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I have a Humminbird Helix 5 SI GPS and am toying with the idea of getting the autochart to make some maps off the smaller lakes I fish here in central VA.  I am not real sure which one actually works with my unit and if it is compatible with Apple and not PC.

Any guidance would be great.

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Your unit will record sonar logs to a blank microSD card. The RECORD file is then read by the Auto Chart version software. Your unit only has one card reader.

Auto Chart and Auto Chart Pro are PC software. If you have a MAC you would need Parallels software to run that software.

Once the maps are created and loaded to the Zero Line card that comes with the software, it functions in the unit like Lakemaster mapping. The Zero Line card has many thousands of outlines (shorelines) for bodies of water. The contours that the software creates fits into those outlines. The Zero Line card is the map card that goes in your unit's card reader.

If your water outline is not included, you can make it yourself. It does come with instructions.

http://www.humminbird.com/Products/AUTOCHART-N-AM/

You can also use the recorded data with the Navionics Sonar Charts program. Navionics will process the data and create the HD contour map that is then downloaded to a Navionics Hotmaps Platinum card or Navionics+ card for use in the unit. Your data will be shared that way.

 

 

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