What's new in this version
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.
On this page:
Automatically Adjusting Information Windows
The text and values inside the windows may change automatically in a number of cases:
- When positioning information is lost then the values will freeze. This is 10 seconds by default and can be changed in Mariner Settings - Advanced Settings - Display Settings - Observation Display Settings. (Administrator rights are needed for this.)
- When no new positioning information is received after this set time, the values will be displayed in a dimmed manner.
- When positioning switches from a more accurate mode (when received from a pilot's PPU system or the vessel's NMEA messages) to AIS after 30 seconds, then the text will change to, for example, AIS Heading or AIS ROT and the values will be displayed rounded to the nearest degree.
Observations are dimmed
Observations from AIS are rounded off
Menu bar, Tool bars, Instrument Panel
In order to give the navigation chart as much space as possible, it is possible to switch off the various bars and the instrument panel. This could already be done via the menu: View - Toolbars or View - Instrument Panel.
Now it can also be done quickly with these new buttons at the top right of your screen. They are toggle buttons, meaning that you may press them repetitively to switch items on or off.
For menu bar, tool bar and status bar
For Instrument Panel
If you would like to have a look at another location in the navigation screen, you may pan there using your mouse button or, if touch functionality is enabled on your computer, you may use your finger tips. Now the new recenter button will appear in the lower left corner of your screen to manually recenter. If no operator input is detected Qastor will auto center after 15 seconds.
This applies to Navigation Mode only.
Press to jump back to the vessel center
Distance calculations on Routes
Distances along routes used to be calculated from waypoint to waypoint. But as vessels generally follow curved lines and don't actually sail from waypoint to waypoint, these distances can be different. Also, the ETA calculations depended on the distances between waypoints rather than the actual track to be sailed, so these could differ as well.
Now, new calculations are in place and distances along routes and ETAs are more accurate.
Distance calculations are now carried out along curved leglines instead of along straight leglines.
Display of multiple meteo data stations simultaneously
The meteo information window can now be opened multiple times to be able to view multiple stations simultaneously.
Right click on a station and select 'Meteo Information' from the drop down menu which appears.
These windows can be placed anywhere in the screen by dragging them with the mouse pointer.
All data available for a station is shown in a table.
|SQA-798||Display of IENC buoys|
|SQA-913||Visibility of targets in Night Mode|
|SQA-1308||Nr in front of object names in ENC|
|SQA-1389||Curved leglines distance and ETA calculations|
|SQA-1405||No decimal indication if ROT is AIS only based|
|SQA-1481||Presentation of route line bearing and planned speed|
|SQA-1567||Tidal Reduction Local ATT station selection|
|SQA-1584||Raw AIS heading output when in NMEA mode|
|SQA-1592||Visibility of password input Advanced Settings|
|SQA-1619||User-definable width and color of range markers|
|SQA-1621||Qastor Move Bluetooth connections|
|SQA-1632||Serial output for Qastor Move|
|SQA-1635||Approach point selection edit box link|
|SQA-1638||Display of multiple meteo data stations simultaneously|
|SQA-1644||Information display color change when no input is detected|
|SQA-1666||Usage 7,8 and 9 IENC|
|SQA-1688||Minimized alarm window overlaps off-centre symbol|
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