Posts Tagged ‘Sync’

New online logbook sync with Scubacrowd.com

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

I’m currently preparing the next public beta, which will be available in the next few days. This beta will also include a new web sync function to Scubacrowd.com, who just revamped their online logbook to fit better with the data available in your offline logbook. You will find the sync function in the “Web” toolbar menu.

Scubacrowd Sync

Scubacrowd Sync

Scubacrowd.com

Scubacrowd.com

In the last Diving Log update I had to remove two online logbook sync functions because the websites were discontinued, so I’m glad to add a new one today. I’m currently finishing another big feature which I’ll announce shortly, and then you can try both new features in the public beta. Stay tuned!

 

OneDrive Sync on Windows 8.1

Thursday, 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

Make available offline

If you prefer, you can do the same in the metro style app:

Make offline in Metro 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.

 

Diving Log Touch – SkyDrive Sync

Tuesday, 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.

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New Diving Log Beta available

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Today you can download a new beta version of Diving Log 5.0. Make sure you have version 5.0.8 installed before installing the beta update. This update brings the following new features:

  • DiveMate USB for Android sync (see below)
  • Diveboard.com sync (see below)
  • Search dive sites online
  • Hungarian language support (special thanks to Attila!)
  • Import dive profile CSV files (Logbook Window -> Profile Tab)

DiveMate USB sync:

DiveMate_Tablet

DiveMate USB is a new app for Android tablets and smartphones, which can download several dive computers right on your phone or tablet. It is available in the Google Play Store and can be synchronized with Diving Log 5.0 via USB or Dropbox. I’m really happy to see this app joining the existing Android apps ScubaLog and Dive Log and now there are 3 apps you can choose from (or you can use all three, of course).

Android Sync

Android Sync

Diveboard.com Sync:

With Diveboard.com, another great online logbook is now compatible with Diving Log 5.0. You can upload and download your dives to the website from the “Web” toolbar button in the main toolbar. Diveboard.com is along with divelogs.de also one of the data providers for the new online dive site search in the map window. All your dives are uploaded as private dives, but if you want, you can make them public on the website afterwards.

Diveboard Sync

Diveboard Sync

Please note, this is a beta update, so if you find any problems or bugs, please let us know. The new DiveMate and Diveboard.com sync functions involve several parties, and while we’ve tested everything intensively, there is a good chance that there are still some issues.

Diving Log for Windows Phone gets SkyDrive Sync

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

This one is long overdue, but now SkyDrive is finally integrated into Diving Log for Windows Phone. The update should show up on your phone within the next few hours. You’ll find SkyDrive now integrated into the sync page, which means you could drop Dropbox – if you want so (SkyDrive is also integrated into Diving Log 5.0 on the desktop).

SkyDrive Sync Tiles

I’ve also updated the design of the logbook hub start page, to resemble the design of Diving Log Touch for Windows 8. If you don’t like the white tiles, you can switch back to the accent color tiles in the app settings. The last new feature is the same split GPS coordinate editor I’ve added recently to Diving Log Touch. This update runs on WP 7 and WP 8 (Windows Phone 8 optimized version will be released in January).

Diving Log 5.0.8 released

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Diving Log 5.0.8 is now released and can be downloaded here. Please note: you can install the update setup only if you have version 5.0.7 or the latest beta. If you have an older version, please install the full setup instead. These are the new features:

Some of the new features were already shown in recent blog posts and are linked above. Here are some new additions:

Android SCUBALog export: I’m trying to provide some more options and choice for Android users by cooperating with other app developers and I’m glad that the first one is now available. You can export your data to the Android app “SCUBALog” (import is planned in the future). You’ll find an app switcher in the Android sync dialog where you can change the data format.

The app switcher is in the top right corner

Equipment weight calculation: You could enter the weight of each equipment item for some time in Diving Log, but up to now nothing was done with this information. But now you can select any number of items in the list and the overall weight is calculated at the bottom. This is useful when preparing for a vacation, for example. Additionally you can see the weight of all checked equipment items in the logbook per dive.

Equipment weight sum of all selected items at the bottom

Weight sum of all checked items of a dive

Skype integration: I’m sure many of you use Skype and now you can call a phone number right from your logbook by clicking the little Skype icon behind a number in the buddy and shop dialog. This works with the Skype desktop app, but also with the new Skype app for Windows 8. Make sure to enter the country code for each number if you want to use this feature, otherwise Skype seems to have problems. If you want to use your mobile phone, you can scan the QR code to quickly call that number.

Skype icon behind the phone number

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

Diving Log Touch – Logbook Management

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

In the last part of the Diving Log Touch introduction series you’ll learn how to manage your logbook files and how to exchange data with Diving Log 5.0 on the desktop. There are a few different scenarios and options you can choose from:

Diving Log Touch and Diving Log 5.0 on the same computer

This works only on Windows 8 devices, not on Windows RT or Windows 7 and prior. When both applications run on the same device, synchronization is fast and simple. In the desktop version, select from the “Sync” dropdown menu in the main toolbar the option “Diving Log Touch”:

In the sync dialog, click the “Export” button to export your desktop logbook to Diving Log Touch or the “Import” button to import any changes back to your desktop logbook. When you click on the image tile on the left, Diving Log Touch will start. When you click the “Export to…” or “Import from…” buttons, you can sync with another device (see below).

Diving Log Touch and Diving Log 5.0 on different computers

When your normal PC runs Windows 7 or Diving Log Touch runs on a Windows RT device, you have to transfer the logbook file between devices. Thus the sync dialog looks a little different:

When you click the “Export” button you can save the logbook file to any location in order to transfer it to the Windows 8 device, for example:

  • USB thumb drive
  • Memory card
  • Network share
  • Home Server
  • Skydrive or other cloud storage

When both devices are connected to the same network, you can easily transfer the logbook to a shared network folder. Or you simply save the file to a USB drive, which you then plug into the Windows 8 device. When the file is accessible in Windows 8, start Diving Log Touch and go into the logbook management pane (either from the app bar or from the settings charm):

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Tap on the “Import” button and browse to the logbook file from the desktop. You can also upload or download directly from SkyDrive. Because other apps can integrate into the file picker dialog, you can open logbook files also directly from any cloud storage like Dropbox (you have to install the Dropbox Store app):

No matter how you transfer your logbook, you can simply open it in Diving Log Touch with the default file browser. Or you can double click any Diving Log Touch logbook (*.sql) in Windows Explorer to open it directly with Diving Log Touch. In this case, the file is copied to the isolated app storage and opened from there. To sync back to the desktop, tap the “Export” button, copy the file to the PC and in Diving Log 5.0 click the “Import” or “Import from…” button.

The logbook management pane is also used for switching logbook files in Diving Log Touch: Select the file in the list and tap on the checkmark button. You can also create, rename and delete logbook files.

Diving Log Touch is using the same database format (SQLite) as the iOS Dive Log (iPad / iPhone) and Diving Log for Windows Phone, which makes switching between devices very easy and simple.

Update on Windows 8 development

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

I’m working currently hard on the touch optimized version of Diving Log for upcoming Windows 8 devices, and I want to give you a quick status update. Windows 8 is currently available for everyone to try in form of a release preview (aka release candidate) and will be available this fall. From my personal experience, it works really well on touch devices like tablets, convertibles or touch enabled laptops. On a desktop computer with a large screen, mouse and keyboard, it may take some time to get used to and not everyone will like it. But that’s not the target market for this Windows version anyways, Microsoft targets mainly tablets and other portable devices and even announced its own Surface tablet with dockable keyboard this week:

When buying a Windows 8 device you have to make one important choice: Windows 8 comes in two versions called “Windows 8” and “Windows RT”. The RT version is based on ARM processors, the normal version is based on Intel processors and is a full featured PC. The RT version has some advantages (a bit lighter, lower price), but also some disadvantages (you can’t run any existing desktop application except MS Office). The Surface tablet above will also come in 2 versions, “Surface for Windows RT” and “Surface for Windows 8 Pro”.

The new Diving Log Touch application will run on both device types, but the existing full featured Diving Log desktop application runs only on full Windows 8 devices. Right now it looks like you can only download dive computers with full Windows 8 devices, not the RT version. If you want to download your dive computer with your tablet, make sure to buy a Windows 8 tablet, e.g. those from Microsoft, Lenovo, Samsung, Acer or Asus.

With Windows RT tablets you can fill in some dive data on the tablet and later when you’re back at home, sync it with a PC and merge the data with your dive computer data in Diving Log. Then you sync everything back to the tablet. This is how it works with iPads right now and it’s working very well. So I think both options are good and it’s up to you which method you prefer. In the end your logbook will be identical.

The development of Diving Log Touch is going on nicely. At the beginning it was harder than expected finding a suitable user interface and navigation model for the application. But now I think I have a really nice user interface and will continue to polish it during the next weeks and month. I hope to have the version finished for the Windows 8 launch and I’ll show you some screenshots as soon as I know the UI is near final.

SkyDrive Sync

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Microsoft has finally released SkyDrive apps for Windows, Mac and smartphones and thus I could integrate a SkyDrive sync very easily into Diving Log. It works exactly the same as the existing Dropbox sync and is using a Divelog folder within your sync folder. You can backup your logbook data into the cloud storage and also sync logbook files across different computers. Just push the logbook into the cloud service, wait until the sync client has finished and then you can import the changes on the other PC into your logbook.

SkyDrive Sync

I’ve updated the recently published beta version if you want to try the SkyDrive sync now (you’ll find it in the “Web” dropdown menu of the main toolbar). Make sure that you’ve installed the SkyDrive client application for Windows. Please note, Diving Log for Windows Phone has SkyDrive not yet implemented, so you still have to use Dropbox to sync your dives to Windows Phone at the moment.