Posts Tagged ‘Logbook’

Diving Log 6.0.7 released

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

The latest update Diving Log 6.0.7 is now available with the following new features:

  • Share on Facebook
  • Layout Improvements (Group Style, XML Formatting, Empty Layout)
  • New Layouts (Subsurface, Shearwater, SuuntoDM)
  • Filter Improvements (Divetype, BuddyIDs, UsedEquip)
  • Detail Data Sorting (Buddies, Shops, Trips)
  • Cloud Sync Folder Config Button
  • Logbook Profile Graphic export improvements
  • Bug fixes and other improvements

You can now easily share any dive profile on Facebook directly from Diving Log. Optionally you can add photos and a message to the post, which will appear right on your timeline:

Share on Facebook

I’ve added a number of improvements to the logbook layout function. You can now change the style of layout groups, which was not possible previously. When you save a layout file, the XML syntax within the *.lay file is now formatted properly, so it is a lot easier to do some editing in a text or xml editor. Sometimes it is easier to do minor changes with a text editor directly in the *.lay file instead of using the layout function. I’ve also added an empty layout which you can use as a starting base to create your own layout, so you don’t have to clear up an existing layout.

Layout group style and empty layout

Better layout XML formatting

During my tests of the layout editor, I’ve created 3 new layouts myself to see how everything works. The layouts are roughly inspired by other applications (Suunto DM, Shearwater Desktop and Subsurface) and can be downloaded from the layout website.

You can now also save a 64 x 48px image with the same name as the layout file into the layout folder. The image will be used as icon in the layout selection list in the logbook window for your custom layouts.

Shearwater Layout

Subsurface Layout

Suunto DM Layout

In the filter window, you can now apply filters to the dive type and equipment fields more easily by selecting them from a dropdown list. In the Buddy, Shop and Trip window you can change the sort order of the list. In the Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and ownCloud sync dialog you can now configure the sync folder manually, if it isn’t picked automatically. And last but not least you can configure the profile graphic export format.

Logbook filter improvements

Detail data sort order

Cloud sync folder configuration

Profile graphic export

Diving Log 6.0.6 released

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

I’ve released a new update for Diving Log 6.0 with the following new features:

  • Divesite map in logbook window
  • Tanklist in logbook window
  • Extended Layout updated
  • DAN Diver Safety Guardian Upload
  • Office 2016 Ribbon theme
  • Downloader improvements
  • Android USB Sync device lookup improved
  • Drag and Drop logbook files to main window
  • Import all waypoints of a GPX file as new dive sites
  • French localization improvements
  • Bug fixes and other improvements

Logbook window improvements:

You can now include the “Tank & Gas” list directly in the logbook window. Additionally you can add a map view to your logbook layout, which automatically shows the dive site of the currently selected dive on a map. I’ve updated the “Extended Layout” which now includes both new items. In the screenshots below you can also see the new Office 2016 theme, which you can select in the preferences dialog.

Tank & Gas List

Tank & Gas List

Dive Site Map

Dive Site Map

DAN Diver Safety Guardian Upload:

You can now upload your dives to the DAN Diver Safety Guardian website, for additional decompression risk analysis and statistics. Read more about that feature on this page.

DAN DSG Upload

DAN DSG Upload

Other improvements:

If the Android USB sync dialog did not show your connected Android device, please try it again. In this update I’ve improved the device lookup and it should now show up. There are also improvements in the dive computer downloader as well as the latest libdivecomputer library. You can now also drag and drop Diving Log logbook files (*.mdb) to the main window to quickly open them.

Sync directly to MTP connected devices

Sync directly to MTP connected devices

Compare Profiles

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

The next update later this week will contain a new (and long requested) feature: comparing dive profiles. You can now overlay different dive profiles (even from different logbook files) in a single window. This is useful if you want to compare profiles from your buddy or from different dive computers. Simply click the “Compare Profile” button in the profile tab of the logbook toolbar:

Compare two profiles

Compare two profiles

Switch to the next dive and click the button again for each profile you want to add to the stack. I recommend you move the logbook and compare windows side by side. The x and y axis is automatically adjusted to the deepest and longest dive. You can switch at any time to another logbook file, the Profile Compare window stays open and you can add profiles from your buddies. You can see here 4 profiles from 4 different divers:

Compare profiles from 4 divers

Compare profiles from 4 divers

Beta version update

Saturday, 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 – Logbook Window

Saturday, 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

Saturday, 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

Saturday, 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

Saturday, 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

Saturday, 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

Saturday, 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 change the position of the label, select a field and click on “Label Position”:

Label Position

Label Position

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.