New Qastor release 2.50.2014.09.19.2
QPS Qastor 2.50.2014.09.19.1 is available for download from our website for those with a valid maintenance agreement.
Qastor Docking LITE
Docking LITE mode is intended for use when docking data is required but the navigation data (partly) comes from an AIS input (Navicom Dynamics products: AIS Pilot, Gyropilot). See following, the docking values are rounded up to reflect the uncertainty in accuracy of the AIS source.
Mooring distance precision is rounded to the nearest 5m.
Mooring speed precision is rounded to the nearest 1 m/s.
Vessel path prediction is limited to a maximum of 1 minute.
When all navigational information is available from NMEA input (Position, COG, SOG, HDG and ROT) then Qastor will show an information screen (can be disabled) to suggest updating to the full Docking add-on. This is because of the increased certainty of accuracy that can be achieved from the NMEA only input instead of (partly) AIS.
GRIB meteorological data
GRIB is a widely supported format for distributing meteorological data. Now, simply put a GRIB file in the Support\Grib folder of your project to add this to Qastor. Once you have done this, a special GRIB window at the bottom of the Qastor screen will allow you to select the appropriate presentation, time and information for the cursor location:
If you have a selected route, you can also see the predictions along your route for the calculated passage times:
Recording voice data
The recording of a voyage can now also store the voice data, recorded from the laptop's microphone. This will add about 15 MB/hour to the recording. The voice data can be listened to when replaying the voyage. This can be very practical for analysis of the voyage or training.
To use this, simple select "Start with sound recording" in the File->Record Voyage menu, or adjust the Advanced Settings to always record sound.
Qastor annotations up to now were a little orange "i" in the chart with a text and possibly some files attached. This was very useful for adding custom comments to charts and now has become even more useful.
Now you have a choice of a number of icons to use for an annotation. This can be as generic as a star or a circle, or very specific like a buoy. This should make it much easier to find the annotation you're looking for.
We found that in some parts of the port a number of annotations could be applicable, which could lead to a multitude of annotations. To solve this we added "Annotation Areas" that each can contain as many annotations as you like.
Looking for a specific annotation? Or only the relevant ones? We've fixed that in the new annotations dialog. Simply start typing in the search box and you'll see the clutter disappear. It is also easy to find only those annotations that are on your currently selected route. You can even sort the annotations on distance to see an information overview of your route.
All your annotations (except the files they link to) can be copied to the clipboard to create an overview e.g. in Excel.
AIS Area notices
Qastor will now display all areas received through AIS as AIS Area Notices as described in IMO Circular letter 289. This now makes it possible for the proper authorities to transmit areas that require special attention through AIS and all Qastor users to see this immediately.
Improved navigation lines
A number of feature requests for navigation lines (mooring lines/locks) have been added to this version of Qastor:
Edit navigation lines in chart
The ends of the navigation lines can be moved by mouse in Planning mode, simply by clicking and dragging. Clicking in the middle of a mooring line will allow you to shift the entire line.
Select/deselect measurements to specific navigation lines
Using the right mouse click, it is now possible to select or deselect specific mooring lines or locks to use in Docking or Lock Approach mode.
Approach points are now no longer only available for bow or stern measurements. Two new types of approach points were added to Qastor:
- Swinging position: Measure the distance from the vessel center, e.g. to swing in the center of a turning basin.
- Manifold position: Measure the along ship distance to the manifold position to allow you to line up the manifold (or gangway,...) to a specific location on shore.
Start in docking mode
It is now possible to start Qastor in Docking Mode, or any other mode, by selecting a startup mode in the Miscellaneous Settings of the Advanced Settings.
The target list can be used to view the main properties of all targets. It can be sorted on each property to highlight the most important information. In this version a number of enhancements have been made.
The target list can now double as a CPA list, showing the CPAs of all targets and sorting on it.
Zoom to target
When a target is of particular interest, you can now open a second chart window, focused on this target, to see it in its surroundings.
Highlight selected target
The target that is currently selected in the target list is highlighted in the chart in orange.
To facilitate the use of tablets or laptops with a touch screen, we made some improvements to the usability with touch operation. Once you operate Qastor with touch, you will be asked whether you would like to enter touch mode. If you do, the following behavior will be changed:
- The Qastor menu will scale similar to the toolbar buttons, making it easier to select items.
- The context menus (right mouse button) will be available by touching the objects.
- Customizing the toolbars is easier.