Electronic marine cartography: what to choose?
At a time when electronic marine cartography might replace nautical paper charts as the official cartography in all types of ships, its choice is crucial.
Format selection: Raster or Vector marine charts?
You have to determine first whether you prefer Vector or Raster marine charts.
Indeed, it’s hard to say which one is the best format, it will mostly depend on the user habits and needs.
Paper charts adepts will pick Raster charts whereas those who always had Vector charts cannot navigate without them. Check our Raster & Vector charts differences page for more details.
Marine cartography provider selection
The MapMedia mm3d offer is constantly growing to ensure the most complete data catalogue:
- Raster mm3d catalogue
This is the most reliable information to date thanks to agreements with the main hydrographic services (SHOM, NOAA, etc.).
- « C-MAP by Jeppesen » Vector mm3d catalogue:
A world-renowned product, C-MAP charts are trusted across the globe and offer accuracy and regular updates.
- « Datacore by Navionics » Vector mm3d catalogue:
Datacore charts have a worldwide coverage and thousands of satisfied users.
- HO S57 Vector mm3d catalogue:
Vector charts from national hydrographic services available for US and Norway.
Extra data selection: satellite photos, tidal currents and more
After choosing your nautical charts format, note that some cartography providers like MapMedia offer more complete data packs with aerial photos and 3D display as a complement to their marine charts.
MaxSea TimeZero software technology combined with MapMedia cartography guarantees the most comprehensive cartographic data offer of the market with two types of marine chart format for each area, 3D data and satellite photos combined thanks to the TimeZero technology.
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