Just arrived from second atlantic crossing
using OCPN. Last leg from azores
to the med heavily testing beta 2.4.506, so here is some feedback about the few issues I encountered (running under Vista):
-Wheel Zoom to Cursor has a bit weird behaviour as it is; I understand that the utility of this option is to get a fast zoom in a particular part of the chart away from the center, with a continuous fast wheel
stroke. But with the current
implementation, with the first wheel
step the area to be zoomed gets centered in the screen so goes away from the cursor, then the next wheel step would zoom an unwanted area of the chart unless you follow that area over the screen as it moves to the center on every twist of the mouse wheel. In my opinion the area to be zoomed should keep in the same position of the screen (still under the cursor) not moving to the center of the screen, so next wheel step goes on zooming the area of interest. This way you can get many zoom steps on a particular area in a fraction of a second.
-In the Route/This Leg box that pops out when activating a route
, I would find very useful to add a Date in the ETA little window; As it is, if I didn't miss something, you get the hour of arrival but you don't know the day! In water
sailing, this is not obvious...
-When windows task bar is set to automatically hide, OCPN prevents its hiding when is the active window. But this doesn`t happen always, and I can't reproduce the problem by now. Just sometimes happens.
-F11 fullscreen hotkey makes OCPN go fullscreen, except for an space in the bottom, that maches exactly the size of the hidden task bar, so I guess this issue is related somehow to the previous; again it happens sometimes, not always.
-OCPN slows down sometimes when heavily browsing charts
(CM93) zooming and panning continuously.
Properties works great after the implementation of Piotr's patch. Now it's really useful for route planning. The only comment about this is that I understood that leg speeds would be editable via WP properties, but I didn't get to know how, so I wonder if this is really implemented or I misanderstood Piotr's explanations.
-CM93 offset tool is also a great idea, anyway I observed that the behaviour differs from what is explained in OCPN manual. I could not see the way to set the offset graphically with the offset tool, only via the offset dialog. Maybe this is an intended change?
I hope this can help to increase usability, anyway the overall performance is great and I found OCPN really useful, stable, simple and easy, yet powerful enough. Thanks to the developers for your hard work.