Download the latest version wxtide47.zip (1,599,337 bytes, February 25, 2007) from:
wxtide47.zip from simtel.net (recommended) or
wxtide47.zip from wxtide32 ( downloads since February 2007)
Also see the optional download of World Vector Shoreline map files and ship's bells sound files below.
If you prefer to do a manual install or if an automatic install fails:
The program can use World Vector Shoreline (WVS) map data in place of the map picture included in the program. This map is displayed from the Station Locator window when the Map option is checked. WVS data is public domain high detail gridded vector representation of the coastal shorelines of the world.
While support for the WVS files is in the program, the WVS map files themselves are not. The WVS files used with this and the XTide program are the same as those from those distributed on the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Global Relief Data CD-ROM.
As of May 2006, sources of WVS map files compatible with WXTide32 were:
To install the files just unzip them into the WXTide32 program folder; they will be automatically detected when the program is next started. Not all files are absolutely needed; the program will find the best available match for any given zoom factor. The file wvs43.dat is essential for speed when drawing the entire world. Other files give increasing detail and allow higher zoom factors. We found that using only wvs43.dat and wvs250k.dat gives great detail with no speed impact.
The full set of WVS map data consists of the following files:
wvsfull.dat - full resolution - 25,313,280 bytes wvs250k.dat - 1:250,000 - 18,232,320 bytes wvs1.dat - 1:1,000,000 - 4,896,768 bytes wvs3.dat - 1:3,000,000 - 5,121,024 bytes wvs12.dat - 1:12,000,000 - 2,933,760 bytes wvs43.dat - 1:43,000,000 - 2,233,344 bytes
The program has the ability to play Ship's bells sound files on the
half-hour. The general population may not be interested in this option, but
for us sailors, it is comforting to hear the bells while far away from the
sea. Ship's bells count the number of hours and half hours on a 4-hour
cycle. The cycle starts with one bell at 12:30 (or 4:30, or 8:30), followed
by 2 bells at 1:00, 3 bells at 1:30 and so on until 8 bells at 4:00. Then
the cycle repeats for the 4:30 to 8:00 watch, then finally 8:30 to 12:00.
Note: The dog watch sequence from 4pm to 8pm is not supported (yet).
To use this feature you must have 8 sound files named 1bells.wav, 2bells.wav
through 8bells.wav where the name gives the number of bells in that sound file.
A set of 8 files in one 304kb zip file, shipsbells.zip from wxtide32 or shipsbells.zip from savefile.
A much richer sounding set of files, size 1163kb, submitted by Stuart H. is wxtide32_bells.zip from wxtide32.
Once the file has been downloaded, unzip them into the WXTide32 program folder. The next time the program is started, you will see a new main menu item named Play ship bells.