Diviac Goes Mobile
Diviac, short for Dive Maniac, has recently released iOS and Android application for its cloud base service. The company which started in 2013 provides cloud based dive logs to divers with free and premium services. Beyond that they wanted to leverage the current state of cloud development as well as social interaction and information sharing. The logbook is a journal, not just a record of technical facts. Fully customized by each user of what he logs and who can access it. A place where rich memories are recorded.
Following their initial vision they have created a service that meets that vision and it is still growing. The program has three target audiences: divers, instructors, and dive centers. Each have features that are focused on them.
While it may seem backwards it may help to discuss the dive center function first. Dive centers who register with Diviac can load their basic data. They can also load the geo-positioning data for the dive sites they visit as well as site descriptions. Additionally the dive center can create a fish card based on the marine life they frequently encounter and upload a gallery of images.
The diver has the dive log which is the fundamental portion of the program. There are many different online logbooks available but this one adds a great deal to the offerings. For divers with compatible dive computers, the information can be loaded directly into the logbook. Those who do not have a very clean graphic interface that allows easy entry of the data. If the dive center you are using is listed selecting them in the log will bring up a portion of the information they have inputted into the system such as their logo, fish cards and dive sites. There is a nice graphic for filling in depths, water conditions and times if it is not imported for you.
The marine life database that the company has is extensive, and very easy to use. When you are completing your log you can record the marine life you saw with a few clicks. You can select from a dive center's fish card or a regional card from the data base. Looking over a card, if you see a fish that you also saw underwater, just click on the image and then click on add to log. Photos can be uploaded to be added to your log and there is an option to select images from a dive centers gallery.
Overall the program is very robust and adaptable. Additional features include a diver rating system like a trip advisor, following dive sites to get updates when someone posts a public view dive log, and news feeds. There are other options also for instructors to preload site information and training dive standards that can then be transferred to student accounts.