Features August 2007 Issue

Practical Sailor Test Drives Nobeltec’s Admiral 9.1

Product instability and poor user-interface hold back Admiral 9.1. We suggest waiting for Nobeltecís next updated version or going with Maptechís Coastal Navigator Pro or MaxSea.

Admiral Version 9.1 improves upon VNS, adds support for a marine navigation network with failover and redundancy, and handles multiple monitors better. Overall, however, Admiral 9.1ís new features arenít impressive compared to other navigation software programs available. Practical Sailor spent several weeks evaluating the new Admiral, comparing it to Admiral V8, as well our favorites from our last navigation software test. In Practical Sailorís view, Admiral 9.1 was released before it was ready. The product had stability problems that Admiral Version 8 did not have, documentation was incomplete, and it was awkward to use.

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