OK, i've gone through the process and here's my 2c...
Firstly, I love the plugin.
This would make it so
much easier for new users.
Its great that I can updated all my charts
easily while I have a broadband
Well done, keep up the good work, congratulations on trying hard to make your documentation
really good too.
I made notes as I went. Im very short on time, so its a bit of a brain dump. I hope its vaguely helpful.
I thought I was a 'new user' because i've never used the plugin - then I realised that I'm not 'new' to OpenCPN
, so I switched to the other instructions.
I noticed there is a whole lot of valuable information in the 'new users' documentation
that is not in the 'existing users' stuff.
ok, here's my notes:
Where do I keep my charts doc:
Last line says Follow the directions below to make this directory an "Active Chart Directory"
…but there is no directions below
Existing User Documentation:
"After clicking OK you will be back at the main plugin screen. Click the button on the right labeled Update"
After clicking OK, select the region you have just added, and click the button on the right labelled Update.
"If the status shows New for every chart you will may a message that no charts were selected for download"
Typo - should read (i think)
If the status shows New for every chart you will
a message that no charts were selected for download
P1.0 – Installation
– Windows protected your PC
I’m sure you know already, but Windows 8 comes up with a warning on installation
P2.0 - Multiple download failures
RNC Product Catalogue 40 Region
It took me 5 attempts to download all the update charts.
1 - 8 of 67 charts failed to download
2 - 3 of 8 failed
3 - 2 of 3 failed
4 – 1 of 2 failed
5 – Last chart updated
P3.0 – Right click option - counter-intuitive
There is a right-click ‘selective select’ options feel counter-intuitive to me.
This function would feel better if provided by a drop down box.
P3.1 – Right click option ‘select updated’
The option to ‘select updated’ actually selects items ‘to update’ – which is the opposite of ‘updated’. Suggest changing wording to: ‘Select to update’, or something similar.
would regularly hang while dealing with large catalogs.
P5.0 - NZ Chart catalogue – lumped together
I required ~6MB of updates for y NZ Charts.
However, the updater downloaded 2 files - ~150MB of data in order to do this.
**edit**: This is a limitation of the way LINZ provides the charts. No way to get the files individually that I can find.
P5.1 – NZ Chart Catalogue could be renamed
Many users will not know that the NZ Chart Catalog is actually for the entire South Pacific
If possible, it would be useful to make this known.
Eg. Rename to “NZ & South Pacific” ?
P6.0 – Pilot Charts
It could be nice to add a catalogue entry for pilot charts – just to make it easy for people who don’t have them.
Other nice to haves:
- Would be nice if the pluggin could include an option that calls OpenCPN db update. (already on your wishlist)
- Would be nice to know the actual file name of the files being downloaded so I can check it. Perhaps by rollover text?