Happy New Year and Thank YOU!
New Year - 2011
It doesn't seem like it was just the holiday season,
it seems like it was long ago as we are well into
2011 already and hard at work on the new Android
app, iPhone/iPad updates (2.0.1) and Logbook Pro PC
1.11.1 update. We just completed a significant
update to the Airline Schedule Importer and
published version 8.0.4 and continue to improve all
of our products and services based on your
outstanding feedback and suggestions.
Happy New Year to all of you, our readers,
customers, and friends. We hope you had a
great holiday season and a very happy new year.
We are so excited about what we have planned for
2011, it is going to be a very very busy year for
us. It's coming up on one month since our
release of the brand new Logbook Pro universal app
that runs on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad and
the v2 app is now FREE on the
Apple App Store! It has been a HUGE hit
and we cannot believe the number of users we have in
only the first month. I'm so happy you all
love this app with the new airline schedule importer
and calendar integration, and of course all the
other great features we put into this new version.
We obviously did it right, the numbers are loud and
clear, and we are thrilled to have created a great
logbook solution for you to enjoy. Now we have
our work cut out for us with the Android and Windows
Phone 7 apps and can't wait to get those in your
You would think after 13 years of selling Logbook
Pro and all version 1 PC edition updates continuing
to be free updates we would have slowed down but
from Thanksgiving through the end of the Year we
again broke sales records and significantly!
We continue to sell our leading aviation logbook
Logbook Pro PDA Companion, and
Daily Aviation Logbook and our new subscriptions
Airline Schedule Importer, and
at record paces. Thank you for spreading the
word and choosing Logbook Pro - the most accurate,
trusted, and reliable logbook software on the
market, bar none.
Keep the feedback coming if you have suggestions for
our future updates, products, and services.
Join us on
Facebook and take advantage of our social
networking sales and announcements. Thank you
for being a part of our team at NC Software.
We look forward to serving you on this 14th
year of providing you the best possible pilot
Happy New Year,
President, NC Software, Inc.
Cloud Sync subscriptions - all you need to know
|We are approaching the one month anniversary of our
December 22nd release of Logbook Pro for iPhone, iPod touch,
and iPad version 2. Version 1 iPhone/iPad app owners were
issued a complimentary universal sync subscription ($34.99
value) through 12/31/2011. When you first initialize
the Logbook Pro v2 app you get a free 30-day cloud sync
subscription. That may be expiring soon for those that
installed the v2 app near the release date so it's important
to understand the two choices with your cloud sync
subscription. The information is published on
web page but let's go over it below.
With the version 2 app we made the app free and also allowed
Logbook Pro PC edition (1.11.0 or later) sync with the My
Sync portal in evaluation mode so you have no risk at all in
checking out our software prior to entering into any
financial commitment. Upgrading to newer versions of
software can be an expensive process especially if a
software vendor releases a new major version frequently,
i.e. version 1, 2, 3, etc. Our policy is to keep all
software updates within the same major version free hence
why Logbook Pro PC edition version 1 hasn't changed the
major version for over 13 years. We continue to
provide you free updates for your Logbook Pro PC edition.
Other vendors change their version number far too often and
you end up spending hundreds on your software in no time.
With our new subscription model we have taken the worry
completely out of the software update process. You no
longer are buying the software so you get version 1, 2, 3,
14 free as long as you have a valid subscription. Had
we not done this you would have paid $29.99 for version 1
and then again $29.99 for version 2, and 3, and so on.
As we don't have any control over the Apple Store nor do we
get sales/customer information, we cannot provide upgrade
paths, etc. So we came up with the free app and
created a cloud sync subscription to help pay for the
development and maintenance costs and kept annual pricing to
an absolute minimum, a device subscription is only
$1.67/month. The next scenario we wanted to cover was
people changing hardware, i.e. iPhone to Android or getting
some other device such as an iPad or Android tablet that
uses our cloud service in the future. We created a
"universal sync" subscription so you can sync any device you
own now or in the future and can do so without any
additional purchase. So let's discuss the two sync
Cloud Sync - Device Subscription:
As the name implies, you are licensing a single device
(hardware) to sync through the cloud sync system. In
the About dialog of your app you'll find a Device ID in the
bottom section. Please note this is NOT your Account
ID. The Device ID is a unique ID that we use to
authorize your device to sync. You'll need to enter
the Device ID and then click Add-to-Cart when purchasing
your subscription instantly online at our online store..
If you only own or intend to own one device then this is the
plan for you. It is only $19.99 for an entire year
which comes out to $1.67/month. The subscription
cannot be transferred so if you are considering a new device
or adding devices in the future you may want to consider the
universal sync subscription instead.
Cloud Sync - Universal Subscription:
The universal sync subscription allows you to sync any
device you own now or in the future for one affordable fee
of $34.99/year. Whether you have one device or a dozen
devices, one subscription is all you need. This
subscription is not tied to any hardware but instead your
personal NC Software account/login. You can use your
Account ID/Username pair on any cloud sync supported device
and sync using this subscription plan. To subscribe to
a universal sync subscription now
Note: Importing airline schedules requires a separate subscription to use
the airline schedule importer portal. This is not part
of the cloud sync subscription.
If you have any questions regarding our subscriptions feel
free to contact us via the
LEGS - why is this field so important?
The LEGS column is an important field in Logbook Pro
and should not be left blank. It defaults to 1
for you but it is not part of the required field set
of Date, Type, Ident, Route, and Duration (or SIM)
indicating a complete flight log entry. LEGS
is another term for FLIGHTS. By entering one
LEG you are telling Logbook Pro you have flown one
FLIGHT (sim or actual). As Logbook Pro
performs advanced data analysis such as using the
Analyzer you'll see a total number of flights, this
is also indicated in the summary bar at the bottom
of the log area. The number of FLIGHTS is the
SUM of the LEGS column.
Logbook Pro's design goal is to log your flights
rapidly and accurately. The last thing we want
to do is be sitting behind a computer fiddling with
some logbook software spending more time logging a
flight than actually flying it. Logbook Pro
doesn't require you to mess with airport databases
and deal with labor intensive search or pick lists.
Instead we use a free form route of flight entry
field as shown above. You can log your entire
day of flying in a single log entry saving paper
when it comes time to print and provides a more
concise logbook presentation. In order to get
the proper number of FLIGHTS you need to enter the
number of LEGS properly. LEGS will also be
carried into your Landings column if you have
AutoFill entering a landing for you. If you
flew 4 LEGS you probably will be logging 4 LANDINGS
unless of course you were not the pilot in a crewed
flight performing the landing, etc.
Logbook Pro is an accounting package for pilots.
Just as businesses use accounting software for their
finances, Logbook Pro is your accounting software
for aviation. It is important to keep the
numbers properly so be sure to enter the LEGS column
so your flight summaries are correct. If you
the Analyzer yet I highly recommend tinkering
with it. It is a great system to view your
data summaries down to the Aircraft Ident flown.
Using a signature image on reports
I'm willing to bet you don't enjoy signing your name
300 times in your printed logbook. We've had
some fairly large turn-key print jobs in the past
and signing each and every logbook page can be less
than joyous to say the least. Did you know
Logbook Pro has a feature where you can supply an
image of your signature and it will use it in the
signature block? Yes! It's covered in
click here to read about it, but here are the
- You can either scan your handwritten signature
or create a signature using your favorite graphics
program. Experiment with either, as you can
see my attempt above to write NC Software isn't the
- Your image shouldn't be overly large,
Logbook Pro will scale it to fit but if the
resolution is way high, i.e. the file size is
very large, the report could fail to generate
and throw an Error 5000. I suggest an
image size of 800x400 pixels for starters
- Crop the image so there is minimal white
space around your signature itself. You
don't want a 8.5 x 11 sized piece of paper
your signature in the middle of it. The
image needs to be nothing more than your
- The most important part is the name of your
signature image. It must match the name of
your data file which is the file ending in .LBK.
If you're using Logbook Pro 1.11.0, the latest
version as of this writing, the path to your
data file is in the top/title bar of the
application. You can also click
Help...About Logbook Pro and the path to your
data file is in the bottom portion of the About
dialog. It may read:
Logbook Pro Files\v1\MyLogbook.lbk. Take
note of "MyLogbook.lbk" and the part you want is
- Save your signature file as "MyLogbook" to a
jpeg format, so you end up with MyLogbook.jpg
where of course "MyLogbook" is the name of YOUR
- Copy your signature image into the same
exact folder where your data file, the file
ending in .LBK resides. So you'll have
both MyLogbook.lbk and MyLogbook.jpg in the same
- Run your report and your signature should
now appear in the signature block
Get the most out of your software - watch our video tutorials
With our recent record sales and conversions from
other logbook software products many of you are new
to Logbook Pro and many of you have been with us for
13+ years as well. Logbook Pro is designed to
be very simple yet pack some great features for
those that really want to get more out of the
product. No one likes reading documentation,
although we do provide
complete documentation for those that do want to
read through it and really learn the product.
Watching a video that shows the features to you in
action is the best way to learn and will give you
that nudge to use the features we put in place to
really make logging fun and quick such as
double-click auto-entry, AutoFill, data analysis
with the Analyzer, creating reports, viewing and
interacting with charts, and more. We like
training as much as we like creating so we've built
video library for both the PC edition and the
iPhone/iPad app. In fact you'll also find
videos in our newsletters that build upon the video
tutorials already in place so feel free to browse or
Logbook Pro PC edition videos:
Logbook Pro iPhone/iPad v2 videos:
Using another electronic logbook product? We'll convert your data FREE!
you know we do logbook conversions from other
electronic software products -- FREE?
We will gladly convert your "other" electronic
software logbook for you at no charge. This is
a FREE one-time service for new customers. Simply
send us a zip file
of your current logbook data and we'll verify we can
convert it, if so, we'll ask for your Logbook Pro PC
edition registration code to proceed with the
conversion and we'll complete the conversion for
you. We welcome you to Logbook Pro and hope
you enjoy our wide range of software for general
aviation and airline pilots, our Cirrus Elite
binders, and other add-ons to make flight logging
fun and useful. Logbook Pro is the leader for
ease of use, quality and support, data analysis and
reporting, and free upgrades for over 12 years now!
It's time you made the move.
We have a
Knowledgebase of conversions which is only a
list of our most common conversions. Contact
us even if you're product is not listed and we'll
gladly see if we can convert your data.
Did you know Logbook Pro has an
Import Wizard that can import just about any comma (CSV) or TAB delimited file? If your logbook product has an export feature, most likely you can make the transition yourself.
Click here for details on the Import Wizard which is functional even in the Eval of Logbook Pro.
Using a Mac? No problem.
Click here for details on how
to run Logbook Pro on a Mac.
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