Monday, November 9, 2009

Version 1.2 of Dive Log on iPhone released in the app store today!

Apple surprised us this morning with an early approval in the app store - sometimes it happens! This new version of Dive Log has some great new features that we've been working on for 2 months now.

1. First, you can incorporate more photos into your logbook. You can attach a photo to each Dive Site entry and each Country entry. Take a picture of the Dive Master's map on the white board, or attach a photo from your favorite critter at the site. Lots of people are into flags so you can add a photo of the country flag to the country entry. You can also add your own smiling face to your personal information stored in the log. Or maybe a picture of the dog instead. Photo's can be taken with iPhone's built in camera or loaded from the Photo Library on IPhone or iPod touch.

A quick note about photos in general - We have received a few requests from people who would like to manage the photos they took on a dive with their logbook. This is not something we currently support and general photo management is not likely to be a feature of Dive Log on iPhone. Remember, although Apple keeps increasing the memory size of its devices, it's still a phone! Adding images to your dive log will certainly increase the size of the database. There are applications that are better suited to manage your photos than Dive Log for iPhone.

2. Have your instructor, Dive Master, or Buddy sign your logbook to verify your dive. Each logbook entry can now be signed directly on your iPhone (using your finger as a "pen") on the new "signature pad" for each log entry. Now all we have to do is figure out what the modern version of an "stamp and ink pad" look like! Send us suggestions and don't "ink" your iPhone!

3. Quickly locate items such as Buddies, Dive Sites, Cities, Countries, and Time Zones using quick access indices. Some of us have added quite a bit of dive information to our logs and now we have the index down the right hand side of the screen to quickly navigate to the right place.

4. Search for a specific Buddy, Dive Site, Cities, Country, or Time Zone using the new search bar at the top of many of the lists. Sorry, we can't help you remember what it was you were searching for in the first place though!

5. Directly read your average depth for a dive from the Profile display. The profile graph now displays the average depth in feet or meters in addition to showing the average depth graphically.

6. You can now work with your logbook directly in Japanese. Dive Log for iPhone now supports the Japanese language in addition to English (and variants), German, French, and Spanish.

7. And last but definitely not least, we have done a multitude of interface enhancements, performance enhancements, and maybe even fixed 1 or 2 bugs.

We're very excited about this new release and know that you'll find it a great addition to both your iPhone and scuba diving experiences. Re-live your dives at any time by looking in your log!

Click here to see it in the app store.

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