In October I showed you my first attempts at making my CanalOmeter crusing time calculator, and I had some positive comments and requests to make them available. See here to re read the post and see how it works. Field trials this autumn showed that the disc work quite well.
Here is the version I made then. Let's call it version A
Now I'm trying to produce a version which doesn't need any handwriting or protractor work.
Nick Atty whose CanalPlan data I have used has graciously given me permission to publish the finished discs so other people can copy them for free. I intend to publish them as pdfs. First however, I want to arrive at the best layout.
The big problem is I can't find a way to print the place names along the radial lines. (Please don't suggest using WordArt, that would take forever!). So I've come up with two alternative designs, both generated using Excel's graphing capabilities. Version B below is easy to generate and I reckon I could knock them out really quickly.Version C needs a fair bit of fiddling about the draw the lines from the names to the graph.
Sorry the images aren't all that good. As PDFs they'll look fine.
Any comments on which version you like best would be welcome as would any ideas for other ways to set them out.
I could also publish a manual on how I extract the data and process it so that you could do your own, but it's fairly fiddly until you get used to it. What do you think?