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AutoChart Live is stripped down version on Helix units
« on: January 26, 2017, 01:53:07 AM »
I just wanted to make a clear title to this thread for people looking for answers to this because I found it very difficult to get answers on side imaging mosaics. Hopefully it will show up on Google searches. I was pretty excited when I heard the Helix units had AutoChart Live but in my search to understand whether or not HB had the same capability as a feature by Lowrance I like called Structuremap I have found out that the Structuremap and HB side imaging mosaic capabilities are possibly the same or at least similar. However, AutoChart Live which previously had the live side imaging mosaic does not appear to have that ability in the Helix units, yet HB has not stated such in their sales information so it's easy to buy a Helix and not get everything you thought you were getting. It has taken A LOT of leg work to find out the details of side imaging mosaic and I only recently found out about the helix units requiring the $250 AutoChart Pro software to get a mosaic instead of being able to do it on the water. I contacted HB numerous times and received multiple conflicting answers. It's been a bit frustrating. Especially considering how good HB's customer support normally is on most anything you could ask. I'm also a bit disappointed that HB would leave out the live side imaging mosaic when their competition has it in their comparatively priced models. I still want an HB but they are making it difficult because I like to know exactly what I'm getting before I get it. Hopefully this post keeps someone from getting an unpleasant surprise by finding out after the fact they don't have live side imaging mosaic like the upper models and have to spend an extra $250 to even get the option.


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Re: AutoChart Live is stripped down version on Helix units
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2017, 02:37:02 PM »
Could you post the model numbers of the price comparisons you used for research. Thanks Bob

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Re: AutoChart Live is stripped down version on Helix units
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2017, 12:15:25 AM »
HELIX 7 CHIRP SI GPS G2N $800 plus AUTOCHART PRO $250 = $1,050

Lowrance Elite-7 Ti Medium/High Sonar/GPS Combo w/Total Scan Transducer $800 (I believe the part # is 000-12419-001)
Lowrance Elite-9 Ti Medium/High Sonar/GPS Combo w/Total Scan Transducer $1,000 (I believe the part # is 000-13274-001)
(No separate software needed)
« Last Edit: January 27, 2017, 12:23:51 AM by October1 »

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Re: AutoChart Live is stripped down version on Helix units
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2017, 05:33:15 AM »
Thanks for the model numbers. I have not been keeping up with Lowrance for several years now and can't seem to find what feature/software contains the side scan mosaic software. Could you help me with the name. Thanks

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Re: AutoChart Live is stripped down version on Helix units
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2017, 06:48:02 AM »
Have you added your request to the HB wish list ... ??

http://forums.sideimagingsoft.com/index.php?board=48.0

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Re: AutoChart Live is stripped down version on Helix units
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2017, 09:42:31 AM »
October1. I have the info I was asking for. Thanks(structuremap)
« Last Edit: January 27, 2017, 09:43:41 AM by bobcoy »

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Re: AutoChart Live is stripped down version on Helix units
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2017, 06:06:51 AM »
Have you added your request to the HB wish list ... ??

http://forums.sideimagingsoft.com/index.php?board=48.0

Rickie

I had not, but since you posted this I have added a request. Thank you.

Do you know if Humminbird pays much attention to these requests? I mentioned it to them on the phone and by email but I felt like it may have fell on deaf ears.

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Re: AutoChart Live is stripped down version on Helix units
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2017, 07:08:03 AM »
I had not, but since you posted this I have added a request. Thank you.

Do you know if Humminbird pays much attention to these requests? I mentioned it to them on the phone and by email but I felt like it may have fell on deaf ears.

HB does follow the electronics forums ... even the wish list items ...

I do not know how the decisions are made to decide what items get included in future updates/products ...

We have seen many items from the wish list over the years enacted (some quickly - some not so quickly - some not even yet) ...

Rickie


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