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Transferring data from third party chartplotter to MFDs running LHII or LH3 S/W
05-19-17, 03:46 PM (This post was last modified: 03-12-19 12:57 PM by Chuck - Raymarine - Moderator.)
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Transferring data from third party chartplotter to MFDs running LHII or LH3 S/W
Transferring data from third party chartplotter and third party computer navigational planning applications to MFDs running LightHouse II or LightHouse 3 software and Dragonfly displays

Unlike Raymarine's running LightHouse 3 software (ex. Axiom & Axiom Pro MFDs), MFDs running LightHouse II software (a/c/e/eS/gS-Series MFDs (updated with v14.36 or later software)), and Dragonfly displays which support the more universally supported GPX waypoint/route/track file format, many third party chartplotting products utilize proprietary waypoint/route files formats. Customers seeking to transfer data from third party chart plotting products or third party navigational planning applications using proprietary waypoint/route/track file formats to MFDs running LightHouse II or LightHouse 3 software, or to Dragonfly displays will generally use GPS Utility as it supports a very large number of proprietary waypoint/route/track file formats. HumminbirdPC (free to registered Humminbird product owners) or ReefMaster Lite would be recommended for Humminbird HWR files. If considering use of GPS Utility, it is strongly recommended that the demo version of GPS Utility or ReefMaster Lite be downloaded to confirm that it supports the file format(s) used by the third party chart plotting product(s) and third party navigational planning application(s).

In recognition of the now more or less universal support for GPX file format, Raymarine’s FSH to GPX Converter PC application has been introduced to support the production of GPX files from Archive.FSH files, thereby providing a quick and easy method for customers to migrate their data from their retired Raymarine MFDs to MFDs running LightHouse II or LightHouse 3 software, or to Dragonfly displays. Raymarine's Voyage Planner and GPS Utility (a third party product) may also be used to produce GPX files from Archive.FSH files as well as to support future waypoint/route planning. GPS Utility is typically recommended for customers needing to produce GPX files from the waypoint/route data stored within files employing third party proprietary file formats or for those needing to review/modify large quantities of waypoint data.

Please click here to view a related FAQ addressing waypoint/route/track constraints for Raymarine's Axiom, a/c/e/eS/gS-Series MFDs, and Dragonfly Displays (routes not supported by Dragonfly Displays).


UPDATE: Raymarine has ceased sales of Voyage Planner software through Raymarine's Charts Store and through its dealers. A limited number of boxed copies of the Raymarine Voyager Planner software may be found within dealer inventories. While Raymarine has not yet announced a replacement planning application, it is quite possible that Raymarine may do so in the future. At this time, Navionics is recommending Navigation Planner PC planning software for its customers. Navigation Planner features support for Raymarine product and their waypoint symbol sets.


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