Transas iSailor

On July 7, 2012, in Applications, Navigation, by CaptRR

 Day mode w/o info and menus

Night mode w/  info and menus

Lat/Long redacted

Route Creation

So with the refund from Apple for Plan2Nav, I decided to try another iOS plotter, iSailor , and I like what I see.  Transas is a Russian company with deep deep EDCIS roots.  Their foray into the consumer market draws on lots of experience.

The App is free and you pay for chart folios.  Pricing worked out about the same for the charts I wanted (San Diego to SE Alaska.)  The Pacific NW (US) folio is $4.99.  Purchased chart folios can be installed on multiple iOS devices.

Transas uses their own vector chart format TX-97.  I was able to locate obscure local objects that don’t show on some other products.

Customer service from Transas was outstanding.  I two cases emails were answered in less than 12 hours and answered specific questions.

Here’s what I liked:

Creating routes is the easiest and most precise of any iOS plotter I’ve tried.

The night mode is the best I’ve seen on an iOS plotter.  Considering iOS will also allow you to change the brightness, iSailor will be my goto nighttime plotter.

Here’s what I’d like to see:

A MOB button

Chart folios updated more often (their current schedule is 2-4 times a year.)

You can find iSailor’s manual here.

iSailor promo video is here.

Transas Costa Concordia incident video is here.

 


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