Visual Passage Planner 2 (VPP2) was designed to bring the power of the computer to the passage planning process. VPP2 automates the tedious, time consuming task of evaluating passage conditions and then estimating passage elapsed times with pen and paper. Using VPP2, many "what-if" scenarios can be played out in the time it would take to manually calculate one route using traditional methods, allowing selection of the best route.
In fact, VPP2 now has an automatic Route Optimization Feature that lets VPP2 do most of the hard work when it comes to selecting a route.
Planning a passage with VPP2 is as easy as 1, 2, 3... 1. Enter waypoints on the world-wide chart display area to define a route. 2. Create a vessel speed profile and apply it to the passage. 3. Select a particular report to view or simply view the Instant Report window.
Based on various wind, current, wave height and other Pilot Chart based weather information within VPP2, waypoints may be moved by mouse or keyboard to optimize a route. The Automatic Route Optimization feature in VPP2 will even try to maximize or minimize any of the many route parameters (i.e. minimize route time while also minimizing wave heights). The Instant Reports feature gives you continuous feedback on the passage in real-time as the changes are made. Further optimization of the route can be made right up to departure time and with a laptop computer aboard, VPP will continue to provide updates during the passage and predict your noon-positions as you progress.
Some of the new features of VPP2 include:
Global 1:1,000,000 scale map (over 30x the resolution of VPP1)
Worldwide Pilot Chart data at 1-degree resolution (25x the data of VPP1)
Detailed database of over 4600 ports
Automatic route optimization based on user defined parameters
Graphical wind, current and weather overlays
New 'Instant Reports' feature
Mercator, Cartesian and Spherical map projections
VPP2 is fully compatible with Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP and compliant with the latest Microsoft operating systems, including Windows Vista and Windows 7 (both 32 and 64 bit versions), Windows 8.1, and Window 8.