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Updates of chart folios

February, 2017 - Dear iSailors,

We are pleased to announce that we have updated the whole collection of iSailor chart folios both for iOS and Android. We have also added new chart folios:

Happy sailing and thank you for choosing the Transas iSailor app!

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios



RELEASED: new version of the Transas iSailor for Android

December, 2016

Upgrade today to enjoy a range of newly-added fantastic features

What's new in this version:

Transas iSailor team wishes you a happy sailing during this holiday season and all year long! See you in 2017!

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios



RELEASED: Transas iSailor version 1.8.3

October, 2016

What's New in Transas iSailor version 1.8.3

This functionality allows recording and sharing between iSailor users the following track data:

The Playback mode can be accessed via the Advanced Track 'Info' submenu.

Check the Data Recording setting in the Sensors menu. Activate the advanced track recording in the Monitoring panel.

These are 1-year subscription options (iOS 8.x.x or higher is required).

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios



Sailing through Russia with iSailor

October, 2016

The Australian yacht "Tainui" recently ended her historic voyage from the Arctic to the Black Sea, through Central Russia’s Volga and Don Rivers.

She was the first foreign-flagged vessel to complete this journey in over a century.

Tanui was manned by only two persons: Australian skipper John Vallentine and his indispensable crew member Maxine Maters, originally from the Netherlands, whose fluent Russian made this trip happen.

Having returned from the journey, John and Maxine published a richly illustrated book called "Sailing Through Russia" describing Tainui's groundbreaking journey. It is a laconic and amusing account of the 3000-mile adventure by two intrepid sailors through a vast landscape, giving unique insights into a Russia which has for so long been inaccessible to foreigners.

Detailed descriptions of the villages and cities which lie along the banks of the mighty Volga and Don Rivers are accompanied by 340 colour pictures and navigational charts. The appendix contains a historical overview of the Volga watershed, together with geological and botanical notes and much practical information for cruising yachtsmen venturing into Russian waters.

"Sailing Through Russia" is at the same time a personal account of the crew's trials and tribulations en route, and a detailed cruising guide for adventurous yachtsmen who may follow in their footsteps. It describes candidly the difficulties and triumphs, both personal and bureaucratic, which the crew faced along the way.

Throughout the entire passage, John and Maxine used the Transas iSailor charting program and have given it acknowledgement and praise in their guide. Chartlets covering their anchorages were taken from iSailor charts.

‘Sailing through Russia' is published by its authors, and as from 1 September 2016 is available through Morkniga in Moscow, Arthur Beale in London, Boat Books in Sydney and on Amazon.

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios



COMING SOON: Transas iSailor version 1.8.3

September, 2016

What's New in Transas iSailor version 1.8.3

This functionality allows recording and sharing between iSailor users the following track data:

The Playback mode can be accessed via the Advanced Track 'Info' submenu.

Check the Data Recording setting in the Sensors menu. Activate the advanced track recording in the Monitoring panel.

These are 1-year subscription options (iOS 8.x.x or higher is required).

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios



RELEASED: iSailor for Android ver. 2.51

September, 2016

What’s new:

  • Display of the JHOD Permit #282518 when Japanese charts are loaded
  • Chart depth presentation improved. Font for depth symbols adjusts to the display resolution.


RELEASED: iSailor 2.50 for Android

August, 2016

What's new:

Tides & Tidal Currents functionality (1-year subscription)

This functionality provides detailed information on tides and currents.

Tidal calculations performed are based on four main harmonics. Shallow water corrections are also applied.

The tidal widget makes it possible to display the selected tidal reference point, the tidal trend and its current value on the chart.

Weather Service (1-year subscription)

This functionality provides global coverage of real-time weather forecast, provided by theyr.com

Different weather parameters are supported (wind speed & direction, pressure, wave height, precipitations). It is possible to save required weather parameters for a given region in the application directly so that they can be used offline later. Saving several weather forecasts for different sailing regions is also possible.

‘Internet AIS Service’ (1-year subscription)

This functionality provides a real-time map view of ships via global AIS Internet Service, provided by pocketmariner.com

New feature: ‘MOB’ functionality

This functionality enables the user to quickly set and monitor a MOB position.

Additionally

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios



Updates of chart folios

June, 2016 - Dear iSailors,

We have updated the whole collection of iSailor chart folios both for iOS and Android.

The new chart folios added are:

In addition, the following chart folios coverage has been enlarged:

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios



RELEASED: Transas iSailor 1.8.2 for iOS

June, 2016

What's new in version 1.8.2:


Updates of chart folios

May, 2016 - Dear iSailors,

We have updated the whole collection of iSailor chart folios both for iOS and Android.

The new chart folios added are:

1. Europe Inland Waters. the Netherlands. Amsterdam-Alkmaar

2. Europe Inland Waters. Germany. Peene waterway.

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios



RELEASED: iSailor 2.40 for Android

April, 2016

What's new:


Transas iSailor 1.8.0 for iOS

February, 2016

What's new in version 1.8.0:


A new version of Transas iSailor 2.30 for Android has been released

January, 2016

What's new:


Updates of chart folios

December, 2015 - Dear iSailor Users,

Please, note that we have updated the whole collection of our chart folios.

Also, several new folios have been added, including:

1. One new large folio covering Western Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the offshore waters of the southern Pacific Ocean.

2. 3 new folios for Europe inland waters:

3. 2 new folios for Russia inland waters:

4. 6 new enhanced Hydrographica folios:

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios



iSailor announces the ‘Australasian Boundless Summer’ offer!

December, 2015

With the summer season soon starting in the southern hemisphere, iSailor is offering a new super-large chart folio for its users.
The new super-large chart folio covers Western Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the offshore waters of the southern Pacific Ocean.
The folio is available for purchase in iSailor both for iOS and Android users from December 8th until March 31st 2016. All users who purchase the new folio will benefit from a reduced folio price compared with buying individual charts.



IMPORTANT NOTICE:
iSailor 1.5.4 will no longer be supported

November, 2015

Starting from January 5, 2016 purchasing and restoring of chart folios and options will no longer be available for the users of the iSailor 1.5.4 version.
Transas iSailor 1.5.4 was released in June 2013 to run on second generation iOS devices, such as iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPad 1.
As a very small number of iSailor users run the application on such devices, Transas has decided to withdraw support of version 1.5.4.
For one month between the official announcement and January 5 2016, iSailor 1.5.4 users can either upgrade to a next generation iOS device and restore all their purchases using the standard restore procedure, or purchase the required chart folios on their existing devices before the end of 2015.
After January 5 2016, the dedicated server will be shut down and iSailor 1.5.4 users will be unable to buy additional charts or to restore purchases on the existing or any other 2nd generation devices. We regret that it will not be possible to reinstall the version 1.5.4 application once it has been deleted.

Sincerely yours,
Transas iSailor team


Transas iSailor 1.7.7. for iOS released

November, 2015

Transas iSailor 1.7.7. for iOS released

Ocean Medi Cup Regatta 2015

October, 2015 - Dear iSailor users,

All the winners of the Ocean Medi Cup Regatta 2015 received gift certificates from Transas containing promo-codes for free download of iSailor chart folios.

The Ocean Medi Cup is held annually in Turkish or Croatian waters. This year it took place between the 3rd and 10th of October in the picturesque environs of Biograd na Moru, Croatia.

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios



IMPORTANT NOTICE: HONG KONG CHART FOLIOS

October, 2015 - Dear iSailor users,

As a new iSailor release is coming soon, it's our duty to warn the users who had previously purchased Hong Kong area charts that starting from this update, Hong Kong charts will no longer be available for use in our application (will be removed).

The Hong Kong charts will be pulled by order of a Hong Kong authority banning any third party (Transas Marine in our case) to sell cartographic data produced by them.

This applies not only to us, but to all our good competitors as well.

Therefore, we do NOT recommend to update iSailor to those users who would like to keep their Hong Kong area charts until this situation is resolved (the outcome is still unclear). Otherwise, the charts will disappear after you have updated the application.

Sincerely yours,
Transas iSailor Team


Updates of chart folios

October, 2015 - Dear iSailor users,

Please, note that we have updated the whole collection of our chart folios.

Also, several new folios have been added, including:

1. New folios for Russia Inland Waters:

2. New folio for Ukraine Inland Waters:

3. New folios for Europe Inland Waters

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios



To fight problems encountered in iSailor on Apple devices when upgrading to iOS 9 we have released iSailor 1.7.6

September, 2015 - Dear iSailor users,

To fight problems encountered in iSailor on Apple devices when upgrading to iOS 9 we have released iSailor 1.7.6

All the bugs reported have been fixed.

Should you experience any other problems with iSailor on iOS 9, please, report them in detail to support@isailor.us

Sincerely yours,
Transas iSailor Team


Transas releases iSailor for Android

July, 2015

Transas releases iSailor for Android

Transas releases iSailor app for Android

July, 2015

Transas, a global leader in professional marine navigation systems, has released the long-awaited Android version of its iSailor app. The popular chart plotter and AIS Viewer has been available to iOS device users since 2010. Now Android users can enjoy top-notch navigation technology with the Transas app.

Transas iSailor is an easy-to-use navigational system for amateur seafarers, used by hundreds of thousands of sailors around the world. Intended for use on boats and yachts, iSailor provides clear presentation of navigation information, electronic charts and additional content.

iSailor for Android features the primary functions and options required for navigation included in the iOS version, and is powered by Transas iTX-97 marine vector charts, rated among the best in the industry.

Downloading the app is free. Chart folios are available for users as in-app purchases in the application’s Chart Store. iSailor app is compatible with phones and tablets running Android operating system 4.4 or higher.

Download iSailor app


Updates of chart folios

June, 2015 - Dear iSailor users!

We are pleased to announce that we have updated the whole collection of our chart folios.

In addition, 8 new folios have been added, which include:

1. 2 new Sweden chart folios from Hydrographica

2. 6 new chart folios for Europe inland waters:

Enjoy your summer sailing!

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios

 

Updates of chart folios



Transas iSailor 1.7.4 released

May, 2015

Transas iSailor 1.7.4 released

Coming soon: Transas iSailor 1.7.4 Release:

April, 2015

What is new:

A new chart server has been launched.

Correction updates for all the chart folios purchased earlier are possible only for iSailor 1.7.4 and higher version users.

New feature

NMEA Option - Autopilot

This option enables the user to control the vessel autopilot in both ‘Track’ and ‘Dodge’ modes via Wi-Fi (TCP or UDP connection with the Autopilot is required). Supported NMEA output sentences: APB, BOD, BWC, BWR, HSC, RMB, RMC and XTE. NMEA input rudder angle: RSA.
Make sure that your boat equipment allows such connection and operation!

New feature

MOB functionality

This option enables the user to quickly set and monitor a given point position.

New feature

Sailing Guides. Regional Marinas.

This option unlocks a detailed information on all the marinas: “UK, Island and Faroe”, “European marinas (from Gibraltar to Skagerrak)”, “Northern and Central Europe marinas (including Norway, Sweden, Kattegat and Baltic Sea)” and “USA East Coast marinas”, as well as on anchorage places, fishing harbors, boat stations and customs harbors.
These are annual subscription options (iOS 7.x.x or higher is required).
New regions are coming soon!

Additionally:

Coming soon: Transas iSailor 1.7.4 Release
Coming soon: Transas iSailor 1.7.4 Release



Transas iSailor Internet AIS target coverage

April, 2015 - Dear iSailor users,

We are proud to announce that starting from April, 9th Internet AIS target coverage has been expanded and now includes the approach to the port of Saint-Petersburg including the Kotlin Island and the Colombian Buenaventura port and its vicinity.


From now on the Transas iSailor Internet AIS target coverage will be gradually but steadily extended all over the world.

Sincerely yours,
Transas iSailor team


Enhanced chart coverage

March, 2015 - Dear iSailors,

Last week we informed you about new and enhanced chart coverage. Regular chart updates is a key for safety for every sailor, and of course all iSailor fansJ. In preparation for the looming sailing season, it is important to check that all your chart folios are up-to-date.

Transas charts team strives to provide all our users with the best coverage possible. And here are some useful updates for all our users.
More than 300 charts were added to the existing ‘Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore’ folio. New areas are marked in red on the screenshot below.


If you already have this folio installed in iSailor, just push an Update button to benefit from enhanced coverage.

We have also added a detailed chart of Eden Island Marina in the ‘Indian Ocean. Offshore waters’ folio. The Eden Island Marina is a new dedicated super-yacht facility. It is a deep-water marina located just off the coast of Mahè, home to the Seychelles capital of Victoria.

As described by one Captain, Seychelles is “magnificent scenery, a fantastic climate, some of the friendliest people one could hope to meet. Imagine the Virgin Islands, double the size, cancel the hurricanes, take out the crowds and you have the Seychelles… as close to paradise as you are likely to get.”

Explore new areas while enjoying sailing around the globe!


Check out iSailor Guide in French

Check out iSailor Guide in French

March, 2015 - Dear iSailors,

Check out iSailor Guide in French "Les Tutoriels de Navigation Mac #4" from Francis Fustier. For all french-speaking iSailors! :)


Updates of chart folios

March, 2015 - Dear iSailors,

Happy to announce new chart folios for Europe inland waters and new charts from Hydrographica.

New folios include:

Enjoy enhanced chart coverage all over the world:

Charts have been updated to date 2/27/2015.

Friesland charts are in the process and will be available at the end of May 2015.

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios



Transas iSailor 1.7.3 was released

February, 2015

A current sailing trend and a bit on the Caribbean

Transas iSailor 1.7.2 was released

January, 2015 Dear iSailors,

What is new compared to the previous version.


New feature

Tides & Tidal Currents functionality

The tides calculation in iSailor is performed on the base of four Main harmonics as well as shallow water corrections. The calculation process is based on Simplified Harmonic Method of Tidal Predictions that can be found in different publications, for example Admiralty Tide Tables.

This is a 1-year subscription option

*Requires iOS 7.x.x or higher


New feature

Sailing Guides. Regional Marinas.

First two regions are available right now! These are ‘Marinas Mediterranean’ and ‘Marinas Caribbean’. All marinas are presented as a layer on the chart area and extended info can be taken from any selected marina.

These are 1-year subscription options

*Requires iOS 7.x.x or higher

New regions are coming soon!

Other features and improvements

  • New in the ‘Chart Settings’ menu: ‘Show Light Sectors’ – ON/OFF
  • New in the ‘Boat Settings’ menu: ‘Own Ship MMSI’
    This setting will be used for filtering of the own ship AIS target received via ‘Internet AIS Service’
  • Some improvements for the ‘Wind Sensor’ indicator
    AWD button renamed to AWA. TWA is shown in the “magnifier” mode instead of the TWD value. TWD is still available in the standard presentation mode.


December, 2014

A current sailing trend and a bit on the Caribbean

A current sailing trend and a bit on the Caribbean

December, 2014

A current sailing trend and a bit on the Caribbean

December is a great time to reflect on how your previous year went and what you can improve upon in the future. And as the beginning of 2015 is looming towards us, you might be wondering what you can do to make your sailing life a lot easier.

Click here for more information...


Updates of chart folios

December, 2014 - Dear iSailors,

It’s the best time to update your charts. The updates are available in Chart Store.
Other cartographic changes:

  • 116 new plans of marines and anchorages in Mexico (Pacific Ocean)

  • 4 NEW Folios for European Inland Waters
    THUNERSEE (Europe Inland Waters. Brienzersee, Thunersee)
    WOHLENSEE (Europe Inland Waters. Wohlensee)
    VIERWALD (Europe Inland Waters. Vierwaldstattersee)
    ZUGERSEE (Europe Inland Waters. Zugersee)

  • 1 NEW Folio for Russia (Russia. Barents Sea, White Sea)


Transas iSailor 1.7.1 was released

October, 2014

Transas iSailor 1.7.1 was released


Transas iSailor 1.7.1 announcement

October, 2014 - Dear iSailors,

What is new compared to the previous version.

HOT features

  • Ready for iOS 8.x.x! Minimal supported iOS version: 7.x.x and higher.
  • Ready for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

  • NMEA Echo Sounder sensor, including graphical Echogram and “Sounder Depth” alarm (Optionally)
  • NMEA Wind sensor, including True & Relative Wind calculation (Optionally)

Other features and improvements

  • Extended support of NMEA sentences from Heading sensor (THS, HDT, ROT, VHW, HDM, HDG, VHW)
  • ‘Zoom In’ & ‘Zoom Out’ transparent buttons can be enabled for usage in the chart
  • ‘Schedule Information’ window (ETA/TTG) in the Route monitoring page was optimized
  • Short distance units format changed from ‘Cables’ to ‘NM’
  • Updated multi-language support for: English, Deutsch, Espanol, Francais, Italiano, Russian, and Korean


Some interesting reading from iSailor users

October, 2014 - Dear iSailors,

Attention adventure lovers! Here is some interesting reading from iSailor users.

http://www.morganscloud.com/2014/09/27/in-the-season/ (in English)

http://www.amaree.de/2014/09/abschied-von-fleckeby.html (in German)

http://silke.loennig.me/wordpress/?author=1 (in German)

Share your adventures with us: support@isailor.us.

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios



Updates of chart folios

September, 2014 - Dear iSailors,

It is time to update your charts!

We suggest doing it and trying some new folios for Europe Inland Waters (LACLEMAN, LACDEJOUX)

Charts have been updated to 28/08/2014.

You can leave the feedback of using charts on our Facebook page.

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios



Transas iSailor 1.7.0 was released

August, 2014

Transas iSailor 1.7.0 was released


What's New in coming soon version

July, 2014 - Dear iSailors,

We are glad to announced main features and improvements of the coming soon version of Transas iSailor.

NEW!

Extended Multi-language support by user’s request.

Now available:

  • English
  • Deutsch
  • Español
  • Français
  • Italiano
  • Russian
  • Korean
  • Chinese

‘Internet AIS Service’

Real time map view of ships via global AIS Internet Service.
This is a 1-year subscription option (Requires iOS 7.x.x and internet availability)


‘Weather’

Global coverage real time Weather Forecast.
Different weather parameters are supported (Wind Speed & Direction, Pressure, Wave Height, Precipitations).
This is a 1-year or monthly subscription option (Requires iOS 7.x.x and internet availability)


New types of AIS targets

Now supported:

  • Aids-To-Navigation (AtoN)
  • Base Stations

Extended set of symbols for the User Object library:

  • ‘Cardinal’ buoys
  • ‘Service’ symbols


Hot updates!


In addition, we have changed iPhone interface, enjoy more graphics and simplicity.




Teambuilding event

June, 2014 - Dear iSailors,

We’ve been working hard to make our product better and more productive.

Last week we organized a one-day teambuilding event. But since we love what we do so much, we’ve combined it with testing of a coming soon iSailor’s new version.

The weather was good and our team was in a happy mood. With our skilled captain there was nothing to worry about.

We tested the most exciting new features: Internet AIS Service and Online Weather Forecast.

To use these options Internet connection should be enabled.

Downloaded weather forecast projected sunny weather with zero percent chance of precipitation. All parameters were displayed correctly and corresponded to our surroundings.

AIS data was very helpful for estimating of the situation. Using speed of the target and predicted time of a meeting, we’ve decided on an optimum course for our boat.

Pic. AIS Data received from Royal Princess ferry displayed by iSailor

Pic. Royal Princess ferry passing by

In addition, we’ve checked chart symbols and added notes on the chart in case of a data mismatch.

Stay tuned for new version release and updates on new features.

And share your sailing stories with us :) (support@isailor.us)

We wish you a fantastic day and happy sailing!

Sincerely yours,
Transas iSailor Team

Teambuilding event


Updates of chart folios

Updates of chart folios

June, 2014 - Dear iSailors,

We have just updated our collection of chart folios – all the charts have been updated to date 20 May 2014.


We added important updates related to changing in fairways and TSS, don't miss them.

Additional coverage and enhancements in the existing chart folios

  • New detailed charts and plans for coastal waters and marinas in Croatia, Turkey, Spain (including Balearic Islands), Portugal
  • Seasonal updating of charts on the Bahama Islands
  • Black Sea

THE VERY NEW FOLIOS

  • Europe Inland Waters, Le Lot (France)
  • Europe Inland Waters. Lago di Garda (Italy)
  • Europe Inland Waters. Lago di Iseo (Italy)
  • Turkey. Van Lake.
  • Caspian Sea
  • Russia. Lakes of Moskow region.
  • Russia. Sea of Azov.
  • Russia. Lake Baikal.
  • Russia. Chukotka, Kamchatka Peninsula.
  • Russia. Sea of Okhotsk.
  • Russia. Vladivostok-Tatarskiy Proliv.

You can update all of your previously purchased charts directly from the Settings Section.

Updates of chart folios
Updates of chart folios


New chart folios

New chart folios

May, 2014 - Dear iSailors,

We are excited to announce that lots of new chart folios are available now in your iSailor.

We invite you to the beautiful shores of Caspian Sea and Sea of Azov as well as to other amazing places:

General layout
General layout


Wherever you sail, take iSailor with you!


Transas iSailor 1.6.2 was released

April, 2014

Transas iSailor 1.6.2 was released


iSailor 1.6.1. Spring Update

iSailor 1.6.1. Spring Update

April, 2014

Shaped by your feedback, the new version of iSailor delivers dozens of new features and detailed updates:

NEW!!!

Multi-language support: English, Spanish, German, Russian, Korean

New In-App options:

  • ‘NMEA GPS’ sensor and its support via Wi-Fi connection
  • ‘NMEA Compass & ROT’ sensors and their support via Wi-Fi connection
  • ‘AIS Ship Contours’ at large chart scales

iSailor GOES SOCIAL

  • Direct access to the iSailor page on Facebook
  • Cursor Positioning and User Object sharing via: Facebook, Twitter, iMessenger, E-Mail
  • Photo can be attached to any User Object
  • User Object with picture can be exported to Google Earth via KMZ format

HOT UPDATES:

  • Adjusted ‘Anchor Watch’ radius is presented on the chart layer
  • Multi Units: Statute Miles and Cables for short distances
  • ‘Dangerous Depth’ setting and their presentation in bold font
  • ‘Visible Lighthouses’ by BRG & RNG from the own position
  • ‘GoTo’ route via advanced cursor function
  • AIS Target Labels (MMSI, NAME, CALL) can be presented on the chart layer
  • ‘CPA / TCPA’ alarm and settings for AIS targets
  • Head Up chart orientation is available based on NMEA or AIS Compass data
  • Calculated Rate-Of-Turn is available based on NMEA or AIS Compass data
  • Bridge Elevation is shown on chart
  • ‘Default Fuel consumption’ setting
  • ‘Boat Length’ value is increased up to 150 meters
iSailor 1.6.1. Spring Update

World Charts Collection Update plus NEW folios

March, 2014 - Dear iSailors, we want to share some exciting news:

We have just updated our collection of chart folios.
You can update all of your previously purchased charts directly from the Settings Section.

Author: Eric Fuglseth

We are also delighted to share with you the very new and enhanced chart folios:


iSailor on yacht charter in Croatia

Author: Eric Fuglseth

Author: Eric Fuglseth

March, 2014

I have been using iSailor in the Stockholm Archipelago for a while, which is a challenging area to navigate with its 24.000 islands and skerries. In this area, reliable and accurate navigation tools are a necessity. Having iSailor on board is a great help, as it quickly provides both the overview and detail I need to find my way.

It was therefore quite natural to bring my iPad with me to Croatia, where I was skipper on a sailing yacht for a week last summer...


iSailor Navigation in Cyprus

Author: Richard Fairhead

Author: Richard Fairhead

March, 2014

Another great story from our client about sailing with iSailor.

Mid-February and leisure sailors are all thinking about the new sailing season and hoping for better weather. In Cyprus we have had our share of storms, but nothing like the UK and North America. This blog entry is not about what we've been doing over the winter, but a review of a cool piece of kit that you might want to get for the new season... iSailor. ...


From Transas iSailor with Love

February, 2014 - Hi iSailors,

From Transas iSailor with Love

Meet our new version of Transas iSailor 1.6.0.
We just released the latest version of our app and it’s something special. You will find lots of new features as well as brand new interface to provide you the best possible experience.

Transas iSailor 1.6.0. new awesome features:

  • New Graphic User interface (in iOS 7 style). Layout sections divided as follows:
    • Default Chart Screen, including only toolbar and major buttons
    • “Monitoring” section
    • “Planning Tools” section
    • “Settings” page including the built-in “Chart Store” layout

  • Azimuth circle control, with COG/SOG indicators and Bearing-To-Waypoint mark (iPad only)
  • Variable length for the Ownship and AIS targets vectors (previously featured the fixed ‘6 min’ vector)
  • Boat dimensions and GPS reference point in large scale
  • New Advanced cursor functionality
  • Ownship ERBL – fixed and movable modes
  • Extended Route functionality, including:
    • Route List and focus ‘on the selected route’ function
    • Route searching in the list by the entered name
    • Turn Radiuses can be adjusted for all WPs separately and graphically presented on the chart layer
    • Cross Track Distance can be adjusted for all WPs separately
    • Speed on Leg can be adjusted for all WPs separately
    • Advanced WP List, presentation of the XTD
    • Schedule Calculation, based on ETD and Speed on Leg values

      Note: Route export and import using GPX and KML formats remain unchanged
  • Extended User Objects library, including Import & Export functionality:
    • User Object export and import using GPX and KML formats, as previously
    • Standalone WP or Point Of Interest objects can be imported from GPX and KML files
    • Focus on Object function, advanced User Object list
    • User Object searching in the list by the entered name and type
    • Advanced editing of User Objects, including ability to change the “User Object” type
  • Extended Track functionality, including:
    • Track List and focus “on the selected route” function
    • Track searching in the list by the entered name
    • Advanced Track info functionality, including number of points, passed distance, average & top speed data
    • Search by Track Name
    Note: Track export and import using GPX and KML formats remain unchanged
From Transas iSailor with Love
From Transas iSailor with Love
From Transas iSailor with Love
  • Extended Monitoring functionality, including:
    • Selection of the Positioning System accuracy (depending upon type: iOS or AIS)
    • New alarms
    • ETA / TTG calculation to current WP or to any selected
    • Chart orientation modes: North Up, COG Up and Route Up
    • Native XTD bar.

Please enjoy our new version of Transas iSailor!


I am using iSailor now in the Bahamas

Author: Pope Barrow, iSailor user. SV Echo II

Author: Pope Barrow, iSailor user. SV Echo II

February, 2014

I am using iSailor in the Bahamas and it is fabulous.
3 weeks ago I went into a tiny harbor in total darkness,
Chubb Cay, with only iSailor to guide me.
I ended up exactly where iSailor said I should be. Saved my life! ...


Sailing on the North Sea with iSailor

Author: Taras Kalapun, kalapun.com

Author: Taras Kalapun, kalapun.com

January, 2014

As much as I appreciate traditional navigation practices, I like testing modern technologies and being mobile. That is why I prefer using digital charts, atlases and almanacs during my sailing trips and their planning stages. In this short post I will walk through how I use particular apps to plan my route and safely navigate. ...


Coming soon! iSailor v.1.6.0.

Coming soon! iSailor v.1.6.0.


What’s new in version 1.5.6

October, 2013 - Dear users,

This release includes a number of improvements as well as bug fixes:

Our world charts collection has also been updated and is available in your Transas iSailor.

Watch this space! We have a big update coming soon - don’t miss out.


The server issue has been resolved for 99%

September, 2013 - Dear users,

The server issue has been resolved for 99%. We have a dedicated iSailor SUPPORT TEAM. Please, feel free to contact us directly.

We are happy to help personally in restoring your charts.

Kind regards,
iSalor team


iSailor_Chart_Restore_Instruction.pdfiSailor Chart Restore Instruction

P.S. Please, follow this instruction if you have this particular case on your device.

P.P.S. We would really appreciate your new reviews on App Store.


iSailor servers are overwhelmed

September, 2013 - Dear clients,

Our server is overloaded due to simultaneous chart restoring by thousands of users around the world. We are sorry if you were not able to restore your charts and are working hard to resolve the issue.

According to our internal procedures we tested several times this situation before the release but could not avoid this risk in the real time.

You will get all of your charts as soon as possible! If not urgent please try to reload in 24 hours.

Transas iSailor 1.5.5. version has been designed specifically to meet the latest requirements of iOS 7 that should be released on Sept. 18.

Please note that in case you do not update the “iSailor” app to the version 1.5.5 and restore your charts now, but would like to upgrade your iOS on 18th September (or later) from 6.1.x to 7, your charts will also be removed and you will have to update your “iSailor” app and go through the “Restore” procedure.

Please contact us directly - support@isailor.us


New Apple requirements and Charts Restore

New Apple requirements and Charts Restore

September, 2013 - Dear iSailor users,

To perform the restore procedure access to the Internet is required and Wi-Fi connection is strongly recommended. Please, do not turn off the application in the course of the migration.


Transas iSailor version 1.5.5. is released

Transas iSailor 1.5.5

September, 2013 - Hi iSailors,

We are happy to announce that a new version of Transas iSailor is now available for download in iTunes.

Here is the full list of the new features:

- Improvements of the auto loading and Chart Generalization algorithm on large and small scales;
- Abbreviations for the Course, Speed and Route data were corrected;
- Cross Track Distance (XTD) is now adjustable for the each leg of the route separately;
- Voyage Speed is now adjustable for each leg of the route separately;
- Planned Time of Arrival calculation is available (based on Time of Departure and planned Speed);
- Cross Track Distance (XTD) zone can be presented graphically on the chart layer;
- Bug fixes and other improvements.

Update your iSailor now and enjoy your sailing. Bon Voyage!

 


Transas iSailor release 1.5.4.

Transas iSailor 1.5.2

June, 2013 - Hi iSailors,

Don’t miss out our latest version of Transas iSailor 1.5.4.

We have packed iSailor with actionable tips to help you explore the world with ease. This release also includes various bug fixes as well as some other minor improvements.


Transas iSailor release 1.5.3.

May, 2013 - Dear iSailor users,

Now, with our new version release 1.5.3., you can find any corner of the globe faster and easier. We have released a new Chart store tool inside of the iSailor application and made it more user-friendly. Chart store has been moved from the "Settings" menu to a separate screen.

For your convenience, we splited the chart layers into:

General layout

General layout

Shows General nautical charts of the selected chart folio and its coverage

Coastal layout

General layout

This layout intended to display coverage of Navigational and high sea charts of the selected chart folio

Approach layout

General layout

Pressing the “Approach” button, let you see the chart coverage for approaches to your destination

Harbour layout

General layout

Harbour layout shows charts and plans for harbours and marinas that covered by chosen chart folio



Choose one of three easiest ways to purchase the chart folio and enjoy your new purchases!


Transas iSailor version 1.5.2 is released

Transas iSailor 1.5.2

February, 2013 - Dear iSailor users,

We are glad to announce that a new version of Transas iSailor 1.5.2 is now available in App Store.
Now unlock AIS support in your device in order to easily monitor and track real- time vessel information: Ship name, type, course, speed and other safety-related information. Please note that AIS transponder (receiver) and Wi-Fi transmitter are required.

Safety Sailing | Navigational support | Constant monitoring

Along with these new buoys shapes and colors according to IALA Maritime Buoyage System are now available in iSailor.

Take advantage of new opportunities and update your Transas iSailor now!

Please find AIS activation details here.
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Transas iSailor 1.5.1: what’s new

Transas iSailor 1.5.1

November, 2012 - Dear users,

Transas iSailor version 1.5.1. is now available for download in iTunes, providing significant improvements. We hope iSailor will bring you the best possible experience whether you are using an iPhone or an iPad.

The most remarkable feature added to this version is reverse route function. Now you can easily reverse route to get back to your starting point without having to create another route.

To reverse a route you need to:
1) Create your route points
2) On the way back, simply press Reverse button and your route will be recalculated and guide you to your final destination

Taking care of our customers, we’ve adapted iSailor to fit the iPhone 5 and iOS6.
Plus, new version contains many bug fixes as well as a few new features to enjoy.
Try it out!


Russian chart folios

September, 2012 - Dear users,

We are excited to announce that charts of Russian inland waters (European part) are available now in your iSailor.

We invite you to make a wonderful journey to the north of Russia from the Baltic Sea to the White Sea through the beautiful Ladoga and Onega lakes as well as enjoy spectacular views of Caspian Sea, Azov and Black Seas in the south of Russia. Chart folios include all the detailed data about the greatest rivers and channels of Russia.

Open your mind to new adventures with Transas iSailor onboard!


Transas iSailor 1.5.0. Version is released

Finnish chart folios

September, 2012 - Dear users,

We are happy to announce the release of a new Transas iSailor 1.5.0. Version.

While you were sailing you boats with iSailor 1.4.6. our team was working on a new release to make your voyages more comfortable and convenient. In the first days of autumn comes the result – Transas iSailor 1.5.0. Version!

Here is the full list of the new features:
- Completely redesigned interface with multiple layouts;
- Free cursor / Locator tool;
- Waypoint monitoring: XTE and ETA parameters are added;
- Additional Electronic Range and Bearing Line tool referenced to own ship symbol;
- Support of long time track recording;
- Manual input of coordinates for Waypoint and User info objects;
- Support of GPX for import and export;
- The problem with chart disappearing due to limited device memory space has been fixed.

With the new iSailor 1.5.0. Version new folios were added: beautiful coasts of Portugal or purest lakes of Finland are ready to greet you with supplemented Transas iSailor 1.5.0.! Just click and enjoy!


Updated Portuguese chart folio

Finnish chart folios

July, 2012 - Dear users,

Enjoy spectacular views of Portuguese seashore with Transas iSailor! Updated chart folio of this area is now available for iSailor users. Explore the entire Portugal coast from Caminha Municipality to Monte Gordo. Beautiful shores of Viano do Castelo, Figueira da Foz, Peniche, Sines, Lagos and Faro are looking forward to welcome you.

Explore endless benefits of Transas iSailor and make the most of the summer!


Finnish chart folios

Finnish chart folios

July, 2012 - Dear iSailor users,

We are excited to announce that charts folios of Finnish inland waters are available now in your iSailor. Transas iSailor invites you to the beautiful shores of lakes Inarijärvi, Oulujärvi, Saimaa, Puula and etc.

Besides, we’ve started the process of complementing current chart folios with more detailed data received from Finnish Transport Agency. Previously downloaded chart folios will be updated for free.

Explore endless benefits of Transas iSailor and make the most of the summer!


Australian chart folios

New chart folios of U. S. inland waterways

July, 2012 - Dear iSailor users,

Updated Australian chart folios are ready to accompany you through your journey to the shores of Australia. Besides the information from the Australian Hydrographic Service, chart folios were supplemented by additional data obtained from the following states: Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales and South Australia.

We would like to draw your attention to our survey on Facebook that will help us understand the relevance of the chart folios for the Australian inland waters. If you desire to find it in your iSailor please let us know.

Go for a sail with Transas iSailor and make the most of the summer!


New chart folios of U. S. inland waterways

New chart folios of U. S. inland waterways

July, 2012 - Dear iSailor users,

We are happy to announce that chart folios of U. S. inland waterways are available for Transas iSailor. Working with data from official U.S. Army Corps of Engineers IENC Transas iSailor has created 30 amazing chart folios. Get a chance to experience an unforgettable boat trip on the entire U.S. inland river system. Go for a sail with Transas iSailor!


Transas iSailor 1.4.6 version is released

June, 2012 - Dear iSailor users,

We are happy to announce the release of a new Transas iSailor 1.4.6 version. Current version fixes Location Services authorization problem that sometime occurred on the devices.

Transas iSailor keeps on expanding its coverage to allow users explore the world with us!

Right now new chart folio for the Bahamas are available! Collaboration with Wavey Line Publishing has enabled us to design amazing Bahamas chart folio.

Meanwhile football fans got the opportunity to sail to UEFA 2012 with iSailor. Ukrainian chart folios of coastal and inland waters also became available and cover Black Sea, the Danube River (Ukraine territory) and Dnipro River. Along with it you can download new chart folios for Inland US waters based on official U.S. Army Corps of Engineers IENC.

Enjoy it!


Sail to UEFA EURO 2012 with Transas iSailor

Sail to UEFA EURO 2012 with Transas iSailor

June, 2012 - Dear iSailor users,

We are pleased to announce that Ukrainian chart folios are now available for iSailor. Last month Transas has signed a new licensing agreement with the State Hydrographic Service of Ukraine. The folios cover Black Sea, the Danube River (Ukraine territory), Dnipro River and provide the possibility to discover the coastal and inland waters. The Baltic Sea charts as well as the coastal area of Poland charts in our application are the best solution for iSailor users who decided to sail to the Championship. Folios can be purchased via Charts Store section in the iSailor app.




Chart folios contain:

You can easily create your own route to UEFA and enjoy the European Championship with us!


Transas iSailor version 1.4.5 is released

March, 2012 - A new version of Transas iSailor 1.4.5 has been released.

It includes new colour symbols for the Cardinal Marks and some IALA buoys. This version is also fully compatible with the new iPad retina display.

The next generation of Transas iSailor will be available this spring and is going to bring some new cool features. Stay tuned and join our community on Facebook!


Transas iSailor version 1.4.4 is released (compatible with iOS 5.1)

March, 2012 - We are glad to announce that a new version of Transas iSailor 1.4.4 is now available in iTunes.
Transas implemented all necessary changes to make this version compatible with iOS 5.1. And it works!

Please note that all previously purchased chart folios could be restored absolutely for free. A hint how to do it you may find here.

We would also like to apologize for the caused inconvenience during the last week. It happened due to unexpected changes in Apple platform. As there was no prior notice from Apple, we had no chance to prepare in advance. Thanks to all our users for understanding!

We kindly ask you to help us getting better. Please rate Transas iSailor application in iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/app/transas-isailor/.

The better our rating is, the more resources we may allocate for future product development. Your vote matters!

We appreciate your patience and in a few weeks will introduce the next Transas iSailor 1.4.5 version. This update will bring along a few minor features.

Meanwhile our team continues working on a new Transas iSailor 1.5.0 version, which will be available this spring. Improvements include compatibility with a new iPad, new interface and some cool features. Don’t overlook it!

We share our latest news and plans with you on Facebook and Twitter and we are always there to answer your questions. Follow us and keep up with recent news and developments!


Season's Greetings

Alarms in iSailor

December, 2011 - Season's Greetings from Transas iSailor Team

Dear users,
We would like to thank you for being with us this year.

We wish you and your families to make the most of the coming year, to enjoy every moment of your life, be healthy and happy!

Next year for sure will bring a lot of new sea adventures and happy moments. And iSailor will be there to assist you.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Please, open our Greeting Card >>




Transas iSailor version 1.4.3 is released

November, 2011 - The latest version of Transas iSailor – version 1.4.3 – is now available in iTunes.

The “Location Service” problem which was reported by some users has been fixed.

In addition to that, all icons are now optimised for the use on retina display.

We would like to draw your attention to the necessity of using one login account when purchasing and restoring charts.

It shall be the same account which has been used for installation of Transas iSailor app and all in-app purchases of chart folios in Chart Store section of Transas iSailor app.

Only in this case you can use free "Restore" procedure for free download of all previously purchased folios.

Please follow this rule and you will not receive extra invoices from iTunes for the chart folios which were already bought before.

Any questions? Feel free to contact us at support@isailor.us


Transas iSailor 1.4.2: what’s new

October, 2011 – Transas iSailor version 1.4.2 is now available for download in iTunes, providing significant improvements in the usage of charts.

With autumn’s arrival comes the latest version of iSailor version 1.4.2. This version improves the overall user experience with the iSailor application.

In addition to minor changes and bug fixes related to performance improvement, the chart auto load mechanism makes chart’s data more informative and visualization of charts has dramatically improved.

Transas continues to improve the iSailor user experience in response to outstanding customer feedback with many new interesting changes. Stay tuned for pleasant surprises in the overall look and feel of the program.

As all current United States chart folios have been visually improved and updated, with better organization of data and an enhanced “zooming” function, we invite all current iSailor USA folio owners to upgrade their folios free of charge.

Please note that with the release of Apple iOS5, some Transas iSailor users have reported problems while attempting a download of previously purchased chart folios. Transas is working closely with Apple to resolve this issue though in the meantime the “Restore” function available in the Charts Store may be used to refresh currently installed chart folios.

We wish you safe passages!


Transas iSailor 1.4.0: chart updates, new features and new folios

Alarms in iSailor

August, 2011 – Transas iSailor 1.4.0 version is already available in iTunes. Version 1.4.0 not only brings exciting new features but provides the benefit of free chart updates as well.

A professional navigator knows that access to current charts is critical to safe navigation. With version 1.4.0, Transas provides new chart folios with upgrade and restore capability built in. Existing customers are provided with chart migration capabilities, allowing free replacement of purchased folios to the latest editions (please visit our FAQ section to learn more about the migration process).

Charts will be updated quarterly on a regular basis with the availability of an update indicated as a “red star” symbol appearing on the top panel.

Apart from the benefits of the free chart update, the latest version of Transas iSailor includes highly desirable features for the navigator. One such new feature, driven by customer feedback, is the ability to generate alarms for cross track error, waypoint and turning point approaches, and anchor alarms. Alarms are active regardless of operation in background mode, ensuring that critical alarm data is not missed.

Another highly anticipated feature is an ability to add custom User objects on the charts. Depths, obstructions, rocks, buoys and leisure facilities can be marked by the user, creating a highly personalized chart, full of required or desirable information.

Many new chart folios have just been released in response to customer request. These charts cover the coastal waters of Latin and South America, Asia, Middle East and Africa as well as many areas of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans. Many new Caribbean islands are also included. Folios are available for purchase via Charts Store section in the iSailor application.

Transas invites you to try enhanced Transas iSailor and to get the most of the summer!


New version of Transas iSailor 1.3.1 and new chart folios are released

June, 2011 – A new version of Transas iSailor 1.3.1 version has been released. Free marine navigation application for iPhone and iPad has been upgraded with some amazing features.

The most remarkable feature added to this version is ability to export and import routes and tracks in KML format. It makes it possible to view tracks and routes created in Transas iSailor directly on Google maps.

Chart rendering system has been significantly improved. Now users may zoom and pan with a high speed not compromising the quality of graphic representation.

Together with the software release Transas has extended the range of chart folios available for download. New folios cover coastal waters of the whole Europe: Mediterranean Sea, Adriatic Sea, Aegean Sea, Black Sea, Baltic Sea and North Sea. Transas has good news for navigators from North American continent as well: charts for Canada are released. Spending time on your boat has never been so exciting!

Transas takes very seriously the quality of the charts data. As for now, current basic chart folios are created from official hydrographical data only and might not contain detailed coastal information. However, these basic folios will be updated regularly as Transas strives to provide more detailed and most up to date charts for safe and enjoyable passages. The release of a software version with free charts updates is planned for the nearest time. Therefore, everybody who purchased the folios will get updated and complemented charts for free.

Please note that having installed Transas iSailor on both iPhone and iPad, there is no need to purchase the same chart’s folio twice. Once bought, it could be used on both devices.

Summer 2011 will bring new folios and further upgrades. Open your mind to new adventures with Transas iSailor onboard!


Transas iSailor expands outside the US

May, 2011 – Transas iSailor launched in December 2010 expands far outside the US. Chart collection now includes the United States, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Charts for Europe and the whole Mediterranean region will be released in May 2011.

Transas iSailor is a free navigation application for amateur seafarers. It operates on iPhones and iPads using built-in GPS and could be downloaded via iTunes.

Since December we have received a positive feedback from our customers as well as suggestions how to improve the product. We are thankful for all good ideas and constructive feedback which helps us performing better. iSailor undergoes continuous improvements. New features are added with every release. Join iSailor on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


Release of new Transas iSailor version

April, 2011 – Transas is pleased to announce the release of iSailor new version 1.2.2.

The latest release of Transas iSailor now includes the following free chart folios for demonstration purposes: Port of Hobart (Tasmania, AU), Wellington Harbour (NZ) and Tampa Bay (USA). Customers are now encouraged to try the award winning Transas TX-97 charts without any commitment!

Opportunity to enter custom waypoint names on routes is now available.

iSailor Activity Log functionality creates substantial opportunities for recording, storing and e-mailing activities providing the capability of error reporting.

Take advantage of new opportunities and update your Transas iSailor now!


Transas, an industry leading marine electronics supplier, invites you to test its new navigation application for iPhones and iPads - Transas iSailor

April, 2011 – Transas iSailor is a brand-new free, navigation application for iPhones and iPads. Intended for use on small craft and yachts, iSailor has been specifically designed for those who can’t imagine life without electronic assistance in their sea adventures.

Transas iSailor, available in versions for both the iPhone and iPad, brings an award winning navigational system wherever you go. Using the built-in GPS functionality of the device to seamlessly display the current position and navigational information on the acclaimed Transas TX-97 electronic charts brings the user to a new level of handheld marine navigation.

iSailor is fast, smart and offers substantial benefits to the mariner, regardless of expertise level. Apart from traditional functionality such as visualization of routes and tracks, monitoring of waypoints and navigational data, it enables free charts orientation (North up and Head up modes available as well), day and night chart palettes and more. Not only is it powerful, it’s just a lot of fun!

The application is free and available for download via iTunes. Chart folios for particular regions can be purchased via the application, paying only for the charts you need. Current chart collections include the United States, Hawaiian Islands, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea and are currently being expanded for worldwide coverage. UK region will follow shortly.

Transas, a recognized leader in the development of electronic vector charts since 1991, has added a new word to its vocabulary: iSailor. With thousands of devoted customers in the maritime community worldwide, Transas now brings the expected high quality of its TX-97 charts, key partnerships with the leading hydrographic offices and its many years of experience in electronic navigation systems to the iPad and iPhone. Try it now and enjoy the world of new opportunities!


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