While doing some testing for FS1717 (Underwater Rocks objects not being displayed), I was thinking more about how important some of those settings are. Yet they can be switched off so easily, and not noticed.
Primarily, I'm thinking about which chart objects get displayed. There is an option to select Mariner's Standard, and intuitively, due to its name, one would expect this to be a good compromise between clutter and safety
. It would have been developed as the most suitable for the typical mariner.
Not so. By default only 3 out of over 200 objects are selected for display and these selections are not adequate for safe navigation
in coastal areas. Someone unknowingly choosing that option believing it to be the most suitable could easily come to grief.
I would like to use Mariner's Standard so I can customise what I see, but at present it's too difficult to know what I MUST have displayed (those that would ruin my day if I hit one). However, if I want to see depth
countours I either choose the ALL template (too cluttered) or customise Mariner's Standard. I'm sure there are plenty of others in that category.
But what if I do spend all the time to customise it, and then a curious crew member
accidentally resets them all, or worse, tries to recover and misses some. I could even do the same myself and never notice my omission.
So I have three related requests.
- Either rename Mariner's Standard or highlight all the recommended safety objects that a typical mariner would want and select them as default.
- Provide a button to reset selected objects to default.
- Create a "My customised settings" option that can be easily reinstated at will. I can forsee that some people would like more than one configuration for coastal or offshore, etc. A small warning indicator would be useful to highlight if the current config difers from my saved settings. If it was broader than just chart objects that would be better.
Before I raise a Flyspray request I'm interested in other opinions on this or if something similar is in the list. I notice FS551 raised 4 years ago is related, asking for a drop down list of user defined options. As this is actually a safety issue rather than just convenience, I suggest the ideas deserve a fresh look.