Brilliant app, love its intent and focus on providing core
functionality quickly and reliably.
My initial desire is to use OA at the helm
on club or rented sailboats to display 3 basic items; GPS position over nav charts
, the boats intended route
, and AIS
With this scenario in mind as my user story, the ability to easily use OA features at the helm
is a high priority.
With that said, following are my observations about 'daily drivability' and icon usage;
Full screen mode
Can OA use the entire display? My tablet uses 0.25 inch at bottom to display the Back, Home, etc buttons.
Feature Request; Can OA use this real estate? (Looking at previous posts, I need to research
others' proposed solutions).
Love the ability to turn on / off these buttons.
Feature Request; Could we add an option to make them transparent like the desktop
Alternatively, could we have an option to set which icons are displayed at top of screen? Currently, the MOB
, own ship, Route
Manager and toggle tracking icons are displayed there. When tablet is landscape, there is plenty of space to display 10-12 current
sized icons. If we can't use the full screen, this would optimize what space we do have.
'Piano key' icon to display toolbar is a good size, but the icon to close the toolbar is difficult to hit reliably.
Feature Request; Perhaps make it a full size icon like others in toolbar?
With icons at 100% on user interface scale factor, the icons are still a bit too small to use reliably on a moving boat. Feature Request; Perhaps we could increase size to 150% of current
option so icon can be made slightly larger than a typical finger.
Zoom in / out
Works well, my tablet may be underpowered as transition takes a few seconds. I noticed the icon changes to a smaller size when selected, then toolbar is deselected, then selected again.
Scale in / out chart icon
Works well, delay more noticeable.
Create Route icon
Love this, worked well underway.
Auto Follow icon
Wrench (options) icon
Text on resulting forms is too small to use reliably underway. Perhaps expectation is most of these options be set ashore during planning (?).
Route & Track Manager
Controls on form are too small to use reliably while underway. Feature Request; can we add ability to create a waypoint and then activate 'Go to this' item ?
Excellent, easy to use.
Day / Night Mode and Tablet Brightness
Easy to activate.
New Feature Request; If OA can't use real estate at bottom of display, can OA dim the brightness of the tablet toolbar when night mode is toggled. As is, OA dims, but white background of toolbar stays bright white ruining night vision.
Easy to activate, but pressing did not activate pop up with bearing and XTE. I tried testing this at home so current position and MOB was the same.
Features available while displaying charts;
Pop up menu after long press
Menu items are too small to press reliably when using OA on a moving boat.
Feature Request; Can the size of text be controlled similar to the user interface factor?
Vertical scroll bar to the right is too small to be used. Is it intended as informational?
Feature Request; can we make the scroll bar darker to contrast better with rest of form?
Works okay, but crashed occasionally when I crossed maps of different scale. Maps used were those for So. Calif down to Ensenada, MX.
Scale in / out
Drop Mark feature
No problems defining mark.
When long press on mark however, the menu items are different than desktop
version. Of note is 'navigate to this' feature. Was this omitted intentionally ?
Feature Request; add 'Navigate to this' feature allowing user to quickly define and activate a new route while underway, ie drop a mark, long press then activate navigate to the mark from current position.
Note: when I simulated this using Toggle & Route Manager, the pop up with XTE and Bearing overlaps OK button after activation and in Landscape mode. Pop up also overlaps the GPS indicator.
Feature Request; allow XTE pop up be moved, resized vertically and horizontally.
Able to toggle North up / Course up okay, icon is nice and large.
New Feature Request; when long pressing the active GPS indicator, display pop up with GPS Accuracy info.
Thanks for providing this opportunity to have input into this great app, I hope you find some usefulness in my observations.
With OA coming along quite nicely, and installations to Raspberry Pis becoming more prevalent, I see an entirely new set of sailors becoming more interested in using OpenCPN