For a while Rich Ray was asked to add a feature button "Man overboard" in its applications. Recently, following a new topic on the website macsailing.net forum, he motivated his refusal for the following reasons :
- Such a button would take up limited/valuable screen real-estate on every screen..
- Such a button , with expected behavior, come in violation of " Developer Program License Agreement " :
- 3.3.8 For Applications that use location-based APIs, such Applications may not be designed or marketed for automatic or autonmous control of vehicles, aircraft, or other mechanical devices; dispatch or fleet management; or emergency or life saving purposes. Translation : Concernant les applications utilisant les API basées sur la localisation, ces applications ne doivent pas être conçues ou commercialisées pour le contrôle automatique ou autonome des véhicules, avions, ou tout autre appareil mécanique; la gestion d’envoi ou de flotte; ou dans un but d’urgence ou de sauvegarde de la vie humaine.
An emails exchange between us allowed him to find a compromise respecting the rules imposed by Apple.
With iNavX 3.2.9, a tap on position icon (So the instantaneous position) opens a popup menu allowing to create a waypoint automatically located (Latitude/Longitude) at boat position.
Two successive taps on the waypoint can activate the GoTo :
Therefore 5 successive taps to activate the waypoint can materialize the position of a man overboard. This is not ideal, but it is always better than nothing.
The method is much faster : a tap on position icon opens the contextual menu, select GoTo creates a waypoint at location automatically activated.
Apart from the man overboard, this feature also allows to create a route from successive waypoints, each created "passing by", to be used as return route. Or to mark anchorage place used and recognized as secure, a fishing location particularly abundant, etc…
If position icon is not present on the screen, two successive taps on the "Chart" button in the lower banner place position icon centered on the screen.