iPolar Support

I recently came across an iPad/iPhone app called iPolar which produces polars for cruising boats given a basic set of information.  I haven’t had a chance to go over the polars in detail, but from what I’ve seen the data looks pretty good. iPolar will export to third-party apps, so I’m currently adding iPolar import to Tack Pad.  I’m also in the  process of doing a...

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Version 1.1

I just submitted version 1.1 to Apple. Their approval time is usually a 8-10 business days.  This release doesn’t include a lot of changes as I’m still busy on another project. Here’s the list: Pages are now saved and restored between sessions Renamed VMG to TVMG to avoid confusion between the two values Update the documentation to better describe TVMG Added SailTimer Inc...

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SailTimer License

I recently discovered that Tack Pad uses tacking algorithms patented by Sail Timer Inc.  After discussing things over with SailTimer, I’m pleased to announce that Rudder Nut LLC and Sail Timer Inc. have come to an agreement. Rudder Nut is now an official licensee.  Sail Timer has a similar product to Tack Pad, at least in that it solves tacking problems, but their real-time focus,...

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Current

There is a large list of possible features to add to Tack Pad, but the biggest problem I personally have with the app is the difficulty in dealing with more complex currents.  Inserting and editing nodes to describe current is painful, and hard to change if you want to explore different scenarios.  Options to rethink current include: A simpler way to edit current over time on the existing...

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Polar Files

Version 1.0 of Tack Pad will load polar files, though only one format is currently supported. I’m not sure where the polar format is from, but files for various boats can be found on the internet. Here is an example file Catalina 36 from the www.blur.se site. The file is text, and though this example has a “.txt” extension Tack Pad expects a “.bp” extension....

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