Latest Version : 1.4.3 (2016-10-31) – read changelogs further down..
OS X Version available but not under active development.
Download Captain’s Log
Windows – 32 & 64-bit
Version 1.4.3 “Even More Zero Gravitas”
Version 2.0.0 Beta 5 “Minimum Viable Gravitas”
Apple Macintosh OSX
NOTE: This is based on an older version and does not have some of the features of the current Windows version.
REQUEST: Please provide feedback if it runs for you – especially mentioning if you’re running Yosemite or El Capitan – thanks in advance!
1) Download the zip file and unzip it.
2) Move it to your Applications folder.
3) You may have to press your CTRL key whilst clicking on the App to run it.
4) Note that you have to configure 3 folders for the Mac version instead of the two for Windows – this is because the folder structure for the Mac version of Elite: Dangerous is different from the Windows version. It should be clear enough which folder to select anyway.
Captain's Log for OSX 188.8.131.52 (for E:D 1.6 onwards)
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If you find Captain’s Log awesomely helpful, please consider making a donation, which will help to keep my web server running and the ongoing development of the application (not to mention the odd beer and/or coffee to fuel my brain :) )
Captain’s Log is primarily an Elite: Dangerous Explorer’s application, allowing you to keep track of all your jumps into systems, as you explore the galaxy.
I wrote this for myself, inspired by the most excellent EDDiscovery application. I really like EDDiscovery, but I didn’t need/want some of its features, and I wanted features not currently available in it. So here is Captain’s Log.
I’ve decided to share it with the rest of you.
It comes without guarantee or warranty as to its fitness for purpose, and comes as-is. You have no rights or entitlements to bug fixes, updates or otherwise – BUT, I will be making updates as time wears on, and I do genuinely hope you find it useful and enjoyable to use. :)
With thanks to CMDR Psieonic for your extremely helpful and positive input!
- Full details at : https://forums.frontier.co.uk/showthread.php/155545-Explorer-s-Application-Captain-s-Log?p=4714948#post4714948
- 1.4.3 is a hotfix for 1.4.2 with the minor change of the load progressbar is now underneth the jump table widget instead of hiding behind it.
- Incorporating the following 1.4.2 changelog...
- - FIXED : Long-standing bug where jump table did not populate if starting with an empty database. Finally!
- - FIXED : Program crashed when unable to write a vlaues database - will now throw up an error window and halt instead.
- - New : "Create ImportStars.txt from DB" feature added so you can export your visited systems from Captain's Log DB's, and create a list to import into the game so that it shows you systems you previously visited prior to ED 2.2/1.7
- - Version bumped to 1.4.2
- - This will probably be the last ever release of the CL 1.x series. But who knows...
- - CL 2.x is now being worked on/developed. Stay tuned.
- - FIXED : netlog import now works and can import from both pre-2.1/1.6 and 2.1/1.6-onwards netlog formats.
- - IMPROVEMENT : There should be a small but noticeable speedup of the "stars" and "statistics" stages of database load.
- - CHANGE : No longer checks or edits your AppConfig.xml file - this is no longer required as FDEV have very kindly enabled jump notifications in the default logging level - thanks FDEV!
- - IMPORTANT : Log Parser altered to be able to parse the new 2.1 netlog format.
- - ENHANCEMENT : Database loading method changed; Initial loading is MUCH faster. Star icons are loaded in a background thread/process, then statistics are built in a background process.
- - ENHANCEMENT : Overlay Mode window can now be positioned. Position is saved. Drag the Overlay Mode window by clicking and dragging the Current Database Name label located at the bottom left of the main window.
- - COSMETIC : made various borders thinner - improves appearance somewhat.
- - COSMETIC : made windows smaller to fit smaller screen resolutions.
- - MISC : Ensure star icon generation thread is cleanly stopped if Quit or window close is selected during running loading.
- - BUGFIX : Importing notes from EDD wasn't working anymore - this should now work as intended.
- - BUGFIX : Don't check for Imgur access on startup if Imgur uploads are disabled.
- - ENHANCEMENT/BUGFIX : Made the creation of the default values database more robust. Recreating the DB Values database actually works now, also.
- - ENHANCEMENT/BUGFIX : Made connecting to Imgur (access checker) more robust.
- - NEW : Deduplication facility available for those who have tried to import all netlogs to an existing and populated DB
- Real-time monitoring of Elite: Dangerous' verbose netlogs in order to detect when you have jumped to a new system. Automatically examines the game's AppConfig.xml and if needs be, creates an AppConfigLocal.xml file to activate the required verbose logs.
- Quickly record which star types and quantities are in a system. Record the planet types you find in a system, and their designations. Captain's log calculates an estimated worth of that system to Universal Cartographics based on the stars & bodies recorded.
- System Notes : take notes specific to a system.
- Jump Notes : take notes unique to each Jump.
- Bookmarks : Bookmark a jump. Found an Earth-like world? Bookmark that jump! Found something unique in a system? Bookmark it!
- Search facility : text search of system names, system notes, jump notes.
- Keeps useful Statistics.
- Override button for those who want to run Captain's Log on a PC different from the one Elite:Dangerous is running. Fast Mode - disables the add a planet animation for faster input times
- Planet Prefix : Instead of adding in "A 1" or "A 1 a", simply enter "A " or "A 1 " into the prefix and that will be automatically prepended to the planet designation, which saves you time and typing.
- Lazy mode - for those lazy explorers who only want to record what planets they scanned, quickly and without having to type
- Colour customisation of Captain's Log!
- Screenshot detector/converter/re-namer...
- Auto-Upload to Imgur ...
- Database Manager:
- create multiple databases
- quickly populate your new database by scanning all available netlogs and extracting the jump data from them, into the database.
- extract all your notes from an EDDiscovery database and merge them in with any of the matching systems in your database.
- Export databases to CSV
- Bodies Manager:
- a database of stars and planetary body types.
- maintain/tune the estimated worth of a star or planetary body (i.e. how much a certain type of body might be worth to Universal Cartographics).
add your own custom planet types with their own estimated high and low range worth to UC. remove planet types.
- Bookmark Manager:
- see a list of all bookmarks.
- highlight a certain bookmark and go to that jump in the Jump Table View.
- remove a bookmark.
Installation and Setup
B) Database Files Location.
Captain's Log generates at least two database files and a configuration file. It also creates a CaptainsLog folder in your %LOCALAPPDATA% folder. The configuration file should always be located here. You can, however, set a different location for the database files, and this is what that setting is for. Click the Select button for this setting, and another folder selection dialog window will appear...
The default location is to use the Captain's Log folder. Normally you would choose to use this folder. Some people may choose to store these database files in another location (for example, in their Dropbox folder). It's entirely up to yourself. Click Select Folder once you have decided.
Once you have correctly set both locations, click on the Close button. If all goes well, you should be met with the Captain's Log main window...
How To Use Captain’s Log
NOTE : Always start Captain’s Log before running the ED Launcher, especially at each game update. If there is a game update, shut down Captain’s Log and after the game update has completed, exit the game launcher, run Captain’s Log, then run the game launcher again. This will guarantee that verbose netlogs will be enabled and that Captain’s Log will detect a jump into a star system.
Jumps are added automatically to the database and the Jump Table when Elite: Dangerous is running and you jump to a new system.
Adding A Star Type
Just click on the star icon representing the star type you wish to log for that system. e.g. if the system has a type K star, click the star icon with the K in it. If there are more than one K type stars, click that same icon again for the number of K types in that system. A new icon will appear above, and on the Jump Table. If you made a mistake and wish to decrement or remove a star type, click the corresponding top icon.
Adding Or Removing A Planet
NEW: Planet input has 3 modes: Standard, Fast Mode, and Lazy Mode
1) Click the relevant icon, depending on the planet type you’d like to add…
2) Add the Designation and press RETURN or click OK …
When adding a planet, the Designation will need to be specified.
Designation will be shown in the System Map View in Elite: Dangerous.
For systems with only 1 star, the planet designations will be “1“, “2“, etc.
For systems with more than one star, the designation will be “A 1“, “A 2” etc. , for planets orbiting the first star. “B 1“, “B 2” etc. , for planets orbiting the second star, and so on.
Sometimes planets may be orbiting some barycentre between stars, in which case the designation might be “AB 1“, “AB 2“, and so on.
Moons of planets will usually have a designation of “1 a“, or “A 1 a“, or “AB 1 a” and so on.
New Feature: Planet Prefix
Previous versions of Captain’s Log had you typing in the Designation in full – this was a drudge and also time consuming.
Planet Prefix helps with this task :)
Scenario 1 : Planets orbiting a Barycentre
These are usually classified as something like ABC1, ABC2, ABC3 and so on…
Rather than typing in “ABC1” etc., simply type “ABC” into the Planet Prefix box, then select your planet type, and for the designation type “1”<Enter>, “2”<Enter>, and so on. Like so…
When you press <Enter> , the prefix will automatically be added to the planet Designation…
Scenario 2: Moons. Lots and lots of moons….
So perhaps planet ABC3 has 5 moons. Rather than type “ABC3 a”, “ABC3 b”, and so on, just type “ABC3 ” into Planet Prefix.
Note: Elite:Dangerous usually has a space between the “3” and “a”, “b” etc. So leave a space after “3”. Like so…
As before, the Designation will be “ABC3 a” and so on…
3) To get back to the planet icon list, either press RETURN if nothing is in the Designation box, or click X.
Fast Mode simply switches off the fancy animation when you click a planet icon. This feature is for the impatient users out there – I know who you are ;)
To activate Fast Mode, simply click the Fast Mode check box…
Input of planets is exactly the same as when using Standard Mode.
Lazy Mode is for those Explorers who are – let’s face it – just too darn lazy to enter proper Designations. :)
To activate Lazy Mode, simply click the Lazy Mode check box…
Captain’s Log will now auto-assign a planet Designation for you, and add the planet type to the planet list for the system. The Designation will look like “001”, “002”, and so on. This is to differentiate between Genuine non-lazy data, and lazy data…
Lazy Mode overrides Fast Mode, which overrides Standard mode.
Also note that Lazy Mode disables Planet Prefix – because it’s irrelevant to the mode.
Getting out of Lazy Mode is simply a case of clicking the check box again. Same with Fast Mode.
Both Fast Mode and Lazy Mode’s status will not be saved in the configuration file, so you’ll have to re-enable them if you exit Captain’s Log and restart it later.
Removing a Planet
Adding/Removing A Bookmark
Simply double-click a system in the Jump Table view on the left, to bookmark it.
To remove a bookmark, either double-click it again, or use the Bookmark Manager to remove it.
You can review all bookmarks by calling up the Bookmarks Manager, either by using the top menu under Tools, or by using the CTRL+B hotkey.
Adding, editing System and Jump Notes
Simply click into either the System Notes or Jump Notes entry box and start typing/editing. These notes will be automatically stored in your database and updated as you type. They will simultaneously appear in the Jump View under the relevant Notes column.
System Notes are unique for that particular System – so any notes you enter here for a system, will appear any time that system is displayed in the Jump Table. e.g. You jump to that system often, so that system its System Note will appear in the Jump Table.
Jump Notes are unique to each jump – therefore even if you jump to a system often, the note can be different for each Jump Entry in the Jump Table.
Single-Click Copy System Name To Clipboard
By clicking on the System Name Label located at the middle of the System Bodies tab, it’ll copy that system name to the clipboard, so you can then paste the system name into the Galaxy Map Nav Tab .
To be updated when I get the time & strength.