Qastor 2.50.2017.07.07.1 Release

Release Date

7 July 2017

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We're pleased to present Qastor 2.50.2017.07.07.1

What is new in this version?

Qastor software is continuously being improved and new features are added. Many of these improvements are not transparent to the user, but have been implemented to create a smoother and faster navigation system. This page includes a summary of the changes made.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get into contact.

  • Previously, the Release Notes could be downloaded just like the various versions of Qastor. Now they can be viewed directly via our website. From there they can be downloaded as well if you need them for offline use. 

  • Most documents from the Qastor Knowledge Base as delivered with Qastor have been placed online too and can be viewed without the need to start Qastor.

NMEA VTG message

Prioritizing VTG message over position updates for SOG /COG

If an NMEA VTG (Track made good/Ground speed) message is available this will be used automatically instead of only position updates for speed and course calculations. This will help to provide a more stable SOG / COG in marginal reception conditions of position data for example when sailing underneath gantry cranes during an approach.

It is still possible to manually disable VTG input in Qastor in the Advanced Settings > Miscellaneous Settings.

No VTG used:

 VTG used:

Route and CPA calculations 

In Qastor version 2.50.2017.01.17.1 route distance and ETA calculations changed from straight lines from waypoint to waypoint to following the length of the centerline of the route.  This provides a more accurate calculation of  the length of a route and ETA calculations.

In this version we`ve added similar functionality regarding CPA calculations along curved leglines of a route.

Distance calculations are now carried out along curved leglines instead of along straight leglines.

 Waypoint to waypoint used for CPA:               

CPA along centerline of a route:

Softlock license

As an alternative to hardlock licensing, it is now possible to use a softlock license instead of a HASP USB/PCMCIA based license for Qastor.
The softlock license is based on a digital fingerprint of the local computer on which Qastor is installed.

This has been a request from users especially regarding watertightness of equipment or compliancy with ATEX ratings.

When setting up Qastor for the first time and no HASP hardlock key is found, Qastor will automatically open up a new window providing the option to enter a softlock license (received from QPS Sales).

Most Important: an internet connection is compulsory (initially as part of the softlock license activation process, and occasionally as part of the ongoing validation of the softlock license). This is a significant change to license behavior compared to HASP licenses.
Refer to the Qastor Knowledge Base - How-to Upgrade a Dongle - Qastor 3 - Not Open to Clients yet for further information.

Please contact your regional Qastor sales agent or QPS Sales for further details about change over from hardlock licenses to this new softlock option.

Also, from the Qastor Help menu, the HASP LOADER utility can now be started for license administration. Previously one had to know where to find the Hasp Loader in the Windows menu options.

Press the Help option at the top of the Qastor screen

Qastor Move IOS application phase out notification

Qastor Move for IOS is a 32 bit application.

32 bit apps will no longer be supported by IOS from version 11 onward. It is expected that IOS 11 will be publicly available in the Fall of 2017.

The successor of this IOS app is the Qastor Move web application which has been part of Qastor as of version 2.50.2016.03.04.1 .

Advantage of this new extension app is that it is platform independent and only requires a connection to Qastor and the ability to show a web page.

See for more information on how to set up and use this app in the online Qastor Knowledge Base at: How-to Qastor Move Web Application old version

IOS app Qastor move

IOS 11 incompatible

Platform independent Qastor Move

web application

JIRA issues solved

SQA-1161Replay recordings from NMEA devices
SQA-1389CPA calculation curved leg lines
SQA-1398Deselecting target in target list
SQA-1408Own ship symbol prediction / history
SQA-1460AIS meteo and Hydro display
SQA-1470Approach points selection
SQA-1547Raw antenna SOG / COG information window
SQA-1757Qastor softlock reactivation license requires operator input
SQA-1626Decode target name NMEA TTM contact
SQA-1674Grey chart coloring
SQA-1683Popup notification connection failure
SQA-1694DUKC chart overlay and vessel movement
SQA-1730Transit menu popup in NMEA mode
SQA-1739Qastor starts with license expiration warning
QA-3171DXF to QXF Converter with softlock license
QA-3173Export Wind and Depth from Datalyzer

Not all issues may be accessible due to JIRA security levels, please contact QPS for more info in this case.