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Raymarine released LightHouse 3.5
Raymarine has released LightHouse version 3.5 with a pretty sizable list of new features and support for the Axiom XL 19" hardware. There's a seperate download for owners of eS and gS hardware but it looks like most of the features are present for these models as well.
- Lumishore app (Axiom/Axiom Pro)
- Audio app support fusion Apollo and SR150 Audio
- Bluetooth Alarm support (Axiom/Axiom Pro)
- Sonar RVX1000 enhancements
- Enhanced networking support for Navionics charts
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I installed 3.5 a few days ago mainly for one new item - PGN 127506 support (DC Detailed Status). LightHouse II used to display a ton more on my current battery status, and it has taken Raymarine until now to add some of it back to LightHouse 3.
In particular, I like having SOC and current amp draw on my MFD or an instrument at the helm. I can't tell you how many times over the years that someone has done something stupid below while I wasn't watching, and we burn through a decent amount of battery. Seeing the real-time amp draw helps with that.
Even though they added this support in 3.5, it still cannot be added as a data item on a chart - that list of things is still woefully small compared to previous versions, and for that matter, other vendors. But having the PGN support is a good start.
I've configured the Engine Dashboard to include battery SOC and battery amp draw, so flipping to that screen allows for a quick check, or using it in split screen with a chart.
A few questions:
I've been reading the 3.5 manual and it seems that the chart app in LH3 on an eS plotter lacks the ability to synchronize the zoom of the chart with the zoom of the radar overlay. Is this true or am I just too dense to figure it out?
Also, is there a convenient way to turn on radar transmit from within the chart app? If I hit the power button, a menu comes up to turn off transmit but not to turn it on.
Finally, I don't see a PDF viewer app. Is this an Axiom-only feature?
Thanks, Saffy. I had some trouble at first with 3.5 on an Axiom -- as in hard crashes when a Navionics chart window was opened (though the Axiom has been quite stable thru several earlier updates).
At any rate, I deleted all the charts on the Navionics+ card, loaded fresh ones, and all looks good now.