Maretron’s N2KBuilder, better than sliced bread?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

10 Responses

  1. Jay Sellers says:

    Most surprising: the app is written for Adobe Air. I have it running on my MacBook already. Good stuff.
    Very simple interface. I would like to add icons for MFDs, AIS transponders, radios, etc., which I suppose the “picture” box would accommodate for now.

  2. Alex Polmans says:

    Actually N2KBuilder can already switch all MID cables to MICRO etc, at the push of a button. Select any cable on the backbone, right-click to bring up the Cable Properties Dialog, and then select the Network Functions, Change Cable Size to Mid command.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Jay, For non-Maretron devices, you’ll want to use the “?” icon to the left of the picture and text facilities. That’s because the “?” can be attached to cables, and has manufacturer, name, LEN, and amperage properties.
    Alex, Thanks for the tip. I found that I had to make my backbone cables all the same size (I had one micro segment) to get that Network Function to work, but I was then able to see how changes in the cable size affect voltage. Well done!

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Come to think of it, it would be neat if there was an N2KBuilder element that combined the “?” device and picture attributes. Then you could add any device both graphically and with name and power needs.
    Also, thanks Jay for pointing out the program’s multi-platform nature. PC guys like me tend to be obnoxiously blase on that subject.

  5. Jeff Shukis says:

    It’s a great piece of software. I documented my network in about an hour – and then spent another hour adding in Maretron “wish list” items, which is one good reason for Maretron to give us the software.
    There are quite a few bugs in this initial version. The worst, for me, is that an image placed underneath your network (a floorplan of my boat in my case) goes wonky after you save the file. Though it’s not a bug, I agree that the ability to add more details (especially a picture) of non-Maretron nodes is important.

  6. Russ says:

    Jay – how did you get it running on your Mac? I installed Air without any problem, but the N2K builder doesn’t install and I can’t find the .air file.

  7. Russ says:

    Jay – Never mind – downloaded again and found the .air file.

  8. Jeff Shukis says:

    By the way, Maretron now has an update that solves the “images placed behind the network don’t work” problem I described in the 4 August post above.

  9. grandsoleil says:

    How can you share with a novice getting this n2K builder onto my mac?

  10. ScottE says:

    How N2K specific is the tool? I.e. is it useful as a generic documentation tool for electrical or NMEA0183 for example, or is it completely specific (but understandably so) to the problem it’s trying to solve?
    The reason I ask is that I’ve been working on my on-board boat manual and systems/wiring diagram (which EVERYONE should have and make). I’ve used a number of various drawing, CAD, and schematic capture programs, but they tend to either be unwieldly, or not allow output in a nice usable format (like png) to import into an OpenOffice document.

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