Downloading and using ActiveCaptain POI
Downloading and using ActiveCaptain POI
April 17, 2012 03:35PM
PolarView integrates ActiveCaptain ( Point Of Interest (POI) data. This data can be downloaded and stored in PolarView for offline use. POI downloads require Polar Navy account and a subscription fee.

Here are the steps required to download and use ActiveCaptain POI:

Register with ActiveCaptain
INFO Before you begin, you must register on ActiveCaptain web-site ( and have a login name (usually your e-mail address) and a password. ActiveCaptain registration is free.

WARNING You must be connected to the Internet to download and update ActiveCaptain data. The initial download is very large and requires high quality broadband Internet connection. Later updates are smaller and can be performed over most Internet links.

- Open POI window from menu File: POI List, or by using keyboard shortcut Ctrl + A (Windows) or Cmd + A (Mac)

- Make sure that Source selector on top of POI window reads ActiveCaptain

- Before first use of ActiveCaptain POI, you must configure your access to the service. In POI window press Configure button to open POI Configuration.

- In POI Configuration enter your ActiveCaptain login name (usually your email) and password.
INFO You must register and get account and password at ActiveCaptain web site first by visiting

- Click Login to log into ActiveCaptain site. If you entered information correctly, you will see your status in POI Configuration window changed to Logged in: your@email. If you enter any of the information incorrectly, you will be notified with an error message.

- Close configuration dialog and return to main POI window.

Update POI datase
- In the main POI window press Update to update ActiveCaptain data. You should see a progress dialog appear and show progress of POI download. It may take from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your Internet connection, to download initial database.

INFO You should periodically re-visit POI window and update ActiveCaptain POI by pressing Update button. Doing this once every week or so will ensure that you have the most recent data.

See POI on a chart
Once ActiveCaptain POI are downloaded they will be visible on a chart as icons denoting different types of entities.

INFO To improve screen visibility and reduce clutter, POI icons become visible when a "zoom level" is low enough (scale large enough) to keep POI icons from obstructing the chart. The specific scale depends on location, but generally being at 1:200000 or below should be sufficient to make POI visible.

View POI information
- Open Chart Information window by using menu File:Chart Information, or by pressing Ctrl + I (Windows) or Cmd + I (Mac).

- Switch to POI tab in Chart Information window and leave it open.

- Click on any POI icon on a chart to activate it. You will see a small label next to the icon with short description. You will also see complete information about this POI displayed in the Chart Information: POI tab.

Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 05/28/2016 12:16PM by Polar Navy Support.
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