Posts Tagged ‘Logbook’

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.

Diving Log 6.0 – Logbook sneak peek

Sunday, 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:

Gauges1The 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 5.0 redrawing bug, fixed in version 6.0

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!

Deco calculations integrated in Diving Log

Monday, March 31st, 2014

This is something I wanted to implement for a long time and now I’m happy to announce that Diving Log has finally integrated deco calculations. I’ve implemented the Bühlmann ZH-L16 algorithm and now Diving Log can display data like NDL, ceiling, stop time and tissue saturation even if this data cannot be imported from the dive computer. Most sport dive computers do not record the relevant deco information and because of that, this data is missing in Diving Log and you have to go into the manufacturer software if you want to see it.

If you want to try it, please download the latest beta version first. In the logbook window, open the “Profile” tab and click the “Deco Calc” button to view the current dive in the new deco calculator window:

Open the deco calculator

Open the deco calculator

Deco Calculator

Deco Calculator with ppN2 tissue data

On the top, you have the depth profile with deco ceiling and gas switches. In the toolbar you have several display options and you can switch between the three ZH-L16 variants (A, B or C). You can also switch between data calculated by Diving Log and the data recorded and downloaded from your dive computer (if available). That way you can compare the results easily.

ppHe tissue saturation

ppHe tissue saturation

On the right side, you have a virtual dive computer display. Click anywhere into the profile on the left to update the computer display. On the “Gas” tab, you can quickly change the O2 and He values of the current gas for simulation. This will not change the gas stored in your logbook, so you can safely play around with the simulator to see how different gas mixtures influence the tissue saturation and deco profile.

ppO2 profile with gas configuration

ppO2 profile with gas configuration

On the “GF” tab, you can activate gradient factors (GF High and GF Low) to adjust the conservatism. When deactivated (GF 100/100), you have a pure Bühlmann calculation. When activated (default GF 30/75), you get a more conservative deco profile with a lower first stop and longer last stop. The gradient factor is not downloaded from the dive computer, so you may have to adjust it manually to your preference.

NDL / Stop Time with GF configuration

NDL / Stop Time with GF configuration

Additionally to tissue saturation, ceiling and stop time, Diving Log calculates the oxygen toxicity profiles CNS and OTU.

OTU and CNS profiles

OTU and CNS profiles

When you move the red cursor line around, Diving Log will not only update the dive computer display, it also updates the current tissue saturation [%]. Blue bars mean on-gassing, green bars mean off-gassing. If you see a red bar, this tissue is over-saturated (> 100%).

Tissue saturation (M-Values)

Tissue saturation (M-Values)

The deco calculator supports OC (open circuit) and CCR (closed circuit rebreather) dives with air, nitrox and trimix. Here you can see a CCR dive and bailout with air:

CCR dive with bailout

CCR dive with bailout

Current limitations and facts you need to know:

  • No repetitive dives! Every dive is calculated isolated and previous dives and tissue saturation are not taken into account!
  • No altitude diving! Every dive is calculated at sea level
  • The calculated data will differ from the data displayed on your dive computer during the dive! This is because of different algorithms, parameters, other influences and limitations
  • The current deco calculator is BETA. If you find any problems or errors, please let me know!
  • The changes you make to the gas mixtures are just for simulation. No changes will be made to your stored logbook data
  • Supported dive types: OC (open circuit) and CCR (closed circuit rebreather) with air, nitrox or trimix
  • Supported deco algorithms: Bühlmann ZH-L16A, ZH-L16B and ZH-L16C (default)
  • Gradient factors can be used for conservatism adjustments
  • Bühlmann 1b values are being used

This data will be calculated:

  • Tissue saturation (ppN2, ppHe, M-Values)
  • NDL (no deco limit)
  • Ceiling (deepest deco stop)
  • Stop time of deepest deco stop
  • CNS (central nervous system oxygen toxicity)
  • OTU (oxygen toxicity unit)

Disclaimer (full version included in application):

  • Do not use this calculator to plan real upcoming dives
  • Always compare the results with other applications and dive computers
  • You use this application at your own risk
  • Use a dive computer when you go diving

Profile Measuring

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

For the next update I’ve added a new feature to the dive profile. You can now measure certain parts of the profile by selecting a range with the mouse or a point by clicking into the profile. When you’ve selected a profile range, you can see start, end and delta values on the X and Y axis as well as the average just for the selection. This works for all profiles, not just the depth profile, but it has to be displayed in the main profile area. To start the measuring, click the ruler tool in the profile toolbar tab.

Click the measure tool and select a profile range

Click the measure tool and select a profile range

Measuring part of a tank profile

Measuring part of a tank profile

See exactly when a gas switch happened

See exactly when a gas switch happened

Diving Log 5.0.12 Beta 2

Saturday, 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
    • MacDive
    • 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 Exif data

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

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!

Profile Editor

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

The next beta will contain another great new feature:  in the new profile editor you can view all profiles and the data in a single window, you can edit every profile value in the data grid or in the graphic view and you can create entire new profiles from scratch by simply drawing them with your mouse. You can also copy and paste parts of the profile or between Excel and Diving Log and you can insert or delete rows.

Click on "Profile Editor" in the logbook window

Click on “Profile Editor” in the logbook window

The profile editor window has 3 panes, which are freely resizable. On top is the main profile area where you can manipulate the profile and select parts of it with the mouse. You can insert gas switches from the context menu and in draw mode you can manipulate the profile line directly. To change the profile type, select one of the profiles on the right. The profile data pane on the bottom is synchronized with the visual view on top. Any selection you make in either pane, it will be also visible in the other.

Profile Editor

Profile Editor

When you activate the draw mode from the toolbar, you can manipulate the profile line directly with the mouse or you can draw an entire new profile, if none exists. To change the drawing surface range, click the zoom buttons in the toolbar. As you can see in the screenshots below, the “Tank pressure 2” line is not available at first. The left part was entered in the data grid by selecting all cells and entering the value to get a nice straight line. The right part was created with the mouse in the profile pane on top.

Draw new profile with the mouse

Draw new profile with the mouse…

or enter the values in the profile grid

…or enter the values in the profile grid

You can also open 2 or more editor windows at the same time, e.g. to compare profiles from different dives or from your buddy. In the next screenshot you can see how the deco ceiling is created in the profile editor, because it couldn’t be downloaded from the dive computer:

You can edit all selected cells at once

You can edit all selected cells at once

2 editor windows snapped side by side

Two editor windows snapped side by side

The profile editor is a really powerful tool if you want to manipulate any dive profile, either because the data is recorded or imported incorrectly or because the data is not available. You can enter for example the compass course, because only few computers can actually record that. And you can finally view all available profiles and the data in a single window.

Logbook Templates

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

The next update will contain an improved template function. Templates are a great way to quickly update several dives at once where certain data remains identical. For example, during a vacation you only have to enter all data for the first dive. Then create a template from this dive by selecting all the fields that won’t change during the vacation, e.g. country, city/island, tank size and type, dive suit, etc. For the other dives you can simply apply the template and all the data gets filled in automatically.

Templates

Create new template

Select fields for this template

Select fields for this template

Up to now you couldn’t modify a template once you’ve saved it, which was a bit painful when you forgot to check some fields. In the next version you can update or overwrite any existing template and add or remove fields, which makes it a lot easier. If you haven’t used it yet, I recommend you try it the next time you want to update several dives at once. You can also watch a short video, even though it’s from version 4.0.

Apply template to several dives

Apply template to several dives

Templates5

Diving Log 5.0 beta update available

Friday, October 12th, 2012

There is a new beta update for Diving Log 5.0 available. Make sure you have version 5.0.7 installed before downloading and installing the new version into the same location. The most important new feature is the new sync function for Diving Log Touch on Windows 8. But there are also some other nice improvements:

  • New sync function for Diving Log Touch
  • Profile data 4 and 5 now available (see below)
  • Cressi Leonardo Import
  • Poseidon MkVI Import improved
  • Profile can now show all gas switch labels (see below)
  • Current and waves dropdowns remember previous custom entries
  • + and – zoom buttons in dive place map
  • Some bug fixes in other importers and downloaders

Diving Log Touch Sync

Profile data 4 and 5 is now available for display in the “Extended Layout 2” and for exporting from the “Data” button.

Display all gas switch labels

Logbook Filter and more

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Today you can download a new beta version with some great new features:

  • New filter function for all output windows
  • vCard import for buddy details
  • UDDF 3.x import support
  • HeinrichsWeikamp Frog download support
  • Several bug fixes and other minor improvements

With the new filter window, you can create filters for any output window (logbook, details data, table editor, dive site map, statistics, printing and exports). Filters allow you to view, export or print only a subset of your logbook data, based on any criteria you want. For example, you can now view the statistics just for one year or just for your rebreather dives. You can export or print only dives where you’ve dived with just one particular buddy. Or you can view in the map window only dive sites, which are deeper than 30 m and with a rating of 5 stars (just an example).

To create a filter, click the new filter icon you’ll find now in most toolbars:

Logbook Filter

Statistics Filter

Export Filter

Then you will see on the right side of the current window the new filter toolbox, where you can add with “AND/OR” any number of criteria for every database field. As soon as you add, edit or delete filters, you can see the results live in the output window.

Filter Toolbox

Edit Filter

To edit a filter row, just double click it or hit the edit button in the toolbar. That way you can easily refine your filter until you get the data you want. You can save your filter to a file and reload it later on. You can also exchange filters between identical database tables, e.g. between statistics, logbook and table window or between dive site details and dive site map.

vCard Import: In the Buddy details you can import now vCard files, which can be created by most contact and email applications and webmail apps:

vCard Import

Click here to download the update beta setup file. This is an update from the current version 5.0.6. If you have an older version than 5.0.6, please update first to 5.0.6 and then install the beta update. Please let me know how you like the new filter function, if it works for you or if you see any crashes or bugs. The filter function integrates deeply into many parts of the application, so I want to make sure I’ve not broken any existing functionality.

 

Diving Log intermediate update 2

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Today you can download another update, which brings some great new features:

  • Gas switch profile for printing
  • Signature support
  • Automatic update check
  • Improved DiveSystem + Liquivision imports
  • Many small improvements and bug fixes

You can now add the gas switch and warning graphic to your print layout using the report designer. Just double click in the report designer any existing profile or add a new profile and change the type to “Gas” or “Warning”. You may also want to adjust the FontScale property and disable the axis labels.

Gas switch + warning lines in the report designer

Your buddies can now sign your dives on the PC in the signature window using the mouse, a touch screen or a pen. It works best with a special pen for touchscreens, but you can also use your finger and if you don’t have a touchscreen you can use the mouse to create a graphical signature. Just click the signature control in the logbook window to open a resizable popup window and sign this dive.

Click on the signature control...

...to sign a dive with your finger, pen or mouse

Diving Log checks now every 30 days if there is an update available and notifies you on startup. If you don’t want this automatic check, you can disable it in the update check window (menu Help > Check for Updates). Only official updates will show up, so beta updates like this one won’t be recognized. This function is mainly to avoid people using really old versions. Those of you reading this blog probably won’t ever see this update notification, because you update before the next check anyways. But I recommend that you keep this setting enabled.

Update available

Here you can disable automatic updates

Before you download this update, make sure you have already version 5.0.5 installed, otherwise update first to that version. Then download this zip file and extract it into the Diving Log program folder (this is not an installer, just copy the content of the zip file into the Diving Log folder).