Posts Tagged ‘Tablet’

Diving Log for Android update

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

There is a new update for the Diving Log Android app available with the following new features:

  • Tablet Optimizations
  • Contact Picker in Buddy List
  • Russian Localization
  • Bug fixes and platform improvements

You can now easily import buddies from your Android contacts:

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I’ve included also some UI improvements for tablets and large phones in landscape mode for the dive list and dive details screens:

7" Tablet with more details in dive list

7″ Tablet with more details in dive list

7" Tablet in landscape mode: just one text row per dive

7″ Tablet in landscape mode: one text row per dive

7" Tablet: improved dive details landscape view

7″ Tablet: improved dive details landscape view

Diving Log for Android – Statistics & Charts

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Today I’ve released an update of Diving Log for Android with a vastly improved statistics section. It was available for some time in the beta channel, but now it is released for everyone. You can view now most of the charts which are available in the desktop version and the statistic section is now also optimized for 7 and 10 inch tablets. The app is now also localized to Italian and the text selection overlay toolbar works better. Photos taken from within Diving Log are now also added to the Android Gallery app.

Charts on Phone

Charts on Phone

 

Chart Years on 7" Tablet

Chart Years on 7″ Tablet

Chart Depth on 7" Tablet

Chart Depth on 7″ Tablet

Statistics & Charts on 10" Tablet

Statistics & Charts on 10″ Tablet

Diving Log for Android

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

I think one of the most requested things during the past few years was an official Diving Log app for Android and today I’m happy to announce: Diving Log for Android is finally here! Today you you can download the app from the Google Play Store:

Available on Google Play

Please let me know what you think and if you find any bugs or problems. The app is using a modern Google Material design and is currently optimized for phones (a tablet UI will come later):

The app is free to open and view logbook files from Diving Log 6.0, editing requires an in-app purchase. This is similar to the Office apps, but without subscription. The app is using the native Diving Log logbook file format (SQLite), please click the link below how to sync with your PC:

How to sync your logbook file with Android

 

Diving Log Touch update available

Friday, November 14th, 2014

I’ve published an update for Diving Log Touch to the Windows Store with the following new features:

  • Spanish Language support
  • Japanese Language support
  • New Chart Open / Closed Circuit
  • Bug fixes and other small improvements

Japanese language support will also come soon to Diving Log 5.0 and Diving Log for Windows Phone.

Diving Log Touch in Japanese with new chart

Diving Log Touch in Japanese with new chart

Diving Log Touch Update

Monday, November 5th, 2012

The first update of Diving Log Touch should be available this week in the Windows Store. I’ve tested it on Windows RT for ARM devices like the new Surface tablet, it contains some minor bug fixes and I’ve implemented the Share feature of Windows 8. The Share function can be reached from the Charms bar and allows you to share certain content from Diving Log with other apps you’ve installed on your device. It can be quite useful, but it really depends on what other apps you’ve installed and what they can do with this data. Here are some examples:

Tap the Share button in the Charms Bar to send data to other apps.

Learn more about a country by sharing it to the Wikipedia app.

Send a dive site map image via the mail app to your buddies.

Share your latest dive activity on Facebook or Twitter with your favorite social network app.

I expect that there will be many more use cases in the future, when more apps arrive in the store. Think about an app with global dive site information, where you can post or retrieve dive site data.

Diving Log Touch for Windows RT (here running on the new Surface) will be available this week.

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.

Diving Log Touch – Settings

Friday, September 14th, 2012

In this blog post I want to show you how you can customize the app and the available settings. To open the app settings, either tap the settings button in the app bar, or open the Windows Charms bar on the right and click on “Settings”.

Once you’re in the settings pane, you can change the units, language (English, French or German) and the sort order of the dive list (first dive or last dive on top). You can also change the default background image.

The Diving Log live tile on the start screen displays your last dive by default (it animates between the image and the dive info). If you don’t want this animation, select the tile and tap in the app bar “Turn live tile off”. It stops and the tile shows just a static image.

Diving Log Touch – View Modes

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Windows 8 apps don’t run only in full screen landscape view, they have to support also a number of other view states. One of them is of course the portrait view with the device turned 90°. In this view, the dive list on the left and the navigation bar on the right are not visible:

Instead you can see the controls on the left and right side of the content pane. The arrow buttons navigate to the previous or next list item, the rectangle will show the list or the nav bar in a popup control. The touch targets are bigger than the visible indicators, so you can easily touch them with your finger, even though the buttons look a bit tiny (the touchable area expands into the content pane).

Windows 8 can also show two apps side by side, where one app is snapped on one side and the other app is displayed in a wider filled view. Below you can see Diving Log snapped on the left (with the web browser on the right). When you tap on a dive shop, the shop details show up. Tap the back button to get back to the list.

The filled state is wider than the snapped view, but smaller than full screen, so the layout adjusts automatically to fit better into the available space:

Diving Log Touch – Edit Mode

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Today I want to show you the edit mode in Diving Log Touch. As this app runs probably mostly on small mobile devices like tablets, you’ll likely use it while on vacation to enter the basic dive data right after diving and merge it later on with the dive computer data in Diving Log 5.0 on the desktop. I ensured that entering data works nicely with the on-screen keyboard using a tablet, but also with a hardware keyboard. To enter the edit mode, swipe up from the bottom edge on a touch screen or right click with a mouse somewhere on the screen to display the app bar:

Then tap the “Add” button to add a new dive or the “Edit” button to edit the selected dive. The edit pane will slide down from the top:

For some items like country, dive site and buddy, you can simply pick an existing item from other parts of your logbook, without the need to type anything. When you tap on a textbox without hardware keyboard attached, the on-screen keyboard will slide in from the bottom. As you can see, the edit pane is designed in a way that no element is covered by the keyboard. Depending on the textbox data type, either the normal keyboard is displayed or a special numeric keyboard.

You can also use the handwriting recognition together with a pen digitizer to enter text more naturally:

You can also add photos to many items. When you tap on the large photo field, you can select an existing image somewhere from your hard drive with a file picker. When you tap on the photo icon in the upper right corner, you can capture a photo with the build-in device camera:

Your buddy can sign your dive right on the tablet, using either his finger or a pen. Just tap on the signature field at them bottom of the dive screen and the signature panel opens:

As you can see, data entry works great with or without hardware keyboard, with touch, pen or a mouse. In one of the next blog posts I’ll show you how to merge the data with the dive computer data in Diving Log 5.0.