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10/22/2016 9:48 am  #1

Course/Routes Mobility

Many of us work with a backup or second machine with Expedition loaded.  Here's a way I put it to use last weekend.

I was called to help the owner move the boat from Annapolis to Eastern Connecticut. If the WX co-operated I wanted to show him the 'short-cut' around Cape May by going between Prissywick and Ephs Shoals.  I would arrive at BWI and we would depart within an hour; so, 'on the boat' prep time would be minimal.

I spent a couple hours at home on the back-up machine laying out a safe path from Deleware Bay around Cape May coming within .3 nm of the beach! I then plugged my trusty Garmin Quatix into the usb slot (a thumbdrive would work just as well). Setting the Route as "Set Active" and still on the Marks Tab I went to the "Export" section and clicked on "GPX" then on the drop down window I clicked on "Yes-Export active course only"  The "Save As" directory drops down and I selected the Drive and named the route with the "Save as type" as .gpx then click "Save"

Now with just the watch (or thumb drive) on the boat, I reversed the process (Marks Tab/Import/GPX/select file/Open...GPX marks imported !  Much less time to do the transfer than to read this!

It never ceases to amaze me how many neat little tricks are wrapped in this Expedition package!


“If you don't know where you are going,
you'll end up someplace else.”
Yogi Berra

10/24/2016 11:48 pm  #2

Re: Course/Routes Mobility

To be able to do all the preps and analysis at home I use a notebook PC that I use at the boat and take with me home.  That way I always have the exact same setup available.
Another need feature (hint...) for Exp would be not to use ProgramData as the folder to store data but to use a user configurable folder.  This way you can use a Google Drive or MS OneDrive synced folder.  By using this folder on both your home as well as you onboard PC you always have the same setup/data available at both locations and OneDrive/Drive also ensure you an revert to previous versions of a file in case that is needed.


10/25/2016 4:57 pm  #3

Re: Course/Routes Mobility

That is a good idea. Will implement for the next update.


10/26/2016 12:36 am  #4

Re: Course/Routes Mobility

That's great Nick!
Would even be better if you could get rid of storing settings in the Windows Registry and also store those on the file system (in a separate, user definable folder). This way also those settings can easily be share among a home and boat PC.   
Also, it happened a few times to me that this settings (e.g. position of the number boxes, AIS etc windows, content of the quick access toolbar etc) were 'gone' and I had to reconfig them manually (still don't understand why this happened). When those settings were on the file system it would be easy to copy them back from a backup or revert to previous a file version in case of OneDrive/Drive.  


10/26/2016 10:50 am  #5

Re: Course/Routes Mobility

You can use regedit to export the registry settings.


10/26/2016 11:17 am  #6

Re: Course/Routes Mobility

Nick wrote:

You can use regedit to export the registry settings.

That's indeed what I've done now:    I keep a copy of HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Expedition


11/30/2016 11:27 pm  #7

Re: Course/Routes Mobility

Nick has included the option to set a custom Expedition data folder in 10.5.3.
Now you can have the data stored on a OneDrive/Google drive synced folder.  Works great!


12/01/2016 5:44 am  #8

Re: Course/Routes Mobility

Thanks ZZ,
Expedition is a continuously amazing product !

“If you don't know where you are going,
you'll end up someplace else.”
Yogi Berra
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1/17/2017 12:18 am  #9

Re: Course/Routes Mobility

I finally tried this marks export/import the other day ..... just great.  I'll never, ever, never sit hunched in the "nav station" i.e. under the grinders, squinting at a 10" screen, trying to plot a track the same as I've done at home.  Sensational!


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