November 28th, 2013
A lot of divers don’t want to use a laptop to download their dives during vacation. Instead there are many requests to download dives directly to a tablet, which is more lightweight than a laptop. Unfortunately this is technically challenging or almost impossible to do this from a tablet app (e.g. iPad or Windows Store app) due to hardware limitations or missing API’s. Because of that, I created a touch optimized dive computer downloader (based on libdivecomputer), which runs on the desktop in full screen. It looks exactly as Diving Log Touch and can be easily used with a touch screen or mouse, but it is a desktop application and thus does not have the limitations of Windows Store apps.
Download dives on a Windows 8 tablet
Because it is a desktop application, the touch downloader cannot be used on a Windows RT device (e.g. Surface RT). You need a full Windows 8 tablet or PC to run the downloader. It works also on Windows 7 and Vista, however this app is meant for touch screen devices. You can launch the app directly from Diving Log Touch:
Tap the download button in the app bar
From the next page you can launch the desktop downloader
When you tap on “Launch Downloader”, Diving Log Touch will be closed and the desktop is displayed. On the desktop the touch downloader app starts automatically in full screen:
The desktop downloader looks exactly as Diving Log Touch
When the downloader was launched from Diving Log Touch, the dives are imported directly into the touch logbook. When it was started from the desktop, it will download the dives into your desktop logbook. After downloading and importing, you can either close the desktop downloader with the X in the upper right corner or you can switch back to Diving Log Touch with the back button in the upper left corner.
Frequently asked questions:
- Why does this app run on the desktop and is not integrated into Diving Log Touch?
- It is currently technically not possible to create a dive computer downloader in a Windows Store app
- Why do I have to install the Diving Log 5.0 desktop application to get the touch downloader?
- The touch downloader is integrated into the Diving Log 5.0 setup, because Windows Store apps cannot install desktop components
- On which devices does this downloader work?
- The downloader runs on Windows 8, 7 and Vista and requires the .NET Framework 4.0 (only Vista and Win 7)
- When I tap “Launch Downloader”, a website opens or nothing happens at all.
- I have a Windows RT device (e.g. Surface RT or Nokia Lumia 2520), can I use this downloader?
- Unfortunately not at the moment. On Windows RT you cannot run desktop applications (except MS Office). There are also no dive computer drivers for Windows RT available
- I have an iPad, is there a way to download dives directly?
- Unfortunately not at the moment. Apple requires an expensive certification process for every hardware manufacturer. Currently there is no dive computer certified for the iPad.
- I have an Android tablet, can I download my dives directly with it?
- I have problems downloading my dive computer, what should I do?
- Please have a look at this page and/or contact me with the exact error message and problem description
- My dive computer is not listed, how can I help to get it supported?
November 2nd, 2013
Before releasing the next official update, you can try a new beta, which contains many minor improvements in several import functions and one long requested major feature. What’s new since the last beta from September?
- You can now select the columns and sort order for the dive list (see below)
- GPS coordinates are extracted from the Exif data from dive site photos (see below)
- Android ScubaLog export improvement
- The following import functions got improvements and bug fixes:
- Liquivision Dive Log
- UDDF Import (for xDeep Computer)
- Shearwater Desktop
- APD Inspiration
- Suunto Dive Manager 4
- Universal Downloader
GPS coordinates from dive site photos: When you capture a photo with your smartphone or GPS equipped photo camera, the current GPS position is stored in the Exif data of the image. Diving Log will now automatically extract this information and store it into the dive site Lat/Lon fields (if the fields are still empty) as soon as you add a dive site photo. If there is already a position stored, the data won’t be overwritten by the data from the image.
Photo with GPS in the Exif data
Columns and sort order of the dive list: This feature was requested for quite some time and now it is finally implemented. You can select the columns and sort order of the dive list in the logbook window. That means you can display your latest dive on top of the list and you can create a rather narrow list with just the dive number or a wide list with many columns, which spread above the dive details. You can use the layout editor to move the dive list around, to configure the columns and sort order, go into the menu File > Preferences > Dive List:
Dive List Settings
Dive list on top with many columns
Dive list with just one column
Please download the beta now and let me know if you find any problems which should be fixed before the final release. Thank you!
September 8th, 2013
You can download a new beta version with the following new features:
- Universal Downloader improvements. More data will be downloaded from the dive computer (if available and depending on the device model):
- Gas mix and gas switch support
- NDL, deco ceiling and stop time
- CNS, PPO2 and Setpoint
- Heartbeat and compass bearing
- Download only new dives support
- Other improvements and some new devices
- DAN DL7 Import improved for Cochran computers
- Uwatec Smart Download and SmartTrak Import improved
- Spanish Language improvements (many thanks to Luis)
The “Download only new dives” support in the universal downloader will reduce the download times dramatically for some dive computers (not all). Some devices which support this feature will send only new dives which were not yet imported into your logbook. This functionality will be enabled after you imported a new dive with this beta or the next stable release and it is independent from the dives which are actually stored in your logbook. It will simply remember the last dive which was imported with the universal downloader (imported, not downloaded).
Download only new dives
If the checkbox is disabled like in the image above, you have not yet imported a new dive since installing the new version. Once you’ve done that, you can enable the checkbox for the next download. Install the update setup into the existing Diving Log 5.0.11 program folder. If you have an older version, please update first to 5.0.11 and then install the beta setup.
August 8th, 2013
If you want to use the OneDrive synchronization (former SkyDrive) in Diving Log 5.0 on Windows 8.1 you must ensure the “Divelog” folder within your OneDrive is available offline, otherwise Diving Log cannot access the files within this folder and the synchronization doesn’t work. To do this, open Windows Explorer, right click the “Divelog” folder in your OneDrive and select “Make available offline”. Please wait until your logbook files are downloaded to your PC, then you can use the sync function in Diving Log.
Make available offline
If you prefer, you can do the same in the metro style app:
Make offline in Metro app
In Windows 8.1 OneDrive doesn’t download all files by default. Instead you have to use the above function to get Diving Log 5.0 OneDrive sync working.
June 28th, 2013
Today I’ve submitted an update of the Diving Log Windows Phone app to the store. It is an update for WP 7.1, 7.8 and 8.0 devices and contains these new features (supported WP version):
- Online dive site search (7.1, 7.8, 8.0)
- Contacts integration (8.0)
- New small and wide tile sizes (7.8)
- Theme adjustments to match 8.0 version (7.1, 7.8)
- Bug fixes (7.1, 7.8, 8.0)
In WP8 apps can provide custom data for the phone contacts (people hub). In Diving Log you can integrate now your buddies and dive shops into the phone contacts very easily by activating two switches. The contacts will be automatically merged by Windows Phone with any existing contacts, so you won’t end up with double entries. You can disable that again at any time and the contacts disappear from the hub.
To enable that feature, open either the buddy or shop list in Diving Log and tap on the phone book icon in the app bar. Then activate one or both toggles to integrate your logbook contacts into the phone contacts. Diving Log will be just another contact source like Outlook.com, Gmail or Facebook.
When you add, edit or delete buddies or shops in Diving Log on the phone, the details will be updated automatically in the contacts hub. When you modify logbook contacts on other devices (e.g. on the desktop) and sync the logbook file to the phone, you have to press the “Refresh” button after syncing the new logbook to the phone to update the phone contacts. This doesn’t happen automatically, because it could take a while depending on the number of contacts and I wanted to let you decide if and when this happens.
June 25th, 2013
In Diving Log 5.0 on the desktop you already can perform an online search for dive sites and import new sites into your own logbook. This feature will be available now also in Diving Log on Windows Phone and Diving Log Touch on Windows 8 in the next update. You can either search for a dive site name or search for dive sites nearby, which means in these touch centric apps near the center of the map. When you tap on an online dive site flag and then again on it’s label, you can import this dive site into your logbook.
Diving Log Touch: Open the app bar and click on “Search”. Enter a search term to filter your existing dives, then tap on “Search online”. Click on “Search nearby” in the app bar to search for dive sites at the center of the map:
Diving Log for WP: Tap on the “Search” icon in the app bar. Enter a search term to filter your existing dives, then tap into the map to hide the keyboard. Now tap on the new icon “Search online” in the app bar. Open the app bar menu and tap on “Search nearby” to search for dive sites at the center of the map:
June 10th, 2013
After two betas, the next stable version is now completed and can be downloaded from the download website. These are the new features since version 5.0.10:
- New Profile Editor
- Templates are editable
- Scubapro LogTrak Import (Meridian)
- OSTC 3 download support (Universal Downloader)
- Mares Dive Organizer Update (SQLCE4)
- Liquivision Lynx and Dive Logger 3.0 support
- Libdivecomputer update
- Uwatec Galileo Trimix import improved
- UDDF import improved for VPlanner
The last 4 changes were added since the last beta version, with Liquivision Lynx support as the main new feature. But there were also some minor tweaks for the Galileo Trimix and UDDF imports from VPlanner. Special thanks also to Jef Driesen for constantly working on libdivecomputer. If you want to support this project, you can find a donate button on the website. Libdivecomputer is the open source download library behind the universal downloader in Diving Log and many other applications.
June 4th, 2013
Today I’ve released the next update of Diving Log Touch to the Windows Store, which should be available within one week. Beside the new statistic charts I’ve also implemented SkyDrive sync into the logbook management pane. While you could save to SkyDrive (and Dropbox) before by using the file picker integration, the new integrated sync is more comfortable and easier to use. You can now sync easily between Diving Log 5.0, Diving Log for Windows Phone and Diving Log Touch.
May 26th, 2013
The next update of Diving Log Touch for Windows 8 and Windows RT includes most of the charts already available in Diving Log 5.0. To view the charts, just scroll to the right in the statistics section. To change the type of the chart, tap on the header title (e.g. “Chart Years”) and a dropdown list appears.
May 20th, 2013
You can download a new beta, which contains the latest libdivecomputer library and these new features:
- Support for OSTC 3 (Universal Downloader)
- Support for Suunto DX (Universal Downloader)
- Support for Oceanic Pro Plus 3 (Universal Downloader)
- Other bug fixes and improvements in libdivecomputer
- Android ScubaLog sync improvements
- Scubapro LogTrak (Meridian) import improvement
Install this update setup into the already existing Diving Log folder.