To enjoy all Insight Genesis features, update your sonar/GPS unit’s software

Software-update-screenWhen was the last time you updated the software on your boat’s sonar/GPS unit(s)? If you don’t remember, it’s time to install an update!

To enjoy all the Insight Genesis and other GoFree features of which your sonar-GPS unit is capable, you must be running up-to-date software. A recent software upgrade, for example, enables Premium Insight Genesis subscribers to assign custom colors to highlight depth ranges that are of the most interest to them (stay tuned to this blog for for a soon-to-be published how-to article!). Additionally, if your sonar/GPS unit is not running up-to-date software, your Insight Genesis maps will not likely display properly — or not display at all, in some cases. Outdated software can also result in maps that are slow to load and/or slow to refresh as you drive across the water.

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How to use multiple Insight Genesis maps on your sonar/GPS unit

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

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

Use Insight Genesis maps on your mobile phone or e-tablet!

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Need another reason to buy the new giant iPhone? You can view your Insight Genesis custom contour maps on it!

Insight Genesis, the innovative cloud-based map-generation tool for Lowrance, Simrad NS and B&G Zeus series chartplotters, is now enabled for use on mobile phones and e-tablets. With the release of a new HTML5-powered viewer, custom Insight Genesis maps and Insight Genesis Social Map charts can now be viewed on iOS, Android, Windows and mobile phones and tablets. In regions with good cellular service, the upgrade will allow free viewing of Genesis maps from your boat, while on the water.*

HTML5 is programming language used for structuring and presenting content on the Internet. Insight Genesis’ new HTML5 architecture replaces a system based on Silverlight, which was not compatible with mobile devices. To view your custom Insight Genesis maps and Social Map charts on your mobile device, log in to your account and click on a lake name, just as you would on your computer. Continue reading

Insight Genesis works with Mac and PC computers

The Insight Genesis web-upload tool enables both PC and Mac upload of sonar data.  This feature is available for both Premium subscribers and free-account users.

With the web-upload tool, you can upload your sonar-log files directly from your account. Eliminating the need to download and install a desktop application for uploading sonar data, the web-upload tool works with all computer types. You access it through your Insight Genesis dashboard.

GoFree continues to support and make available the Microsoft Windows-based desktop upload tool for PC users. Mac users must use the web-upload tool.  Continue reading