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
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.
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):
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:
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
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
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.
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 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.
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
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
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
The user defined fields control has been improved and you can now rename the field name directly in the control:
User defined fields
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.
Red cursor line across all profiles and virtual dive computer display
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”
To add an element to the window, drag and drop it with your mouse from the side pane to the window:
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.
To exit customization mode, click the “Customize” button again. You will be prompted to save the layout to a file:
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
This is just a quick overview of the great new datagrid control in Diving Log 6.0.
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:
Pie and donut charts
Scroll through the chart with the mouse, keyboard or touch
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
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:
The 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 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!