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AstroPlanner Beta Testing

Introduction

Anyone is free to download and test the latest beta version of the application. Please note that beta versions of the application have a built-in expiration date that is 120 days after the release date. After that date, you can still use it, but you'll be "nagged" to download a more recent release. This is to prevent bugs being reported on older beta versions that have already been fixed in later releases.

Please discuss beta issues only on the Beta Testers mailing list. Click here to join/leave the list.

Click here for more information on how to report a bug.

V2.3 Notes:

This page last modified: 2018/02/20 10:01 (Pacific time)

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VersionRelease DateExpiry Date
2.3a172018/02/17120 days from release

Macintosh

Application (.dmg)Download35 MB32-bit version. Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X 10.7 or later
Application (.app.zip)Download35 MB64-bit version. Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X 10.10.5 or later

Windows

Application (.exe)Download44 MB32-bit version. Installer. Windows 7 SP1 or later
Application (.exe.zip)Download44 MB32-bit version. Zipped installer
Application (folder.zip)Download44 MB32-bit version. No installer. Just unzip and double-click the application: AstroPlanner.exe
Application (folder.zip)Download44 MB64-bit version. No installer. Just unzip and double-click the application: AstroPlanner.exe

Both platforms

User ManualDownload37.9MBNo change from V2.2

Note: Beta versions of the application typically do not include the user manual or scripting manual in order to reduce download size.

Release Notes

A list of unresolved bugs can be found here, and feature requests here.

Version: 2.3a17
Release Date: 2018/02/17
Fixes: 2, Enhancements: 5

ID:
5788

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2018/02/11

Missing filters

Baader Planetarium Neodymium Moon and Skyglow filters are not available when I update the selection list.

Resolution:
Implemented.

ID:
6230

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2018/02/05

New object Type: Galaxy Groups

Currently the selection of object types allow for Galaxies or Galaxy Clusters. Galaxy groups such as Hickson, Holmberg, etc. could use a new object type: "Galaxy Group".

Resolution:
Implemented.

ID:
6219

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2018/02/05

Import Button Grayed out on Import Generic Text File Dialog Box

When I try to import a generic text or CSV file, the "import" button is grayed out and inoperative. This is the case even after I define all of the fields to be imported. The "save" settings button is also grayed out and inoperative.

Resolution:
Fixed. Error causing the issue is now displayed in red under the sample display at the top.

ID:
6119

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2018/02/05

Add Special - meteor shower radiants

To plan meteor shower photo shoots it would be useful if the position of meteor shower radiants is added to the Add Special button at the bottom of the Objects tab. The radiants are selectable in the Sky tab.

Resolution:
Implemented.

ID:
6084

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2018/02/05

Addition to Fix Date button

The Fix Date button has many options to quickly set the time of the application to that of an event.
A useful addition would be to set the time to the transit time of the object currently selected in the objects list (Objects tab).

Resolution:
Implemented. Rise, Transit, and Set times added.

ID:
6231

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2018/02/02

Can't install new catalogs using 64-bit version

USING 64-bit 2.3a16
When I try to install a new catalog, it gives an error of "The checksum of Almagest (for example).apcat was not valid. Please retry."

Attempting to install the same catalog using the 32-bit version results in success.

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6227

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2018/01/30

Import Exoplanet data

Add the ability to import Exoplanet data from, say exoplanet.eu.

Resolution:
Implemented. File > Import > Exoplanet Data…

Version: 2.3a16
Release Date: 2018/01/29
Fixes: 2, Enhancements: 0

ID:
6154

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2018/01/28

Showstopper on Windows 10 -- Disappearing window problem

Following Michael Portuesi's suggestion, I tried turning off the "Remember Open Documents" option. It worked in the sense that the a13 version would now open, but then it crashed immediately when I tried to open the last plan I had open in v2.2.

Steps to reproduce:
Open v2.2
Uncheck Preferences, General, Remember Open Documents
Close all open documents. This also exits the app
Start v2.3a13. It opens with a default document.
Select File, Open Recent, Herschel 400-II.apd
AP crashes
Start v2.3a13. It once again opens with a default document.

I've attached the error log, but unfortunately I see that it didn't write anything to it.

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6206

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2018/01/28

Astroplanner 2.3a14 Repeatedly Crashes

Start Astroplanner, plan opens then UI crashes and disapears from screen.
Task Manager shows application process still running @ 0%-1.7%
End process and try to start Astroplanner again.

This will eventually prove successful.
Sometimes forced to start Astroplanner with Shift Key to start application without opening plan on startup. Manual opening plan once startup complete.

Resolution:
Fixed.

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