Dear Voyager User,
Whew! That's pretty much all I
can say, whew. And Wow.
Ok, I can say a little more. Whew means
that the first official beta for Voyager 4.0 is now in the hands and
hard drives of our beta testers. As you may realize, this release
has been a long time coming. To be honest, longer than we
expected. Wow refers to it being, quite literally, 50x
faster than Voyager 3.6 and including many, many new features,
such as a completely revamped GlassView module, scanned charts
everywhere and much more.
So, while we
still have a few bugs to work out, Voyager 4.0 is nearing the finish
line. Many of us might even see our spouses and children again
is a recurring newsletter for all Voyager users, with the latest Voyager news, tips and tricks.
I'm very interested in your feedback, either to the newsletter or to
Voyager itself. Please send any comments or suggestions to me
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Got plane? Flying with
the all-new GlassView 4.0 module is the easy way to get the glass panel you
dream of, with features that will make G1000 users drool.
Just during the beta test, Voyager
4.0 starts at $99. 2D, 3D, scanned charts — it's all there.
4.0 Now In Beta. Download it now.
Now that Voyager 4.0 is in beta (testing), I can
describe it in detail but the first thing you should do, if you're
interested, is download and install the beta. It peacefully
coexists with Voyager 3.69 so you have little to lose.
You can also run it, as a five day trial,
even if you've previously used a trial version.
Download it from:
Traffic has been very heavy on our Web
site lately. If you download the file and get a message like "Not
a valid Win32 executable" when you run it, it means that the download is
corrupted. Please try the other download link or try again a
What's new? Well, a quick overview
is below but a very detailed document, with all the changes and how to
use the new features, is available as a PDF from our Web site.
Speed. The new charting
engine is at least 50x faster than the old one because it leverages
the power of your computer's video card via a Microsoft technology
called DirectX. This is the same basic technology behind
Google Earth, Microsoft Flight Simulator, etc. Pans, zooms,
jumps, etc. are all nearly real-time.
Scanned Charts Everywhere.
While the Chart Viewer from Voyager 3.6 is still there, you can now
display scanned Sectionals, IFR Low, or IFR High charts on any chart
then overlay TFRs, fuel prices, radar and satellite images, etc.
View on-screen or print.
2D and 3D HITS. The new
charting engine works equally well in either traditional 2D or 3D Highway In The Sky (HITS) mode. One click of the new
3D button and the system smoothly transitions from 2D to 3D and back
GlassView 4.0. All new.
Much, much faster. Larger buttons and text everywhere, easier
to use Direct To features, scanned charts, etc.
But there is much, much more. Take a
look at the
detailed What's New document for nearly 30 pages of enhancements.
During Voyager 4.0's development, our
development team was split into two groups. One worked primarily
on adding new features to the Voyager 3.x product (which resulted in
Voyager 3.5 and Voyager 3.6) and the other team worked strictly on
Voyager 4.0. We re-combined the teams to work solely on Voyager
4.0 last October.
During that time, two of our data
providers, NOAA and AOPA, changed the format of some of their data just enough to cause us some problems. In particular,
Voyager 3.x could be confused by some NOAA METARs and a new FBO data
format from AOPA. Both of these issues were resolved for Voyager
download the Voyager 4.0 beta to get the fix.
I'd like to give a personal and very
sincere thank you to David Hall. David is the extremely talented
lead developer of the new charting engine who has spent two years
working on it. This involved advanced 3D matrix math, abstract
mathematical contrivances called quaternions and a whole host of
incomprehensible but critical formulas that I can't even begin to
understand. But I do understand that the result is amazing.
Additionally, he somehow found time to get married during that time but
deferred his honeymoon until now. So, once again, congratulations
and thanks David! Enjoy the vacation; you more than deserve it. If you're interested
in hiring David, please send your requests to
New Web Site
Not to be outdone by the programmers, the
marketing folks here have been hard at work revamping our Web site to
coincide with Voyager 4.0. The
new Web site has a
look and feel similar to Voyager 4.0's new look. It should make navigation easier and
faster. Best of all, it looks great (I had very little to
do with it so I can say that). Credit goes to Robert Hamilton and
Try The Beta, Save a Bundle.
Five Days Only.
We've had a Winter sale for the past few
months for the obvious reason that people don't fly as much in
the Winter as they do in the Spring and Summer. Now, with Spring
approaching and the imminent release of Voyager 4.0, our prices are
going back up to their usual prices.
However, you have one last chance to get
Voyager 4.0 at an incredible price. But you'll have to work a
little for it:
Try the Voyager 4.0 beta and, if you buy during
your trial period, you get Voyager for an incredible price. We're offering three packages:
Everything you need to quickly plan safe,
fuel-efficient VFR flights.
Includes: SmartPlan Premier + 6 Months of VFR
Everything an IFR pilot needs to comply
with FAA IFR regulations and plan safe, fuel efficient IFR and
Includes: SmartPlan Premier + SmartPlates + 6 Months
of IFR ChartData Subscription
All the software you need for inflight use with
a laptop or Tablet PC.
Includes: GlassView + SmartPlan Premier +
SmartPlates + 6 Months of EFB ChartData Subscription
Again, to get these prices you have to put
in a little work by trying the Voyager 4.0 beta and purchase
during your five day trial period.
Tips and Tricks
For this newsletter, I'm going to keep it short
and just offer three tips, all very much related. In the next
newsletter, I'll be back to offer additional tips on Voyager 4.0.
Please send your questions and
favorite tips to
A reminder that past Tips and Tricks are
available from our Web site at
Seattle Avionics Software will be showing Voyager
at the following upcoming events. Stop by to say hello, see the
latest Voyager features, and ask the experts any questions you have about
April 8 - 13, 2008: Sun 'n Fun
Lakeland, Florida. Booth C61 (Hangar C, Booth 61)
July 28 - August 4, 2008:
AirVenture 2008. Oshkosh, WI.
June 7, 2008. AOPA Fly-In.
November 6 - 8, 2008. AOPA Expo.
San Jose, CA.
Until next time, happy flying. And be sure to
download the beta!
- Steve Podradchik, CEO (and Editor)
P.S. Did I forget to mention that
download the beta?