Diving Log 6.0 Beta 9

May 30th, 2015

A new beta update is now available. What’s new?

  • New themes included
  • Additional logbook layouts added
  • OSTC Simulator added to the “Tools” menu
  • Danish localization completed
  • Suunto DM5 import updated

Diving Log 6.0 has now additional themes, so if you don’t like the minimalistic default look, you can switch to Office 2010 themes or even a “Diving Log 5.0” theme. Click here to view all available themes.

Office 2010 Silver

Office 2010 Silver

Diving Log 6.0 in 5.0 camouflage

Diving Log 6.0 in 5.0 camouflage

In the “Layout” tab of the logbook toolbar, the additional default layouts are now included. Your own custom layouts will also automatically appear in the gallery, so you can easily switch between layouts. Please note, the layout file extension has changed from *.xml to *.lay. If you have already created your own layouts with the beta 6.0, you may have to rename the file extension manually.

Logbook22

Custom Layout

Diving Log 6.0 – Themes

May 30th, 2015

Diving Log 6.0 supports several themes and an accent color, which you can choose from the menu “File > Preferences > Appearance”:

Default Theme

Default Theme

Office 2010 Silver

Office 2010 Silver

Office 2010 Blue

Office 2010 Blue

For users coming from version 5.0, there is also a “Diving Log 5.0” theme, which should offer a familiar look and feel:

Diving Log 6.0 in 5.0 camouflage

Diving Log 6.0 in 5.0 camouflage

And for users who run Windows in classic style (only available in Windows 7 or lower), Diving Log 6.0 will use automatically a classic theme:

Windows Classic theme

Windows Classic theme

Diving Log 6.0 still runs and looks good on Windows XP:

Diving Log 6.0 on Windows XP

Diving Log 6.0 on Windows XP

Diving Log 6.0 Beta 8

May 23rd, 2015

A new update for Diving Log 6.0 is now available, which includes the dive computer downloader and all import functions. This update has also completed localizations for Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Turkish and Catalan in addition to German, Spanish, Hungarian and Japanese from the previous release.

There is now a single dive computer downloader in version 6.0 which is more streamlined and cleaned up:

New dive computer downloader

New dive computer downloader

Please try it out and also the import functions you typically use, to see if everything works as expected. Note to OSTC users: there are currently some features missing, e.g. the dive computer settings page or the simulator. They will be added to the “Tools” menu of the main window in a future update. In the meantime, please use the version 5.0 downloader if you need one of these features.

Btw, I still need some help to complete the localization for Czech, Norwegian and Russian.

Diving Log 6.0 translators needed

May 16th, 2015

Today’s beta update has completed localization for English, German, Spanish, Hungarian and Japanese. Other languages are in the work, but I need some help for the following languages:

  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Czech
  • Finnish
  • Norwegian
  • Russian

If you’re a native speaker of one of those languages and want to participate, please contact me via Facebook, blog or email. You will download an Excel file which contains the user interface text of Diving Log and some rows are marked with green background color. Those fields are still in English and have to be translated into your native language. Thank you very much for your help!

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