Divers often keep a rich logbook to track their diving activities. Trainees also are required to have a logbook for their diving training. There are some commercial solutions to do that, but our topic of the day is an amazing professionally designed alternative solution and it's called Subsurface.
Subsurface is an open-source free and genuinely rich diving logbook application for professional divers, trainees and hobbyists. Even though, It has rich features but it comes with a simple easy-to-use interface which does not require much time to learn.
In this article we demonstrate Subsurface features and why we believe it's a great application
- Open-source (GPLv2)
- Plan diving trips
- Track single- and multi-tank dives
- GPS support
- Equipment logging
- Multiple divers support with multi-preferences and settings
- Track diving trips
- Depth profile visualization
- Multi-languages support (20 languages)
- Divers and divemaster names
- Buddy names
- Dive modes
- Rating and visibility log
- Tags support
- Search and log filtering support
- Mobile devices support (Android and iOS)
- Dozens of dive computers
- Bluetooth and Bluetooth LE support for data exchange from dive computers
Dive computers with Subsurface
A dive computer takes the depth and time information and applies it to a decompression model to track the dissolved nitrogen in the diver's body during his dive. It tells the diver how much dive time the diver has.
Subsurface supports a long list of dive computers, the list at Subsurface's website and it's frequently updated. It supports a wide range of dive computers from novice to professionals.
Here are the list as (6-NOV-2020):
- 500 AI, A300, A300 AI, A300CS, Atmos 2, Atmos AI, Atmos AI 2, Compumask, Elite, Elite T3, Epic, F10, F11, Manta, XR-1 NX, XR-2
- Quantum X
- i100, i200, i200C, i300, i300C, i450T, i550, i550C, i750TC, i770R
- Cobalt, Cobalt 2
- Mundial 2, Mundial 3, Voyager 2G
- Hyper Aqualand
- Commander I, Commander II, Commander TM, EMC-14, EMC-16, EMC-20H
- Cartesio, Drake, Edy, Giotto, Goa, Leonardo, Newton
- NiTek Q, NiTek Trio
- Orca, iDive DAN, iDive Deep, iDive Easy, iDive Free, iDive Pro, iDive Reb, iDive Stealth, iDive Tech, iDive X3M
- Descent Mk1
- React Pro, React Pro White
- Frog, OSTC, OSTC 2, OSTC 2 TR, OSTC 2C, OSTC 2N, OSTC 3, OSTC 4, OSTC Mk2, OSTC Plus, OSTC Sport, OSTC cR
- DG02, DG03, TX1
- Airlab, Darwin, Darwin Air, Genius, Icon HD, Icon HD Net Ready, M1, M2, Matrix, Nemo, Nemo Air, Nemo Apneist, Nemo Excel, Nemo Steel, Nemo Titanium, Nemo Wide, Nemo Wide 2, Puck, Puck 2, Puck Air, Puck Pro, Quad, Quad Air, Smart, Smart Air, Smart Apnea
- Atom 1.0, Atom 2.0, Atom 3.0, Atom 3.1, Datamask, F10, F11, Geo, Geo 2.0, Geo 4.0, OC1, OCS, OCi, Pro Plus 2, Pro Plus 2.1, Pro Plus 3, Pro Plus X, VT 4.1, VT Pro, VT3, VT4, VTX, Veo 1.0, Veo 180, Veo 2.0, Veo 200, Veo 250, Veo 3.0, Versa Pro
- iDive Color Deep, iDive Color Easy, iDive Color Fancy, iDive Color Free, iDive Color Pro, iDive Color Reb, iDive Color Tech+, iDive Deep, iDive Easy, iDive Fancy, iDive Free, iDive Pro, iDive Reb, iDive Tech+, iX3M GPS Deep, iX3M GPS Easy, iX3M GPS Fancy, iX3M GPS Pro , iX3M GPS Reb, iX3M GPS Tech+, iX3M Pro Deep, iX3M Pro Easy, iX3M Pro Fancy, iX3M Pro Pro, iX3M Pro Reb, iX3M Pro Tech+
- Sensus, Sensus Pro, Sensus Ultra
- Aladin H Matrix, Aladin Sport Matrix, Aladin Square, Chromis, G2, G2 Console, G2 HUD, Mantis, Mantis 2, Meridian, XTender 5
- T1, H3, HUDC
- Guru, Jack
- Nerd, Nerd 2, Perdix, Perdix AI, Petrel, Petrel 2, Predator, Teric
- Amphos, Amphos Air, Insight, Insight 2, Vision, Wisdom, Wisdom 2, Wisdom 3
- XP Air, XP-10, XP-3G, XP-Air
- Cobra, Cobra 2, Cobra 3, D3, D4, D4f, D4i, D5, D6, D6i, D9, D9tx, DX, EON Core, EON Steel, Eon, Gekko, HelO2, Mosquito, Solution, Solution Alpha, Solution Nitrox, Spyder, Stinger, Vyper, Vyper 2, Vyper Air, Vyper Novo, Vytec, Zoop, Zoop Novo
- Element II (IQ-750), IQ-700, Talis, Zen (IQ-900), Zen Air (IQ-950)
- Zürich SDA
- Aladin 2G, Aladin Air Twin, Aladin Air Z, Aladin Air Z Nitrox, Aladin Air Z O2, Aladin Prime, Aladin Pro, Aladin Pro Ultra, Aladin Sport, Aladin Sport Plus, Aladin Tec, Aladin Tec 2G, Aladin Tec 3G, Galileo Luna, Galileo Sol, Galileo Terra, Galileo Trimix, Memomouse, Smart Com, Smart Pro, Smart Tec, Smart Z
Supported platforms/ systems
Subsurface works on almost all known desktop platforms (macOS, Linux and Windows), It also provides a portable mobile versions for Android and iOS devices.
- Windows (32 and 64bit, Windows 7 and newer)
- macOS (Intel, 10.7 and newer)
- Linux: Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint, openSUSE, Fedora, Arch Linux and Manjaro Linux.
I have installed it on Manjaro Linux using Flatpak:
# install flatpak install flathub org.subsurface_divelog.Subsurface #run flatpak run org.subsurface_divelog.Subsurface
Subsurface Portable Versions: Subsurface-mobile
Subsurface developers released two portable versions for Android and iOS devices which are very practical and easy to use. They both don't contain Ads or in-app purchase as they are completely free to use.
Both portable editions support Bluetooth connection, Bluetooth LE, USB serial computers.
Subsurface also offers an optional free Subsurface cloud storage account for divers to synchronize their data which works very well with the desktop editions as we..
- Android - Google's PlayStore
- iOS (iPhone and iPad)
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