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iGary
Mar 3, 2005, 08:04 AM
I'm a technical editor for four 500-page navigational/boating/cruising guides, and have been told by my publisher to purchase navigational software in order to help with updating the publication each year.

I really, really, really do not want to buy a PC laptop.

First, does anyone know of any Mac-compatable charting software?

Second, would a 14" iBook or 12" PowerBook run VPC sufficiently well, or is it as bad as I hear it is?

Thanks in advance.

gwuMACaddict
Mar 3, 2005, 08:24 AM
i'm interested in this too... i haven't been able to find any GPS software to sync a mac with some of the handheld devices. bugs that crap out of me...

sort of the same vein...

iGary
Mar 3, 2005, 08:32 AM
Well, if I can run it with VPC I can get a 14" iBook to do it with....but I do not know VPC real well.

MacSA
Mar 3, 2005, 08:33 AM
Does this sound OK?

http://www.gpsnavx.com/

http://www.macgpspro.com/html/newhtml/macgpspro/features.html

http://www.powercruising.com/navig.html

firewizard
Mar 3, 2005, 08:40 AM
these people seem to have what you need. and hopefully save yourself on buying a pc!
http://www.rayming.com/Mac.asp

gwuMACaddict
Mar 3, 2005, 08:42 AM
great links! not what i'm looking for right now, but maybe in the future... i know i'm going to forward them to my friends who sail more reguraly than i do...

iGary
Mar 3, 2005, 08:49 AM
Does this sound OK?

http://www.gpsnavx.com/

http://www.macgpspro.com/html/newhtml/macgpspro/features.html

http://www.powercruising.com/navig.html

Thank the maker.

And thank you - I'll down load a demo and take a look.

I was going to have to take tranquilizers if I had to actually give Michael Dell money.

hikeNM
Mar 3, 2005, 09:13 AM
This probably won't help, but National Geographic has converted their TOPO series for each state to OSX compatible. It's software that has each 7.5 minute topographic map for every state. It can be found here

http://macintosh.digital-topo-maps.com/

I've been using it for the last 3 weeks and it runs very good. Especially after trying to use VPC with earlier PC programs!