AutoChart Pro

This training DVD goes into great detail showing you how to become an expert using Humminbird's AutoChart and AutoChart Pro software. I show you how to build accurate and complete contour maps that you can use for analysis and to load in your Humminbird unit.

Although there is good documentation and information included with AutoChart, many people learn better by actually watching someone else go through the system, step by step.

Also, as with all software products, there are some quirks that are hard to figure out. I will keep you from feeling frustrated by showing you best practices. You are probably not going to have to call Humminbird support very much after watching these videos.

Finally, I will share some of the best practices for making and organizing recordings that will ensure that you get the best results.

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Overview

Contour Map

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This contour map uses colors along with contour lines to help visualize the depth changes.

3D Contour Map

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This a 3D rendering of the last slide and it has been rotated 90° and tilted.

Enhanced LakeMaster Map

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Same area as the last image but with an AutoChart overlay after scanning the area. As you can see even LakeMaster maps can be enhanced.

3D Map

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This a 3D rendering of the last slide. Notice that you can really see the high spots and cuts in the dam.

Side Image Mosaics

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This recording covers an entire cove. Note how the recordings follow a consistent and straight path. The training shows you how to do this and how to make the recordings so that the different paths meet at the edges.

Overlays

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This is screen snapshot shows the side image mosaic overlaid over the contour map. You can see how the overlay is adjusted with the verticle slider bars on the left and right.

Waypoints

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Marking waypoints of holding cover on the side image mosaic.

Waypoints

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Waypoint edit options.

Adjust for varying water levels

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It is important to know the water level of the area you are importing into AutoChart. This is because ...
  • Your Humminbird unit can adjust up or down from normal pool and you want your maps to be built at this normal pool level.
  • You might make recordings at the same water body at different times. With rivers and reservoirs the level can fluctuate, which would make for some messy charts if this is not accounted for.

Table of Contents

Chapter Title Length Description
1 Begin with the end in mind 4:08 Look at how we have developed some contour and side image mosaic maps. Maybe this will give you some creative ideas for your own maps.
2 Create a Simple Map 3:49 A quick run through of the process of creating a map.
3 Import, Open and Create Maps 15:56 We get into the details of creating contour maps.
4 Side Image Mosaics 7:36 Details of creating side image mosaic maps.
5 Put it all together 2:33 Create a complete map with both contours and side images.
6 Lake Level fluctuations 6:30 How to adjust your contour maps for lake fluctions between recordings.
7 Best practices for making charts 5:32 Here's how to make your recordings for the most accurate contour maps.
8 Best practices for side image mosaics 6:43 Here's how to make your recordings for the best side image mosaic maps.
9 Edit Chart Files 7:34 How to remove bad spots and areas from your contour maps.
10 Edit Side Image Files 6:36 How to edit out bad areas from your side image mosaics.
11 More Buttons and Functions 4:11 Other toolbar buttons and functions in Auto Chart.
12 Organize your recordings 14:46 Best practices for putting organization into your map making.
13 Waypoint Management 7:06 How to use Auto Chart's waypoint management functionality.
14 Local Data Copies 4:42 How to make your maps using the LakeMaster folder on your PC instead of the Zero Lines card.
15 Managing Multiple Lakes 4:33 Best practices for managing maps for multiple lakes.
16 Managing Multiple SD cards 6:44 How to keep maps on more than one Zero Lines card.
17 Older Technology (7's) 2:27 How to use contour maps and side image mosaics on older units.
18 Vegetation 11:38 Learn how to use and dial-in the vegetation feature.