Photo Manager and Image Viewer

May 9th, 2015

The Photo Manager, which can be launched from the menu “Logbook > Photo Manager”, will list all your photos which are attached to your dives. It helps you to find broken links (photos which are not linked to any dive) or broken path names (the image file could not be found). The icons in the first column will be displayed when there is something wrong. Use the “Select” toolbar button to select similar photos.

Photo Manager

Photo Manager

You can also batch edit all selected photos to fix path names or to add descriptions. Simply select one or more photos in the list and edit the values in the text boxes below. Editing the path will just edit the directory part for all selected photos, but it won’t change the individual file names:

Batch editing of photos

Batch editing of photos

When you click on the image preview in the Photo Manager or in any other window (e.g. logbook, details, etc.) you can view the image in the built-in image viewer. When you deactivate the “Autosize” button, you can zoom with the mouse wheel, toolbar slider or on a touch screen with a “pinch-to-zoom” gesture. You can also view the image full screen by pressing “Enter”, “F11” or with a double click.

Image Viewer

Image Viewer

You can also view the exif data in the sidebar and when the photo is geo-tagged, you can view the location where the photo was taken on a map. If you don’t have a GPS enabled camera, you can geo-tag your existing photos with a tool or a website like GeoImgr.

Diving Log 6.0 – Beta 5

May 1st, 2015

Today I released beta 5 of Diving Log 6.0, which will be automatically downloaded when you start Diving Log the next time. You can also start the update check in version 6 manually in the menu Help > Check for updates.

The latest beta contains the usual bug fixes and I’ve also completed the profile editor. If you’re familiar with the profile editor, please try it out, as this one required many code changes from version 5. You can create a new dive in a separate logbook and create profiles completely manually with the “Draw Mode” function, for example.

Profile Editor

Profile Editor

Beta version update

April 25th, 2015

I’ve just released the 2nd update since the beta version went public a week ago. So far the beta version is very stable and I received just some minor bug reports, so I could spend most of the week adding missing features to Diving Log 6.0. Btw, the auto updater works perfectly, so updating Diving Log is now fast and easy (click “Help > Check for updates” to start the update process manually).

In this blog post I want to show you 3 minor improvements, which I added lately. First, you can now switch the 3rd profile graphic (warnings and gas switches) to any other profile graphic:

Three profile graphics

Three profile graphics

I’ve also added the ribbon application menu in the latest beta, which contains the most important functions from the main window. That way, you can launch other functions right from the logbook window and even switch logbook files, without going back to the main window. This is especially useful on small devices where the logbook window is likely maximized and hiding the main window.

Ribbon Menu

New ribbon menu

In the user information window, you can now sort your certifications either by date (as before) or by name. You can also hide the thumbnails, if you want:

User certifications

User certifications

Diving Log 6.0 – Public Beta

April 18th, 2015

I know some of you are eagerly waiting for the first public beta and today you can finally download it. If you want to test it, go to the beta portal, read the release notes and download the installer to your PC. You can install it side-by-side with version 5.0 and switch back and forth between both versions, which is especially useful for features which are currently missing in 6.0 beta.

For the first time, Diving Log has an automatic update tool, which means you don’t have to download and install updates manually. The beta will check every day (only when you launch it, no background updater) if there is an update and ask you to download and install it automatically:

New update available

New update available

Update is downloaded

Update is downloaded

Let me know what you think of version 6.0, what you like, what you don’t like, how you feel about the performance compared to version 5.0. You can use email, the beta forum, Facebook, Twitter or comments in this blog. I will update the beta regularly to fix bugs and add missing features from version 5.0.

 

Diving Log 6.0 – Logbook Window

April 11th, 2015

Today I want to show you the new logbook window in Diving Log 6.0 (the first public beta will be available later this month). I’ve split this blog post into 5 separate posts for each section (just scroll down on the main page or click the links below):

Diving Log 6.0 – Logbook General

April 11th, 2015

The logbook window in version 6.0 has now a new jump list to quickly navigate to a certain dive in your logbook. This is especially useful when using touch, as you don’t have to scroll through all dives:

Jump List

Jump List

When using an unlinked country, city, dive site or buddy (pencil icon), clicking the button at the end of the field opens a menu which enables you to convert the item to a linked item with a single click. Clicking the “Convert all to linked” menu item will automatically convert all unlinked items to linked items and fill them into the details section of your logbook:

Automatically convert unlinked items

Automatically convert unlinked items

Clicking the button for a linked item (chain icon) shows you some detailed information directly in a popup. You can even view dive site images right in the logbook window:

Dive site details

Dive site details

Clicking the dive site image enlarges it

Clicking the dive site image enlarges it

The buddy popup shows you all selected buddies including a small photo and the signature field. Clicking a single buddy takes you to the buddy details window. Clicking the signature opens the signature window to sign the dive. There is still a separate signature control, which you can add directly to the logbook window.

Buddy Popup

Buddy Popup

Diving Log 6.0 – Comments & Photos

April 11th, 2015

The comments field supports now two modes: plain text and RTF (Rich-Text-Format). By default, the formatting controls are disabled for new dives and comments are saved as plain text. If you want to enable formatting, click on the “Rich Text” button in the comments toolbar:

Enable Rich Text to use formattings

Enable Rich Text to use formatting

This can be done for each dive independently. When syncing with smartphones and tablets, the formatting is lost anyways and most users probably don’t use the formatting options for most dives, so it makes sense to activate RTF only for those dives, which need formatting. There is also a new spell checker included, which can be activated for the comments field.

Photo Tab

Photo Tab

The Exif display for photos is now improved. The most important Exif data is displayed in a single text field row. When clicking the button at the end of the field, you get a very detailed popup with lots of additional information:

Detailed EXIF data for each photo

Detailed Exif data for each photo

Diving Log 6.0 – Additional Tab

April 11th, 2015

The additional tab got a major redesign from version 5.0 and contains now more fields, which were previously hidden in the default layout:

New additional tab layout

New additional tab layout

When clicking the buttons behind the dive center or trip fields, you can now open the details window to add or edit an item, or if an item is already selected, you can view some details right in a popup:

Trip popup and equipment list

Trip popup and equipment list

The user defined fields control has been improved and you can now rename the field name directly in the control:

User defined fields

User defined fields

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.