Past Update (more navigation and mapping – 1.4.0.30)

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From: Dave Steckler <davidsteckler@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Subject: New Mysticetus – Realtime Navigation and Mapping features – 1.4.0.30
To: Dave Steckler <davidsteckler@gmail.com>

As usual, if you don’t like receiving these Mysticetus updates, let me know. I occasionally add new people who might be interested in new Mysticetus features – but I don’t want to intrude or spam you.

Alternatively, if you want more specific information on anything, let me know that too.

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New “What Is Mysticetus” presentation up on the website. Click here to run through a short Powerpoint overview of what Mysticetus is all about.

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Ok, on to the new stuff in build 30. Mysticetus already makes entering observational data easy – and configurable by users to any task. Flexible data export to a wide range of GIS systems for further analysis is built-in, of course. Summary analysis, check. And we recently added worldwide high-resolution mapping and bathymetry.
So where to next?
With the latest release, Mysticetus is now a survey planning and real-time navigation system. You can plan your routes, transect lines, waypoints, etc. Then you can upload those routes into your GPS. And finally, while recording your observations/sightings, you can follow along those routes in real-time – or make sure your pilot/captain is *actually* following the correct leg within the correct tolerances.

All routes and waypoints can be entered with a simple point-and-click interface on the map, and you get automatic perpendicular lines at your mouse cursor, etc. You can also simply enter the waypoint location as a latitude/longitude in a table for more precise definitions.

When you are all done, you can export your routes (and waypoints and tracks, too) to a GPX file, which can be loaded into your GPS.
Then simply use MapSource to send the route to your GPS for your pilot/captain to follow:

As always, let me know of any features you think would be useful and I’ll try to get them in a future update.


    Dave


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