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Using the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia on a Windows Tablet.

Our guides work fine on Windows 10 Tablets. Many Windows 10 tablets are now very inexpensive - often less than half the price of an Ipad - and they run all the other thousands of Windows programs including yachting programs, like the navigation programs OpenCPN, MaxSea and Navionics.

Windows 10 tablets and GPS

When I started researching which Windows tablet I was amazed that none of them advertise having GPS. No GPS in a tablet is, of course, absolutely ridiculous; Travellers use Tablets use GPS for navigating in strange cities. Right?

Most of the tablets made by companies like Asus, Lenovo and Dell have GPS in their Android models - but not in their Windows models.

Does this mean they manufacture two different tablets? One for Android, one from Windows? No. They don't. If the Windows tablet model has a mobile phone feature you can be reasonably certain it also has a GPS as these are generally included in the phone module. You can check your tablet by typing "device manager" in the search box then opening Device Manager.If you have a G PS you will see it listed under sensors as a Geolocation Sensor. In the Lenovo MIIX 8 2 it is a Broadcom GNSS Geolocation Sensor.

Many (most?) Windows tablets (but NOT ones made by Microsoft until the new Surface Tablet with 4G became available) DO have a GPS in them but Windows - for some totally insane reason - does not have any way to connect to a GPS even when it is there and operational. So when you ask a Lenovo dealer "Does the MIIX 2 8" have a GPS?" they say no. Even when you email Lenovo and ask them directly they will tell you the Windows version does not have a GPS (but the Android version does). But they are wrong. The Windows 4G version absolutely does have a fully operational GPS, but Windows 8 can't connect to it.

Thankfully a couple of brilliant yachties wrote a tiny (236k) program that does what Microsoft couldn't do - connects Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 to a tablet's GPS. You can download Geolocation TCP here.

Geolocation TCP works great so you can run your Windows Nav program - like OpenCPN or MaxSea on your Windows tablet.

After downloading and installing Geolocation TCP all you need to do is start your plotter - OpenCPN - and and go to Options / Connections and "create new Network connection" with the Address and DataPort 15555.

In Windows 10 you may need to swipe in from the right and click on the Location tile to turn it off, then click on it to turn it on again. Or go to Settings, Security and Location, Click on Location and turn it on. If it is allready on turn it off then on again.

Your WiFi has to be on but not connected to any wifi station (do not use airplane mode to disconnect it).

Now start Geolocation TCP - as soon as OpenCPN connects with Geolocation TCP the status bar on the bottom of the window should indicate GNSS status "ready" and GNSS source should read "Satellite".

IMPORTANT: Before you leave home with the tablet DISCONNECT FROM WIFI (DO NOT USE AIRPLANE MODE) AND REMOVE ANY SIM CARD to be certain it is set up to communicate directly with satellites and is not using WiFi or Cell Tower location.

Lenovo MIIX 2 8" Tablet and the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia

I bought a Lenovo MIIX 2 8" Windows Tablet with 32 GB of storage on Amazon for US$208. I also got a 64GB - micro SD chip where I install most of my programs and I got a case that includes a keyboard.

The FIRST thing you need to do with any Windows 8 tablet (or notebooks) is install Classic Shell . This little, free, program makes Windows 8 look, feel, and operate like a Windows 7 computer with the normal start button, menu, and desktop. You can still use the horrible Windows 8 start screen if you wish. It was designed to work on tablets and touch screens but anyone who has suffered through using it will truly appreciate Classic Shell. Windows 10 will return to a modified versionof the Windows 7 start/menu system.

The second thing you need to do to use our guides easily on a Windows Tablet is download and install the TouchMousePointer program. This isn't an option. You really do need it if you want to use our guides on your tablet.

Touch Screen Folly

I got a stylus to go with my tablet because most of the windows programs (including our guides) have buttons and menus that don't work too well with my big fingers.

I quickly discovered that the finger touch or stylus touch is still not really useable for most Windows programs and not even for using Windows 8.1 itself. There are two reasons for this.

First, Windows uses a very precise x,y coordinate system to locate where the cursor is. Fat fingers or a chubby stylus touches the screen in a big blotchy area, not a precise x,y location. So many times you touch and nothing happens. Very frustrating. (this could also be just a problem with my Lenovo MIIX 2 - but I don't think so).

Second, touch screens do not move a cursor around so there is no roll-over position, just a click or long click. This means the menu items of many programs and websites don't work correctly. Our guide has lots of information icons that depend on roll-overs. These work OK unless that same icon can also be clicked to give you more information or maybe a sphere image. When you click on an Icon or menu item you don't get a sub-menu or a "tool tip" - you go to wherever the link leads.

Lovesummertrue I do love you.

The solution to the cursed cursor problem was a tiny app that turns the whole tablet screen into a track-pad!

Brilliant! Suddenly your Windows Tablet is EASY to use. It works perfectly and you can set up the settings for your virtual trackpad in a lot of different ways.

Downoad the Touchmousepointer program at:

It's free but you really should make a donation - not only because these guys deserve it for making a klutzy Windows Tablet into something useful, but also because if you are nice and donate, you'll get additional commands and tweaks to make the virtual trackpad even more useful.

Once installed you'll see a little mouse on your taskbar. Click and hold on it to get a menu and select "settings".

I set up my tablet with the following:

General/Mode/Full screen tab:


Current mode

On the General/Mode screen I ticked full screen mode.

Review the settings for the Full Screen Mode then quit settings and start the full screen mode by clicking once on the mouse icon in the task bar. Stop it by clicking on it again. Use the full screen mode to start the cruising guide either by double clicking on the guide icon or by click and holding over the icon (like right clicking) and selecting "open".

You have to remember that you are using the cursor, not the position where your finger is, so when you go to click don't try to just click on something like you would on a normal touch screen. You have to move the cursor there first. Takes a moment of getting used to but then it is really nice.

Now when you put your finger on the screen you'll see the mouse cursor (hurray) and as you move your finger the cursor moves. You can put your finger close to or far away from the cursor and the cursor will only move when you move your finger. This lets you see the cursor without getting your big pudgy finger in the way.

When viewing a sphere image, put two fingers somewhere on the screen - like the lower right corner where they are not too obstructive - and gently move the two fingers right, left, up or down to pan everywhere.

With this great little TouchMousePointer app our guides work just as well as they do on a notebook or desktop (and on a $208 tablet that charges in an hour with a 12vt USB charger.).





Call Richard 87 95 63 to purchase the guide directly from the author or purchase the guide from Chloe at Yacht Agent Noumea Ocean Services- her phone number, email and location are on the Noumea Ocean website.

Cruising Guide to New Caledonia DVD

Order the 2017 Cruising Guide to New Caledonia on DVD

Includes the companion Activity and Travel Guide.
Works on Windows (XP or later) and MacIntosh (OSX 10.7 or later).

This is an excellent gift for someone who plans on cruising, chartering, surfing, kayaking or diving in New Caledonia.

There is an extra charge to mail the DVD to an address that is not your billing address and they cannot be mailed to a mid-Pacific Island address, like Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga or Samoa.

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Mailed to your Billing Address

Euro €125.00.

Mailed to a Transient Address

Euro €145.00.

DVD nautical guides to New Caledonia and Vanuatu

Special 4 Guide set:

Cruising and Travel Guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia

If you are also planning to cruise Vanuatu, we have a special offer for all 4 guides that includes the New Caledonia cruising and tourism guides plus the latest Nautical Rocket Guide to Vanuatu and it's companion Travel Guide to Vanuatu.

There is an extra charge to mail the DVD to an address that is not your billing address and they cannot be mailed to a mid-Pacific Island address, like Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga or Samoa.

Mailed to your Billing Address

Euro €210.00.

Mailed to a Transient Address

Euro €220.00.


If you have a good fast Internet connection you can download your guides now.

After payment you will be transferred to a page with installation instructions and download links..

At the same time you will also be sent a receipt for your purchase and a separate email with the links plus detailed installation and activation instructions. You need that email to get the download and activation instructions and access to the online activation center so if you don't see it in your inbox check your spam box.

The links are only valid 48 hours so be ready to do the big downloads within 48 hours before making payment. You HAVE to use a download manager because these are big files.
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The downloader assures the download will be uncorrupted. Many people who do not use a download manager have problems and waste their time and mine with download issues. In the end they use a download manager program and have no problem. So do it right the first time, please, the download manager program does not cost anything and will greatly speed up the download for you.

Windows Download New Caledonia

Requires XP or later

Installation file for the cruising guide is 386MB and the companion Activity and Travel Guide 481MB - Euro €125.00.

Mac Download New Caledonia

Requires Mac OSX 10.7 to OSX 10.10.2

Installation file for the guide is 403MB and the companion Activity and Travel Guide 561MB - Euro €125.00.

Windows Download
Vanuatu + New Caledonia

Requires Windows XP or later

Installation files for the 4 guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia are 220MB, 480MB, 386MB, 481MB - Euro 210.00

Mac Download
Vanuatu + New Caledonia

Requires Mac OSX 10.7 to OSX 10.10.2

Installation files for the 4 guides to Vanuatu and New Caledonia are 225MB, 494MB , 403MB, 561MB - Euro 210.00