Diving Log 5.0 – latest news

In the last 2 weeks I’ve integrated the logbook window and the iPhone / Windows Mobile sync function into the main project. Now only the importers and downloaders have to be integrated in order to complete the project, which should be straightforward. I’ve written already a lot about the logbook window back in March, but some features were not fully completed at that time. Now most of the things for the first alpha release are done and functional.

Main and logbook window

Main- and logbook window

The integrated instant search function is now working and offers the same great functionality you can see already in the Diving Log Viewer application. Now you can filter your dives in many ways, for example to see only dives deeper than 60 meters, like in the screenshot below:

Dives deeper than 60m

Dives deeper than 60m

Due to the ribbon, there is one possible “issue”. You may have to click 2 times, where it took only one click in Diving Log 4.0, because you would have to click the content tab, and then the ribbon tab to get the controls if you want to edit this data. To avoid this two-click issue, I’ll automatically switch the content tab if you click the ribbon tab. For example, if you want to edit the dive profile, you only have to activate the “Profile” ribbon tab and the dive profile is automatically displayed. If you click the profile content tab, the ribbon will not switch the tab, because you probably only want to view the data.

For those of you, who don’t like the Office 2007 styles, do not fear, there are also 2 basic styles for the main window:

Window 2000 style

Windows 2000 style

To link a dive to detailed entries like countries, cities, dive sites and buddies, you can select now both types of entries in the drop down. So in order to link to an existing entry you only have to select the entry with the chain icon and don’t need to go into the detailed dialog. The entries with the pencil are normal items without additional information. This replaces the blue and black color display in Diving Log 4.0.

Easier linking

Easier linking

So, there’s a good chance that I can release a first alpha version mid of October. 🙂

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3 Responses to “Diving Log 5.0 – latest news”

  1. Rob Lensen says:

    Do you have an opinion about an Android version of Divinglog?

    Was thinking of making one.

  2. divinglog says:

    Hi Rob

    Unfortunately not in the near future. I’m so busy with the desktop version and after that I really have to update the Windows Mobile version, so I have work for years. Developing an Android version from scratch would be a full time job and block everything else.

    If there is someone willing to develop a version for Android I will support this and integrate a sync function like I did with the iPhone. But I won’t be able to develop the application myself, I’m sorry.

    This is the problem of the many mobile platforms out there. I already got requests for Symbian, Android, Blackberry and just wait for the first Palm Pre request. Not speaking of Mac OS and Linux – this is more than a single developer can do.

    Kind regards,

  3. Rob Lensen says:

    No problem Sven, maybe this will be a nice project for me.

    Maybe it is nice to get some background info on how the iPhone sync works, since it think the two platforms are almost the same.

    If want to share, you can send it by mail.