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Is it possible to load a nautical chart from NOAA into QGIS that has the .bsb format? Didn't have much luck with mrSID format.

using QGIS(dev) on ubuntu 13.04

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    You could convert this with GDAL (gdal.org/frmt_various.html#BSB) to something else (e.g. TIFF), but I'm not sure if there is a way to do this "natively" with QGIS. – BradHards Oct 26 '13 at 22:14
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Using QGIS 1.8.0 Lisboa on Windows and Ubuntu 12.04, I had no problem opening the first .kap file from Chart 50 as raster source. And it fits good to a Openstreetmap background.

I assume that the .bsb file only contains some metadata of the chart.

BSB is listed under Settings -> Options, GDAL tab. Is this missing on Ubuntu dev version?

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