Git cloned, cmake.. etc and installed. I took a number of screenshots and will work on the wiki.
What a huge improvement! This is a big step for the beginning user.
Downloading and using that first chart!
Then using it, I can't explain enough how having accomplished that once, the user is empowered and more confident and feels they can do it. They will start using the program and then gradually learn the more manual process (or perhaps not).
Dan's comments are good I think, but this does not take away at all what you have both accomplished! Its huge.
I do think starting with a nice simple folder defaulting to "charts" or "Charts" is very good idea.
I do think that after a user has selected a catalogue additional directories should be added such as "Charts/ENC/MA" or "Charts/BSB/RI" etc. Note this is adding several directories in one shot.
A prompt to create the directories would also be good. What happens if they don't want the directories created? Prompt for path?
This leads nicely to the creation of directories before download. In Windows when establishing the path to download to, I was able to walk down a path to my charts directory then BSB
then I wanted a new directory MA for the destination
charts. I was able to right click and create a new folder! --I wonder how many new users would do that? Of course this is a basic Windows feature, but should there be a Create new directory button? after definition of the destination
The more automatic features mentioned earlier might be acceptable, but this might allow greater flexibility.
I have not fully tested the plugin, but the basic features seem to be working fine.
The order may be a little off here.. but
1. Select a Catalog
2. Download the Catalog
3. Select a Chart from the Catalog
4. Select a Destination Directory
5. Download the Chart to the Directory
6. Then under Chart Files tab "Add a directory" to the new charts
7. Then "Scan and Rebuild" or "Force a full database rebuild"
Now this is where I have problems! And I do not know if it is due to the new Plugin or not. I have not noticed it until now with v4.0.
I am getting full database rebuilds all the time when I "close" or "apply" no matter what, and what is worse it is rebuilding absolutely everything I have within my "Charts" folder!!!!!
Please understand, I had lots of charts under that folder, so many O would totally croake if I were to want them all in the database! But now O is scanning the ENTIRE folder, not just the specific ones I have listed in the "Chart Directories"
Also is does not seem like the scan is remembering that db has been recently scanned, it will scan the whole thing over again (I mean EVERYTHING under Charts) if I try to close the Chart Directory folder. This takes a very long time and uses lots of CPU and fans.
Now I will tell you a mistake I made this morning. I selected NOAA RNC MA and NOAA RNC RI and I downloaded them to Charts/ENC/MA and Charts/ENC/RI
I could try deleting those charts from within O and the plugin and then re download, but I am going to try moving them over to BSB
. My computer seems to be working overtime scrolling, zooming and is generally causing CPU and FAN activity to get anything done.
I don't know if I can copy those over to BSB now without confusing things because I find xml files like MA_RNCProdCat.xml
Should I just delete and reload?
I am very excited about this plugin. I think it is the best new thing for New Users.