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Biggerworks Nautical Maps 12 Oct 2021 22:22 #126263

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Hi Chris,
That’s great news about the French maps being included in 2023. We have been poised at Maastricht for 2 years, after being in Holland for 4 seasons and have really enjoyed the waterkarten app. Hopefully we can enter Europe and then head south this year.
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Biggerworks Nautical Maps 11 Oct 2021 14:07 #126242

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Hi all

Just finished my trial on android with waterkarten/biggerworks nautical maps app.
I was invited to contact support if I had any problems so I did to say I thought it best I had used but wondered if French maps planned.
I had a rapid response from Mr Maik Lanen (The Mobile Company, writer(s) of the app) to say France mapping would likely be available in 2023. I mentioned the AIS and he replied that they are currently implementing AIS in the app and hope to have a first version ready in the next year.

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Biggerworks Nautical Maps 07 Oct 2021 10:49 #126135

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Chris Rowling wrote: Hi Pete
waterkaarten.app/en/faq/can-the-software-receive-ais/ indicates AIS is coming real soon now.

AIS is good news - though connecting various AIS sets to a tablet may be an issue. Just connecting my fairly common AIS to a PC was a struggle to get the right cable and software.

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Biggerworks Nautical Maps 07 Oct 2021 10:45 #126134

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Chris Rowling wrote: Hi all
Import fails as the app considers it invalid data using windows tools. Will try with gpsBabel and report back later. Does our kml data include a track?

No, it doesn't

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Biggerworks Nautical Maps 07 Oct 2021 02:54 #126125

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Hi all

Perhaps not, only waypoints methinks. Schade...

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Biggerworks Nautical Maps 07 Oct 2021 02:42 #126124

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Import fails as the app considers it invalid data using windows tools. Will try with gpsBabel and report back later. Does our kml data include a track?

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Chris

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Biggerworks Nautical Maps 07 Oct 2021 02:31 #126123

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Hi Pete

waterkaarten.app/en/faq/can-the-software-receive-ais/ indicates AIS is coming real soon now.
Did you notice we can theoretically import our Barges org KB kml files (by zipping them to kmz files)?

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Chris

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Biggerworks Nautical Maps 06 Oct 2021 17:11 #126113

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The App and the Windows version are made by different companies, though a single license allows you to get both versions. The windows version has a lot less information and only covers the Netherlands. When I was in Belgium this summer the App was as good as it is in NL but the windows version was useless.
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Biggerworks Nautical Maps 06 Oct 2021 15:26 #126112

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We used the app to travel from NE France through Belgium to the Netherlands this year. It only covers France in the sense that the base map includes it, but there's no data and you can't download maps of France for offline use, as you can with the other countries.

The routing facility is a beta function and only works properly in the Netherlands. It managed to give me a route straight down the Meuse/Maas, but trying to go 'off piste' in Belgium was a no-no.

With a subscription, you can run the app on up to three devices (plus a Windows laptop, which uses a somewhat stripped-down version in Dutch only). So, one can plan routes on e.g. a mobile phone and then load them on another, larger screen at the helm (we use a 10 inch Android tablet).

One can supposedly even load a .kml file from the DBA Waterways Guide (rather than using a separate base map such as Maps.me) and view everything on the one screen - though I haven't managed to do that successfully so far.
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Biggerworks Nautical Maps 06 Oct 2021 12:42 #126111

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The Waterkaarten* app has been listed in the knowledgebase (Knowledgebase / Cruising / Netherlands) for a few years!

Also, I've regularly recommended the app here on the Forum. It's good to hear it's expanding to France.
A limitation, for bigger barges, is that it doesn't link to AIS (yet) as far as I know.

Pete

* The app appears as 'Biggerworks Nautical Maps' on the Google Play Store

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Biggerworks Nautical Maps 06 Oct 2021 03:40 #126108

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Hi all

Pete Milne posted AIS without an AIS mentioning the Dutch mapping software and maps not so long ago

Hi all

Thanks to a heads up, a friend at a lunch told me about biggerworks nautical maps ( waterkaarten.app/en/ ).

It now:
Covers UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany inland waterways. Offline downloads available.
Subscription based 42.50 Eu per annum,
Has a 7 day trial version
Runs on iOS, Android and Windows
Has Route planning
Multilingual help files

In my play on my phone last night (still prisoner of Oz so can not comment on GPS), the online map tiles go as far south as Auxonne, the downloads worked well, and the search for the advertised areas works well. I am not sure if this is work in progress and will end up with French maps, but hope springs eternal! There was less detail in the French tiles about locks and bridges than in the other areas.

Map downloads are large. All the Germany waterways is a shade over 10 Gb and is by region not waterway, Luxembourg (I wanted Mosel) only 126Mb. Download engine was easy to use, to stop mobile data being used I paused the downloads, put my phone on flight mode and turned wifi back on and recommenced the downloads i wanted (I was only after Rhine Mosel Saar and west end of Mittelkanal in case I have to deliver Chocolat to Hannover as temporary accomodation for a relative). I was pleased to find the online mapping allowed me to scroll around Marne au Rhin and the Nancy circle as well as the south end of the Rhine and east end of the Rhône au Rhin. Covered in a couple of hours what is likely to take me 3 months!

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Chris
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