Tutorial 1: Getting Started

Tutorial 1: Getting Started

Posted: Feb 1, 2018
Categories: Tutorials

In this tutorial we will show you how to use annalisa to your advantage as fast as possible. At the end of this tutorial you will have knowledge of the following:

  1. the annalisa system

  2. starting the app

  3. logging into the cloud storage

  4. importing a polar

  5. configuring your boat

  6. importing a crossover

  7. setting up a Navionics session

Here we go!

Before we begin

In the iOS settings of your device make sure that:

  • Auto-Lock is disabled. This setting can be found under Display & Brightness.

  • Auto-Brightness is disabled. This setting can be found under General -> Accessibility -> Display Accommodations.

Both settings interfere with annalisa's own battery saving system.

1. The annalisa system

The annalisa system is comprised of the following components:

  • the on-board server. The server is a piece of hardware that is installed either as an add-on to the existing on-board server or as a stand-alone server. The server runs linux as an operating system, ensuring maximum stability and low power consumption.

  • the app. The app runs on an iPad device. It stores its data both locally and in the cloud.

  • the website. Using the My Files page on the website you can upload and download files to- and from the cloud storage.

IMPORTANT: the reliability of the Annalisa system depends on the quality of the input sensor data. Please ensure that all sensors are properly calibrated. Also please ensure that input sensor values are not affected by dampening. An on-board server might dampen sensor values to achieve a smoother display of values on monitors.

2. Starting the app

Run the app by pressing its app icon. After a short loading time the app opens in the Events Screen. In the Events Screen you manage events and sessions. An event consists of one or more sessions. In most cases an event corresponds to a (multi-day) competition, in which a session corresponds to a single race.

Notice the button in the upper-right corner of the screen. If you ever need help, look for this button. It is either located in the top-right corner of a screen or in the left menu of a screen.

3. Logging into the cloud storage

Now let's log into the cloud storage for the first time:

  1. press the button in the top-right corner of the Events Screen to start logging in.

  2. enter your annalisa username and password, which you received by e-mail when you bought annalisa through the web shop.

  3. press LOG IN. You will now be requested to upload a polar file to the cloud storage, which we will do in the next step.

4. Importing a polar

The speed polar is one of the important fundaments on which annalisa works. Let's log into the website and upload a polar from your PC or mac:

  1. go to www.annalisa-sailing.com using your favourite browser.

  2. in the website's main menu, press Login.

  3. sign in using your annalisa username and password.

  4. in the main menu, under Account, choose My Files.

    You will now be directed to the My Files page where you can transfer files to- and from the cloud storage.

  5. press the Upload Files button.

  6. pick your polar file. Be aware that a polar file must comply with certain format restrictions. Please refer to the help in the Event Screen for an overview.

  7. press Start to start uploading. Note that it might take a while before the file is actually uploaded (up to 1 minute at max).

  8. now, back in the app, press OK.

5. Configuring your boat

Now that the polar is imported it is time to configure your boat within the app. The app uses the boat configuration for analysis purposes as well as to present functionality specific to your boat:

  1. go to the Events Screen and press the button to go to the Configuration Screen.

  2. in the left menu, select the BOAT page. On this page you can configure general boat settings. Please fill out the following fields: name, length, draft and displacement. Fill out GPS sensor position to improve the accuracy of pinging marks and distance-to-start-line.

  3. next, select the QUANTITIES page. On this page you can configure which quantities you want to have displayed in the user interface.

  4. next, select the ROLES page. On this page you can configure the roles that exists on your boat. Roles are fulfilled by crew members.

  5. next, select the MAST page. On this page you can configure general mast properties and manage a list of mast settings.

  6. next, select the SAILS page. On this page you can configure the sails that exists on your boat. Note that headsails are automatically created when you import a crossover, so if you have a crossover file then you don't need to add the headsails manually. See also 6. Importing a crossover, below.

  7. finally, select the CREW page. Here you can configure your crew.

6. Importing a crossover

sailing crossover

With annalisa you can evolve your sail crossover chart over time. Additionally, the crossover allows the app to give sail recommendations during the race. Let's import a crossover to use as a starting point. You may skip this step if you don't have a crossover file yet (you can do this later):

  1. upload a crossover file to the cloud storage, just as done in Importing a polar.

  2. go to the Events Screen and press the button to sync files between the iPad device and the cloud storage.

  3. now press the sailing polar button to go to the Polar Screen.

  4. press the CROSSOVER button in the top-right corner of the screen.

  5. in the menu on the left, press the (import) button.

  6. select your crossover file. If everything went ok then your crossover chart will appear.

  7. press the button in the left menu to return to the Events Screen.

7. Setting up a Navionics session

This step is only required if you need Navionics chart display during your race.

First we need to enable the Navionics services:

  1. in the Events Screen press the button to go to the Configuration Screen.

  2. in the left menu, select the NAVIONICS page.

  3. press LOG IN to log into your Navionics account. After you've entered your navionics username and password be sure to press the LOGIN button instead of the DONE button (the latter simply closes the dialog without taking any action). If the login succeeds your licensed chart areas will be listed.

  4. make sure the text above the LOG IN button reads: You are logged in.

Navionics charts are downloaded automatically while viewing a session, provided that there is an active internet connection. If you will not have internet access during a race then you need to download the navionics charts beforehand, as follows:

  1. press the DOWNLOAD CHARTS button. A world map will appear. Areas of the map that have been downloaded will be shown highlighted. Note that you might need to zoom in to see the highlighted areas!

  2. use the download selector to designate the area that you want to download.

  3. press the DOWNLOAD button to initiate the download. Downloading is finished once the designated area is highlighted. Once again, note that you might need to zoom in to see the highlighted area.

That's it! You are now fully up and running.

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