Sunday, December 26, 2010

Performance Improvements

We've been making some performance improvements today. Of course, that meant a few people got errors when they didn't quite work. But we're all done now, sorry for the glitches.

On the plus side, PDF creation should be much faster, and EPUB and MOBI should be a little bit faster. We're still trying to work out a good way to get EPUB and MOBI even faster.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

16 December 2010

The 16 December 2010 Approach Plates are now live.

www.chartbundle.com

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

NOOKcolor now supported

We've added NOOKcolor support just choose it in the device list., we've still got some tweaks to make as the files are significantly larger than the standard files(adding color support when we don't need it) but it works for Approach Plates, Airport Directories and Books. In the text option box you must set the setting for use publishers settings to on for them to display correctly.

We'll get a video on Youtube this weekend of how it works.

www.chartbundle.com

With some caveats, even downloading from the web browser on the device works fine.
(We'll be adding a direct NOOKcolor link like we have for Kindle and iPad soon)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

18 November 2010

The 18 November 2010 Data is in the system and live now(AFD and TPP) sorry about the delay.

www.chartbundle.com

Saturday, October 16, 2010

New cycle and new book

The new(21 OCT 2010) cycle has been posted.
In addition, the Airplane Flying Handbook has been posted to books. All books now have indexes for both PDF and eBook formats(MOBI, EPUB).

www.chartbundle.com: Terminal Procedures
www.chartbundle.com/books/

Saturday, September 18, 2010

23 SEP 2010 Cycle

The 23 September 2010 Cycle is now available for Approach Plates and Airport Facility Directories. It should be fully functional including the new Hot Spot and Land And Hold Short Operations(LAHSO) pages.

www.chartbundle.com

Easy Download

New easy downloads for the Kindle DX and iPad

Just click the link or enter the tppl URL on your device web browser.(Data charges may apply, please check with your provider.)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Books

We've now started converting books.

For the FAR, we have part 61+91 demos available at www.chartbundle.com/books and links to purchase from Lulu(EPUB) or Amazon(Kindle)

Also, we have graphically converted samples now available for the Glider Flying Handbook and the Airman's Information Manual(AIM) in the samme place:
www.chartbundle.com/books Please try the demo option first to see how it looks, as the Glider handbook is huge and the AIM is much bigger.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Kindle 3 Support

We've tested the Kindle 3 and provided some tweaked settings for it. It has a larger usable area than the Kindle 2 for our graphics pages. Looks like 520x725 now. Would be nice if it also went wider, but it doesn't look like they made any wider usable space. So, approach plates and AFD settings have been updated.

Kindle 3 supported Approach Plates and AFD

Sunday, August 22, 2010

26 August 2010 Now Available

The 26 August 2010 Approach Plate Cycle is now available.

www.chartbundle.com

Sunday, August 15, 2010

No More Ads

Thanks to the support of our users, there are no more ads on chartbundle. Thanks everyone.

Please consider contributing to keep chartbundle ad free, see the link on the front page.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Samples and Beta Stuff

So, first off, we have new samples available on the sample page. www.chartbundle.com/samples/ These include 3:4 crop pdf for the iPad's aspect ratio. and 10:16 for some tablet PC. Also the Kindle 2 and Kindle DX samples are down at the bottom.

All of the new formats are only available from the Beta links. On the front page you can choose the 'Kindle(Beta) TPP' or AFD. Which has all the beta downloads, not just Kindle.

Once on the page to choose what you want to download, be sure to select 'eBook' or 'Device Specific Output' for Kindle, nook, Sony, Kobo, and any other EPUB downloads. While the PDFs will work on Kindle, they won't include index or table of contents.(The PDF indexes work fine on most other PDF readers)

After choosing eBook or Device Specific, be sure to choose YOUR device as each file, even EPUB is specially formatted to look best on specific screen sizes and device options.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Support for more devices in BETA!!!!

We have enabled new device support including Kobo, Kindle 2, Kindle DX and FBReader.

This is BETA ONLY. Please check any downloads thoroughly before use. In some cases the system may fail totally. We will be monitoring the system and correcting problems as they are discovered.

Also, we now have support for HTML indexes. Check out the videos on Youtube for Chartbundle.
Chartbundle's Youtube Channel

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Kindle Plates Coming Soon

One thing we've been working on behind the scenes is more device support, previously we mentioned the Kobo... And now, the Kindle... the 800lb Gorilla in the eBook reader space.

It's not ready for consumption yet, but hopefully in the next week or two. And the current sample is just on the Kindle DX, but we'll absolutely support the Kindle 2, and if we can get the size right, even the Kindle 1. So, yes, we'll even have our 2 and 3 screen side views on the Kindles. Also, these will be native 'MOBI' formatted plates and Airport Facility Directories.

But for now, I present.... the Kindle DX sample:

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

01 JULY 2010

The 01 July 2010 Terminal Procedures Cycle has been posted.

We also now have a Kobo Reader(The $150 reader from Borders) and will be seeing if we can get the AFD and TPP formatted to be usable on it over the next week or two. It's lighter than the Nook and the same price as the WiFi version, so may be a good alternative for some.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

tppl.mobi now working

For those who wanted something shorter to type in to your mobile device, we now have a web alias:
tppl.mobi which goes to our usual site.

And it's much shorter to type than: www.chartbundle.com.

tppl.mobi

Thursday, May 27, 2010

03 June 2010 Live Now

Ok, the June 3rd Cycle for TPP and AFD is live now on chartbundle.


www.chartbundle.com

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Airport Files Fixed

Yet another bug in the change notice cycle handling. Airports should now work again for TPP.

Sorry about that.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Non-Indexed Files

Ok, PDF files with no index should now work instead of just giving an error message.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

April 8th Updates

The AFD and Terminal Procedures have been updated for the 08 April 2010 Cycle.
Current cycle will be available until the 8th as well.

www.chartbundle.com

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Slimmer Indexes

For those devices which don't collapse hierarchical table of contents entries(Nook, iRex, probably others) you can now disable individual entries for airports so the table of contents will just show the airport name, then you can flip through to find the particular approach you want.

Make an approach plate bundle now...

Sunday, March 7, 2010

No DR800SG EPUB Approach Plates Today

So, we now have an iRex DR800SG in-house. However as far as we can tell the EPUB handling of images in the current firmware is horrific. HTML looks fine, PNG looks fine, but put those 2 in an EPUB container and it all goes badly.

Forum posts seem to indicate that the new firmware(coming soon...) will fix this issue. So we've suspended development on the DR800SG specific formats for now.

On the other hand, PDF formatted with 'Maximum Crop' Looks fine, if a bit smaller than the EPUB will be due to the reformatting we do on the EPUB(which is the main reason we generate them, that and EPUB seems to render faster on most devices)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Glitches with new cycle

Sorry about some of the glitches with the 11 March cycle. Some of the code didn't handle airports with updated pages due to the change notice correctly. Should be fixed now.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Changes and Updates

The new 2 and 3 screen views are now on-line and available for selection, just choose to make an EPUB and then add the 2 or 3 screen options. You can enable all of 1 screen(normal), 2 screen and 3 screen to the same file. I'd recommend 2 screen for AFD and 3 screen for Approach Plates.

Photos are at:Nook EPUB Gallery

Videos at: Youtube Chartbundle Page

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

11FEB2010 Cycle

After a couple glitches getting the AFD and TPP for 11 FEB 2010 on-line, it's all on-line now.
(Ran out of disk, had a permissions problem, etc)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

AFD Live

Custom AFD bundles are now live. Airport Facility Directories can now be generated for any single AFD volume, single state or combination of states in EPUB or PDF formats.

Next up: tight cropping for PDFs to optimize them for on-screen display. This will be an option like the existing 1-up and 2-up options.

Custom Airport Facility Directory PDF and EPUB generator

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Custom is live

Custom generation is now live for all Terminal Procedures(Approach Plates), right now the margin change option doesn't work, but you can get 1-up, 2-up and 2-up optimized for double sided printing in your choice of states, volumes or individual airports.

www.chartblob.com

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Custom Bundles This Weekend

Coming this weekend to chartblob, custom approach plate bundles. Choose your plates by Airport, State or Volume. Choose EPUB or PDF, and then choose how to format them, can do 2 plates per sheet for printing, or 2 plates per sheet optimized for double sided printing.

The PDF is working now, still need some further testing and to add EPUB, but feel free to check it out: Custom Chartblob Approach Plate Generator

Friday, January 1, 2010

EPUB Coming Soon

I've decided to shift from PDF for the Sony reader to EPUB instead. I still have some more testing to do with page numbering. Currently I use a single .xhtml per approach plate, which makes some things a bit slow, but not as slow as a single .xhtml.

The EPUBs are processing now and will be uploaded in a while. The Dec 17 cycle is the last with Sony PDFs.

I've tested these approach plates on the Nook emulator and it appears to work. I won't have a real Nook for a while to do full testing.