Florida Near Shore GPSu+FNS
Tri-County Thumb Drive System
Florida Near Shore
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Florida Near Shore is computer software using accurate,
high resolution maps of the
ocean floor that were created by aircraft mounted Laser depth sounding
equipment. Find the latitude and
longitude of new dive sites with your
mouse pointer, drop anchor on sand instead of on top of the reef, print
out reference charts, scroll, zoom in and out and add your own dive site marks.
Add a GPS unit to your laptop and use the FNS software to navigate your boat
directly to the selected dive reef or wreck location. It's easy and it's fast
and with our georeferenced charts it's dead on accurate !!
Introduction & Specifications:
( subject to change at authors
We've been working on this upgrade since the
fall of 2007 when Windows Vista problems forced us to abandon the Single-County
CD-RX system. We are now offering ALL THREE COUNTIES on one ( 1 )
secure Thumb Drive. Simply plug it into a USB port ( USB-2 preferred but its
backward compatible to USB-1 slots ) on your laptop or notebook**.
You will be
up and running that fast. The microprocessor on the Thumb Drive
introduces itself to the system ( new hardware found ), displays that a new
Removable Disk has been added ( partition #2 ) and then initiates the software
On initial startup, a once occurring screen
appears advising the user as to which auxiliary software components are
required. If they are not installed on your PC System the menu, allows you to
install whatever is required. The three ( 3 ) auxiliary programs are:
Adobe Acrobat Reader ( You probably already
have this but we supply version 8.1.2 just incase you don't have it )
GPSu+FNS 5.09F ( If you've been using the
former CD version GPSu+FNS 4.95F, it must be uninstalled and the new version
Microsoft Media Player ( Probably already on
your system depending on your version of Windows. Check using "Control Panel".
If not installed, we take you to the Microsoft web site which describes which
version of this software is applicable to your Windows version. You must then
download and install it. It used to display the Goliath Grouper video. )
Specification ( preliminary ):
A one ( 1 ) GB, ( 1000
MB ) Enhanced Flash Drive Partitioned into two( 2 ) virtual drives ( partitions ):
- An 850 megabyte CD
partition which contains all the program software & is "non-destructible"! The software can be upgraded over the internet
without the need to return the Thumb Drive to us!
NOTE: No more
worries about having the latest data! ( this upgrade process is still in
the development stage - expected completion = February, 2011 )
Partition #2 A 1.5 megabyte read/write partition where
maps, waypoints & tracklines may be stored, downloaded & used wherever you
NOTE: The Thumb drives are reprogrammable by the author should the need arise.
Simply request a new Thumb Drive in exchange for your current drive. ( details are forthcoming! )
This system contains four ( 4 ) distinct
The "PDF Chart"
Program - where one may "View/Print The County Name*
Main PDF Charts" (28 in total). The native format is 11" X 17" and ideally
suitable for printing/laminating for use on your vessel. Suggested use: Take
any two, most used, charts to Staples; have them laminated ( 10 mil laminate
suggested ) for less than $10.00; carry them on-board when a PC not available!
The "The County
Name* Near Shore PDF Program"
- in a
book style PDF format, one for each County. They contain all the charts as
shown in the "PDF
Chart" program plus detailed, easy to open, blow-up images and
descriptions for over 517 named Dive/Fishing sites.
distances and compass bearings from each site to the nearest north/south
port and shoreline.
Depth - max & min
FSW at site
Cautions - What to
watch out for at or near a site
Remarks - What your
apt to see at the site
GPSu+FNS Tracking Utility for all three Counties! - With this program, a Laptop
( or notebook** ) & a GPS unit one can navigate
precisely to any one of the over 517 named locations or to any site of your
own choosing. One may observe the ocean bottom topography as one travels to &
from the chosen destination. Visibility is from the shoreline out to the
maximum sanctioned recreational dive limits of 132 FSW & beyond ( its only limited by LIDAR max
range of 150-200 FSW ). There are 28 maps covering all of Palm Beach, Broward
and Miami-Dade Counties. The area covered is from just north of Jupiter
Inlet in Palm Beach County to just south of Fowey Rocks in Miami-Dade County.
A Registered version of GPS Utility,
which we supply, is
required to fully take advantage of all the software features ( normally the
cost to upgrade to this version would be $60.00 per registration if
purchased outside our offering ). We sell only the registered version! Please note that we, by special arrangement with
GPS Utility Ltd., the software manufacturer, have including the registration
fee in our sales price. They are gracious enough to offer us a discounted fee
and only requires that you, the buyer, use an E-VOUCHER for "GPS
Utility" to obtain your individual registration!
MPG video "Goliath
Grouper.mpg" - For your enjoyment we
have included a two ( 2 ) minute MPG video "Goliath Grouper.mpg" which was taken
by my friend & associate Joseph Masterson. The site is the M/V Castor off
Windows Media Player on which this video runs is quite memory intensive and
may not function on some lower resolution/memory confined PC's
NOTE: If, instead of the video, a halucigenic ( in our
opinion ) screen takes the place of the video your computer system does not
have sufficient memory or your graphics card/software is hot capable of
displaying it. This is NOT a problem with our program and the video may be
easily bypassed by clicking on an "X" in its upper right corner.
What does it Cost!
sales price includes
normal 1st class shipping/handling. There is a 6.0%
Florida State Sales Tax for all "in-state" sales ( Total = $127.15 ). For this you
A fully updated
Florida Near Shore GPS Utility program, printable PDF Charts & a PDF
formatted Dive Site Manual (also printable). This is for all three Counties. The former Single-County
CD's each sold for $39.95 plus tax at local dive stores and only contained information
for one County. Now all three Counties are available on one Thumb Drive
for $119.95 plus tax & are upgradeable!
Free, over the
internet or "return to us for exchange ", upgrades of this software as they are implemented & become
available for the 1st year of your license. Extended upgrade periods of one
year, after the 1st year, will be at a minimal cost of approximately &15.00
per year. Updates will be posted on our website. Customer
participation in new dive site suggestions & identification will be greatly appreciated!
GPSu+FNS Tracking Utility - you may now save waypoints to an attached
GPS ( not included ).
partial map files may be saved (printed) outside the program using SnagIt or
another suitable capture utility. Windows 7 & Vista have a built-in utility to
also take a snapshot of the screen image!
We recommend SnagIt as it saves in
one of several formats (PNG, BMP, JPG, Adobe PDF, Adobe SWF or SnagIt Capture
file). This feature is especially useful
when one navigates to a specific area, places marks on the zoomed in area and
wants a record of where he has been. Although they can not be saved as
calibrated images within this FNS special edition software,
they may be calibrated outside the program using a freely downloadable GPS Utility Freeware Edition,
available at no charge,
directly from http://www.gpsu.co.uk/ . One
can use that edition of the program to generate new maps of their choosing.
2: Our GPSu+FNS
maps are supplied in a special, proprietary, Florida Near Shore format. The
associated .XGU calibration files are encrypted. Therefore they are not
accessible for modification. We wouldn't want users to inadvertently
destroy their accuracy. Upon request, we will be offering calibrated,
specialty maps with .XGU calibrations submitted by you, the end user. There
will be a nominal fee ( yet to be determined ) for this service.
There is a fully
documented Tutorial explaining all facets of the GPSu+FNS software program
features under the taskbar heading <Help> on the main page of the
To order the Florida Near Shore GPSu+FNS Tri-County Thumb Drive
System, Click on
the link to the right.
Accepting orders now !
Have you read and understood ALL
of the System Requirements outlined on the
" Requirements " page of this
How the Ordering Process works:
You order the product through PayPal
( be certain to include discount code, if applicable - see the order
confirmation page ).
Upon receipt of your PayPal payment we
process your order & mail
you the programmed Thumb Drive after verification
The Thumb Drive will be
delivered as a GPS Utility "Non-Registered"
Standard Florida Near Shore Edition.
We also, simultaneously, e-mail you a
unique "Voucher Form" which you must complete & e-mail to GPS Utility in the UK.
GPS Utility in the UK will, in turn and within 24-48 hrs,
e-mail back to you the information necessary to register your copy of this
software. Then its just a matter of you entering your registered name ( 6 to 72
characters long & of your choosing ) and a sixteen digit Registration Number
specific to your registered name in the software. The name & number fields are
and must be entered exactly as supplied. There is a "Validate Registration"
box which must be clicked to assure proper registration! See
page for details of the voucher.
We do not include any printed charts with the
delivery. Our customers have too many individual chart preferences & to
include all 28 charts is cost prohibitive.
The County Name in italics stands
for either Broward, Palm Beach or Miami-Dade Counties
Notebooks/mini-laptops etc. have, by nature, limited memory & graphic
capabilities. We have not fully tested all possible models. We will test
all models upon request of prospective end user or
simply refund the sales price upon return receipt of a thumb drive in an
undamaged condition subject to our discretion.
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