Diving Log 6.0 – Dive Profile

April 11th, 2015

The profile part of the logbook window contains also some new features and improvements from version 5.0. You can add now 5 profiles graphics (up from 3) to the logbook window, there is a virtual dive computer display and the red cursor line spans over all profiles.

Dive Profiles

Dive Profiles

Red cursor line across all profiles

Red cursor line across all profiles and virtual dive computer display

Diving Log 6.0 – Logbook Layout

April 11th, 2015

You can fully customize the layout of the elements in the logbook window. You can add, remove, resize and reposition every item below the toolbar. To do so, open the “Layout” tab in the toolbar and activate the “Customize” button. To add elements to the logbook window which are currently not visible, move your cursor to the upper left corner:

Open "Available items pane"

Open “Available items pane”

To add an element to the window, drag and drop it with your mouse from the side pane to the window:

Currently hidden items

Currently hidden items

To resize or reposition elements, click on an item to select it. In the little popup panel you can change the alignment or select the parent element. To allow element resizing in normal mode, activate the sizing checkboxes in the toolbar.

Element options

Element options

To exit customization mode, click the “Customize” button again. You will be prompted to save the layout to a file:

Exit customization mode

Exit customization mode

Please note: Unfortunately you cannot use layout files from version 5.0 in Diving Log 6.0, because the file format has changed.

Diving Log 6.0 – Logbook Table

March 11th, 2015

The new logbook table editor for Diving Log 6.0 is now finished and I want to show you what’s new. I’ve already written a blog post about the table editor in version 5.0 and all features carry over to version 6.0, e.g. editing multiple cells at once, copy and pasting data from one cell into multiple other cells, copy and pasting from Excel and many other features. In this blog post I want to show you just the new features.

New table view window

New table view window

You can now group, search, sort and filter fields. In the screenshot below, you can see that the dives are grouped by country and city. You can also see the summary panel at the bottom, which displays statistics based on the filtered dives. Clicking on a column header will sort the data.

Group panel with 2 levels

Group panel with 2 levels

The build in search panel provides real time search, filter and highlighting functionality. The search and replace window from version 5.0 is still there and can be accessed from the “Replace” toolbar button.

Build in search panel

Build in search panel

You can pin columns to the left or right (fixed columns), so they stay in view if you scroll horizontally. You can also remove and reorder columns, by dragging them with the mouse. Right click the column headers to get a context menu with many additional features.

Fixed columns

Fixed columns

To quickly add new data to your logbook, you can now add any number of rows to the end of the table. Then you can start filling the data fields with the normal data editing capabilities, including multiple cell editing, automatic renumbering of the selected dives, pasting from Excel, etc.

Add new rows

Add new rows

This is just a quick overview of the great new datagrid control in Diving Log 6.0.

Diving Log 6.0 – Statistics

March 1st, 2015

Today I want to show you the new statistics window in Diving Log 6.0. It is using a new chart drawing engine, which has support for mouse, keyboard and touch input methods as well as animations. The “Copy” and “Save” toolbar buttons will now save also the general statistics as text file in addition to the charts as image file. Here you can see some screenshots:

Chart Years

Chart Years

Chart Temperature

Chart Temperature

Pie and donut charts

Pie and donut charts

Scroll through the chart with the mouse, keyboard or touch

Scroll through the chart with the mouse, keyboard or touch

Line Chart

Line Chart

I’ve also added a new feature to the maps window, to show optionally all dive site labels. That way you can create local dive site overview maps:

Option to show all dive site labels

Option to show all dive site labels

Diving Log 6.0 – Logbook sneak peek

February 1st, 2015

I’ll be on vacation from 4 February to 19 February, so it will be a few weeks until the next blog post. Today I want to give you a sneak peek of the logbook window improvements (more about that in March). But first some statistics: Diving Log 5.0 contains actually 60 separate windows, most of them are already transferred over to version 6.0. After my vacation I’ll complete the logbook window, table editor, statistics and some other things. Then the first beta version will be available for download.

Here you can see the new logbook ribbon with a jump list, to quickly navigate to a certain dive number:

Jump-list to quickly navigate to a certain dive

The ribbon also supports “Touch Mode” like in Office 2013 and is user configurable. The new gauge and compass console is also already finished:

Gauges1The new profile drawing function is also improved and fixes some issues from version 5, e.g. the redrawing glitch which you can see when you drag the profile window off-screen and back into view:

Version 5.0 redrawing bug, fixed in version 6.0

Version 5 redrawing bug, fixed in version 6

This is a small preview of some of the logbook window improvements. I’ll show you more when the window is complete and everything is in place. Stay tuned!

Diving Log 6.0 – Logbook Details

January 17th, 2015

In this blog post I’ll show you the new details window in Diving Log 6.0. The new popups you’ve seen already in the maps window will be also used in the details window to display related data and functions. In the dive site details it replaces the tiny dropdown arrow from version 5 for a more touch friendly popup menu for different location functions:


In the buddy and shop details, it is used to display the QR Codes to quickly scan the contact details with a smartphone:

Shop1
And in the trip details you can see linked country and dive center details in the popup. You can expect similar information popups in the logbook window, to display relevant linked data right in your dives.

Trip1

Trip2

Diving Log 6.0 – Maps

January 10th, 2015

Thank you for the great feedback from the previous post where I’ve shown you the first screenshots of Diving Log 6.0! Today I want to show you some screenshots of the new maps window. When you click on a dive site flag in version 5.0, the dive site shows up in the dive site window. In version 6.0, there is a new popup which shows you some detailed information right in the map window:

New popup with dive site details

New popup with dive site details

When you click on the popup itself, the dive site window opens where you can view and edit all dive site data, just like in version 5. When you click on the dive site image it enlarges and you can view it right on top of the map.

Historical wreck photo on top of the map

Historical wreck photo on top of the map

Another click on the image popup opens up the integrated image viewer so you can view it in full screen. Here are some more examples how you can use this feature:

Dive site drawing and satellite map, great for briefings

Dive site drawing and satellite map, great for briefings

Underwater photo of this site

Underwater photo of this site

Photographed briefing drawing

Photographed briefing whiteboard

Option to show all dive site labels

Option to show all dive site labels

Introducing Diving Log 6.0

January 4th, 2015

I wish you all a Happy New Year! Today I want to give you a first look at the upcoming Diving Log 6.0, which will be available later this year. Major updates in Diving Log and usually changes of the development technology. Diving Log 4.0 was built with Visual Basic 6, Diving Log 5.0 was a major rewrite in VB.NET. As user interface (UI) technology I choose “Windows Forms”, which had at that time already a successor called WPF. But it was still the right decision to go first from VB6 to .NET Windows Forms, because WPF would have made the port from VB6 a lot more complicated and time consuming. But I knew I would have to redo the UI again when switching to WPF.

Diving Log 6.0 main window

Diving Log 6.0 main window

And that’s what I’m doing in Diving Log 6.0. This time I can reuse all the code behind, but I have to recreate every single window again in WPF. But it is worth the effort, because Windows Forms didn’t get any major update since 2005 and it’s just a matter of time when the first problems/missing features surface. WPF is the current .NET UI technology for Windows, so this should be a lot more future proof.

WPF has also some other advantages: it scales a lot better for high resolution screens, which are more common today than a few years ago. It also allows me to do basically anything UI-wise without being dependent from 3rd party controls. I’ll demonstrate you some of the advantages in a separate blog post in the near future. Here are some more screenshots:

You can change the accent color in the settings

You can change the accent color in the settings

Icons in dropdowns were very difficult in Windows Forms, but not in WPF

Icons in dropdowns were very difficult in Windows Forms, but not in WPF

The main window background was always an unused space. In Diving Log 6.0 you can add several widgets to create some kind of personal dashboard with local and online data. Right now there is only a weather widget, but this will be extended in the future. You can configure the weather either by country and city name or simply by selecting one of your favorite dive sites with GPS coordinates.

Add and remove widgets in the settings dialog. For configuration, just click the gear icon in every widget.

Add and remove widgets in the settings dialog. For configuration, just click the gear icon in every widget.

This is just a small overview what’s coming in Diving Log 6.0. There is still a lot to do until I can release the first beta version. But I’ll show you more completed features throughout January. Please keep in mind that this is work in progress, so some icons are not updated yet and other things may change, too.

Happy Holidays and a little outlook to 2015

December 23rd, 2014

As the year comes to an end, it’s time for me to give you a small teaser for 2015. In the past 12 month or so, I’ve been working heavily on the next major version Diving Log 6.0 in parallel to the active development of version 5.0 and the phone and tablet apps. The current version 5.0 was started 6 years ago, which was also the beginning of this blog.

So after 6 years and 15 incremental updates within the 5.0 version, it’s time to move up to the next level. Major version updates in Diving Log are usually changes of the development technology and not so much about new features, which are implemented in the incremental updates in between. But there are still some great new things in Diving Log 6.0, which I’ll show you over the next couple of weeks – stay tuned!

I’ve decided to develop most of version 6.0 in private and not start writing about it until I’m sure it can be completed in a reasonable timeframe. Right now I’m planning to release it in spring 2015, but as always in software development, dates can slip.

I wish you Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. Thank you for using Diving Log!

Windows Phone app and Diving Log Touch updated

December 16th, 2014

An update of Diving Log for Windows Phone 8.1 is now available in the Windows Phone store. What’s new?

  • Update to Windows Phone 8.1
  • Import logbook file from the documents folder
  • Export logbook file to the documents folder
  • Email logbook file as attachment
  • Fast app resume

The Windows Phone 8.1 update allows you to sync your logbook file locally with your phone, which is useful if you have no internet connection for using the cloud (OneDrive or Dropbox). Connect your phone to your PC, and export your logbook file in Diving Log 5.0 to SQLite. Please note, you cannot save the SQLite file directly onto your phone. Instead, save it to a local folder (e.g. your desktop) and copy it manually to your documents folder on the phone.

New: Import, Export, Email

New: Import, Export, Email

Then start Diving Log on your phone, swipe to the menu on the left and open the “Manage Logbooks” page. In the app bar menu, select “Import” to import your logbook file from the documents folder. If you want to sync back to your PC, select “Export” and save the file to the documents folder. Connect your phone to the PC, copy it to a local folder and use the “Diving Log” import function in Diving Log 5.0 to import the changes back to your desktop logbook.

Here is the changelog from the previous update two weeks ago (I haven’t written a blog post):

  • Japanese Language
  • New Chart Open / Closed Circuit
  • SAC rate improvement from desktop version

Diving Log Touch update:

There is also a minor update for Diving Log Touch available in the Windows Store. It fixes some Japanese localization issues, contains the updated SAC calculation from the latest Diving Log 5.0 update and adds a “Review” button to the app bar, which disappears automatically once you’ve tapped on it, so it doesn’t get in the way.