Hi all, super new diver here, so I may be missing something obvious. But I've been looking into the options available in the digital/cloud dive log space, and haven't been very impressed. So considering building an app myself. Wanted to get the community's opinion before getting serious about it. My unfiltered thoughts are below.
Entirely Web Based
The app would run in your browser, so install won't be necessary, and it'd work on any device with a reasonably modern browser, including Linux systems; which tend to be less well supported by such things. It'd progressively take advantage of available browser features to provide the nicest experience possible, without compromising the portability inherent to web apps.
Just A Logbook
It'd just be a logbook, nothing more. Existing cloud based 'logbooks' seem to include full fledged social media platforms, which also seems totally dead in the case of Diviac. More 'features' means more overhead, which means slower progress/fixes/support. Social features will be limited to the ability to share your profile or logs on various social media sites.
Dive Computer Imports
The app would make use of experimental features available in many modern browsers to import logs directly from a dive computer via USB or Bluetooth.
Would support file imports from/to other logbook apps, and from/to CSV for analysis by other software.
Would allow buddies, instructors, etc. to sign off on a log either through a one-use link or in person (by lending them your device).
Not sure if anyone would actually be interested in this, which is why I'm posting here. Any feedback is welcome. I'd rather not waste my time building this if it's a dumb idea, so criticism is especially welcome.
Depending on what y'all think, I'd build this as a side project for myself and select interested individuals (free to use). If the app ever received enough interest to be worth opening it up to more people, we'd need to figure out a fair way to monetize it; since a public app would require more resources than I could fund out of pocket.