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What's new in SpotLog v5.7

Spotlog 5.7 is currently available as a beta app.

  • Improved Log page: the log view has been completely recreated with the aim of making the log much faster and smoother to scroll. 

    • "Timeline" at the bottom of the page shows where - over time - spots have been recorded.  Tap the timeline to jump to that date
    • Records with notes, now show notes on the log.

  • SQL Support Chat window:  SQL support now has a chat window to allow the user to communicate with support during a support session.

  • Improvements to sync handling of custom items
  • Tweaked depot view to handle EVN numbers
  • Recent changes list: new view in the book to see list of recent updates to the data.
  • Changes to auto-backup to compress file (was an issue previously where the auto-backup file might be too large to be allowed in the Android backup.  Should be OK with this change)
  • Improved matching, especially of UIC/EVN numbers


What's new in SpotLog v5.6

  • SubClasses
  • GPS location
  • Depot View
  • Single Loco view
  • Various bug fixes, including
    • Set update process now handles blank fields
    • De-dup rules now work with consists
    • Fixed issues with consist button
    • Fixed issues with consists and recordings
    • Fixed issue with custom set import
    • Fixed issue with EVN matching
    • Mark in book works better
    • Fixed some issue with sorting on a preservation site list
    • Fixed some issues with loco moves between classes
    • Added ability to merge loco records where duplicates exist in data
    • Added setting options to hide customisation buttons in book
    • Added additional fields to csv import/export

What's new in SpotLog v5.2

  • Realtime Trains web browser lets you view RealTime trains in the app, and record train details from the RTT page.

  • Consist mode lets you group records together to record a train composition


What's new in SpotLog v5?

SpotLog v5 is a whole new build of SpotLog and is a complete new app - it shares no code with the previous builds and runs the same on both iOS and Android platforms.

For experienced users of the previous apps, you should find your way around fairly easily, but a few things have changed, and there are some new features that you need to know about.



  • The look and feel of the app is customisable: you can change colours or the layout of the keypad or some list formats. 
    There will be an editor for this coming soon.  See Themes
  • The app is the same on iOS and Android: this makes it easier for me to support the app and keep the data up to date.
  • The app now supports dark mode on both iOS and Android devices.


The Notepad works much the same as previous apps.

  • You can choose to have the keypad at the top or the bottom of the screen: use the toggle on the Settings tab
  • The "Now" tickbox has been replaced with a selector for "Realtime" / "Deferred" / "Undated" entry mode. See Undated Records for more info.
  • Record and playback controls are in different places, but work the same way as before. See also Recording


The Book section has had quite a lot of work, and we've tried hard to make the book easy to use and attractive to browse.

  • At the top of the book, you will find a search box, which lets you search the book for a number.
  • Also at the top of the book, you can now toggle a book set on or off to match in that set.

Book Set view

  • The set view in the book is the same as before, but uses a larger layout

Book Class view

  • Class view is now a single scroll for the whole page: header and class members list scroll as one
  • The class view photo is now much larger
  • All info, including description and data for the class is shown on one page
  • You can swipe left or right to browse through the set from class to class.
  • "Mark Mode" in the book class allows you to mark a loco as seen directly in the book. See Undated Records for more info.

Book Loco View

  • Shows the details for an individual loco
  • You can mark a loco as seen at this level as well.  See Undated Records for more info.


  • The Log  now shows the count of records for each day.
  • The Log can be synced (if you have the sync service) using a button on the Log page
  • A dropdown on the log page allows you to jump to year in the log.
  • Note the log initially only loads a few hundred records - as you scroll more records are added to the log.


  • Sets shows available sets and the download status
  • Tap the icon on each line to start download
  • Note - you can enable automatic update on the Settings page



About page
Alternate Numbers
App Files
Book Search
Custom Book
Custom Set Example
Depot View
Download Datasets
Edit Record
Entering Numbers
Entry mode
EVN and UIC Numbers
Formation Numbers
Getting Started with V5
GPS location
Import and Export
Importing Historic paper records
Loco Records
Marked Locos
Merge locos
Number range
Preservation sites
Quick Tour
Realtime Trains
Rebuilt Locos
Release Notes
Remote SQL Support
Restoring SpotLog from a device backup
Sets and Subsets
Single Loco view
SpotLog Sync Service
Undated Records
Upgrading from TrainSpotter
Upgrading to V5
What's New