WindMaster 5.1.0 & 4.21.0

by Ulf Ekstedt 28. January 2014 06:45

WindMaster 5.1.0(WindMaster Setup 5.1.0.exe) and 4.21.0(WindMaster Software, 4.21.0.msi) with changes of the following common functions

  • Correcting fault with aircraft that points in wrong direction
  • All Menu items got tool-tip text
  • "Select Regions" dialog box also got scalable text
  • "Default" menu item changed to "Home"
  • Unused combo box for in menu for vertical cursing speed removed
  • Menu items "Map" and "2D Map" merged to one menu item called "Map"
  • Menu items "Communication" renamed "Network"
  • Changing all fonts to "Microsoft Sans Serif"

WindMaster 5.1.0 with full windows tablet support for touch screen

  • Full control over menus
  • Size of menus and display sizes scalable via menu item "View"/"Set display sizes"
  • Added Scalable Icons
  • Enabling setting of "relative map width" via menu/keyboard
  • Make display of keyboard short cuts in menus optional
  • Full-screen mode for better use of display area. Screen is minimized by clicking on upper-left windmaster icon


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WindMaster 5.0.1 & 4.20.1

by Ulf Ekstedt 19. January 2014 20:36

WindMaster 5.0.1 and WindMaster 4.20.1 with the following features compared to 5.0.0 and 4.20.0:

  • Fixing problem that Real-time symbols are not moved with rest of map during drag
  • Fixing run-time error when decoding some APRS messages
  • Correcting fault with aircraft that points in wrong direction
  • WM5.0.1 only: Fixing fault with swapped GPS status for Built-in-GPS. "2D" is used for "3D" and the opposite for "3D" 


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Introducing WindMaster 5

by Ulf Ekstedt 1. January 2014 18:59

WindMaster 5 is now introduced.

WindMaster 5 is based on a "Visual Studio 2012" and ".Net Framework 4.5" and that enables:

  • Full use of touch screen
  • Use of Windows 8.1 functions such as Built-in GPS
  • Better robustness
  • More support for internet interaction
  • Better performance since some task are handled by hardware accelerators

A large number of touch screen windows  devices are now available for use such as the one found on

The testing of WindMaster 5 has been done on Toshiba Encore. Encore has a built-in GPS and it is virtualy the only device you need.

WindMaster 4 and WindMaster 5 can be simultaneously installed on the same computer but not used at the same time.

WindMaster 5.0.0 has the following new features compared to WindMaster 4.20.0

  • Support for Windows 8 (and 8.1) Built-in GPS as defined 
  • All NMEA type of GPSes are replaced with "GPS with NMEA protocol"

You might need to upgrade the license file in order to run WindMaster 5

Some legacy obsolete functionality from WindMaster 3 & 4 have been removed from WindMaster 5 These are:

  • 3D window and Showing of tracks in Google Earth track
    • This is replaced by the functionality on
    • Balloon models "WindMaster Add-On, Models 3D 1.0" and "WindMaster Add-On, Balloon models 3D 2.0" can be unistalled if it is no longer used by 
    • DirectX is thereby no longer required
  • "Shared-user-question" at start
    • Shared files is achieved with file short-cuts (introduced in WindMaster 4.20.0)
  • No support for Maps of type .rik (Swedish propriety map format) and .ozf (OziExplorer propriety map format)
    • File format .ogf is used instead
  • Flight instrument DBI from Digitool
  • Sending Waypoints to NMEA GPSes
  • Tablet Pc Control window 
    • These functions are or solved with tuch screen and pop-up keyboard
  • APRS Internet window
    • Limit use. Internet tracking has these functions
  • "Show Current Map Coverage" function
    • Solved by "Show all maps' coverage"
  • Transient filter for some NMEA GPSes
    • Not needed on modern GPSes
  • Support for connecting serial  GPS via Kenwood radio
    • Most new GPSes have USB interfaces

WindMaster 4 will at least be supported to 2014-06-30.


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WindMaster 4.20.0

by Ulf Ekstedt 1. January 2014 18:45

WindMaster 4.20.0 with the following features compared to 4.16.13:

  • All sub-directories in "WindMaster data" can be accessed with file short-cuts (*.lnk). The shortcut shall have the same name as the orignal folder. This could be useful when:
    • Sharing maps over several users. The regions are then place under shared document 
    • Having all the regions on another drive e.g. on SD-card on hand-held computers
  • Minor adjustment of LUREF coordinate conversion
  • Introducing  CH1903 (Swiss) projection
  • Support for coexistence with WindMaster 5
    • Error message when multiple instance of any version of WindMaster is launched
    • GPS configuration is changed.
    • The generic GPS "GPS with NMEA protocol"

The number 4.20.0 is used in order to enable the versions to be inline with WindMaster 5 (4.20.0 <=>5.0.0)


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