New Distance to Shore feature, and easier data install

Happy August everyone. Let’s dive right into the new Distance to Shore feature in version 1.5.0.43.

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Mysticetus will now happily calculate the distance to shore of your sightings.

Distance to Shore is implemented as a formula on sightings. The Sample.Mysticetus file on the Downloads page (http://www.mysticetus.com/downloads) is now updated to include a Distance to Shore column in the Sightings table.

You can add your own Distance to Shore field to any page by choosing Configure -> Entry Sheets:

Then add a Distance column:

Set the Formula in the column to be “DistToShore” via the Formula Editor:

From then on, distance to shore will be updated in the appropriate column in your entry sheet – see the lower right corner of the screenshot below:

Note that the distance to shore calculation can take some time to complete…especially if the sighting is a long ways from a shore. Also note that distance to shore calculations will be as accurate as the elevation data you have installed (higher resolution data will lead to more precision).
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As a bonus feature, Mysticetus will now handle zip, gz, or tar files in the Elevation folder. No need to extract the contents of the file first.

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Hope everyone is enjoying their summer.

    Dave

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