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Logbook Pro PC, iPhone, and iPad updates
We've been hard at work adding new features and fine tuning our software based on your outstanding feedback.  With our continued commitment to providing you the best possible flight log software you'll find these recent updates FREE updates as we have been providing our loyal customers the past 12 years!  We hope you enjoy the new features, functionality, and bug fixes as we hold the bar high for quality and unrivaled customer service.  Please find the details below to get your software updates and learn what's new in these exciting updates.

Logbook Pro 1.10.53:
  • We've updated the database structure so that any data file whether a master or clone (Professional and above feature) can sync with a Logbook Pro PDA Companion product (Palm/Pocket PC/iPhone/iPod touch/iPad).  Previously PDA Companions could only sync with master data files.  Sync with any computer now regardless of master or clone.
  • Improvements to the Cloud Sync system (My Sync) so if your upload fails from Logbook Pro PC you'll get a warning that it failed.  This is typically caused by invalid sync account credentials.
  • Slight change to the default spreadsheet style log layout placing the LEGS column right of the ROUTE column
  • The path to your data file is now displayed in Logbook Pro's title bar.  Too many users have responded with "I don't know" when we ask them where their data file is stored on their computer.  Now with this path in the title bar (also displayed in the Help...About dialog) users will have a higher awareness as to where the data file resides.
  • Options/History requires a "period" to be input.  Prior versions did not enforce this which caused issues on the PDA side.
  • Options/User Info has a new checkbox "Provide feedback with sound" which is checked by default.  Clear this checkbox if you want to prevent Logbook Pro for playing any feedback sounds such as menu and button clicks, startup sound, etc.  You can optionally mute the startup sound only if desired as you could previously on this same option page.
*** Please follow the upgrade instructions carefully.  Click here for the upgrade instructions. ***

Version 1.0.4 of the iPhone and iPad is probably one of our most significant updates since the initial release.  We have been learning about iOS 4 just as you have and some of the intricacies with the new Apple operating system.  With iOS 4 everything is suspended instead of apps actually closing and starting clean again.  This has presented a few issues especially for pilots that transition time zones during a flight as the app locks into the time zone when the app is first launched.  We have also performed a complete code review and inserted error traps in the software so if an error is detected you will be notified instead of the app just crashing out.  We also inserted self-healing mechanisms to resolve issues as they may occur.  For older/slower devices we've rearranged a few things such as sync on start issues with iPod's that were timing out the app and the device was shutting it down as a precaution.  Read the list for all of the enhancements and the below articles on the new features including a video tutorial on what's new since our first video series.  NOTE:  Due to new features in the My Sync portal all users MUST update their apps to version 1.0.4 or later in order to sync with Logbook Pro PC edition.  This minimum requirement for app version will go into effect August 15th.  Updates are FREE on the App Store so be sure to update your apps immediately.

Logbook Pro for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad version 1.0.4:
  • ADDED: Pending Flight checkbox at the bottom of the flight log screen. When checked this will tell Logbook Pro it is an incomplete flight therefore do not validate it for required fields and do not synchronize it. Pending flights can be used for logging a flight as it is being flown or preloading future flights such as an upcoming trip.
  • ADDED: Use GMT ON/OFF switch now in the Settings/Flight Log Settings area. When set to ON the Flight Log date/time selectors will present times in GMT/UTC/ZULU. This allows pilots transitioning time zones to use a single time zone for OOOI times allowing the duration calc system to be used
  • ADDED: Ability to hide additional fields in the logbook layout. Day Landings, Night Landings, and Simulator fields can now be hidden in the Settings/Flight Log Settings area enabling pilots to only show the input fields that pertain to their type of flying.
  • ADDED: Better feedback when synchronizing is occurring. A small blue rectangle will appear in the center of the screen with a white spinning wheel when you tap "Sync" on the Home Screen. Sync occurs typically less than a second but this feedback has been overwhelmingly requested so you know it occurs.
  • ADDED: Error detection has been added throughout the entire application. Instead of an error occurring and the app just crashing out from the error, the error message will be displayed to you which most likely will heal itself at next save. This should dramatically improve stability of the apps alone.
  • ADDED: All images/icons now support the iPhone 4 Retina display
  • ADDED: When submitting a bug report or feature request additional information such as the device type and version is now included so we can better assist you on the first reply
  • ADDED: Disable the ability to add new flights if no A/C Types exists, i.e. a new user hasn't added them to Logbook Pro PC edition yet
  • ADDED: Checks to ensure History events have a "period" defined prior to allowing History events to be created
  • FIXED: When using iOS 4, the time zone is captured when the application is first launched. As iOS 4 suspends the app between uses the time zone is never updated when you put it into airplane mode and turn the device back on in a new time zone and the cellular network updates your time zone automatically.
  • FIXED: Issues with slower/older generation devices such as iPod touch would cause a crash on startup as the time to load data and perform the sync was taking too long and the OS would shut down the app.
A description of the new features is in the next article below.  Be sure to update your Apps on the Apple App Store at your earliest opportunity.

New features in Logbook Pro for iPhone & iPad 1.0.4
A few days ago version 1.0.4 of our Logbook Pro for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps released.  Please update your apps at your earliest opportunity from the App Store on your device.  This article will discuss some of the new features in version 1.0.4 starting with the new capability to log flights in GMT date/time regardless of device date/time.

As displayed in the image above, the Settings/Flight Log Settings screen has a new ON/OFF switch at the top titled "Use GMT."  When set to ON the flight log editor will use the GMT (also termed UTC or ZULU) date and time.  You will see a "(GMT)" next to the title at the top when the value being selected is GMT instead of device (local) time.  This allows those that fly across time zones to log Out/Takeoff/Landing/In (OOOI) times in a single time zone.  Keeping these times in single time zone will allow you to tap the Duration or Simulator "calculator" button and have the value calculated for you based off of the Takeoff to Land or Out to In as set in the Flight Log Settings area.  These GMT values will also be synced into Logbook Pro PC edition exactly as entered, there are no conversions between your device and the PC edition so the GMT times will remain.  the Use GMT feature only applies to the Flight Log editor, the other three data entry areas are not affected.

We received requests for pilots to be able to start a flight log entry, go fly, return and complete the flight log entry.  In addition it would be useful for corporate/airline pilots to preload their device with future trips and ultimately integrate with our schedule importer which we're planning for a future update.  If you're using an iPad running OS 3.2 or you're still running OS 3.x on your iPod touch or iPhone you don't have the ability to suspend the app as you can in iOS 4 which was a close solution at least to start a log entry and resume the entry later.

We implemented a new checkbox at the bottom of the flight log screen "Pending Flight."  When this checkbox is checked you can enter as much or as little about a flight as you want.  Logbook Pro will not check the entry for required fields, i.e. validation is turned off, and the entry will not sync to your My Sync portal.  This feature will allow you to do as described above; start a flight you're getting ready to fly or preload future trips.  In the "Flights" screen pending flights will have their title item in bold red indicating the flight needs attention.

For more details on the new features as well as the items discussed above refer to this documentation topic and also watch the brief video in the next article below in this newsletter.
Video:  July 2010 Rollup of iPhone/iPad changes since release

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We've been working hard with outstanding customer feedback to continue to evolve and improve the Logbook Pro apps for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.  The initial video series was created using the 1.0.0 release.  With some of the new great features such as the ability to set/edit History Due Dates, Use GMT for flight log dates and times, Pending Flight capability, a Done button to dismiss the number pad keyboard, layout improvements, etc., a new video is warranted.  Click the play button above to watch this brief video which goes over the new features since the initial video series was produced.
Apple iOS 4 Tips & Tricks
Apple released a new iPhone operating system in June called "iOS 4."  You probably have seen a lot of your apps on your iPhone (and iPad) getting updates since this new operating system was released.  Needless to say it has its share of issues outside that of the well known hardware issues the iPhone 4 is getting highlighted for.  Developers have been working hard to wrap their heads around the new features of iOS 4 and I'm happy to report that with version 1.0.4 of the Logbook Pro apps we should have everything nailed down now.

I'd like to take this brief opportunity to explain some of the side effects of this new operating system that you need to be aware of.  While I personally have an iPhone 3GS, which is a powerful device, it is not as powerful as the newer iPhone 4 hardware which may have less of a side effect.  Older devices suffer even greater.  The new operating system has multi-tasking as you've heard but one thing it does, and not so well in my opinion, is that it suspends every app you run.  This may have come from the Windows Mobile platform where it leaves apps running in the background to allow for faster startup but closes them down if memory runs low.  However, iOS 4 will get bogged down to the point your device may really start acting crazy, corrupting the display, i.e. artifacts from one screen intermingled with another, the device will become less responsive and "choppy" etc.  I don't know if Apple intended this behavior and hopefully it will be fixed soon as iOS 4.1 is now in beta.  iPad's are supposed to get iOS 4 this fall.

To alleviate the side effects as described above I suggest managing the number of apps that are in a suspended state.  I routinely "kill" the suspended apps that are non-critical, i.e. everything except the phone, SMS, and e-mail.  Facebook, Twitter, even Logbook Pro, I'll close out as they are not needed continually and everything suspended appears to have an effect on the operating system.

To manage your suspended apps on iOS 4.x double-press the HOME button at the bottom of your device.  A "tray" area will appear with the icons for all suspended apps and it will scroll from the right if you have more than can be displayed.  To close (kill) a suspended app press and hold any of the apps in the lower tray area until they wiggle.  A "minus" button will appear on the top left (not an X).  Tap the minus symbol and the app will be closed.  If you see an X then you did not show the suspended apps and pressing the X will DELETE the app - do NOT do this!  When you're done closing suspended apps press the HOME button again one more time and it will end the mode you placed it in.

In summary, from time to time if you feel your device is getting bogged down try clearing some of the suspended apps.  Again, this problem is worse on even older models as sadly and humorously portrayed in this parody.  Let's hope Apple can resolve this issue soon.  They have acknowledged issues on the 3G as far as I know.
How to Show History Events from your PC on your PDA

We received a customer inquiry regarding getting History Items from Logbook Pro PC edition to the PDA such as his new iPhone app.  One way is to duplicate the critical information if desired, i.e. log the latest medical on your device and check "Synchronized" at the bottom of the History entry to prevent it from syncing to the My Sync portal and further to the PC which would duplicate the entry.  The alternate and more powerful option which will keep your device updated at all times is to use the currency system.  As you know the PDA Companions offer a Currency report.  This is a little gem that has a lot more power than meets the eye just as discussed below with the Summary Report.

I created a sample in the image above that shows how you can take advantage of the Currency system to define new currencies which will be synchronized to your PDA.  For the inquiry from this customer he wanted his medicals.  as you can see above on the left side a new "Currency Group" was created and I named it "My Medicals."  On the far right side click the bar on the bottom which is labeled "History Events" and it will slide up revealing all of your History entries.

Right-click "My Medicals" on the left and select the option to create a new currency.  With the newly defined currency selected now go to the right side and click the corresponding medical.  Click the <- arrow just to the left of the history item you just selected and add it to the center section as shown above.  That's it!  You have now created a currency that represents your History item, i.e. any item with an expiration.  Sync Logbook Pro PC to your PDA and view the currency report on the PDA.  You'll see your new currency group and currency items with the expiration date.  Another interesting item is that once you create a currency for a History event logged in the History area, you never need to touch the currency definition again.  For example, if you got a Class I medical and then got another Class I medical after the first one expired, simply log the new Class I medical in your History area.  The currency system will always pick the latest History event and base the currency expiration off of that entry.  Your currencies will reflect all of the latest/newest History events as they are entered.

You can create new History Items in the Options/History area and subsequently log the History events when accomplished in the History area of Logbook Pro.  For more information please refer to this documentation topic.
Adding Analytics on your PDA via the Summary Bar report

Logbook Pro's PDA Companions for Palm, Pocket PC, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad have a powerful capability you may not be aware of -- the Summary Bar Report.  As you know there are four report sections available on the PDA but there is more to these reports than meet the eye.  The Summary Bar provides a statistical analysis of various attributes of your flight log, the default is presented in the image above.  You have complete control over the summary bar data by going into the Options/Flight Log area of Logbook Pro PC edition and then click the Summary Bar button on the top right.

The Summary Bar data is available on the bottom (status bar) within the spreadsheet style log but is also available as a report.  The data takes any of the fields you specify and shows you the grand total and then you can set three criteria for a look back of X days.  The default is a 30, 60, and 90 day lookback.  You can change the default fields as well as add new fields.  Once complete you can sync this information to your PDA and the summary bar report will reflect the new analytics.

For more information please read this documentation topic.
Using another electronic logbook product?  We'll convert your data FREE!
Did you know we do logbook conversions from other electronic software products FREE?

We will gladly convert your "other" electronic software logbook for you at no charge.  This is a FREE one-time service for new customers.  Simply send us a zip file of your current logbook data and we'll verify we can convert it, if so, we'll ask for your Logbook Pro PC edition registration code to proceed with the conversion and we'll complete the conversion for you.  We welcome you to Logbook Pro and hope you enjoy our wide range of software for general aviation and airline pilots, our Cirrus Elite binders, and other add-ons to make flight logging fun and useful.  Logbook Pro is the leader for ease of use, quality and support, data analysis and reporting, and free upgrades for over 12 years now!  It's time you made the move.

We have a Knowledgebase of conversions which is only a list of our most common conversions.  Contact us even if you're product is not listed and we'll gladly see if we can convert your data.
Did you know Logbook Pro has an Import Wizard that can import just about any comma (CSV) or TAB delimited file? If your logbook product has an export feature, most likely you can make the transition yourself. Click here for details on the Import Wizard which is functional even in the Eval of Logbook Pro.

Using a MAC?  No problem.  Click here for details on how to run Logbook Pro on a MAC.
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Logbook Pro PC Edition 1.10.53
Logbook Pro Palm Companion 1.10.5
Logbook Pro Pocket PC Companion 1.10.16
Airline Pilot's Daily Aviation Logbook - Palm OS 6.0.4
Airline Pilot's Daily Aviation Logbook - Pocket PC 6.1.4
FlightCentral Route Browser 2.2
Logbook Pro for iPhone & iPod touch 1.0.4
Logbook Pro for iPad 1.0.4
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