Jeppesen Marine today announced the public launch of its Nobeltec Visual Navigation Suite (VNS) MAX Pro Navigation Software.  New for 2008, this innovation from global navigation leader Jeppesen sets a new standard for powerful, feature-packed navigation software that is easy to understand and very intuitive to use.

New VNS MAX Pro is powered by C-Map MAX Pro cartography, the most advanced charts available for the leisure boating market worldwide.  Navigators will immediately notice the crisp, colorful chart details, new level of available data and versatile display options.  MAX Pro delivers a range of display options designed to enhance navigation, including Satellite Image Overlay, Enhanced 3D View with Shaded Relief, Dynamic Tides and Currents Overlay, and detailed coastal roads and marina information.  Useful features like these and others help boaters navigate safely and efficiently, whether they’re sailing up the coast, cruising the Bahamas or chasing bluewater gamefish.

MAX Pro’s Quick Sync Updates feature lets subscribers quickly download all recent Notice to Mariner (NTM) advisories, so boaters can cruise with confidence and the knowledge they have the latest, most accurate data available.  And with MAX Pro’s huge coverage areas and worldwide chart library, users can have the best charts at their fingertips wherever they go.

Now designed to operate with Windows Vista, VNS MAX Pro delivers the popular features boaters have come to expect from Nobeltec, including real time vessel positioning, AIS target tracking, quilting for seamless chart integration, distance and bearing to active mark/route/target, unlimited route and waypoint placement, GPS upload/download, twilight and night display, integrated ETA calculator, autopilot support, video camera support, and more.  There are also new functions like the “Undo” feature that provides an easy, one-button fix should users accidentally delete a wanted Nav Object such as a user mark.

VNS MAX Pro is designed for easy operation, with features like a powerful place and name search engine that quickly locates points of interest, chart text and other data based on user input.  VNS MAX Pro’s NavInfo panel lets operators configure and customize the display of more than 50 data types, delivering the most-needed information at a glance.  Simply double clicking any value provides a useful Strip Chart (histogram) presentation that makes it easy to measure averages over time — for more efficient cruising and sailing.

Although easy to learn and fun to use, VNS MAX Pro is serious navigation software that is right at home at the helm of any vessel.  Adding a full-featured Nobeltec InSight Radar system or InSight Radar Black Box (which works with existing radars) lets customers view radar images overlaid onto the detailed MAX Pro charts for increased situational awareness.  The available Nobeltec InSight Sounder also provides high performance echosounder capabilities that integrate seamlessly with both the navigation software and MAX Pro Charts.  This is a truly powerful combination when targeting offshore structure areas that can attract gamefish like a magnet.

VNS MAX Pro supports a variety of compelling weather solutions for cruisers, including GRIB weather download and overlay, optional Sirius Marine Weather or XMsatellite weather overlay with the Nobeltec Weather Plus Pack.  To further enhance the versatility of VNS MAX Pro navigation software, there are also Nobeltec Plus Pack add-ons developed especially for fishing and sailing applications.

Voyage planning is another important advantage of this new navigation software.  Boaters can freely run the planning portions of VNS MAX Pro on their home or office computer, then transfer routes to the onboard navigation system.

VNS MAX Pro and compatible Plus Packs will be offered through qualified Nobeltec dealers and distributors worldwide beginning May 5, 2008.  Suggested retail price for new VNS MAX Pro purchases is $490 [USD], with special limited-time offers available to help upgrade existing customers.   For a limited time, owners of VNS Version 9 software, for example, are eligible for a free upgrade to new VNS MAX Pro, a free copy of Raster Plus Pack, along with a free comparable MAX Pro chart for each Passport chart region owned.  Boaters who own VNS 5 or higher can upgrade to VNS MAX Pro for only $130 [USD].  Customers who own charts from World Folio 30 or later receive a 50% discount on MAX Pro charts; customers receive 25% off MAX Pro charts if they own charts from World Folio 19-28. Jeppesen Marine is also offering a limited-time rebate of $100 [USD] for customers upgrading from Version 4.x or earlier Nobeltec Navigation Software (or even selected competitor products).

To learn more about new VNS MAX Pro, optional Plus Pack add-ons or special upgrade offers, contact Jeppesen Marine headquarters at (800) 946-2877.

Jeppesen Marine is a market-leading provider of digital navigation solutions, based on worldwide vector chart data type approved to ISO19379, meteorological information and transmission technologies.  Through its wide range of products and services, Jeppesen Marine serves numerous markets from light marine, to today’s safety-conscious commercial shipping industry operating on the inland/coastal waterways as well as high seas. Jeppesen Marine is chartered with the same underlying values that launched Jeppesen in 1934 – improving safety and efficiency through innovative navigation solutions.

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