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New Qastor Release 2.50.2016.10.05.1

Qastor software is continuously being improved and new features are added.  Many of these improvements are not obvious to the user, but have been implemented to create a smoother and faster navigation system.  This page includes a summary of the changes made.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get into contact.

What's new in this version 

  • Previously, the Release Notes could be downloaded just like the various versions of Qastor. Now they can be viewed directly via our website. From there they can be downloaded as well if you need them for offline use. 

  • Most documents from the Qastor Knowledge Base as delivered with Qastor have been placed online too and can be viewed without the need to start Qastor.

On this page: 

 

New Information Windows


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Large Digital Clock

In the menu View - Information Windows it is now possible to select Current Time as an observation.

Note: When replaying data it will show the time from the recording.

Variable Range Marker

Cursor information is now available in an Information Window as a radar type VRM.

The info was always available in the Status bar below the navigation screen but was considered too small by users and not user definable.

In the menu View - Information Windows it is now possible to select various readings of the VRM as an observation: VRM Range, VRM Bearing and VRM Time to CPA. (See below)

Note: Time to CPA is not displayed in the window when it is negative or longer than a single day. (Shown in darker green.)

 

Time to CPA 


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VRM or cursor position in navigation screen

TCPA is the time required to reach the CPA position (drawn in red) relative to the cursor position. This will be negative if the vessel is past that point.

CPA position is the position in the direction of the course over ground (from the center of the vessel) where the perpendicular distance to the mouse cursor is the shortest.
The time is rounded to minutes and then displayed in Hours:Minutes, but only when it is less than 24 hours.

Prediction of a Secondary Vessel


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Secondary Vessel enabled

In the Mariner Settings under General - Vessel Prediction it is now possible to enable the prediction also for Secondary Vessels. It is turned off by default and saved in the Project Settings.

The option is visible only when the Docking dongle option is available and at least one Secondary Vessel is defined.

The same options as used for the Own Vessel are applied. Stationary Secondary Vessels don't have predictions drawn (only with AIS/NMEA i.e. actually moving vessels).

 

Displaying Range Rings


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Activating Range Rings

For specific swinging conditions in combination with the location selection a range setting not in Nautical Miles can be more useful. 

The Units can now be selected from a drop down list and the user can manually enter values. This is possible for both for the Repeated range rings and for the Single range ring.

Under Navigation - Range Rings this can be adjusted.

Drawing Range Rings

Color and pen width for displaying the Repeated Range Rings and the Single Range Ring can be selected in the Mariner Settings - Advanced Settings - Display Settings.

(Administrator rights are needed for this.)

Use Target for Channel Pilot


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Use the Target List

An option has been added to the software so a target selected in the list may be used for sending of a ChannelPilot initialisation command to a Navicom Dynamics Channel Pilot.

To do this, use menu option Targets - List, select a vessel and press 'Use for Channel Pilot'.

 

Route Presentation


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Distance notation on Route leg

Enable to show the length of each leg line in the chart.

Use menu option Mariner Settings - Navigation - Route to adjust this.

 

Battery Status


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Battery Status - Battery No 2

Added decoding for the secondary battery status of Navicom Dynamics equipment.

Select to show this alarm in the Mariner Settings - Advanced Settings - Alarms option.
(Administrator rights are needed for this.)

The secondary battery percentage is displayed in the alarms on the "Battery" row, 
The alarm will go off if one of the two batteries is below the threshold as set in the Alarm settings.

 

                  

                                                                           

 

Automatic Modem Switch


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Automated RTK Base Station Switching

Qastor already contained modem switching capability for AD Navigation ADX equipment.

This is now also applicable to Navicom Dynamics hardware equipped with RTK modem functionality.

You can find this option under Mariner Settings - Advanced Settings.
(Administrator rights are needed for this.)

When the switch of modem has occurred, a confirmation message from the device will be displayed.

Navigation Lines and Mooring Distances


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Names of line types

Were you ever confused about the names used for certain lines?

We have tried to clarify the use of these two types of lines and have changed the used terms in various places in the software.

NAVIGATION LINES - With administrator rights you can create these under the Navigation menu, in Planning Mode. The lines are drawn along a quay wall or on both sides of a lock, so that when you approach these, you can get detailed readings. (If you have the Docking add-on on your dongle.)
These lines are visible as faint gray lines in the navigation chart.

MOORING DISTANCES - These are lines between vessel and NAVIGATION LINES, showing the distances and approach speeds of your vessel's bow and stern to the quay or lock sides.
The distances are visible as colored lines with small labels stating the distance and speed.

Example of Navigation Lines extending 
from the sides of a lock

Mooring Distances between vessel 
and quay side Navigation Line

 

 

Heading Line NMEA and AIS


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Solid heading line or dotted heading line

A solid heading line will be shown when NMEA heading is available and used by Qastor.

If NMEA heading reception is lost Qastor will switch to AIS heading input if available and display a dotted heading line to immediately make the heading source identifiable graphically.

If both NMEA-  and AIS heading are not available COG will be used and no heading line will be shown. 

This showing of different types of heading lines can be used in combination with the Alarms dialog,

 

 

NMEA heading used: Solid heading line

AIS heading used: Dotted heading line

 

 

Vector Annotations


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Annotations are screen resolution independent

The annotations library has been extended with the most commonly used chart symbols as vector icons.

Scaling and size of these icons is exactly the same as comparable ENC symbols independent of the screen resolution.

The raster type annotations from previous versions are still available and user-defined icons can still be set up in the same way as before.

Prediction Calculation Point when in AIS mode


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Antenna position

In previous Qastor versions the center of a vessel was used as a pivot point when in AIS mode and not the antenna position.

Now the antenna position will be used for this which will make prediction more accurate using enhanced pilot plugs with own internal Heading and Rate Of Turn (ROT) sensors.

Previous: Rotation around vessel center
New: Rotation around antenna position

JIRA issues solved


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SQA-1615Clock in Information Window
SQA-1082Show prediction of Secondary Vessel
SQA-1508Change colors of Range Rings and VRM
SQA-623Distance notation on route leg
SQA-1614VRM
SQA-1527TCPA at cursor position
SQA-1568Tide reduction switching from NAP to LAT (NL)
SQA-1493AIS target selection Channel Pilot
SQA-1485Readability of tide station icons improvements
SQA-1618Battery status battery No 2 (Navicom Dynamics)
SQA-1569Automated RTK Base station switching (Navicom Dynamics)
SQA-1564Tide gauge setup info window changed
SQA-1577Correct symbolisation channel separation buoy
SQA-1262Pitch/Roll convention according to NMEA standard

Not all issues may be accessible due to JIRA security levels, please contact QPS for more info in this case.

 

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