How it works?
General sailing App user interface
The Chart Slide Bar
This feature, as well as the + and – buttons (fig. 1 n°1), allows you to change the scale of the chart. You can also "pinch" the tablet screen to zoom in and out.
The list of Tools appears here (fig. 1 n°2): tools such as Track on/off, activate/deactivate the route, the divider to calculate distances and the Plus Menu to access additional functionalities.
The Undo-Redo buttons (fig. 1 n°3) allow the user to cancel an action.
Center Vessel button (fig. 1 n°4) instantly centers the chart display on the boat. Once a tool is activated (e.g. divider, route tool etc.) the button displays as "Terminate..." Clicking this button will end the current action.
The Parameters button (Nobeltec) (Fig. 1 n°5) shows the various options for configuring the App.
The Layer Selection tab (Fig. 1 n°6) allows the selection of additional items to be overlaid on the chart: e.g. satellite photos, tides, routes and the marks that you have saved, etc.
The Chart Scale (Fig. 1 n°7) indicates the scale of the chart display in distance. This display also contains buttons that allow you to switch between 2D and 3D display and between NorthUp and HeadUp.
The NavData (Fig. 1 n°8): all navigation data is displayed here, either as text or as a graphic. You can show or hide NavData and configure the data so that it is displayed according to your preference.
The "ToolTip" (Fig. 1 n°9): by tapping an object or the chart, the user displays the most important information related to this object. A menu also appears with a list of actions that can be carried out on this object
What are the basic features of this sailing App?
- Your position on the chart
- Course (COG)
- Speed (SOG)
- Real-time weather and weather trends
- Tides and tidal currents
What technology is behind this sailing App?
- TimeZero 2D/3D chart display engine
- Complete navigation functions in full 2D/3D
- Patented PhotoFusion* technology
- MapMedia Raster mm3d marine sailing charts
* Only available on selected areas. Make sure to review the High Resolution Satellite Photo coverage for each chart region in our Browse Charts section.
What are the Requirements of this sailing App?
The Nobeltec TimeZero App requires an iPad running iOS6 (iPad 2, iPad with Retina display or iPad mini) with an internal GPS or external Bluetooth GPS that is compatible with the Apple Core Location Service.
Important! How to fix iOS7-related crashes
A small percentage of our users have faced a problem when trying to restore their charts (infinite loop). This problem appeared on some customers' installation since the iOS 7 update. As this problem seems to be due to an error in data exchange between the iPad and the AppStore, we have contacted Apple to turn their attention to this problem.
Currently, the only radical but effective solution is a complete reset of the iPad, carefully following the steps below.
Caution! Before you proceed, make sure that you have an iCloud or iTunes backup and that it is up-to-date.
Then follow these steps:
- Perform a system backup (iTunes or iCloud): http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1766
- Full Reset “Erase all Content and Settings”: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2110
- Restart as a new iPad without iCloud
- Reinstall the Nobeltec App
- Restore charts
- Restore your content
Our teams are working hard to find a less drastic solution as quickly as possible
How to buy Charts?
When you are connected to the Internet, tap on the button in the Sailing App. Then choose "Order New Chart" to view the list of charts that are available for purchase online.
To purchase a chart, tap on the button displaying the price. Apple will then ask you to validate your order.
Charts that you have purchased will then be freely available on demand in your App.
Note: if you have to re-install your iPad App, tap on "Restore purchase" to restore all the charts you have previously bought.
Note: if you did not yet purchase any chart, the App starts in demo mode; when you purchase a chart, the App will automatically switch to navigation mode by using your GPS device. Meanwhile you can activate or deactivate the demo mode at any time by selecting the corresponding option in General parameters.
How to Download Charts in your iPad?
To Improve the display speed and to have all your charts stored in your iPad cache
memory at any time (even if Internet connection is not available):
Tap on the button and select "Manage Chart".
- The cells that are grayed-out in a dark gray color (fig.1 n°2) show you that charts do not currently exist or have not been purchased.
- Charts that have been purchased are also displayed in grayed-out cells, but this time in a light gray color (fig.1 n°1) if they are not stored in the cache.
- Cells that are not grayed-out are charts that have already been copied to the iPad local cache memory.
How to download one or more cells at a time?
Tap the cells of each individual chart area that you want to store in the iPad local cache memory
Note: A progress bar at the bottom of your screen shows the remaining percentage until storage is complete, as well the free memory space available.
How to delete cells from the iPad memory?
Tap on a downloaded cell (not a grayed-out one) to activate the delete function. The cell will then be filled with a red color and a blinking trash icon will appear (fig. 2)
Tap the cell (that has been filled in red) a second time to delete it from the iPad memory (fig. 3)
Tap the "Delete All" button, then confirm that you wish to remove all cells stored in the iPad memory (fig. 4)
How to display the Weather Forecast NavData?
Access the NavData by tapping the button in the bottom-left corner (fig. n°1) if it is not already being displayed.
If the Weather NavData is not already displayed on screen, tap any where in the NavData panel (fig. n°2), and then choose "Weather" in the list to add and display the Weather NavData.
The Weather Navdata
Weather data such as cloudiness, air temperature, wind direction and strength are critical for safe and secure navigation. This is why the App provides weather NavData where you can get information such as weather forecast that indicates rain / cloud cover, air temperature, wind direction and speed for the hour to come, as well as general tendencies for the following hours.
Weather forecast and trend files are received from the nearest weather station reference via an active Internet connection. The Weather NavData is grayed-out if your Internet connection has been lost for 20 minutes or more.
- Name of the nearest weather station reference.
- In our example, the future trend is improving (sun).
- The gray-colored cloud shows the cloudy forecast for the hour to come.
- Expected air temperature.
- The wind strength tendency is displayed in the upper-right corner (see legend below).
- The wind forecast for the hour to come is graphically displayed:
- The arrow varies according to wind changes (the arrow is not displayed for strong variations)
- The blue line indicates the average wind direction
- The average wind speed is displayed on the bottom right. If significant gusts are expected, the maximum wind speed will be displayed in red.
Benchmark legend for wind tendency:
the wind strength is increasing
the wind strength is increasing
Strong gusts are expected
The wind will remain constant
New! How to transfer your TimeZero Data using the iTunes file exchange
Before transferring TimeZero Data from your PC to your iPad, please make sure that you have downloaded and installed the latest version of iTunes on your computer.
Note: you can also share your TimeZero Data with a NavNet TZtouch system by following the instructions below. It is possible to share Data between iPad and PC and between a PC and the NavNet TZtouch using an SD-Card (read more about this in the related NavNet TZtouch manual).
Before transferring TimeZero Data from your PC to your iPad or from your iPad to your PC, please make sure that you have downloaded and installed the latest version of iTunes on your computer. Then connect your iPad via USB to the PC and then launch the iTunes application.
Click on the iPad device icon in the header bar.
Then click the Apps tab and scroll down to file sharing. All Apps that can share files with your PC are listed in the Apps column.
Click on "Nobeltec App".
Click "Add" and a Windows file explorer dialog box will appear.
Browse to the folder where you have saved the TZD file and select it.
Click "Open" to add it to the "YourTimeZeroApp" documents column.
New! How to export Data from the Nobeltec TimeZero software
Start up the Nobeltec software installed on your PC.
Click on the software logo and select the "Import/Export" option.
Select the "Export" function and check the "TimeZero Data" option to export all your data as a "TZD" file.
Save the file in a chosen place on your PC so that you can easily retrieve it.
Note: the .TZD file exported from the Nobeltec TimeZero App is only compatible with the Nobeltec TimeZero software from version v2.
New! How to import Data to the Nobeltec App
Once the TZD file is available in the iTunes File Sharing, open your TimeZero App to import the TimeZero Data.
Tap the App Parameters button and select the "Import/Export" function.
There are two ways to import data from iTunes file sharing to the TimeZero App:
By tapping the "Import (Replace)" button, the existing data in TimeZero is simultaneously erased and replaced with the new data imported from iTunes file sharing.
By tapping the "Import (Add)" button, all data imported from the iTunes file sharing will be copied and added to the existing data in your TimeZero App.
Note: only routes and marks can be transferred between the TimeZero Software and the TimeZero App. If the "TZD" format file exchange coming from a TimeZero software export contains any tracks, pictures, annotations, etc. they will not be imported into the TimeZero App.
New! How to export Data from the Nobeltec App
Tap the App Parameters button, select "Import/Export" and tap the "Export" button.
The data file is automatically sent to the Nobeltec documents of iTunes file sharing (always named as following: IPad Export_YearMonthDay_HourMinutesSeconds.tzd).
Note: the .TZD file exported from the Nobeltec TimeZero App is only compatible with the Nobeltec TimeZero software from version v2.
New! How to delete one or more photos at a time
All photos taken with the Nobeltec TimeZero App are stored in the iPad album name TimeZero. Use the iPad's Photos App to delete one or several photos at a time from your TimeZero App.
Tap the Photos icon on the iPad desktop and tap Albums in the title bar, then select TimeZero album.
Tap Edit in the upper right-hand corner to select the photos that you want to remove from this album.
Tap each photo to be removed from the TimeZero album. All selected Photos are checked and the total selection number is indicated in the title bar.
Tap "Remove" in the upper left-hand-corner.
Confirm your action in the warning dialog by tapping "Remove from this Album".The photo removed from the TimeZero album is removed from your Nobeltec TimeZero App and are no longer displayed in the Nobeltec TimeZero App.
Note: photos are not permanently removed from your iPad and will remain in the iPad's photos database. You can restore these photos at any time in your TimeZero App. To do so go to the "Photos" or the "Camera Roll" album and select the photos that you want to restore. Tap "Edit and then "Add to ... Existing Album" allows you to restore your photos in the TimeZero album; corresponding photos will then be displayed once again in the TimeZero App.
iPads are compatible with the Nobeltec App?
The Nobeltec App requires an iPad running a minimum of iOS6 (iPad 2, iPad with Retina Display or iPad mini). The Nobeltec App will not run on the first generation iPad.
Do I need an iPad with built-in GPS?
We recommend using an iPad with a built-in GPS receiver (iPad with a cellular connection). However, if you have a “WIFI only” model (without a GPS receiver), you can purchase an external GPS as long as it is compatible with the Apple Core Location Service.
Can the Nobeltec App be connected to external instruments (GPS, AIS, etc.)?
At this time, the Nobeltec App can only use GPS information provided by the Apple Core Location Service (internal GPS or compatible Bluetooth GPS). It is not possible to connect external instruments using NMEA0183 or NMEA2000 over WIFI.
Does the Nobeltec App continue to record my position (track) while the iPad is in sleep mode?
Yes, if you enable track recording, the Nobeltec App will continue to record your position even if the iPad goes into sleep mode.
Can the Nobeltec App render bathymetric data in 3D?
At this time, the Nobeltec App will only display 3D Altimetry (above sea level) and 3D perspective (the sea will appear as “flat”) to avoid parallax effects. In the future, we will release an add-on feature allowing you to display Depth Shading (color according to depth) and render Bathymetry in 3D (below sea level).
What type of charts can be purchased for the Nobeltec App?
Only selected Raster Mapmedia .mm3d Charts will be available at the beginning. Make sure to regularly review the “Browse Charts” section of the Nobeltec App Website at http://app.nobeltec.com/browse in order to check the charts that are currently available.
Is there chart coverage for inland lakes and rivers?
No, at this time only coastal waters are available.
Is there chart coverage for the Bahamas?
Unfortunately, the Bahamas are not available at this time. We are currently working with partners to offer coverage in the future.
Do I need an Internet Connection to display the chart or are they stored locally on my iPad?
After purchasing a chart area, you will be able to stream the Raster Chart and the Satellite Photos directly over the Internet (WIFI or Cellular Connection). You can also locally store the raster chart for offline use by clicking on “Manage Chart” and selecting the cells you want to download on your iPad.
Note: At this time it is not possible to use the “Manage Chart” to store Satellites Photos locally. You need to have an Internet connection to stream Satellite Photos.
How much space will the charts take on my iPad?
The Nobeltec App offers you a very convenient way of managing your local storage from the “Manage Chart” section. You can precisely select the coverage you want to download and store for offline use.
A typical navigation area (such as the Puget Sound area) is approximately 500MB. A larger navigation area can take 2GB of memory or more.
The Tides and Currents overlay buttons are grayed out. Why?
You need to purchase at least one chart area to unlock the Tides and Current feature.
Where does the Weather Data come from?
When you have an Internet connection, the Weather NavData displays the local weather either from airports or from permanent weather observation stations (METAR). The station displayed is the one that is closest to your current GPS position. Reports are generated once an hour and display the current weather with future trends.
Is the Nobeltec App available for iPhone?
No, at this time, the Nobeltec App is only available on iPad (iOS6).
Is the Nobeltec App available on Android?
No, at this time, the Nobeltec App is only available on iOS6 (iPad).
What is the difference between the Nobeltec App on the iPad and the Nobeltec product range for PC?
The Nobeltec App was designed to be very easy to use and focuses on the main features needed for real-time navigation. Nobeltec TimeZero Odyssey is a much more advanced software product that offers lots of planning tools (Route optimization, Route Simulation, etc…) and can be connected to multiple types of instruments (Depth, Wind and AIS). Nobeltec TimeZero Trident offers advanced hardware integration (Sounder, Radar, Furuno MFDs, Camera, and NMEA2000). Nobeltec TimeZero Catch offers specific features for recreational and commercial fishermen (Bathymetric Recorder, Custom Contour Lines, Marks & Events Management, and Discrete Depth Shading).
I already purchased charts on a TimeZero Platform (MaxSea TimeZero on PC, Nobeltec TimeZero on PC, Furuno NavNet 3D or NavNet TZtouch); can my existing charts be used with the Nobeltec App on the iPad?
The Nobeltec TZ App is a separate standalone system, so unfortunately the charts from your PC-based software or NavNet MFD cannot be exchanged or shared with the iPad App.
Are there any high resolution satellite photos available for Canadian waters?
No, there are currently no high resolution satellite photos available for Canada.
What is the High Resolution Satellite Photo Coverage for each chart region?
Please go to the Browse Charts section to see the High Resolution Satellite Photo coverage for each chart region.