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Help - I switched to a MacBook Air and forgot about my dive log software

Discussion in 'Dive Software' started by eab, Jul 3, 2020.

  1. eab

    eab Divemaster

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    Thanks Angelo. Super new at this! I'll check it out. << fingers crossed >>
     
  2. eab

    eab Divemaster

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    Thanks! I did look into that and it says it supports the SmartCom, however, in the FAQs it states :Subsurface on the Mac does not currently support IRDA based dive computers." so I think I'm out of luck. Additionally, that won't help me adjust the settings on the computer for which it requires a computer interface. :-(
     
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  3. eab

    eab Divemaster

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    Thanks. The SmartCom isn't supported but my backup computer is. Still, looking to adjust the settings in addition to download dives.
     
  4. eab

    eab Divemaster

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    Thanks Dave. Exactly what I feared. IRDA is so old, the SmartCom computer is so old. I do have a 2nd one. Guess it's time to get used to that one instead. ;-)
     
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  5. wnissen

    wnissen Barracuda

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    Ah, I interpreted this as the PC that you were downloading the dives onto, not the Dive Computer. Apologies. Does the SmartTrak software change the settings on your dive computer? I had not heard of that before. I looked briefly in the manuals for the SmartCom and SmartTrak and didn't notice changing anything on the dive computer, but possibly I didn't know what to look for. Subsurface really does list the SmartCom among its supported dive computers, which is why I mentioned it. EDIT: Ah! I see, IrDA is the problem. Sorry again. Yes, that is not a popular transfer technology anymore. Honestly, it was always pretty flaky.
     
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  6. eab

    eab Divemaster

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    Looks like I'm now using my Suunto as my primary dive computer for when I need to show a dive log, coupled with the subsurface dive log software. Couldn't get the Suunto DM5 software to install properly; it never got to the part about asking for access to the documents folder and I don't know how to do it on a Mac. Tried it too many times, uninstalls, reboots, ufff.

    I'll see if I can get the SmartTRAK to export into a file format that subsurface can import and be done with it. And I'll confirm my settings via the computer and just let it be. Sometimes decisions are made for you. ;-)

    Thanks for the help! I'm really not that much of a dinosaur; I just stick with what works.
     
  7. RogueClimber

    RogueClimber ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I don't know if you are trying with OS Catalina, but this thread has instal advice

    DM5 cannot run on MacOS
     
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  8. atdotde

    atdotde Solo Diver

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    Subsurface relies on the operating system to support IRDA: MacOS does not have support, Linux stopped a while ago and Windows supports it in some versions. This protocol was used by many devices about 20 years ago but today, thanks to the availability of bluetooth I think dive computers are the last devices on market that still feature it.
     
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  9. wnissen

    wnissen Barracuda

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    Yeah, it was pretty neat to have for a while. In the early 90s connecting something to your computer still involved a cable, software from the manufacturer, and some obscure manual settings so the computer and the peripheral were transmitting on the same channel. USB got rid of the settings, and for a while infrared was where it was at. IrDA was considered state-of-the-art at the time because it was a standard supported by multiple manufacturers. In the wireless space there was even a watch that you could set from your computer by holding it up to your monitor as it made a seizure-inducing pattern of flashes. But then WiFi and Bluetooth came along and there was no longer any possible reason to use IR anything. The IrDA page is now littered with 5G conspiracy theories. Somehow Scuba manufacturers always manage to be on the far trailing edge of technology.
     
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  10. Angelo Farina

    Angelo Farina Marine Scientist

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