How to back up Lowrance HDS waypoints before upgrading software for new Insight Genesis features

06-saved-s-usrWhenever GoFree releases new a feature for Insight Genesis, anglers and boaters must almost always first download and install new software (often also called “firmware”) to enable their Lowrance HDS unit to run the latest and the greatest. A software upgrade this month, for example, allows Insight Genesis Premium account users to set custom color palettes to highlight the depth ranges that are of most interest to them.

But before you upgrade your software/firmware, we recommend you first back-up all of your waypoints, tracks and trails by saving them on an SD card. Continue reading

How to use multiple Insight Genesis maps on your sonar/GPS unit (new feature!)

2-maps-on-same-unit-2-panel-collageA new GoFree feature allows anglers and boaters to use multiple Insight Genesis maps on the same SD card or mini-SD card. This new functionality is available for charts downloaded for free from Insight Genesis Social Map and for custom maps that users create with sonar recordings made with their own Lowrance depthfinders.

“We want to make Insight Genesis maps as easy to use as possible,” says GoFree Vice President Greg Konig. “We know keeping track of multiple SD cards can be difficult, as they are easily misplaced and lost. This advancement allows anglers, cruisers and sailors to keep their Insight Genesis custom maps conveniently stored on the same card, for easy use on the water.”  

microsd-cardPreviously, only one Insight Genesis map could be saved on an SD card for use on the water. Note, however, that multiple maps won’t all display at the same time on your GPS/sonar unit, but they will be easily accessible via the “Chart Options” window in your sonar units’ Chart page. Also, this is a new feature for HDS Gen2 and Gen3 units only, at this time. Continue reading

How to download and load your custom Insight Genesis map(s) into your sonar/GPS unit

DuBay-Offshore-Genesis-4-panel-CollageThe key feature of GoFree’s Insight Genesis service is the ability to make your own contour charts of any waterbody on which you fish, cruise or sail, and use it on the sonar/GPS unit on your boat. For anglers, especially, the benefits are revolutionary — not only can you create custom fishing maps with one-foot contours of waterbodies for which there’s no other map in existence, but you can also improve contour detail on previously mapped waters, and discover and dissect spot-on-the-spot areas overlooked by other anglers.

But before you start catching more and bigger fish with custom Insight Genesis maps, you’ve got to get those maps onto the compatible* Lowrance, Simrad or B&G sonar/GPS unit on your boat. This article will cover the step-by-step process to download to an SD card and load into your sonar/GPS unit the custom maps you’ve made with sonar data you’ve recorded yourself. If you’re not ready yet to record sonar data and create your own custom maps — and would rather download free Insight Genesis Social Map charts community-sourced by other anglers in GoFree’s Insight Genesis community, read this article. Continue reading

How to download a FREE Insight Genesis Social Map chart for fishing, cruising or sailing

Social-Map-CollageOne of the most popular features of Insight Genesis is Insight Genesis Social Map, an online treasury of FREE downloadable maps for waterbodies close to home, across the country and around the world. This article will teach you how to find maps of the waterbodies you’re interested in and how to download those maps for use on the water in your compatible* Lowrance, Simrad or B&G sonar/GPS device.

If you’re new to Insight Genesis, the first thing you might want to do is look to see if any of your favorite waterbodies have already been mapped and are available for download via Social Map. Continue reading

Insight Genesis maps now display in blue-scale on Lowrance Elite units too

Elite_blue-scale-CollageInsight Genesis custom contour maps now display on Lowrance Elite sonar/GPS units in the same dazzling blue-scale color palette previously available only on HDS Gen2 and Gen3 units and in online displays. This new GoFree feature will enhance the fish-finding experience for thousands of anglers in the Lowrance community.

No software download is necessary to enable the new blue-scale feature for Elite units. Any map files you download going forward will automatically display in blue-scale on your Elite unit.

“With our enhanced Insight Genesis offering, we are breaking the cartography mold,” says Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico, parent company of Lowrance and GoFree. “We now offer unparalleled options for creating unmatched contour charts.” Continue reading

Insight Genesis custom contour maps now available in 181 countries

County-Expansion-Genesis-CollageInsight Genesis is now available in 24 new countries in Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Middle East and East Asia. The recent expansion brings to 181 the total number of countries in which GoFree’s innovative custom-mapping service is available.

“We believe everyone should have access to the best charts for their own local waterways,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico, parent company of GoFree, Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. “With GoFree and Insight Genesis, we give boaters the ability to record, upload and use their own maps, plus the ability to share them with others at no charge.”

Insight Genesis is now available in the following countries: Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, The Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Continue reading

You can now use Insight Genesis sonar logs to make maps with SonarCharts, Reefmaster also

GPX-export-collageA new GoFree feature allows anglers and boaters to create custom contour maps not only with Insight Genesis, but also with third-party services like Reefmaster, Navionics SonarCharts and others – using sonar log data exported as a GPX file from Insight Genesis.

“Never before has the consumer been able to make a map from a Lowrance, Simrad or B&G chartplotter, then export that map data for use on any third-party chartplotter or charting software,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico, parent company of GoFree, Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. “No other marine electronics company is as committed as Navico to ensuring that all boaters have access to our cloud-based open-source platform, as well as the ability to access the most up-to-date maps and charts.” Continue reading