Author Archives: Mike Sapsard

International Language Version Almost Ready

Progress has been slower than I hoped. However, I am now doing the final debugging of the multi-language release. Only one problem remains and I will release this version regardless within two weeks.

The new version has many bug fixes and is much faster at loading files and displaying tracks. Because different languages have different lengths of text for any phrase, the layout has changed. Once set up, the main screen is now less cluttered.

I see that there have been several downloads to Russian users. Anyone who wishes to help translate the new release to Russian would be welcome to.

Much Slower Progress than Expected

Progress has been slow, but the soon to be released version of WindSirf will handle multiple languages, and the finishing touches are being put to a German version. To go with this WindSirf has an improved user interface to allow the use of longer words and phrases in other languages. Once the new version is released, anyone will be able to provide a translation by editing a language file. Full details will be provided.

Other features are that WindSirf will run under both Windows and Linux, and file loading and display is now much, much faster.

 

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.

 

Bug Report

If you do not enter a valid dateTime in Track Manager, you will see the warning below:

Just click on OK and continue. It will do no damage.

The error is trapped and you can correct the bad DateTime entry. Unfortunately, Windows also puts up this warning. A fix is coming soon.

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