Version 52: Smörgåsbord

Number 52This is an exciting release! We have a big number of changes, and many of them were suggestions from you. Let’s go through them:

  • You can now reorder the graphs. Just grab them by the title, and pull up or down. The order of the graphs is saved even when you close and restart the program.
  • We removed a lot of the empty space between graphs, so you can fit more graphs on the screen and see the data with more accuracy. Both of these changes are good for every situation, but they are particularly good if you have pedal sensors, and you want to see throttle pedal and brake pedal next to each other. We experimented with putting those two on top of each other, into the same graph, but all the lines get too confusing when you have more than one selected lap. We know that a lot of people are interested in this, so please let us know what you think about this decision!
  • OCD finally has support for Units, so if you like, you can show your speed in miles per hour, meters per second, or knots.
  • In the last release, we added the notes field to give you a place to keep setup information. To make this easier, OCD automatically fills in the notes field from a previous run. If you have one driver, this works great, but if you have many, it often pulls the notes from the wrong driver. So we fixed it. Now, it pulls notes only from earlier runs of the same driver.

Those are the big ones, but there are a few smaller ones as well:

  • When changing the UniGo settings, OCD would sometimes overwrite a setting by accident. This no longer happens.
  • We were not very consistent with the channel names. Sometimes it was “Tire Temp FR”, sometimes it was “FR TTemp”, and so we went through and organized them. This should make it easier for our translators as well, but it might take us a few weeks to get all new translations in for everything. In the meantime, we apologize for having so much untranslated text.
  • Our TSV export did not include final lap times, because of the way the data was formatted. We changed the format a little, so now the lap times are there.
  • Sometimes, when you zoom in enough, the graph would show little spikes. It no longer does.
  • Some customers have problems with corrupted files that would not import properly into OCD. Corrupted files are always a problem, but we changed some things around to get a little more data out of them.

There is also a hidden feature that we’ll talk about next time. It is included in this release, but we felt it’s not quite good enough yet. If you find out what it is, let us know :-).

As always, you can get the new version from the downloads page, or simply restart your old version of Off Camber Data. For feedback, feel free to just comment on the blog, or send us an email at feedback@offcamberdata.com!

Version 49: Noteworthy

49The big change in this release is the notes field. Many people want to save the setup with their runs, and we drew up some elaborate ways of doing this. However, every team has a different way of keeping track of their setup, and it’s very difficult to come up with a solution that makes everybody happy. So for now, we decided to keep it simple. In version 49, every run has a text field that can be used for setups, or notes of any kind. You can fill this in right when you import, or later if you don’t have time right away. To make it easier to keep track of setups, we added a button that finds the last run at the same track, and fills in the information from there.

Load notes from previous runs

We have some other changes as well:

  • You can now choose between three modes, Car, Kart, and Speedway mode. These settings appear when you first start the program, or in the settings dialog. When you change to Speedway, it changes some of the text in the program, and also tweaks some other settings to work better for Speedway tracks.
  • It is now possible to save a track to a file, and then load it again later, for example on your friend’s computer. To do this, go to the Track Management window, and find the “save” and “restore” buttons underneath the list of tracks.
  • There used to be some trouble loading and viewing files with very long laps. These would only happen if something goes wrong with the lap timer, but OCD should never slow down like that, so we went ahead and fixed it anyways.

As always, you can get the new version from the downloads page, or simply restart your old version of Off Camber Data. For feedback, feel free to just comment on the blog, or send us an email at feedback@offcamberdata.com!

Version 48: Bokmål

48You may have guessed it from the title: Today’s headline feature is support for Norwegian in the form of Bokmål. If someone wants to provide us with a translation into Nynorsk, we’ll be happy to add it, but this should help most of you. A big thanks to Kjetil Flood-Engebretsen, who provided this translation.

We also have a few smaller fixes in this version:

  • RaceRender export now supports all channels. Before, it would only support a few standard channels like GPS coordinates, speed and RPM. Now every channel that is logged is exported to RaceRender, so you can fully customize your gauges.
  • Swedish has received a minor update, with some translations added, and others improved.
  • We had some performance issues, and sometimes even crashes, with some data that came from a broken GPS antenna. This should be a rare case, but OCD should never crash with any data, so we went ahead and fixed it.
  • Finally, we made a lot of changes under the hood to better support the UniBox.

Since we were talking about RaceRender: If you used OCD together with RaceRender of DashWare to make a particularly exciting video, feel free to send it to us either at feedback@offcamberdata.com, or on Facebook. We’d love to see what you’re up to!

As always, you can get the new version from the downloads page, or simply restart your old version of Off Camber Data. For feedback, feel free to just comment on the blog, or send us an email at feedback@offcamberdata.com!

Version 46: La Scatola

Number 46This release has two big items and two small ones:

  • The first big item is a translation into Italian. We are very grateful to Mariano de Faveri for providing this translation.
  • We have been working on this for months, but we can finally talk about it: Off Camber Data can now configure the UniBox. The UniBox is the most significant expansion of the UniGo system since the initial launch. Apart from the built-in six-axis accelerometer, it makes it possible to connect more sensors than any other logger in karting. It can do pedal sensors, temperature sensors, speed sensors for all wheels, and many more. It is completely extensible, so over the next few months we’ll be expanding the range of available sensors, and open up the possibility of adding custom sensors to the system. Of course, OCD will have to grow with the system to make the new data more useful and accessible.
The UniBox, with six expansion ports, and a seventh port for power.

The UniBox, with six expansion ports, and a seventh port for power.

We also fixed two smaller things. Both of these were suggestions by customers. We’re very grateful for these suggestions, as they help us find out what is important for you, and what we should focus on next. If we haven’t gotten to your suggestion yet, please hold tight! We’re doing our best to catch up.

  • We made sure the way you configure the settings on the UniGo match the way you configure them in OCD. There were some confusing differences before, but they are now fixed.
  • Speaking of confusion, we also cleaned up the naming of the TSV/CSV export functions. It now says TSV everywhere, and that is our default for exporting, since it can simply be copied and pasted into Excel. You can still export as CSV if you like, by just naming the file <something>.csv.

As always, you can get the new version from the downloads page, or simply restart your old version of Off Camber Data. For feedback, feel free to just comment on the blog, or send us an email at feedback@offcamberdata.com!

Version 45: Keeping things the same

45Hot on the heels of version 43, we have version 45. 44 was a ninja release to fix some rather important functionality, but this one is a real release with a few new goodies:

  • The biggest thing is a new language: Dutch! A big thank you to Martijn Nelissen, who provided the Dutch translation.
  • We fixed a few problems with exporting, including giving the right file extension, and correctly handling special characters in driver names, run names, etc.
  • We added the missing languages in the UniGo config.
  • The rest of the changes bring us to the theme for this release:
    • Off Camber Data now remembers your settings from the Min/Max window across restarts.
    • It also remembers which screen you were looking at. If you were looking at the histogram when you closed it, it opens back up with the histogram.
    • Finally, OCD now remembers the width of the run selection window. This seems like a small thing, but if you are working a lot with tags, you know why this is important!

As part of this release, I’d like to congratulate to Bryan for having his first changes in this release! Bryan’s work has been making the releases run smoothly for quite a while now, but this is the first time his efforts actually ship as part of Off Camber Data.

As always, you can get the new version from the downloads page, or simply restart your old version of Off Camber Data. For feedback, feel free to just comment on the blog, or send us an email at feedback@offcamberdata.com!

Export laps to Google Earth

Did you know you can export your laps from OCD to Google Earth? It is really easy:

A series of menus lets you export to Google Earth.

Right-click on the run header, select “Export Run”, and then “for Google Earth”. Once you click, it will show you a menu like this:

Select channels to export to Google Earth

It doesn’t matter very much which channels you select for export, since Google Earth doesn’t show them very well anyways.

When you click “Export”, OCD will ask you for a filename. Save the exported file somewhere, and then double-click it to see your traces in Google Earth. This is what it should look like:

A screenshot of what Google Earth looks like with data exported from OCD

On the left, you can select and deselect individual laps, to make the display a little less cluttered.

If you only ever want to look at a few laps, not all of them, you can also export data from OCD one lap at a time, by right-clicking on the lap instead of the run header.

If this was helpful to you (or if you find an error), please let us know by leaving a comment, or sending us an email at feedback@offcamberdata.com.

Version 43: Walking Hibernation

Number 43 on Petty Enterprise's Plymouth SuperbirdIt’s been a long time since the last release, but the season is starting again, and we don’t want to keep from you what we worked on over the winter. Most of our efforts have gone into some big projects we’ll release later this year, but we also implemented a lot of fixes suggested by users. We wanted to make sure everyone who suggested a fix that we put in has it in their hands in time for the first races, so here are the highlights in version 43:

  • Spanish translation! This is a big one, and a big thank you goes to Stéphane Ohana to make this happen!
  • The positions of the various windows are now remembered across restarts of OCD.
  • Tags are remembered during import, so when you import four wet sessions in a row, you don’t have to add the “wet” tag every time.
  • On small machines (with 4GB of memory or less), we had some performance problems. Performance will always be a challenge on machines like this, but it should be much better now.
  • When you import a lot of runs, and then realize you made a mistake, you had to wait until it was done importing. No more! You can now cancel during the import.

If you pay really close attention you’ll see hundreds of smaller fixes that mostly fly under the radar.

As always, you can get the new version from the downloads page, or simply restart your old version of Off Camber Data. For feedback, feel free to just comment on the blog, or send us an email at feedback@offcamberdata.com!

How to fix a missed split

Has this ever happened to you? You go out for a session, put in some good laps, and when you come in and try to compare your two best laps, the graphs are totally misaligned and the data is meaningless:

Misaligned graphs due to a missed split

Why does this happen? You can probably guess by looking at the lap times on the left: Lap 4 is unusually long. This happens when the magnet sensor does not detect the magnet loop in the track. We can see more detail in split time analysis:

Missed Splits in Split Time Analysis

Split 3 in lap four is extra long, because the sensor missed the start/finish line, and started thinking that the first split is the start/finish line. That’s why all the graphs are misaligned.

The context menu for a split

This menu appears when you right-click on a split in split time view.

Fortunately, we have an easy way to fix it: Right-click on the split that’s too long, and choose “Missed Split” from the menu. When you use this function, OCD will do its best to determine how long that split should have been. It usually gets pretty close, but it is still an estimation. To make sure we don’t show estimated data as real data, the lap that this happened on is still hidden. If you trust the estimation, you can un-hide (“show”) the lap in the same right-click menu.

Now, the graphs are aligned:

The graphs are now aligned

It’s important to note that all the lap times after the missed split have changed. That’s because before, it was measuring laps from split 1 to split 1, when it should have measured it from start/finish to start/finish. Fortunately for Moa, this means that her fastest lap was actually a 49.075 instead of 49.202. Congratulations to Moa!

If this was helpful to you (or if you find an error), please let us know by leaving a comment, or sending us an email at feedback@offcamberdata.com.

PRI 2015

Look what came in the mail today!

PRI Tickets

We’ll be at PRI in Indianapolis on December 11th and 12th. We don’t have a stand of our own, but if you want to grab lunch or coffee, send us a mail at feedback@offcamberdata.com, and we’ll arrange it.

See you there!

Version 42: Polyglot

Number 42 on a virtual McLaren F1Only two weeks after version 41, version 42 is ready. This is mostly an internal release, with a lot of changes that will make it easier for us work on OCD, but it does have a good number of new features for you as well:

  • New language: French! You can now analyze your data in the language of love and diplomacy!
  • We also made a number of smaller updates to German, Danish, and Swedish. Please let us know when you see a problem with the translations, even if it’s a small one. Unfortunately we don’t speak all of them, and so we need the help of volunteers to maintain the languages we have, and to add new ones.
  • We improved support for files from the UniPro 6003 data logger by adding new channel types, and fixing some of the ones we already had.
  • If you’re running on a Mac that has the Yosemite or newer, you might have gotten used to graphics glitches and other ugliness by now. We apologize that it took us so long to fix it, but most of those issues are now resolved.
  • This version is faster, sometimes much faster, especially on Windows.
  • Channel lists were sometimes sorted one way, and sometimes sorted another way. They are now always sorted alphabetically.

As always, you can get the new version from the downloads page, or simply restart your old version of Off Camber Data. For feedback, feel free to just comment on the blog, or send us an email at feedback@offcamberdata.com!