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Lakemaster AutoChart / Helix 10 Chirp Mega SI Map Display
« Last post by Vicus Horn on October 21, 2018, 10:46:43 PM »
I understand that "Autochart Live" maps and the maps created using my "Autochart Pro" software, are two different things. Well...supposed to be?

The problem I have, is that the distinction between the two different types of map is not very clear when using them on my Helix 10 Mega. They seem to be sort of "intertwined". It may simply be a case of the menu options not being clear, or it may be that they are treated as the same thing partially or entirely by the control head software.

The main problem is that the menu options make no clear distinction between "Autchart Live" maps and PC created maps. It could easily be done just by referring to "Autochart Live" explicitly?

WHEN SELECTING BASE LAYER AND OVERLAY ON THE MAIN MENU

I have only 3 options:

1. None

2.2D Base Map

3. Autochart

I sort of get the idea that if I select "Autochart" here, it is the PC created map, because I notice that if I select "Autochart" here, my custom shoreline that I created on the PC is part of the map that is displayed, and the contour lines shown seems to take this custom shoreline into account. But hard to really be 100% sure, as the menu options make no distinction. But so far, so good.... although it would be helpful if I had a clear option here to either select "Autochart Live" or just "Autochart".

WHEN I SELECT "AUTOCHART" ON THE CHART MENU (X-Press Menu)

When I am displaying a chart view, I presss "Menu" to bring up the charting X-Press Menu, and I select "Autochart", I get options to show or hide Autochart, or start or stop recording. And, I get various options to control how this "Autochart" is displayed. This includes "Vegetation" and "Bottom Hardness", colour palette etc. So this looks to me to all be related only to "Autochart Live". Once again, it would help a ton if I had explicit "Autochart Live" and "Autochart" options.

I use this Autochart Live display to guide me while making sonar recordings, so that I have good visualization of how well I am covering the area I want to map. So I normally have my sonar recording and Autochart Live recording running at the same time while mapping.

So at the moment when I am not recording and want to simply use my PC created maps, I would want to have only my PC Created map shown, and Autochart Live set to "hidden" so that I can now enjoy fishing while using my PC created map.

And this is where the problem lies. For if I hide my Autochart Live, I seem to have very little control over how my PC map is displayed.

In order to use my PC Created map, I have to select it either as a base layer or overlay (usually base layer), and hide the "Autochart Live" map.
Problem is.....if I do that, I lose all control over how the map is displayed. Because all the X-Press menu map display controls seem to be only related to the "Live" map.

I can still show the vegetation and bottom hardness layers, but these seem to be generated via "Autochart Live", in spite of the fact that the "Live" map is set to "hidden". But I cannot change the appearance of my PC created map at all, regarding colour palette etc.

Things would be far simpler and less confusing if the PC and the "Live" maps each had their own, separate, explicit controls. As it is, it confuses the $%#@ out of me.

As it is, I seem to have full control over how "Autochart Live" is displayed as far as bottom layer, contour spacing, colour palette etc. is concerned, but no control what so ever over how my PC map is displayed. It seems to come up only as "dead" a base layer showing black contour lines with no colouring, and I cant find any option or way to adjust it.

And then there is the disconnect between how well the vegetation layer shows up on my pc and the vegetation layer that seems to generated by Autochart Live. The quality of the vegetation layer on my PC is way better. Wish I could display it properly on my Helix Unit!
 
Or maybe I am missing something, and the "Live" and "PC" maps actually do have separated controls for bottom layer, colour palette etc.? 

My(humble) opinion:

The map display options would be much clearer and user-friendly if:

1. The Main Menu base layer and overlay display options had explicit "Autochart Live" and "Autochart" options.

2. The X-Press chart menu had two entirely separate sections to display either "Autochart Live" or "Autochart", with the "Autochart" sections having the full display customization options that the "Live" map has, like vegetation, colour palette etc.

And it would really help if the "Autochart" vegetation layer was displayed exactly as on my PC when I create the map. (There is really a big difference currently, on my unit)

Can anyone help clear up my confusion or make a useful suggestion?
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Helix Series Units / Re: Vegetation Layer Not Displaying Correctly on Helix 10 Mega
« Last post by Vicus Horn on October 21, 2018, 10:04:41 PM »
I may be able to help with the first part  ...

AutoChart maps created in AutoChart PC and transferred to the Zero Line card are bonified LakeMaster Map data (with all the features of a regional LakeMaster map card or Chart Select LakeMaster map card)  ...

Contour XD is the base map in the unit memory  ...

AutoChart Live data and AutoChart PC created data are 2 completely different things  ...

AutoChart Live data (in the unit 8 hour unit memory or on the Zero Line card) is displayed on the Chart view as an overlay on top of Contour XD basemap, Navionics card map data, regional LakeMaster card map data, Chart Select LakeMaster card map data, or LakeMaster map card data on the Zero Line card created in AutoChart PC  ...

Point #1: When you select Contour XD in the Chart selection Menu - you are telling the unit to disregard any map card inserted in the SD card slot and only use the built in Contour XD basemap  ...

Point #2: When you select Auto in the Chart selection menu- you are telling the unit to look for a map card inserted in the SD card slot  ...

Then AutoChart Live data (in the unit 8 hour memory or on the Zero Line card) is overlayed on top of the map data chosen in Point #1 or Point #2 above  ...

Rickie

Thanks for this. It does clear up the map selection part to a large degree.

I do understand that Autochart Live and Autochart PC created maps are entirely different. I actually have some issues regarding that as well:

(Now this is where things get really confusing. )

WHEN SELECTING BASE LAYER AND OVERLAY ON THE MAIN MENU

I have only 3 options:

1. None

2.2D Base Map

3. Autochart

I sort of get the idea that if I select "Autochart" here, it is the PC created map, because I notice that if I select "Autochart" here, my custom shoreline that I created on the PC is part of the map that is displayed, and the contour lines shown seems to take this custom shoreline into account. So far, so good.

WHEN I SELECT "AUTOCHART" ON THE CHART MENU (X-Press Menu)

When I am displaying a chart view, I presss "Menu" to bring up the charting X-Press Menu, and I select "Autochart", I get options to show or hide Autochart, or start or stop recording. And, I get various options to control how this "Autochart" is displayed. This includes "Vegetation" and "Hottom Hardness", colour palette etc. So this looks to me to all be related only to "Autochart Live".

In fact, I use this Autochart Live display to guide me while making sonar recordings, so that I have good visualization of how well I am covering the area I want to map. So I normally have my sonar recording and Autochart live recording running at the same time while mapping.

So at the moment when I am not recording and want to simply use my PC created maps, I would want to have only my PC Created map shown, and Autochart Live set to "hidden" so that I can now enjoy fishing while using my PC created map.

And this is where the problem lies. For if I hide my Autochart Live, I have very little control over how my PC map is displayed.

In order to use my PC Created map, I have to select it either as a base layer or overlay (usually base layer), and hide the "Autochart Live" map.
Problem is.....if I do that, I lose all control over how the map is displayed. Because all the X-Press menu map display controls seem to be only related to the "Live" map.

I can still show the vegetation and bottom hardness layers, but these seem to be generated via "Autochart Live", in spite of the fact that the "live" map is set to "hidden". But I cannot change the appearance of my PC created map at all.

Things would be far simpler and less confusing if the PC and the "Live" maps each had their own, separate, explicit controls. As it is it confuses the $%#@ out of me.

As it is, I seem to have full control over how "Autochart Live" is displayed as far as bottom layer, contour spacing, colour palette etc. is concerned, but no control what so ever over how my PC map is displayed. It seems to come up only as "dead" a base layer showing black contour lines with no colouring, and I cant find any option or way to adjust it.

And then there is the disconnect between how well the vegetation layer shows up on my pc and the vegetation layer that seems to generated by Autochart Live. The quality of the vegetation layer on my PC is way better. Wish I could display it properly on my Helix Unit!
 
Or maybe I am missing something, and the "Live" and "PC" maps actually do have separated controls for bottom layer, colour palette etc.? 


 




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Helix Series Units / Re: Vegetation Layer Not Displaying Correctly on Helix 10 Mega
« Last post by rnvinc on October 21, 2018, 06:04:11 PM »
You might also post your question in the AutoChart sub-forum because some guys visit that sub-forum without looking in other sub-forums  ...

http://forums.sideimagingsoft.com/index.php?board=76.0

Rickie
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Helix Series Units / Re: Vegetation Layer Not Displaying Correctly on Helix 10 Mega
« Last post by rnvinc on October 21, 2018, 05:51:49 PM »
I may be able to help with the first part  ...

AutoChart maps created in AutoChart PC and transferred to the Zero Line card are bonified LakeMaster Map data (with all the features of a regional LakeMaster map card or Chart Select LakeMaster map card)  ...

Contour XD is the base map in the unit memory  ...

AutoChart Live data and AutoChart PC created data are 2 completely different things  ...

AutoChart Live data (in the unit 8 hour unit memory or on the Zero Line card) is displayed on the Chart view as an overlay on top of Contour XD basemap, Navionics card map data, regional LakeMaster card map data, Chart Select LakeMaster card map data, or LakeMaster map card data on the Zero Line card created in AutoChart PC  ...

Point #1: When you select Contour XD in the Chart selection Menu - you are telling the unit to disregard any map card inserted in the SD card slot and only use the built in Contour XD basemap  ...

Point #2: When you select Auto in the Chart selection menu- you are telling the unit to look for a map card inserted in the SD card slot  ...

Then AutoChart Live data (in the unit 8 hour memory or on the Zero Line card) is overlayed on top of the map data chosen in Point #1 or Point #2 above  ...

Rickie
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Helix Series Units / Vegetation Layer Not Displaying Correctly on Helix 10 Mega
« Last post by Vicus Horn on October 20, 2018, 11:21:14 PM »
My setup is as follows:

Fishfinder:
Humminbird Helix 10 Mega Chirp SI G2N
Sofware Version: 1.840 (Latest)

Trolling Motor:
Minn Kota iPilot – Link
Controller Software Version: 1.240
Remote Software Version: 1.170

Software:
Auochart Pro Version 2.3 (Latest)
Includes Africa Zero Lines SD card. ( I live in South Africa)

I purchased this mainly because I was impressed with the follow the contour and follow vegetation features. The control part of that actually works well on my boat. Very happy and impressed with the control aspect of the setup.

There are a few problems though. I have found ways to work around or cope with most of them. But I think they can be improved upon.

When I create maps on my Autochart Pro software
The maps I get are pretty good. The vegetation shows up where it is in reality. I know this as I have extensive experience of the water where I did the mapping. Very happy with the maps I create. So far so good…

When I display the maps on the control head:
Couple of issues here.

THE MAP SOURCE

When I got to Map Source on the Control head, I get the following options:

1. Auto
2. Contour XD

My Zero Lines SD card is not a contour XD card? (This is confusing)

Obviously if I try to use Contour XD, my mapping does not work. When I put it on Auto, my custom maps can be shown using “Autochart” as either a base layer or overlay.
So, although I can use my custom maps by selecting “Auto” as a map source, why does “Contour XD” show up as an option if it is of no use? And why is there no explicit option to use my custom maps? Or why does the Africa Zero Lines Base Map not show up as an option? I am very confused here. Oh well at least I still get the charting to work in spite of the confusion.

THE VEGETATION LAYER

This is what the vegetation layer looks like on my PC after creating a map with Autochart Pro:

https://imageshack.com/a/img921/6686/qzANyz.jpg

And this is what it looks like on the control head:

https://imageshack.com/a/img924/2391/OaWTfc.jpg

Vast difference.

I tried adjusting the Vegetation Layer Options. No joy. The Min and Max vegetation settings are just scale related. It only sets the “sensitivity”. It does not correct the position, which seems to be the problem here?
Changing the Gain Offset does nothing at all. That is also confusing. Should it not have some effect.

I am very surprised that the vegetation looks absolutely perfect on my PC, but utterly screwed up on my fishfinder.

Any ideas?
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Helix Series Units / Re: Helix5 SI GPS won't load
« Last post by CrosbyM on October 18, 2018, 05:14:45 AM »
Thanks...  Found a troubleshooting guide and I'll be checking the battery and wiring.
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Helix Series Units / Re: Helix5 SI GPS won't load
« Last post by rnvinc on October 17, 2018, 04:21:22 PM »
2 things I can think of before calling HB (1-800-633-1468)

1. Remove any map cards and try  ...

2. Try a different fully charged battery  ...

Rickie
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Helix Series Units / Helix5 SI GPS won't load
« Last post by CrosbyM on October 17, 2018, 07:20:43 AM »
When turned on it says loading and then immediately goes to a rapid flashing white.  Will not turn off without unplugging power.  Help. 
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598c SI HD / Re: cloudy on right side 598
« Last post by rnvinc on October 17, 2018, 05:06:22 AM »
OK, I will start looking for some compatible unit to borrow. Hopefully crosstesting will resolve this. Is there some list of compatible units? From user manual, it looks like my 598 is compatibil only with  Xnt 9 Si 180 T.

Any HB SideImaging unit other than ONIX SOLIX or ION can be used to test your xducer  ...

The difference between the XNT 9 SI 180 T and the XHS 9 HDSI 180 T is that the XNT 9 SI 180 T is not necessarily tuned to use the 800kHz SI frequency

Rickie
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598c SI HD / Re: cloudy on right side 598
« Last post by Kenai on October 16, 2018, 08:56:57 AM »
OK, I will start looking for some compatible unit to borrow. Hopefully crosstesting will resolve this. Is there some list of compatible units? From user manual, it looks like my 598 is compatibil only with  Xnt 9 Si 180 T.
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