StarNavPilot can use all graphic file formats.
Any reproduction of a nautical chart for which you know at least the position of
two points can therefore be loaded and used. At installation, this chart must
however be geo-referenced. This operation simply consists in providing the
coordinates of 2 known points on the chart. If it is a reproduction of a paper
nautical chart, the parallels and the meridians are generally represented on the
chart. It is therefore sufficient to use the parallel / meridian crossings
closest to the NW and SE corners of the chart as a reference points. The
geo-referencing of this type of document takes only a few seconds.
do I get chart scans?
- Have your paper charts scanned. If
you already have the paper charts for your area of navigation, no need to spend
money buying the same charts in digital version. Have them scanned in a digital
printer or copy-shop (most of these establishments have A0 scanners for scanning
a large format nautical chart). The operation will cost you only a few Euros per
chart and the result will be the same as the purchase of the chart in digital
- Take a pictures of your charts with a quality digital
camera. StarNavPilot has all the functions necessary to perform geo-referencing
of a chart even affected by deformations due to shooting defects (optical
deformation due to a non-perfect lens, tilt when shooting, etc.). You can create
as many correction points as necessary on the chart and use Google Maps to
create these correction points directly.
- Take screenshots on
the internet websites that allow you to display nautical charts (or even
download, print, etc.). Use these screenshots and geo-reference them with
StarNavPilot to obtain quality charts (make captures on several parts of charts
with a slight overlap that you mount in a graphic editor (GIMP for example).
Have a look at the conditions of use of the website if you have the right to do
- Some websites distribute charts scans (check the legality
of the distribution).
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