October 16th, 2009

NiTek X PC/MAC Transfer Cable Launches + Deco Software

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The NiTek X has all the features needed in a hi tech computer without the extras that make scrolling through the menus difficult. Most divers can program the computer within five minutes of pushing the first button. I wanted to bring you up to date on the Nitek X. The X has proven itself in the field on both deep and exploration dives. When we released the first 100 beta units earlier this year, consumers needed to keep up with the updates on our website. The first software release was version 1.0, we released version 1.0.1 within 30 days of the initial release. Consumer input was invaluable to its success. Six months later we released version 1.1.0 to fix a few bugs. These bugs included a patch for shallow stop stability while using 4th cell integration and changing the surface time from gas destaturation time to the standard 24/48 hour countdown timer. Three preset gradient factors are accessible from the menu and custom gradients as well. To check your computer for the latest software, remove the battery and replace it. When you tighten the cap a splash screen will appear with the current software version on the computer. The backlight is enhanced and brighter than the beta units, the LED back lighting is spread over the display with a fiber optic sheet for even lighting. The back light timer is in set up and can be switched to constant on but this will drastically reduce battery life. When replacing the battery be sure to use the battery door tool to ensure the battery cap is tight. If it is not installed with the tool the battery could lose connection while diving causing the computer to rest.

The NiTek X transfer cable is in stock. A low profile USB cable that plugs into the Fischer connection also used for 4th cell integration. The Nitek X Workbench is a web based program you install on your desktop to access the features of the program that include 1) Nitek Control – On this panel you can program gases and other features accessed under the “SET” menu on the computer. If you don’t like to push buttons all set up can be done here 2) Dive Log – down load up to 15 hours of dive time with programmed gases and dive profile. The download records the serial number of the computer so multiple computers can be downloaded 3) Dive Planner – This tab includes dive planning, gases and blender including mixing and top off function. Dive tables that match the X parameters can be generated from this tab for back up. 4) The dive log will always display PO2 when using 4th cell integration – this will show up as blue dots on the graph – I find this very valuable information for loop management 5) The program is now set up for offline use, after you install the program and upload the your X the first time the program will set up for offline use. Now you can use the program without an internet connection but remember program updates only happen when you have an internet connection. 6) Easy installation on both Mac and PC – you must have administrator rights when installing on a networked computer.

Right now we have special pricing on the NiTek X and/or the Transfer Cable. Ask your dealer for details, it’s only until supplies last or Nov 21st.

Lamar

5 Responses to “NiTek X PC/MAC Transfer Cable Launches + Deco Software”

  • Does version 1.1.0 fix the fluctuating deco time in the CC mode without 4th cell integration? Because this is really frustrating and could be deemed as false and dangerous information. My computer bounces all around during the shallow stops one minutes is says 99 minutes of deco which is false info, the next it say 64 minutes then 42 minutes then back to 99 minutes all false info. If this can’t be fix or has not been fixed I would like to return my computer for a full refund. The only time I feel like I am getting good info is during the last 10 minutes of deco. Not much fun and very frustrating during the first hour or so of the dive. Also after 10 minutes of bottom time it says 99 minutes of deco my on board electronics tells a much different story. Shearwater and Liquivision computers match up well to my onboard deco time if set to the same GF’s.

    Walter Stark, October 26th, 2009 at 11:02 am

  • To Install the Workbench software was not easy, I had to modify the Shotcut
    from
    “C:\Documents and Settings\…” fxs://diverite.heliox.com/diverite…
    To
    “C:\Documents and Settings\…” fx://diverite.heliox.com/diverite…
    to avoid an “Class not Fetch” error after that modification i did access the Workbench and play with some dive simulations but when i tryed to connect my Nitek X, i choose the option “download usb drivers” and it keeps stuck in “Installing USB Drivers” page for hours, the only option is close the program and open it again.
    Im very disappointed for the Lack of support for Workbench’s Software. i Want to suggest DiveRite to post a section only to address the process to install and use this software.
    Thanks

    Claudio, November 5th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

  • Walter,

    Ver 1.1.0 will fix that bug. Send us your X and we’ll take care of it.

    Lamar

    lamar, November 10th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

  • Sorry for my English, I use an automatic translator
    I bought my NitekX pre-order in January 2008. I waited 13 months for delivery of a model with battery problems. It took a lot of patience for the servicing action. It took another month for the publication of the Workbench’s Software.

    As Claudio, when I try to connect my Nitek X, i choose the option “download usb drivers”, the program asks for reboot the computer … but after the Workbench’s Software still does not detect the NitekX. (several tests on two computers)
    The functions of the Workbench’s Software are very basic, yet it does not work properly.

    When will we have a GOOD software for use with the NitekX?
    For example, as the Suunto Dive Manager software: it is small (no download continual), fast, he can print his dives, and it works very well.

    This computer is really disappointing …. and support worthy of a manufacturer as Dive-Rite
    Shearwater and other manufacturers are much quicker to react. For example, a manufacturer as “Heinrichs Weikamp” corrects a few days or sometimes a few hours, problems, and exchange defective products within one week.

    Thanks

    P2b, April 11th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

  • We are currently on version 1.2 and yes it is fixed.

    lamar, October 18th, 2010 at 7:25 pm