Monthly Archives: January 2014

Whoops – There goes Windows 8

I have been waiting for LinuxMint to be installable on a UEFI PC, and for LibreOffice to become stable enough with reasonably complex Word documents. Both have finally happened and I created a dual boot setup on my laptop, so that I could start either Windows 8 or Linux Mint 16. This was to test WindSirf on both operating systems.

Unfortunately, I experimented to see if MS ReadyBoost would still work. It did, but removed the dual boot capability. While reinstalling Linux Mint, I accidentally removed Windows 8. The increase in speed with just Linux Mint 16 is amazing. I can’t be bothered to reinstall Windows 8 because it has nothing i need. So, I will borrow my wife’s laptop to test the Windows version of WindSirf.

If you are a Linux fan, but are cautious about losing Windows compatibility, don’t worry unless you are writing extremely complex MS Office documents. You can run also both OS’s side by side using Virtualbox.

 

 

Happy 2014

Happy New Year to everyone who has downloaded WindSirf.

I apologise for not posting more often. I have been busy making a lot of changes. The main changes are:

  • Loads and displays files much faster.
  • Trackmanager is now more capable. The error that sometimes occurred when entering dates is now fixed. It also shows the highest average speed over 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 second periods, for each track section that you select. The Main screen highlights the max speed and 10 second average points for each track section.
  • Uses less memory. The DataView window used to list every point in the file. Now it only shows 50 at a time, and the user can scroll through or jump to any point they click on.
  • Multi-language capability. I am now working hard on this, including right-to-left languages. The first translation will be to German, because I speak a little German. The method depends on individual language files for each language. For people who want to have WindSirf in their own language, I will add instructions on how to do this. No programming is required – just editing of a file. If it is sent to me I will add it to the web site with installation instructions.

I hope to release this new version in early February. Please be patient. After that I will add the ability to download live and cacheable background maps for your sailing locations.