I say: I live by the sea, and I like to go swimming in the sea with my kids. My kids are 10 and 7, and while they can swim OK, I feel much happier taking them in the sea at low low tide, so they're not out of their depth until they're 30 yards or so from shore. This app lets me see what time is best for me to go swimming with my kids. I'm sure it's not exactly what the authors intended - it's probably meant for sailing enthusiasts - but, in combination with the Firefox Forecast fox extension, it serves my purpose perfectly.
They say: "
- Predicts tides from 1970 through 2037.
- More than 9,500 stations worldwide (list) with 160 in England, Ireland and Scotland.
- More than 300 tidal current stations, all in North America.
- User station manager to easily add custom tide and current subordinate stations.
- Text outputs: daily tide list, monthly calendar, incremental tide.
- Graphic modes: tide clock, realtime graph, scrolling graph, overview.
- Each graphic mode has separate display options and window settings.
- Supports legacy ASCII text and new binary TCD harmonic constituent files.
- Supports user-installed World Vector Shoreline (WVS) map files.
- Can play user-installed ship's bells sound files on the half hour.
- Designed for interactive use but can also be used from other programs.
- Generates BMP graphics and text tide CSV spreadsheet files.
- Worldwide timezones, solar/lunar events, recent stations, realtime tide state icon.
- Low resource usage typically 4 MB disk, 5 MB RAM active, 1 MB as icon.
- Tested on Windows 9x, NT4, 2000, ME, XP.
- Self-contained, nothing else needed.
- Context sensitive help and all "C" source code included.
Do not rely on the output of this program for decisions that can result in harm to any person or property. There is no way to provide certified data on a zero budget so if you need guaranteed results then WXTide32 is not for you."