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Monday, 28 January 2019

Transferring files to OpenPlotter

A quick note before describing the use of VNC for transferring files to OpenPlotter.

Transferring files to OpenPlotter can be tricky and time consuming if your using USB sticks or Drives.

One thing you need to check before starting is to make sure USB sticks or Drives are formatted with Fat32 like the SD cards used in the Raspberry Pi.

Another option is to copy the files directly from the web, I get our anchorages .GPX and .kap from the web. A good source is Terrys site  http://yachtvalhalla.net/navigation/terrystopics.htm

How we use VNC to transfer files to OpenPlotter

With the Wi-Fi access point in operation we were able to use the VNC remote desktop on the PC once we installed the app.

This allows us to transfer the files between the PC and the OpenPlotter desktop then into the target directory, for example layers or charts.  The thing we like is that its fast and it can transfer the whole CM93 folder over in a matter of minutes. We put the files onto the desk top in a directory and then copy the directory into the Charts directory on OpenPlotter by cutting them off the desk top and pasting into the folder.

To get VNC on the PC or just about any other device, the app is here: https://www.realvnc.com/en/connect/download/viewer/

The OpenPlotter Raspberry already has the VNC server installed.

After the VNC is installed on the PC firstly we log on to the OpenPlotter Wi-Fi access point.

We log on to the OpenPlotter access point.

Open the VNC program on the PC, then open a new connection window (under the File button) now type in 10.10.10.1 into the VNC server box, we use OpenPlotter AP as the friendly identifier. Click ok, the program will now try and connect to OpenPlotter. If this part works you will be asked to put in the password you have selected for the user pi and hopefully the OpenPlotter desk top opens on your PC.

Open VNC to start the log on process.

Open the VNC program on the PC, then open a new connection window (under the File button) 


 Now type in 10.10.10.1 into the VNC server box, we use OpenPlotter AP as the friendly identifier


New connection is ready to go double click on the icon


PC is connecting to OpenPlotter desktop


Log in as pi and use the password you selected in the Raspberry Pi Configuration, tick the remember password if you logging on regularly

Logged onto OpenPlotter desktop now displayed on laptop

On the top of the OpenPlotter desk top in the centre of the top of the screen is the outline of a small drop down tool bar. The file transfer button is found here.

To find the desktop Tool Bar look to the top of the screen

Select the file transfer button as pictured

Select the files you want to transfer from the laptop by selecting the Send files button, once selected, by pushing the Open or Use Entire Folder button the transfer starts 
Pop up window showing transfer progression

File folder (terrys CM93) has been transferred to the OpenPlotter desktop

Using the file manager we cut the folder from the desktop and paste it into the charts folder
Cut the folder from the desktop

Open the File Manager
Paste the folder into the target folder in this case Charts






Finished file transfer done 



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