In App Chart purchases FAIL!
$48.90 ($44.99 + tax) wasted on In App purchased charts. "Restore Purchase" function to move charts to new device DOES NOT WORK! Garmin explicitly says this is a supported feature. Checked before making purchase. From Garmin site:
Any mapping that is purchased through BlueChart Mobile is tied to the user's Apple ID. If that Apple ID is being used on any other iPad/iPhone, the maps will be available in the BlueChart Mobile app.
If the same Apple ID is being used, and the maps still show a purchase price, press the "Restore Purchases" button. This can be found by doing the following:
Press the Settings icon at the top left of the screen (the Settings icon will look like a gear)
Press BlueChart Maps
Press Restore Purchases
THIS DOES NOT WORK
They fixed it, broke it, fixed it..never update fast
Really - Really Garmin. Management needs to get involved here in a big way. You owe us at least a set of free maps for the serious idiocy endured. In case you don't realize it, your failure to properly beta test your software update is NEGLIGENT and could get people killed. There is NO excuse for your failure to properly test your updates, none.
As a result, I no longer "auto update" anything on my iPad and will wait months before I even think about "updating" this app again (now that it is apparently fully functional again). Forced to update because my premium weather failed I discover logging off of the Garmin "sign in" and back on magically makes it work again.
I've owned the app since early 2013 and have sailed over 4500 miles using it (as a backup and a primary planning tool). It is (now once again) a wonderful tool that had become seemingly unreliable because you don't BETA test your upload. I have literally hundreds of saved anchorages (that often nicely match the wonderful Active Captain data) and love it. I just can't stand needing to figure out how to make it work again whenever you push an update. The new program could automatically log you off and on if that fixes the problem - but no, for the third time you push an update that needs more work.
I used this App in 2014 to sail from Washington DC to Bar Harbor Maine and back and absolutely loved it. It has now gotten me to South Florida and back and I hope to keep adding routes and anchorages long into the future. When you fixed it with the (Feb 2016) update it was even better, no it is even much better - and I loved it then. Now another update brings the UNRELIABLE back to the Garmin name - how about some free map update for all the pain - put that in your next update script.
The truth is I've also given this app a Five star rating and a one star. The SECOND time you fixed it and the third time you broke it. Now, because I want people to buy it and you support it, you get a five star mercy vote.
To give your readers some background on the love/hate (1/5 star rating) relationship you see at the App Store for this product, they (Garmin) pushed updates (in 2014 and again 2015/16) that broke it (serious crash problems and serious route planning and measurement tool issues). I was lucky, I wasn't actively cruising at the time but the app was almost totally useless for months on end.
All criticism aside of the fatal updates they pushed, you will not find a better App to plan your cruise and have as a backup for your primary chart plotter when it is working. Its nice with one purchase to have it on all my Apple devices. I found myself using this as my go-to device to get information fast, when fast is important, as well as during nightly route planning. All the new bells and whistles the've added are worth the wait but not at the cost of breaking it once a year.
I'll continue to dream about a set of free maps but won't hold my breath.
Good other than daily login
Like the app and usability. Love active captain integration. Hate the fact I need to login every day to me garmin account for weather. This should be once and done.
Where are my waypoints?
I have tons of waypoints in Home Port. They are synced with my garmin account. This app is logged in but there appears to be no way to get to them.
No helping at all with the charts does not load fast ,
Let's see in the future
Garmin does it right!
Garmin does a better job than everyone else. Interface is very intuitive, and with overlays you get a great picture of your route.
Does not show up on my 741xs
It's has charged me for two years please help
Don't rely on active captain feature
I like the interface but if you use the active captain feature and say anything bad about it, they will block your access.
No Go on Family Sharing
Beware! I got burned on my in app purchase. Family sharing does not work. I wanted a refund so I could repurchase the charts on our new iPad Pro purchased specifically to run this app. What a disappointment! Apple and Garmin were completely unhelpful in my request for a refund.
Map strong, app weak
Can you make our devices synch our content in the cloud? I'm tired of planning routes at home and getting to the boat to do it all over again on that dedicated iPad.
Seems Garmin is content to just be a map. Easiest example: there is NO place on the app to contact Garmin to give feedback, report a bug.
So here, in full public view, feedback:
Why is it so hard to find Time, as in time encounter, time elapsed, time remaining? Going somewhere by boat involves estimating time... For our passengers, for our fuel, for keeping an appointment. Display some time parameters. (Look at a GNS 430 display for ideas.)
Too many button pushes to bring up a chart. While underway, need to push Routes, push the tiny little menu button, and select view on screen. Hard to do in a boat that is underway. If I'm looking at Routes, why not let a double tap bring it onscreen! Or, let a single tap on the small overview map bring it up. Or let the single tap bring up a large View a on Screen? prompt.
By Old comm guy
Ok the program is FREE, most all company's charge for the charts $o get over it. I have the Americas, its like $65? (this half of the world). Lot a data to load into an IPad mini with a GB of ram. Just load the east side or the west side of the Americas or that tini little part of the world that you need. Where ever. Duh.
I even checked the lakes, they are fine, get a brain.
The program is made by Garmin to supplement Garmin Chart Plotters, but I still use it alone a lot. My IPad Mini II with a SIM has a real GPS...
You can even change the boats autopilot heading by just moving a waypoint on the route that you are following and hit send. Spend three minutes and figure it out, there again, if you have a brain!, to a Garmin Chartplotter and any network connected autopilot vintage 1998 or newer. Thats the oldest one I have used.
Alas there is another new problem on the latest and greatest version (ova course). When I send a rout to my gpsmap4010 the name does not follow and I have to type it in.
Have sailed 79,000 around the world on autopilot (single handed and sleeping most all the time) and hand steered a few hundred miles. Ok maybe a thousand or two? Enjoy
No speed over ground reading?
I've looked but it appears there is no SOG reading. How basic is that?