Vector Charts

Electronic marine charts Vector type 

MapMedia mm3d Vector Charts utilize a vector database to build the chart display. This data is stored in layers and records every nautical chart feature such as coastlines, buoys, lights, etc. These features and their attributes such as position, color, size, shape, and others are stored in a database that allows them to be selectively displayed and interrogated.

Vector charts are extremely accurate at their reference scales (as long as they are not “over-zoomed”), but can appear quite different from traditional paper charts. MapMedia mm3d Vector Charts allow you to customize your chart display.

Main advantages
  • Good display at any scale.
  • Detailed information on specific objects of the map (eg. buoys).
  • Ability to configure charts and filter data.

Main drawbacks
  • Very different display from paper charts.
  • Vector charts become very inaccurate when over zoomed.

For more information on how to choose the best nautical chart for your needs, download our free guide 5 Tips for choosing the best nautical chart.