By David Betts
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iScubaBuddy is a recreational SCUBA diving application which allows you to calculate your maximum dive depth and time for recreational diving.
* It allows you to select your certification preference and plan your dive based on the same data that PADI or SSI certified divers are trained to use.
*Allows you to plan 2 dives
*Displays No Deco Limits, residual nitrogen time and total bottom time.
*Alerts you if your plan is not within the recreational limits for your certification type.
Please Note: This application should not be used in place of proper diver training and should be used in conjunction with a dive computer and conventional dive tables.
Love it (but loose the sliders)
I love this ap!
My one and only complaint is that it uses sliders instead of having an actual keypad to enter your times and depths. As anyone with an iPhone knows it's often notoriously hard to land a slider exactly where you want it and this program is no exception. Example: After my wife and myself both spent several minutes each trying to land the time slider exactly on 30 minutes we ended up having to settle for either 29 or 31, it just wouldn't land on 30. On the depth slider she finally got it to land on 25 after like 4 minutes of carefully trying to move it only to have it jump to 27 anyway as soon as she tried to take her finger away.
While it's not a complaint, A suggestion for the future would be to allow you to save the plans you have made, maybe give them a name, so you can look back at them later such as back in the hotel room later that night when on a diving vaccation. Being able to save and edit (including eventual deletion) of a couple of days worth of plans would be awesome, especially when On a SCUBA diving vaccation.
Acceptance of mediocrity?
Tester 1: "Hmm... I can't seem to get the slider to land on my desired depth."
Tester 2: "Yeah...I just got it as close as I could, now I'm having trouble with the depth."
Developer: "Hey guys! So how's it going? What do you think?"
Tester 1: "We seem to be having a good bit of trouble getting accurate settings."
Tester 2: "Yeah we should probably scrap the sliders, or add plus and minus buttons."
Developer: "Geez...how many times do I have to tell you guys. All we have to do is push it through testing, give it a pretty wrapping, and let our writers make it sound awesome so people will buy it!"
Testor 1:"So it doesn't need to be perfect?"
Developer: "Heck no! It just needs to look and sound like the perfect App."
Testor 2: "Yeah and the sooner it's released the sooner we can get paid!"
Developer: "Now you're gettin' it!"
Testor 1: "Well what are we waiting for? Let's release this sucker!"
Developer: "That's the spirit! Come on, drinks are on me!"
Hard to set Dive Depth & Time
The initial setup of this app is great, but making fine adjustments for the depth and time of each dive is nearly impossible. As you slide to the right depth/time is goes up or down as you try to pull your finger away from the screen. It needs micro adjustability by tapping on the - or + signs, but doesn't have this feature. This becomes a critical set up when approaching decompression limits or doing multiple dives per day.