Logbook Installation

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Note this version of the Logbook is still a beta version. You are welcome to try it and send any comments, queries or suggestions to the developer's e-mail address as found in the on-line help when the system is installed.

Introduction

The Pilot Logbook System is an electronic logbook that can be used to record everything - and more - that you would normally record in your paper log book but has the added advantage of being able to sort and summarize the information recorded. It can also synchronize the data between this desktop version and the Android version ("JCSTLogbook" in the Google Play Store).

Installation

To use the Logbook System system you must install the Oracle JavaTM Virtual Machine, sometimes referred to as the Java Run Time Environment (JRE) or a version of OpenJDK. Most PCs today come with a Java installed.

To determine what version of Java (if any) is installed open a command window/cmd prompt and type:

java -version

and press Enter.

If java is correctly installed the response will be something like:

"java version 1.8.0_251" or "openjdk version "12.0.1" 2019-04-16" depending on the version and the platform. If the version starts with "1.8" that's Java 8. If it starts with a number higher than 9 , e.g. "12" as above, then that's later than 8.

There are different versions of the Logbook system for Java 8 and for later versions. The Java 8 version will not run with later versions of Java and the release for later versions of Java will not run with Java 8.

If you are running Java 8 download this version (for Windows & Linux only at the moment, it may well work on a Mac but it's not been tested yet [can't get to my usual test Mac because of COVID] ).

If you are running a later version of Java on Windows download this version of the Logbook System.
If you are running a later version of Java on Linux download this version of the Logbook System.
If you are running a later version of Java on a Mac download this version of the Logbook System.

When the file is downloaded, unzip it into its own directory.  On Windows open the File Manager, navigate to the directory to which the zip file was downloaded, right click on the file and choose Extract All.... On Linux open the File Manager, navigate to the directory to which the zip file was downloaded, right click on the file and choose Extract To... or move the file to where you want to install the app and then right click on the file and choose ExtractHere.


Using the System

See the ReadMe file on starting the system.

When the system is first started an End User License Agreement is displayed. This must be accepted before the system will proceed.

Once the system is running press the F1 key for Help. You can use this on-line help as soon as the EULA has been accepted and the main Pilot Logbook System screen is displayed. With the system installed & running there are 4 options to get started:

  1. Create a new, empty database.
  2. Import the data from a previous version of the Logbook System.
  3. Import Aircraft types, aircraft, airports and flights from Excel spreadsheets.
  4. Open an existing database that has already been created with this app.
These are detailed in the Help page.

Also please peruse the Help page about backing up the system, a link to this page is at the bottom of the Help page for the main Pilot Logbook System screen.

Note that the screens can be moved and resized and the system will remember the sizes and locations of each.

Note that a right click on the icon in the upper left of the Pilot Logbook System screen will display the About Logbook frame.

Recent Updates

2.0a1 June 16, 2020 This version is a complete re-write of the original Logbook System released in 2011. The GUI interface, originally written using Swing, has been rewritten using JavaFX. It is designed to using the modularity of Java in versions of Java later than Java 8 although it is not yet a modular application as it uses external jar files that are not (yet) modular.

Android Version

The Android version of the Logbook System is essentially the same system running on Android. While each system runs quite happily on its own the two can be used together by "synchronizing" the system on the PC with the system on the Android device. For example, if you have started to use the PC system available here and subsequently start to use the Android based system on your phone or tablet you can populate the empty database on the Android device by syncing it with the PC system. Conversely if you take your phone with you on a trip and leave your PC system at home you can keep your logbook up to date on your phone as you travel. When you return home you can bring your PC system up to date by syncing it with the phone. You can actually do this while on the road but it's a tad more involved. This is explained in the on-line help for this system.

The Android version of the system is being re-written and is available on the Google Play Store as JCST Logbook.

Privacy Policy

The application does not collect, store or pass on any user data. If, in the course of trying to resolve a technical issue, a user supplies data to assist in duplicating or otherwise resolving the issue, that data is treated as confidential and not shared or passed on to any third party. Once the issue for which the data was provided is resolved, the data is removed from our systems. This policy applies to this application and to the Android app JCST Logbook.

Legal Stuff

The Logbook System is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
 
The Logbook System is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You will be required to accept the terms of the license before you can use the system.

A copy of the GNU General Public License is here. Alternatively see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/#GPL.

The source code for the desktop system is available on request by contacting the developer at the e-mail address as found in the on-line help when the system is installed.


 
Prepared: June 16 2020
Modified: November 18, 2020
Copyright Johnson Computer Software Team Limited. 2019, 2020