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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.

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V2.3 Notes:

This page last modified: 2019/07/21 11:15 (Pacific time)

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VersionRelease DateExpiry Date
2.3b22019/07/12120 days from release

Macintosh

32-bit Application (.dmg)Download42.7MB32-bit version. Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X 10.7 or later
64-bit Application (.dmg)Download52.4MB64-bit version. Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X 10.10.5 or later

Windows

32-bit Application (.exe)Download44.4MiB32-bit version. Installer. Windows 7 SP1 or later
32-bit Application (.exe.zip)Download44.4MiB32-bit version. Zipped installer
64-bit Application (.exe)Download40.1MiB64-bit version. Installer. Windows 7 SP1 or later
64-bit Application (.exe.zip)Download40.1MiB64-bit version. Zipped installer

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: 2.3b3
Release Date: Soon
Fixes: 2, Enhancements: 0

ID:
6475

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2019/07/14

UserFieldListBox.Event_CellTextPaint: Nil Object Exception

Exception Type: Nil Object Exception

1: Function UserFieldListBox.Event_CellTextPaint( Graphics, int64, int64, int64, int64 ) as boolean
2: Function StripedListBox.Event_CellTextPaint( Graphics, int64, int64, int64, int64 ) as boolean


User description of above error trace:

When I want to change a mistake in an User-defined Field I get this message. "Continue" bring me back to this message too, so I only ca "Quit!" and cannot go on in AP.

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6474

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2019/07/13

Download DSO Images only Will Download ASCC Objects

Noticed that using Download DSO Images Only app will download dbl stars, var stars ASCC objects as DSOs only. I am attaching the plan I was using.

Analysis:
Problem is that confusion ensues if the object type is of the form type1+type2 or type1+type2+type3.

Resolution:
Fixed.

Version: 2.3b2
Release Date: 2019/07/12
Fixes: 5, Enhancements: 3

ID:
6470

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2019/07/12

Downloading 64-bit version from inside the application

On the PC version I always download the 64bit version from the website, because if you download it through the software, it will ALWAYS download the 32 bit version.

Analysis:
i.e. using File > Check Software Versions…

Resolution:
Fixed. Now shows both 32- and 64-bit versions.

ID:
6468

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2019/07/11

MainWindow.CheckForResultsDups: Nil Object Exception

Exception Type: Nil Object Exception

1: Sub MainWindow.CheckForResultsDups( MainWindow, ResultsWindow )
2: Sub MainWindow.LookupID( MainWindow, string, boolean, boolean, boolean, boolean, string, boolean )
3: Sub MainWindow.MakeNewObject( MainWindow )
4: Sub MainWindow.NewObjectBtn_Action( MainWindow, APPictureButton, string, int64 )
5: Sub Delegate.IM_Invoke( APPictureButton, string, int64 )
6: Sub AddHandler.Stub.25( string, int64 )
7: Sub APPictureButton.DoAction( string, int64 )
8: Sub APPictureButton.Event_Action()
9: Sub Application._CallFunctionWithExceptionHandling()

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6469

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2019/07/11

Windows 64-bit installer for beta versions

Windows 64-bit installer for beta versions (as well as final version, naturally) requested.

Resolution:
Implemented.

ID:
6472

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2019/07/11

HighlightingRule.ReadWrite: Out Of Bounds Exception

Exception Type: Out Of Bounds Exception

1: Sub HighlightingRule.ReadWrite( boolean, MWPreferencesGroup, string )
2: Sub HighlightingCollection.ReadWrite( boolean, MWPreferencesGroup, string, int64 )
3: Sub HighlightingRuleSet.ReadWrite( boolean, MWPreferencesGroup, string )
4: Sub MWHighlightPreferences.ReadWrite( boolean, boolean )
5: Sub MWPreferences.ReadWrite( boolean, boolean )
6: Sub MainWindow.OnOpen( MainWindow, FolderItem, boolean )
7: Function App.OpenADocumentFile( FolderItem, byref MainWindow, string, boolean, boolean, int64 ) as boolean
8: Function App.OpenDocuments() as boolean
9: Sub App.Event_Open()
10: Sub Application._CallFunctionWithExceptionHandling()

User description of above error trace:

Opened by dbl-click on plan file.

User description of above error trace:

Opened by dbl-click on plan file.
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Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6466

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2019/07/11

FieldTypes.nObjectUserFields: Nil Object Exception

Exception Type: Nil Object Exception

1: Function FieldTypes.nObjectUserFields( MainWindow ) as int32
2: Function FieldTypes.ObjectUserFields( MainWindow ) as bjectField
3: Function FieldTypes.IsObjectUserField( int32, string, bjectField, MainWindow ) as boolean
4: Sub PlanObject.Data( MainWindow, int32, string, bjectField, boolean )
5: Function PlanObject.HasImages() as boolean
6: Sub ImageWindow.SetupDLObjects( ImageWindow )
7: Sub ImageWindow.SetMW( ImageWindow, MainWindow )
8: Sub MainWindow.GetDSSBtn_Action( MainWindow, PushButton )

Clicked the Images button in the FoV tab to download a DSS image. This exception popped up. App continues to function as advertised.

Resolution:
Fixed.

ID:
6452

Status:
Fixed

Date:
2019/07/11

I can no longer "drag the sky" in FOV

I rely on the ability to be able to "drag the sky" so that I can maneuver a guide star into the guider field-of-view, then take the centre coordinates of the main imager as my target location.

I haven't planned any targets for some time so I don't know when this happened, but in the latest build (2.3a32) and in the previous build, I have not been able to "drag the sky" without also moving the telescope, which defeats my workflow.

I note that there is a setting for mouse dragging, which can be set to "moves the sky" or "moves the telescope". I've tried both, but I normally have this set to "moves the sky". However, now whatever I choose, mouse dragging moves _both_ the telescope _and_ the sky together. I need to be able to move the sky while leaving the imager FOV centred in the display.

Analysis:
I suspect this is because you have the recently-introduced “Repeat imager FoV for all plan objects” FoV option turned on. This is a special feature for a particular application and is probably not what you think it is

Resolution:
Fixed. Changed the option to read: “Fix an imager FoV to all plan objects”. This might help avoid using this option.

ID:
6427

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2019/07/11

Enhancement to Image Manager window

It would be nice to be able to move the division between the Image list window and the image display window to be able to resize the list window a little bit. On my machine the image IDs are a little bit cut off.

Resolution:
Implemented.

ID:
6414

Status:
Implemented

Date:
2019/07/11

Different (separate) color for constellation borders

Can the constellation borders in the Sky tab get their own, unique color, separate from the constellation outlines?

Resolution:
Implemented.

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