you have been, and save useful bits for later.
- Anchoring Mode. See seabed features only when you need them. More.
- Chart Overview. Makes moving around the chart easier, and shows you more information about the charts themselves. More.
- Quick light recognition. Hover over a light on the chart and see a graphical display of its characteristics. More.
- Data Import and Export. Save your tracks, routes and places as GPX data or KML (Google Maps). Load data from lots of sources into Nuno Navigator.
In addition there have been the usual bug fixes and lots of minor improvements which just make Nuno easier to use.
Nuno is available at the absurdly cheap price of $100 for which you get and indefinite license to use Nuno and a one year subscription (worth $50) to chart updates, Nuno updates, support and other good things. More.
The 2011 edition of HP33D — NL Tides has just been released for publication to the Royal Netherlands Navy. This is a localised adaptation of the Admiralty TotalTide with additional data for all significant ports from Nieuwpoort in Belgium to List in Germany and streams for the Southern North Sea, Wadden Sea, Scheldt, tidal river areas and main port approaches. NL Tides is published annually with updated predictions.
In December 2010 the UK was hit by unseasonally early snow. While most of the country ground to a halt, all our staff were busy working from home, although we did manage to sneak in a little bit of fun in the snow...
Andy Nibbs built a snow cave
CherSoft is pleased to announce the successful completion of an eighteen-month delivery of the CherSoft Tidal Data Base (TdB) and integration with the CARIS Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) for the French Hydrographic Office, Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine (SHOM).
Through this geospatial infrastructure project, CARIS and CherSoft will deliver to SHOM a database management system that will provide better access to its navaid, tidal and bathymetric databases while achieving improved information processing from data collection to archiving.
“Working with CherSoft enabled us to quickly meet the need identified by SHOM to include tidal components in this project,” said Geerten Blessing, Managing Director of CARIS BV. “We are delighted with the results achieved through teaming with CherSoft to deliver this comprehensive TdB solution”.
The delivery marks a significant juncture in the CherSoft Team’s growth strategy as they look to new partners and international clients to globally develop their market leading tidal solutions and marine navigation services.
Simon Salter, CherSoft director and founder said, “the TdB delivery to SHOM confirms the inherent functionality of the database and highlights the professional standing of the CherSoft team. CherSoft is very pleased to have been selected by CARIS as the best company to provide this and to assist in the developing the production capabilities of SHOM. We are all looking forward to a continuing relationship with CARIS and further supporting SHOM in the future”.
CherSoft has just completed ISO9001 auditing by SIRA. This re-affirms our commitment to quality, a principle which has been embedded in the CherSoft culture since the company was formed. We have now been continuously accredited for ISO9001 and TickIT for over eleven years.
A new version of Henry is now available.
The new version has a number of improvements and bug fixes. Most notably Henry now uses the same S-57 drawing engine as Nuno Navigator so it is more responsive — you can zoom in or out or scroll the chart without waiting for the drawing to complete. Plus the new “declutter” option and the ability to use up to 8 colours for depths makes the S-57 data look much better and clearer than before.
Henry of course still offers a huge depth of functionality and the ability to handle multiple chart types in a high quality, easy to use application. For more details see the Henry product page. or have a look at the release notes.
The 2nd S-100 stakeholders’ workshop was held at the UKHO in March 2010. CherSoft were included in the 15 invited industry volunteers representing mariners, ship operators, ECDIS manufacturers and chart software developers. The purpose of the workshop was to gain first hand information from stakeholders on the impact, requirements and any constraints involved in the introduction of the new developments. In 3 days of discussion a wide variety of topics were tackled. Simon commented “We have been developing S-57 based systems for many years, and are pleased to be able to contribute towards the developing new standards”.
Four members of the CherSoft development team went to the Association of C and C++ User's Conference in Oxford. This year's emphasis on testing techniques has given us some new ideas. It's always interesting to meet other people working in different fields, and get new perspectives on the challenges we face.
CherSoft today announced a list of new features that will be provided in the final release of Nuno Navigator, their new consumer navigation application. Several features have been added since the public Beta release. These include:
- Track Log. See where you have been, and save useful bits for later.
- Anchoring Mode. See seabed features only when you need them.
- Chart Overview. Makes moving around the chart easier, and shows you more information about the charts themselves.
- Quick light recognition. Hover over a light on the chart and see a graphical display of its characteristics.
- Data Import and Export. Save your tracks, routes and places as GPX data or KML (Google Maps). Load data from lots of sources into Nuno Navigator
- Inland ENC. Nuno Navigator will work with digital charts for inland waterways, published by the Army Corps of Engineers. (http://www.agc.army.mil/echarts/)
The final release date for Nuno Navigator has yet to be decided.
Simon Salter (Chief Executive) and members of the CherSoft team were in Egersund, Norway this week visiting Jeppesen as the team look to broaden partnerships with commercial hydrographical companies. CherSoft originally met Egil Aarstad of Jeppesen in South Africa at Hydro 09 and they have been working together closely to identify new business development areas.
Simon was very happy with the visit, saying “The two companies are very complementary with solutions for the global hydrographic community and this should enable a very close working relationship for the future. We are especially focussed on our tidal products and solutions that are already gaining a wide audience in Europe”
Egersund is situated in a beautiful part of the world about one hour’s drive south from Stavanger. Frozen lakes, snow covered roads and rock strewn hills were all brilliantly lit by the arctic sun which, although bright, managed to impart no warmth at all. However it did provide a fantastic backdrop for our meeting with Jeppesen and we spent the whole day at their well appointed (and warm) offices which look out over the fjord. Many thanks to the Jeppesen team whose hospitality and interest certainly shone throughout the day.