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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: 2019/01/18 16:01 (Pacific time)

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VersionRelease DateExpiry Date
2.3a242019/01/07120 days from release

Macintosh

Application (.dmg)Download38.9MB32-bit version. Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X 10.7 or later
Application (.app.zip)Download54.5MB64-bit version. Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X 10.10.5 or later

Windows

Application (.exe)Download41.7MiB32-bit version. Installer. Windows 7 SP1 or later
Application (.exe.zip)Download41.7MiB32-bit version. Zipped installer
Application (folder.zip)Download45.8MiB32-bit version. No installer. Just unzip and double-click the application: AstroPlanner.exe
Application (folder.zip)Download57.9MiB64-bit version. No installer. Just unzip and double-click the application: AstroPlanner.exe

Both platforms

User ManualDownload36.1MiBNo 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: 2.3a25
Release Date: Soon
Fixes: 2, Enhancements: 2

ID:
6381

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2019/01/18

Add a Web Services feature

Add a web services feature to AstroPlanner so that AstroPlanner can act as an HTTP server and process commands sent to it. In particular be able to remotely launch scripts with parameters and optionally get results returned.

Resolution:
Implemented. See Preferences > Web for settings. Going to the default page listed as part of the settings will reveal a web page containing information about the web service.

ID:
6382

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2019/01/18

Add JSON support to scripting

Add JSON support to scripting to facilitate passing data back and forth between the script and web services.

Resolution:
Implemented.

ID:
6377

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2019/01/12

Fix issues with script editor

Fix problems with auto-indenting.
Fix problems with text formatting.

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6373

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2019/01/10

Unhandled Exception: Out Of Bounds Exception

Exception Type: Out Of Bounds Exception

1: Sub ExternalPreferences.SetPlanetariumApp( int32 )
2: Sub ExternalPreferences.ReadWrite( Preferences, boolean )
3: Sub GlobalPreferences.ReadWrite( Preferences, boolean )
4: Sub App.ReadWrite( boolean )
5: Sub App.Event_Open()
6: Sub Application._CallFunctionWithExceptionHandling()
7: Sub REALbasic._RunFrameworkInitialization()


User description of above error trace:

Astroplanner complained of C2a when switching to the FOV tab in the planner window. Went to check external apps preferences and noticed that C2A is selected when choosing cdc v3/v4. Now AP will not open.

Analysis:
In order to get your app working again, you might need to reset your preferences (hold down Shift when launching AstroPlanner). Alternatively, you can edit the preferences file (contact support to get instructions).

Resolution:
Fixed.

Version: 2.3a24
Release Date: 2019/01/07
Fixes: 4, Enhancements: 5

ID:
6366

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2019/01/10

Importing custom highlighting

When a custom highlighting rule is created and saved, it can not be opened in [Object - Highlight - Edit Custom Highlighting...]

Analysis:
Fixed in 2.3a24.

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6367

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2019/01/10

No AM or PM listed for Rise, Transit and Set Times

AP 2.3a23 on my MacBook Pro does not show the suffix AM or PM in the Rise, Transit or Set columns of a plan. Loading the same plan under AP 2.2 does show the AM and PM suffix appropriately. Multiple plans exhibit the same issue.

Strangely, I do not see this anomaly on my iMac! The AM and PM shows OK in these columns when running AP 2.3a23.

Both computers are running macOS 10.14.2.

Attachment: No AM or PM.png

Analysis:
Fixed in 2.3a24

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6361

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2019/01/07

Importing custom highlighting

When a custom highlighting rule is created and saved, it can not be opened in [Object - Highlight - Edit Custom Highlighting...]

Analysis:
64-bit issue. Could’ve sworn that I fixed this months ago. Note that any rule set saved in 64-bit prior to 2.3a24 cannot be opened. Does not affect 32-bit.

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6288

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2019/01/07

Add more Rose Compact Galaxy Groups

It turns out Rose published two papers and my previous feature request was about one paper. This one is about the other and actually of more interest to me since this paper includes mostly northern galaxy groups. See

http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-ref?bibcode=1977ApJ...211..311R&simbo=on

Resolution:
Implemented.

ID:
6287

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2019/01/07

New catalogue of Rose Compact Galaxy Groups

This is a catalog of compact groups, similar to the Hickson and Shakhbazian lists but even more compact. They make great and difficult targets for telescopes of 18" and up. See

http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-ref?bibcode=1976A%26AS...23..109R

Resolution:
Implemented.

ID:
6364

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2019/01/04

SGPro rotation field export

When doing a File > Export > Sequence Generator Pro Target List… it would be convenient to export a value for field rotation.

Analysis:
Currently the SGPro import does not import this value, but the authors have told me they will add that as a feature to a forthcoming release.

Resolution:
Implemented. The File > Export > Sequence Generator Pro Target List… export dialog now allows you to select (optionally) a user-defined field that contains a field rotation value for each exported object.

ID:
6365

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2019/01/04

Optionally remove "user_" prefix when exporting XML

Have an option to remove the “user_” prefix when exporting user-defined fields to XML or JSON. Then when I define a “rotation” user field, I get XML output as 31 rather than 31

Resolution:
Implemented. Added to the XML/JSON settings dialog.

ID:
6363

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2018/12/17

Remove EquinoX feature

Remove the EquinoX external app support, since this application is no longer available/supported.

Resolution:
Implemented.

ID:
6360

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2018/12/15

Sun and Moon data have missing text, etc.

The Sun and Moon info panels have missing text, etc. Also at several other places in the app, black rectangles appear.

Analysis:
Looks like this is a macOS Mojave-only issue. Possibly a 64-bit version-only issue as well.

Resolution:
Fixed.

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