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iPhone- Favorite Nautical Apps

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  1. ychtcptn

    ychtcptn Senior Member

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    I have found some great app's for my I-phone for use while on the water. The following are a few of my favorites.-
    Hurricanesoftware.com- Tracking hurrincanes and tropical storms
    Navionics chart software- For the low price you get the whole US east coast and Bahamas.
    Wind Alert- Check out wind reports and bouys from around the country
    Tides- Automatically searches your area
    The Weather Channel- Great for real time wx of your area.

    Non Maritime app's-
    Yellow pages
    Skype
    iheartradio- Listen to your favorite morning show while traveling
    NYtimes

    Some of these are free and others you have to pay for.

    If you have some favorite maritime links, add to the list
  2. Kevin

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    Thanks for that hurricane app... I was looking for one last week while Bill passed Halifax. I ended up using the NHC site for the most part. That app looks like a simplified and more direct access to their data. Good find.
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    There is an app for that...?
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    What I want to know is: If the i-phone is so great why does my AT&T stock only move in one direction :( ?
    I have to correct myself. I just got notified that it went Up $0.01 today. Thanks whoever bought that last unit. :rolleyes:
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    Hi,

    Ed IMO your poor stock choices are not something for YF. I am sure there are many members here who have lost a lot of money on vapourware (my term for stock value that just seems to disappear into the air we breathe) in the last 18 - 24 months myself included. You don't see anyone else *****ing about that do you?
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    Let's get back on topic. Randy posted a good thread idea. If someone comes across useful nautical apps, please post.
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    Aye Tides

    Aye Tides has worldwide tide info
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    You missed my point, but that's OK. Let's stay more clearly on topic. Do these apps give info that isn't readily available through other, possibly more convenient sources? What are some more of the apps recommended? What is the cost? How is reception and access?
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    While it may not be nautical one of the more helpful apps that I have is the free unit converter. Does everything from money to volume and speed. Oh, and dont forget the app that orders Chipotle for you:D
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    I prefer the National Weather Service app, then again I prefer to use NOAA/NWS on the computers as well... weather.gov - no filtering or pretty packaging of the same information, and more importantly no ads.


    I use ClockIn for tracking my billable hours for clients, XpenseIt to track my business expenditures (to make sure I don't commingle business and personal - not even a paper clip Ed!), Dynolicious and AccuFuel for ballpark numbers in data collection for my work, Trapster and Google Maps for planning land routes, then UrbanSpoon and Yelp to help find eats when I get there.

    Plus I use the built-in tethering (ssssshhhh, don't let AT&T know!) to connect back to the home network and the rest of the world when I'm somewhere without WiFi.

    The only thing the iPhone doesn't have an app for is finding clients that are going to pay and weeding out ones that are going to go broke first! :p :rolleyes:
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    I also use the converter and tide apps. Additionally I use tiltmeter and translator, and occasionally, if desperate enough, flashlight.

    Thanks for the hurricane app. Does anyone know of an app that has a compass?

    Judy
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    :D
    Do you mind my asking what kind of phone bill that generates each month. A guy recently told me that it costs him $40 a month for internet access plus his regular bill, plus whatever for apps (although some are free).
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    Most of the apps I download are either free or cheap ($.99-1.99).

    My usual monthly AT&T bill is for 2 cell phones w/1400 min + package incl free nites/wknds, etc, 50mb for iPhone, & 200 text messages: $170-195.

    However, I just got my bill that included a month's worth of roaming charges while in Canada: $1,587!! I knew there would be roaming charges so I was "careful", but holy mackerel, I was in Canada, not Antarctica!

    Judy
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    Motion X GPS
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    Motion X is a great program but the compass only works with the 3gs which already has a compass built in.
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    JWY, be advised that the Motion X Compass only has full functionality on the 3GS iPhone. On the previous gen (the 3G) it only gives a heading when in motion. If you're standing still and looking for North the 3G won't be of any use.

    My picks for useful apps:

    Weather Eye - from theweathernetwork.com
    Trapster - just got it yesterday... mostly useful but could definitely use some improvements
    Google Earth
    Motion X GPS - better than GPS Kit for the most part, but occasionally causes the phone to reboot for no apparent reason
    GPS Kit - a more stable GPS option
    Accufuel
    Dynolicious
    Inrix Traffic - pretty accurate, but I haven't had a chance to use it much outside of my home area
    X-Plane iPhone Racing - The best flight sim on the iPhone and the racing aspect makes it competitive too. I love this one.
    FStream - Listen to internet radio feeds. I use it to listen to online feeds of races all over the world.
    iHandy Level -
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    The apps I listed are purchased with a one-time fee, though some apps on the phone are free (yes, there are some timewasters on there as well).

    There is basic phone service, plus $30 per iPhone (unlimited data), plus a fee for unlimited text. I've got 2 phones on my plan, one for me and one for the person I have going out to shoots so I don't have to, and my plan is discounted through professional affiliations. I don't know what the total charge would be for a single phone plan at full price.

    That brings up another point for everyone on iPhones... AT&T has a very liberal discount program, they offer discounts from 5% to 20% based on affiliations you may have with companies or professional organizations or volunteerism. This discount applies to activation, monthly service plans, and add-ons to plans. You should ask if you qualify.
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    Thanks for the info. More $ than I'm willing to give, but not outrageous. Except for that roaming bill :eek: . Sure it wasn't the bill for your mortgage payment;) . I remember when I was a kid with a girl in Ca. and we got a phone bill of $100. That's when I had to learn how to pick locks. $1,587? I'd be ducking buckshot.;) Thanks again.
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    Yeah the whole US-Canada roaming deal is a shaft. :mad: All the providers have partnership deals with their counterparts across the border, so charging those exorbitant fees is pure profiteering.