Header

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: 2017/11/04 10:49 (Pacific time)

Download

VersionRelease DateExpiry Date
2.3a142017/10/19120 days from release

Macintosh

Application (.dmg)Download35 MBIntel-based Mac with Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later

Windows

Application (.exe)Download44 MBInstaller. Windows 7 SP1 or later
Application (.exe.zip)Download44 MBZipped installer
Application (folder.zip)Download44 MBNo 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: 2.3a14
Release Date: 2017/10/19
Fixes: 8, Enhancements: 1

ID:
6179

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2017/10/19

JPL data not downloading

JPL data does not download.

Analysis:
JPL has now made the requirement of using HTTP 1.1 to retrieve files.

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6141

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2017/08/30

DatabaseFile.Create: Nil Object Exception

Exception Type: Nil Object Exception

1: Sub DatabaseFile.Create()
2: Sub PlanDocument.!CreateNewFile( FolderItem, MainWindow )
3: Sub PlanDocument.Constructor( MainWindow, FolderItem )
4: Sub MainWindow.OnOpen( MainWindow, FolderItem, boolean )
5: Function App.OpenADocumentFile( FolderItem, byref MainWindow, string, boolean, boolean, int32 ) as boolean
6: Function MainWindow.!CreateNew() as MainWindow
7: Sub App.NewPlanCreationWizard( MainWindow )
8: Function App._FilePlanCreationWizard_Action() as boolean
9: Sub Delegate.Invoke()
10: Sub Application._CallFunctionWithExceptionHandling()


User description of above error trace:

Trying to create a plan for given month in given location using Plan Wizard

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6151

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2017/08/30

Windows app sometimes will not quit, even though all windows are closed

In the latest beta build, I get a problem where the app usually works first time after installation, but then on the second and subsequent launches the window appears/disappears/reappears a couple of times, then it finally disappears and doesn’t come back.

It looks like the app has quit – but it hasn’t. On investigating in Task Manager, AstroPlanner will be running as a “background process” i.e. an app that has no window. Because it is already running, I can’t launch a fresh instance, and because it has no window, there is no UI so I can’t interact with it or cause it to exit. The only option is the Big Red Button (End Task or reboot).

Analysis:
I have added a 0.5 second repeating timer to the Windows app which forces a quit (hopefully) if no windows are open. This doesn’t fix the problem as such (I can’t reproduce it), but at least it will attempt to alleviate the issue (assuming the underlying app isn’t in an infinite loop somewhere).

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6161

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2017/08/30

UserPlanTree.LoadInventory: Nil Object Exception

Exception Type: Nil Object Exception

1: Sub UserPlanTree.LoadInventory()
2: Sub DownloadPlanWindow.openTimer_Action( DownloadPlanWindow, Timer )
3: Sub Delegate.IM_Invoke( Timer )
4: Sub AddHandler.Stub.0()
5: Sub Delegate.Invoke()
6: Sub Application._CallFunctionWithExceptionHandling()

User description of above error trace:

I just went to Download User-Contributed Plans

User description of above error trace:

looking for user contributed plans.

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6158

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2017/08/30

Function TextInputStream.!Open: Nil Object Exception

Exception Type: Nil Object Exception

1: Function TextInputStream.!Open( FolderItem ) as TextInputStream
2: Function Utility.OpenTextFile( FolderItem ) as TextInputStream
3: Function App.GetAPDataIntDate() as Date
4: Sub App.Event_Open()
5: Sub Application._CallFunctionWithExceptionHandling()
6: Sub REALbasic._RunFrameworkInitialization()


User description of above error trace:

Started up as normal and then quit saying couldn't continue..
UNinstalled, reinstalled and got same thing....

User description of above error trace:

repeated attempt to install update. then repeated attempts to open which failed. program auto close software (none running) faild. program attempts to "delete a code 5 file" failed. aborted and retrired failed. program will not open old or new version. Email below is new. moved from Vermont to Washington state

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6145

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2017/08/18

Objects tab - Delete --> All unselected objects

In the objects tab at the bottom of the window is the "Delete" button. Clicking the button presents options. "Delete selected objects" is one of them. Would be nice to have the option to delete all unselected objects, too. Useful when working with large planfiles with many objects.

Also, the option to select objects in the list and then go to the Edit menu to invert the selection would be a welcome addition.

Resolution:
Implemented.

ID:
6143

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2017/08/13

Observation date goes back one day

I have entered an observations from August 11, at 23:30. I select a new object and want to add an observation, in the Observation Date/Time panel, I change time to 23:35, and the date changes by itself to August 10. This is very annoying because, if you don’t notice the change, you end up with the observations in different sessions, with the wrong dates.


Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6085

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2017/08/13

Logging a new observation: entering minutes changes day

When entering a new observation in the Observations tab and changing the time (the minutes, specifically) of an observation, the date (day) changes to one day prior.

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6139

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2017/08/09

SkySafari list import failure

Many objects in a SkySafari list import just add an object with zero RA/Dec and a blank ID field.

Resolution:
Fixed. SkySafari imports will now use SIMBAD if an internal catalogue search fails. If that search also fails, an object is not inserted in the plan document. At the end of the import, a list of unsuccessful object IDs is shown.

Version: 2.3a13
Release Date: 2017/08/06
Fixes: 4, Enhancements: 1

ID:
6129

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2017/08/06

Program will not shut down.

After opening a the program with a document I tried to close the program. It brings up a window "Closing Documet" and freezes.

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6136

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2017/08/06

ERROR on EXIT

AP program will not close down after use, when closing down error box pops up if click on cancelled AP just locks up not closing. On my Windows PC you have to do Ctrl Alt Delete and force Shutdown. sometimes it will run ok and close if you are just reading info, it seems to be when you do any major tasks ?

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6137

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2017/08/06

Tried V2.3a12 but when exiting the app it crashes and Microsoft error window appears

I have tried installing V2.3a12 which launches correctly but announces that the plan I am using is incompatible with this version. The plans were created using version V2.2.
anyway I have continue and the program functions correctly. It has corrected the bug where the stars near the pole didnt appear in the FOV. Anyway when I close the application it crashes to the desktop and I get the Microsoft error message which tries to find a solution on line. The application is loaded on to windows 7 SP1 Home premium laptops which are synchronised using a usb stick. When it crashes there is no synchronising or the challenge to save my work. All seems to work when I revert to V2.2 except the FOV does not display the stars near polaris.

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6134

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2017/08/01

Add "Sun" data to overview

Currently Moon data is part of the overview at top in the Objects tab, screenshot attached. It would be nice to have Sun data, too, as it is useful when planning dusk/dawn timelapse sequences.

Analysis:
After discussion, adding Azimuth to Sun and Moon widgets would suffice.

Resolution:
Implemented. Added azimuth to sun and moon info widgets.

ID:
6126

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2017/07/30

JPL minor planet and comet downloads no longer work

JPL minor planet and comet downloads no longer work.

Analysis:
NASA in its infinite wisdom has changed access to this data from HTTP to HTTPS. Unfortunately, AP V2.2 can only handle HTTP downloads.

Resolution:
Fixed. HTTPS downloads now possible.

Show all beta release notes for the current version