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The setting you need to use for Windows 10 tablets

I think this is the best setting for Windows 10 if you want to use it on a tablet - without a keyboard.

Not having a real keyboard is fine for an application, like Nuno, that doesn't involve a lot of typing. But if you are going to write a novel you need a real keyboard attached.

The setting just makes the keyboard pop-up when you need to type something in and often it does a good job of disappearing the keyboard after you're done. Simple, but I find it makes a huge difference to how usable the computer is. 

You need to change a "Typing" setting: type the word "typing" in next to the windows button at the bottom left (if you don't have a keyboard you need to press the keyboard button, bottom right, to get one ;-)

I've put purple rectangles around the important bits in this picture.

That pops up a load of settings to do with auto-correcting words, auto adding a full stop if you type two spaces in a row and so on - scroll down to the bottom and you'll find the best setting. I've highlighted it with a purple box in the picture below. Turn it on.

Export to GPX

GPX is a standard way of storing routes and waypoints. A lot of systems can work with GPX format files and that makes it handy when converting a Nuno route for use with a handheld GPS or screwed on chart plotter. Exporting a route is easy when you know how and hopefully this 30 second video will help you know how!

Backup/Restore

Here's a video to explain how to keep your charts, routes and other chart overlays on a memory stick in case your computer sustains damage. If you have those things backed up you can restore Nuno very easily with just your backup, a replacement PC and a little bit of internet.

Windows 10 Tablets!

An inexpensive Windows 10 tablet is a great way to run Nuno. There are plenty of them out there with enough power to run Nuno.

2GB of ram and 32GB of storage is common and enough to hold Windows 10, Nuno and your charts with some storage spare for whatever else you want (not your entire lifetime collection of music or photos).

Because this setup is inexpensive you can have a system mainly for Navigation rather than risking your general day to day laptop. They are widely available you can recover from hardware failures (e.g. caused by dropping it in the sea) so long as you backup anything important. 

Here's an example of a deal, a 10 inch (standard iPad size) ASUS computer at £149.99 (Amazon.com have this at $197 USD right now as well).

Supermarkets like Tesco and Aldi also sell great value computers - so it's not just the internet where you can pick up a bargain.

We recommend jumping in on a deal rather than focussing on a particular brand but the Linx 1010 is well built and consistently available at a good price. 

3.2.0.124

We've released another version of Nuno Navigator to fix a few problems. Download it from the Nuno website.

There is also a set of updates for the UK Coastal chart pack. Here's the video about updating UK charts:

The end of Windows XP

Windows XP was last released by Microsoft in 2001 and they stopped supporting it in 2009. They continued "extended" support until April 2014 - that means they kept fixing security holes. Now they don't fix security problems and it's less of a good idea to use it. 

We are now seeing Microsoft's software development tools (which we use) abandoning support for XP and that is forcing us to soon stop supplying software that will run on XP. 

SagePay who provide our payment handling services no longer trust Internet Explorer on XP as providing sufficiently secure internet communications. People wanting to buy Nuno or charts on XP should use Firefox or Chrome browsers instead. 

If you are using XP you should seriously consider replacing it - not least because Windows is much better now than in 2001!

For now - Nuno does still run on XP including the latest release Nuno 3.2.0.116. The next release almost certainly won't. 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/lifecycle

Placing Waypoints

I spent a good few hours with yachting and powerboat instructors this weekend. One of the things they try to emphasise to their students is that waypoints on a route should be carefully placed to make that route easy to execute. 

It's a good idea to link a waypoint to something that the person at the helm can see. This defensive approach to passage planning builds in an easy way to keep a check on the GPS feed and to make route that can be sailed even if the GPS stops for some reason. Looking out of the window rather than at a screen is safer and more pleasant as well. 

If you can ever place a waypoint so that something conspicuous is abeam you can keep things simple in planning and execution - no need to draw pencil lines on the chart and no need to take bearings with a handheld compass whilst sailing. To make this simple, Nuno draws grey lines to either side and forward in a continuation of the route leg whilst you are making a route or adjusting the position of a waypoint on a route. 

London Boat Show 2015

We were at the London Boat Show 2015 last Monday (12 January 2015). The trains were having a difficult time Frown so it was something of a flying visit. Hello to everyone we talked to!

Because the RYA Training Chart Plotter is now included in all RYA Training packs we spent a lot of time on the RYA stand (not all of the time was spent playing the powerboat simulator, though we enjoyed that.)

The training plotter is based on Nuno and early feedback has been good. We believe it will be a great aid in communicating safe navigation to trainees around the world.

It was around this time last year that we were getting together the agreement for CHERSOFT and the RYA to work together on this. Developing software can at times be fraught - but developing the plotter went smoothly. Thanks to everyone at the RYA for their help with that.

Andy