Navimail², Weather receipt of the 3rd millennium

Launched at the beginning of the year 2008, After a period of several months of testing open to all, Software Navimail² was presented at the opening of the Salon Nautique de Paris 2009 Weather on the stand of France in his new version 2.1.0. As I announced in RSS section of their website, the 22 November, This version has a refreshed interface and two new features that will complete to convince the most skeptical.

After a year of relationship-mail, I finally, the Boat Show, meet Patrick Le Lay, the "daddy" of the software, engineer / developer how passionate and sympathetic, who has finished sending me the ultimate tips for using her jewel. I leave you here three of the main novelties. I do it again soon (end of January) the video tutorial Navimail ² site with the new version, and of course the new features.

Web Services :

Direct access to the web server Météo France for requests made with a broadband connection, that instantly display the required files in the application (without going through the inbox). A new button (top, right) permet de passer en mode « connecté », All queries are sent directly to the servers that responds instantly Navimail, result (Wants, Newsletters, images) displayed directly in the software. This mode should nullify the offline (email) for customers with a permanent connection (ADSL) or even occasional (WiFi).

Routes :

Ce bouton permet d’accéder a la fonctionnalité « tracé de routes », a new tab in Help is dedicated.
– A user to draw a road or more (there is no limit in either the number of roads or in the number of positions on a road)
– It can also draw a weather phenomenon (cyclone) given a ballot that gives positions for 48 or 72 next hours.
– A white figure gives the position (Estimated) current or boats or phenomenon (updated every minute)
– A red symbol gives the position (Estimated) at maturity displayed Grib, on peut donc « voir » les conditions que l’on rencontrera sur un trajet (and thus possibly modify).

Ce bouton permet d’accéder a la fonctionnalité « tracé de routes », a new tab in Help is dedicated.

  • A user can draw a road or more (there is no limit in either the number of roads or in the number of positions on a road)
  • It can also draw a weather phenomenon (cyclone) given a ballot that gives positions for 48 or 72 next hours.
  • A white figure gives the position (Estimated) current or boats or phenomenon (updated every minute)
  • A red symbol gives the position (Estimated) at maturity displayed Grib, on peut donc « voir » les conditions que l’on rencontrera sur un trajet (and thus possibly modify).

It can permanently change the characteristics of a road, edit mode, by changing the speed on a stretch, the position of a crossing point, by inserting a new crossing (for a board to take such). Then scroll back to the forecasts for bead shifts, Transfers, gybes. Can compose several routes to simulate different options, to cross a road that provided ship a weather phenomenon (low-pressure or high pressure, cyclone) and thus anticipate the maneuvers of the ship with scrolling forecast.

This is not routing the strict sense, Meteo France taking good position themselves in the field of specialized software (MaxSea and other). C’est plutôt une formidable aide à la « navigation météorologique » que Patrick Le Lay et ses collègues nous livrent là.

Finally, to facilitate the use of offshore application, Patrick Le Lay has incorporated many keyboard commands to overcome the mouse, of use not necessarily comfortable in rough seas, well documented in the integrated help.

Want Interpolation :

In Viewer, Grib is open when a button serves to interpolate the file and have a new tab in the viewer that file with hourly deadlines, for more accurate monitoring of weather (and a smoother animation). For security reasons the interpolation is carried out only if the deadlines are spaced no more than 6 hours.

In conclusion :

Despite the fact that the Grib files are paying (*), It is undeniable that this application is well above the Grib file viewers available today. First, the quality and richness of forecasting models French is incomparable to the NOAA GFS model only available free on the Net. Then the built-in implementing, As requests for automating the visualization files, is unrivaled. Finally the free availability of all global forecasts from Météo France (Text Bulletins, radio bulletins, Navtex) and images (PREISO cards, satellites) will soon convince the most reluctant.

Questioning, however, as a question to the direction of Meteo France : why an application of such quality, translated 4 Languages, does she has not a professional web portal to register IN ENGLISH ? I lost my Latin…


(*) These costs are relative because the files are sent compressed GRIB (bzip2) rarely exceed 20/25Ko, while the GFS file free 150/200Ko can weigh even more for equivalent coverage. Communication costs are much higher, and ultimately the economy may be null !

 

 

 

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