It’s been quiet on this blog for a while, but not for lack of development. I am working on a number of new features for the next release (probably early next year, though specific timeframe may change).
One issue that many users commented on, and which was neglected until now is chart information display. While S57 chart info displayed by PolarView was comprehensive, it was not particularly easy to read.
This is finally changing now. A new chart info display is under development. It will combine most important data in a single screen, while omitting more technical items (such as what scale to show a given object at). An “old style” comprehensive list will continue to be available, selected as a configuration option.
Here is a screen capture of what a new chart information dialog may look like.
I found that with this display I am constantly surprised by how much information is in S57 vector charts, much of it unnoticed previously.
That said, this is work in progress and I am interested in your feedback. What do you like about it? What would you change or improve? What would be good extensions to this display to consider in the future?