Posts Tagged ‘Windows RT’

Diving Log Touch for Windows 8.1

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

A Windows 8.1 optimized version of Diving Log Touch is now available in the Windows Store. It makes use of the new platform capabilities:

  • Support for new window sizes (snapped mode)
  • Search function
  • Contact Picker
  • Contact Card
  • Add equipment revision to calendar app
  • Large Live Tile

Search function

New side-by-side app support and possibility to add revision dates to the calendar app

New side-by-side app support and possibility to add revision dates to the calendar app

Add buddy from/to contacts app

Add buddy from/to contacts app

New large live tile

New large live tile

The update should now be available in the Windows 8.1 app store. I wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Diving Log Touch update available

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Today a new update for Diving Log Touch is available in the Windows Store. The update is for Windows 8 and 8.1 and contains these new features:

To launch the touch downloader, make sure you have already installed Diving Log 5.0.12. The online dive site search is available in the map view. You can search either by dive site name or around the center of the map.

Search nearby dive sites

Search nearby dive sites

Search dive sites online by name

Search dive sites online by name

Tap the download button to launch the dive computer downloader.

Tap the download button to launch the dive computer downloader.



Online dive site search for tablet and phone

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

In Diving Log 5.0 on the desktop you already can perform an online search for dive sites and import new sites into your own logbook. This feature will be available now also in Diving Log on Windows Phone and Diving Log Touch on Windows 8 in the next update. You can either search for a dive site name or search for dive sites nearby, which means in these touch centric apps near the center of the map. When you tap on an online dive site flag and then again on it’s label, you can import this dive site into your logbook.

Diving Log Touch: Open the app bar and click on “Search”. Enter a search term to filter your existing dives, then tap on “Search online”. Click on “Search nearby” in the app bar to search for dive sites at the center of the map:


Diving Log for WP: Tap on the “Search” icon in the app bar. Enter a search term to filter your existing dives, then tap into the map to hide the keyboard. Now tap on the new icon “Search online” in the app bar. Open the app bar menu and tap on “Search nearby” to search for dive sites at the center of the map:

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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.


Diving Log Touch – Statistics

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

The next update of Diving Log Touch for Windows 8 and Windows RT includes most of the charts already available in Diving Log 5.0. To view the charts, just scroll to the right in the statistics section. To change the type of the chart, tap on the header title (e.g. “Chart Years”) and a dropdown list appears.




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 Touch now available

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Diving Log Touch is now available in the Windows Store. Click the button below on your Windows 8, 10 or RT device to download the app from the Windows Store:

You only have to buy Diving Log Touch once and can install it on all your Windows 8 / 10 / RT devices. Here you can see an overview which Diving Log version you can install on which Windows version:

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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):


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: