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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!


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.

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 The next release almost certainly won't. 


SeaWork 2015

We'll be at SeaWork 2015, the commercial and marine workboat show in Southampton. The show runs from Tuesday 16th June through to the 18th. Come and see our 2m by 2.5m chart of the UK or at least come and find out if I messed up the artwork order.

We'll (hopefully) have Admiralty pens and CHERSOFT M&Ms (supplies are limited).

SeaWork is at ABP Port of Southampton - www.seawork.com


Nuno on a Mac 2

Now there is a new way to use Nuno on a Mac. A single download that contains Nuno, UK charts and the ability to run the software on Mac OSX without requiring you to buy a Windows licence and do any other setting up.

It works by using a software project called "Wine" that allows Windows application to run on Unix type OSs like Linux and Mac OSX. You don't need to know about Wine but here's the wikipedia entry.

Alternative (Running real Windows)

This isn't what this post is about, but:

The other way to run Nuno (and Windows software in general) on your Mac is to install Windows. To help there are a variety of tools, for a start there is Bootcamp which is supplied by Apple and ready to go on all new Macs. Bootcamp allows you to "dual boot" - so you can choose Windows or OSX but you have to reboot to switch.

Other tools like Fusion and Parallels allow you to run Windows Applications in a window inside OSX. Some of these tools are free and some paid for but they all need you to buy or have access to a Windows licence (about £80). If you want or need to use several Windows programs running real Windows is the way to go. 

Overall, there are tradeoffs around cost and performance. Bootcamp is my personal favourite, you get the full benefit of a retina display and Windows runs brilliant on the nice Mac hardware and I don't find the swapping back and forth too upsetting. 

If you have Windows installed just install Nuno from the usual Nuno download page

Beta Release

This is a beta release! So please download it and give it a try. There's a bunch of ways to give us feedback including the feedback button on the download page.

There's more about what a beta release means in my previous blog post. 


Be warned that the download is fairly large (1.6 GB) and I recommend you start with at least 10 GB spare on your disk because it is a compressed disk image that expands out and then needs some elbow room in which to work.

(Really you should have way more than 10GB free if you want your Mac, or Windows PC, to run nicely.)

If that's ok click the link: Download Nuno_3_2_71.dmg

Depending on your connection that download might take some time - when it's done and you double click it it will whirr a bit whilst it uncompresses and then present you with the familiar "drag into Applications" install.

Click the Nuno icon and drag it into Applications.

When it's done you can run Nuno_3_2_71 from the Launchpad or from Finder like any other app. First time around Wine will do some setup - it only needs to do that the first time you run it.

Now you should see Nuno ready to activate. If you have made a Nuno account on the website or by using Nuno on a PC you already have an account or you can create on from here. After you have activated Nuno it will unlock the charts for UK waters. You can now browse the charts, create routes and so on. 

Connecting a GPS

Connecting a GPS is less automatic that it is when using Windows and worse still it (currently at least) involves typing commands into a terminal (there's some 1970s mainframe software lurking under all that the lovely usability.)

We're sorry that this bit gets a little technical and we might do something to smooth it over. Let us know how you get on.

This stuff applies to AIS as well - it's really just about connecting a device that can produce the NMEA text.

First step is to connect the device to you Mac. This will either just work or you can follow the manufacturers instructions. I connected a Blue Next bluetooth GPS by going to Preferences > Bluetooth and then turning bluetooth on a pairing with the device. Then I went to the Terminal (Launchpad > Terminal) and typed:

ls /dev/tty.*

That lists out all the serial ports available and in there was /dev/tty.BT-GPS-COM7 - you can do it before and after you connect your device and spot the new one. 

What we need to do now is create a link from the GPS, in this example called /dev/tty.BT-GPS-COM7 to Windows style serial port name "COM1" in the correct place on the disk.

All the settings for the Wine Nuno are held at ~/Library/Application\ Support/com.chersoft.nuno_142963160111409/dosdevices/ on the mac. So you need a terminal pointing at that folder. So,

cd ~/Library/Application\ Support/com.chersoft.nuno_142963160111409/dosdevices/

(Copy and paste that in ;-)

Now that you are in the right place there's one more magic command to create the link

ln -s /dev/tty.BT-GPS-COM7 com1

Now when you use the "ls" command or Finder to view the contents of that folder you will see com1 in there.

Next you need to know the details about how fast the GPS/AIS transmits NMEA. Mostly this will be 4800 8-N-1 or 9600 8-N-1, that is for example 4800 bits per second 8 bits per character, no parity and one stop bit. You don't need to understand what that means just match the config to the GPS or AIS. It might be written on that actual device or in the manual. Get in touch if you need help with this.

The download is ready for 9600 baud devices 8 bits per character no parity and one stop bit.

If you need to change this there is a file to edit called SYSTEM.REG at ~/Library/Application\ Support/com.chersoft.nuno_142963160111409/ - you can carefully edit it with TextEdit. About half a screenful down there is a setting like this:

"White list"="2,COM1,9600,8,0"

Carefully edit that taking care not to replace the quotes with fancy opening and closing quotes.

For example iff you want to change the speed to 4800 that replaces the 9600. If you need to fit in with more unusual settings please get in touch.

So there it is...

Ok, that's probably enough detail for now. Plenty of people have asked for this. Sorry it took longer than we hoped (it was harder!). Hope it comes in handy.