Suunto quietly released their new DM5 software on the 29th of October. For people who never heard of DM5 software. It's a program which allows you to download your dive logs for advanced analysis and upload detailed dive plans to your dive computer. Off course it only works with Suunto dive computers. Below I will take you along how to install the DM5 software on your MacBook in four steps, after which you'll be able to connect your Suunto dive computer.
t's been a while since I last used the previous DM4 software, that was still in a period I was using a Windows orientated laptop. Afterwards I found it a challenge to get the DM4 software installed on my MacBook and let it go. With the release of the DM5 software it's a good moment to take a better look at the new DM5 program and install it on my MacBook. So where to begin?!
After the download you'll see image 'a' on your main screen which you can double click and then will offer you image 'b'.
Image 'b' means that you need to drag the DM5 program icon (image a) to you application folder. You can find the application folder by opening 'Finder'. In the menu (left) you see the application folder. Drag the icon un top of the application folder and let go.
The next step starts, you guessed it, with double clicking the Suunto DM5 program icon in the application folder. This gives you a pop up warning that you have to install 'Mono MRE'. This is a een open source implementation of Microsofts .NET Framework*. Automatically the website opens where you can download this (http://www.mono-project.com/download/ ). Choose the 'Download Mono MRE' button. On your main screen the download package is visible again. Double click it and go through the install wizard.
!I made the choice to trust this website and download the install program. You need this program to run the DM5 software!
When your done with installing the 'Mono MRE software' it's time for step three. This mean going back to you application folder and click the Suunto DM5 icon again. For a second time you get a pop-up asking to install: FTDIUSBSerialDriver. To be honest I have no idea what it is, but again you need it to run the DM5 software.
Click OK and the install wizard will pop-up again. Run through the install wizard.
You have installed all that is necessary to use the Suunto DM5 software. To open the program click the Suunto DM5 icon for a last time in your application folder. After a short period of configuring the program it will open and the DM5 icon will be shown in your 'Dock'. Click on this item to open the program and you'll see the screen below.
Now your ready to link your Suunto dive computer to the DM5 software. You can do this with the following Suunto dive computers: D4, D6, D9, D4i, D4i Novo, D6i, D9tx, DX, Zoop, Vyper, Vytec, Vytec DS, Cobra, Vyper2, Vyper Air, Cobra2, Cobra3, HelO2, EON Steel.
Once installed, the DM5 software automatically recognises your Suunto dive computer.
Update (May 4, 2015)
I got the following tip in the comments, hope this helps some of you with trouble installing Suunto DM5:
"Anyone struggling on yosemite and Mono version 4. I went back to version 3.12.0 and it's working perfectly. Hope that helps anyone in trouble!"
Update (June 14, 2015)
Unfortunately I lost all my Google+ comments when I moved from Blogger to my current website. In the Google+ box below you can find some of the comments.