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GPSNavX is the solution for the boater that wants to take the Mac aboard for real-time display of position on full color marine Softcharts and BSB raster charts.

Just plug your GPS into your Mac and watch as your boat moves along in real-time, plotting a track behind the boat and logging your historic position on a digital chart. GPSNavX is loaded with many features. GPSNavX is also right at home for planning trips and charting out new destinations. A GPS is not required to work with charts.

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Version 6.0.2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


OS X 10.6.6 or later

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mtownfred Member IconReview+0

This is a great program and the developer is very responsive to any questions I've had. You can download official NOAA charts for free [ http://chartmaker.ncd.noaa.gov/ ] which work perfectly with the program. The usb GPS unit I use is the GlobalSat
BT-359 SiRF Star III Bluetooth GPS Receiver which has worked flawlessly with the program. Routes are easily created with way points and distances calculated automatically. Saved my butt when my chart plotter failed on one of my cruises. I always have it running while out on the water. Far more accurate than a chart plotter because of the detailed charts from NOAA.

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Version 4.60
BrettD Member IconComment+15

Doesn't support USB devices.

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Version 4.0

GPSNavX does support USB devices which transmit NMEA data (i.e. BU-353 USB GPS). Garmin has chosen not to send NMEA data over their USB port. NMEA is the standard which marine instrumentation uses.

While Garmin does send their proprietary data over the USB port it lacks much of the information NMEA contains such as satellite, active waypoint and route information.

GPSNavX does support transfer of waypoints, routes and tracks via the Garmin proprietary data transfer protocol.

All Garmin Marine models do support NMEA, but require an RS-232 connection. So a Keyspan Adapter or Shipmodule Multiplexer is used.

Anonymous Member IconReview

BEST GPS .app for OSX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It has come a long way in a short time.
Everyting a boater needs.
Also check out the MacENC.... The future of Marine Nav.:

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Version 3.65
Joe Member IconComment+0

Fantastic, Works great with Garmin and the Soft Charts are great looking, inexpensive and lots of info.
GPSnavX is a great piece of software.

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Version 2.70
Anonymous Member IconReview

omg i love you and my powerbook does too. Now HE (pb) can go fishing too. thanks alot everyhting i have tried doesnt work with a crap . Now i have new reason why to go fishing at night.

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Version 2.3
Anonymous Member IconReview

This one really works with my U2. I tried several other OS-X apps without success. GPSNavX can specify the transfer protocol. Well done!

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Version 2.05
Anonymous Member IconReview

The only Mac GPS application that I know of that currently supports MapTech's BSB version 4 charts. Tends to be a little slow rendering the charts on my 17" PowerBook compared to my Pentium 3 laptop running Offshore Navigator.
The developers seem to be keen on developing the product, and will hopefully be including more "marine" features such as support for ENC and cross-chart stiching.

The best Mac GPS application, but it doesn't stand up well when compared to PC software such as Offshore Navigator Lite.

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Version 2.05
GPSNavX (Developer)

The negative with Offshore Navigator is it leaves very little room for the chart. Furthermore it cost's allot more than GPSNavX ($199 versus $49).

Here is a screenshot..


And who wants to run VPC on a Mac?

Anonymous Member IconReview

I have been using it for a couple of weeks now... I is the best Marine Navigation software for Mac OSX right now. I hope the developer will:
add tool bar
Man over board
support for ENC's
Box zoom
Then it will deffinally be upto par with the PC based systems.

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Version 1.80
gpsnavx (Developer)

GPSNavX has become a full featured competitive marine navigation application while retaining the simplicity of the Mac.

The price is an amazing $50. You won't find similar software on Windows anywhere near that price.

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gpsnavx (Developer)

GPSNavX is agressively improving the application with new features on a weekly basis. As of late (version 1.30) transfering waypoints to and from Garmin and Magellan GPS support has been added. Support for routes and geoTIFF will go in soon.

I tried MacGPSPro and was very disappointed in the poor user interface, its ability to only work with Garmin GPS, and lack of marine chart support. Also no demo version to test out was not very inspiring.

The folks over at GPSy have no plans for an OS X version as it appears their website has gone stale. I agree it's a good application, but it's time to move on from OS-9.

GPSNavX is quickly becoming a very powerful OS X navigation application without becoming bogged down with complex additions that few need.

If there is a feature you want in GPSNavX email gpsnavx@mac.com

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Version 1.3
Anonymous Member IconReview

Looks pretty weak on marine navigation features - how about being able to plan routes, how about being able to download waypoints to gps?

Also can't seem to get it to read all the charts on a Maptech CD.

MacGPSPro is supposed to be able to read Maptech charts shortly (q3cy03). That will be superior. Right now, gpsy pro running in classic is still much more useful than this.

looks promising, but needs more work.

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Version 1.25
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Downloads 17,531
Version Downloads 53
License Demo
Date 03 Apr 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $59.99
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