Qastor 2.50.2017.07.07.1 Release
7 July 2017, 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:
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:
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 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 onwards. 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
IOS app Qastor move
IOS 11 incompatible
Platform independent Qastor Move
JIRA issues solved
|SQA-1161||Replay recordings from NMEA devices|
|SQA-1389||CPA calculation curved leg lines|
|SQA-1398||Deselecting target in target list|
|SQA-1408||Own ship symbol prediction / history|
|SQA-1460||AIS meteo and Hydro display|
|SQA-1470||Approach points selection|
|SQA-1547||Raw antenna SOG / COG information window|
|SQA-1757||Qastor softlock reactivation license requires operator input|
|SQA-1626||Decode target name NMEA TTM contact|
|SQA-1674||Grey chart coloring|
|SQA-1683||Popup notification connection failure|
|SQA-1694||DUKC chart overlay and vessel movement|
|SQA-1730||Transit menu popup in NMEA mode|
|SQA-1739||Qastor starts with license expiration warning|
|QA-3171||DXF to QXF Converter with softlock license|
|QA-3173||Export 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.