Raymarine Announces Redesigned LightHouse II
Visitors to the 2013 Fort Lauderdale boat show will be treated to a preview of the next major release of Raymarine’s LightHouse User Interface. LightHouse II is the ninth release of Raymarine’s successful multifunction display user interface, and has been completely redesigned to give Raymarine owners a simpler, more user-friendly experience with welcome new features.
Grégoire Outters, Raymarine’s General Manager, says, “In 2011 we released the first version of LightHouse when we launched the award winning e7 MFD. Since then we have rapidly released 18 new multifunction displays models using the LightHouse interface and now we are very excited to announce our next big move, LightHouse II. With its striking design and new features, LightHouse II is an exciting step into the future for Raymarine and our customers. Best of all, LightHouse II is free for Raymarine owners, giving them a new, user-friendly, experience that’s almost like getting a brand new Raymarine multifunction display.”
LightHouse II’s new look is polished and professional, inviting users to explore the new interface and its latest features. Users will first notice the new home screen with easy-to-read icons for all their favorite apps; now enhanced by completely new, high-contrast color scheme options for added clarity and readability in all light conditions. In response to customer feedback, there’s a new LightHouse II menu system; reorganized for quicker access to frequently used features and controls, the improved visual indicators and touch-friendly slider controls make navigating LightHouse II as easy as using a smart phone.
In addition to the redesigned user interface LightHouse II is engineered with an all-new chart engine to support Raymarine’s brand new chart format, LightHouse Charts.
Derived from freely available NOAA raster and vector charts, LightHouse Charts are the simple solution for navigating U.S. coastal waters. On release of LightHouse II, Raymarine users will have the option of navigating with free raster and vector charts of the US by simply downloading the charts from raymarine.com. The LightHouse II chart engine is also engineered for the future, allowing Raymarine to offer new LightHouse chart types and regions from around the globe making it the most powerful version of LightHouse so far. LightHouse II also supports industry-leading Navionics vector charts including Navionics new community-sourced Sonar charts.
Other notable LightHouse II features and improvements include:
aSeries multifunction displays with LightHouse II will now support multi-touch pinch-to-zoom
Multiple network sonar support. Users can now easily switch between digital and CHIRP DownVision™ sonars
Greatly improved waypoint search and organization tools. Users can now search waypoints by location, name or symbol
All new and improved waypoint symbol library with larger waypoint symbols
Support for importing and exporting waypoint and routes in the popular GPX file format
Expanded waypoint and route ETA and TTG calculation displays
New databar auto-hide feature for maximizing the screen displays
LightHouse II and LightHouse charts of the USA will be available in the form of free download in December 2013. Raymarine users of latest generation aSeries, cSeries, eSeries and gS Series multifunction displays can download and install LightHouse II and LightHouse USA charts for free.
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