VPMOpen is an open source, totally free and cross-platform graphical software implemented in Java and designed from the offset to act as a circuit scuba (VPM-B) decompression utility for numerous desktop and mobile operating systems.
Features at a glance
Key features include Erik C. Baker's VPM-B multigas decompression algorithm, trimix and nitrox dive plans, repeated dives, enhanced multilevel algorithm, easy-to-use GUI for OTU, CNS and gas consumption calculations.
In addition, the software includes support for extended gas switch stops, optimal mix calculator, isobaric counterdiffusion warnings, high and low ppO2 warnings, and variable conservatism factor.
Its graphical user interface (GUI) looks the same on all supported computer operating systems (see the section below for details) and has a simple design, allowing the user to easily and quickly add new dive entries. A dive calculator component is also included, and you can edit dive profiles effortlessly.
Getting started with VPMOpen
To use the VPMOpen application on your GNU/Linux computer, you must first download the latest version from Softpedia, save the archive somewhere on your computer, unpack it using your favorite archive manager software..
Open the VPMOpen folder and double click on the ‘VPMOpen’ executable file, making sure that Java is in your path. Otherwise the application won’t run and you must tweak the VPMOpen file and add the correct path to the Java executable.
Under the hood and supported operating systems
Looking under the hood of VPMOpen, we can notice that the application is written entirely in the Java programming language, which means that it runs on any operating system where the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) can be installed, such as Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.
It has been successfully tested on computers supporting either of the 32-bit and 64-bit instruction set architectures. The software is also compatible with the Android mobile operating systems.