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#1 guyroch

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 08:43 AM

BackyardEOS Version 2 is ready for download!

http://backyardeos.b...rs.com/download


Stability - Complete overhaul of the entire BackyardEOS backend to address multi-threading issues causing application freeze.

Performance - Planetary Imaging should now be able to do approximatly 20 fps instead of about 10 fps.
Performance - Windows fade in/out is removed for better UI performance.

New Feature - ASCOM Plugin to control your ASCOM compliant focuser.
New Feature - Canon 1D Mk IV support added.
New Feature - Thumbnail image viewer.
New Feature - Planetary Imaging is now capable of producing a single AVI file instead of 2GB segments; regarless of size.
New Feature - More control over live view sensibility settings; ISO & TV values to dim live view when trying to focus on bright objects.
New Feature - BackyardEOS will remember its screen location between BYE restart.
New Feature - Remaining seconds countdown when in-camera noise reduction is enabled.
New Feature - Preview 1st image in image capture now takes account of the loop enable button.
New Feature - Drift alignment zoom box can now lock/unlocked just as in Frame & Focus and Planetary.
New Feature - The crosshair X and Y axis’s in drift allignment can be offset form the center.
New Feature - Images taken manually with the camera will be displayed in BYE.
New feature - Stability section in 'Advance Settings' to allow users to enable/disable some functioanlity should they be experiencing issues.
New Feature - TEMPerHUM version 2 is now supported.

Change - Increased the imaging plan delay maximum from 999 to 99,999 seconds.
Change - Minimum value for 'settle dither at' has increased from 0.25 to 1.00 for those who want a shorter dither cylce.
Change - Ambient temerperature from the weather center can now be added in the image file name.
Change - Exiftool 8.64 upgrade.
Change - Maximum eclipse framing opcity can now be set at 100%; previous maximum was 80%.

Bug Fix - EDS_ERR_DEVICE_BUSY error was thrown in some rare cases.
Bug Fix - Generic serial cable error on some cable/camera combination trying to flush the COM port before closing the shutter.

Testing - Intensive regression testing.

Italian and Chinese (Simplified) support.
Thank you to Stefano Meneguolo for the initial Italian translation.
Thank you to Thomas Xiao for the initial Chinese translation.


Thank you for your continued support and interest.

Guylain

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 09:45 AM

Hi Guylain,

Is this application an upgrade to current versions or is this an all new program?

Thanks!

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 10:21 AM

David,

It's both :) but you don't need to uninstall anything. The installer will auto-magically do its thing. Just install over your version 1 installation - it should work as-is.

I should also add that _ALL_ license keys are honored; trials and purchased keys alike.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 10:40 AM

Thanks, Guylain! That's what I was looking for.

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 11:49 AM

Hello Guylain !

J'espère trouver le temps de tester cette deuxième mouture, n'ayant pas pu expérimenter la première...

Bon cieux !

Aurélie

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 07:12 PM

Thanks, :)

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Posted 01 November 2011 - 08:27 PM

Thanks, :)


You're welcome :p

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 12:10 PM

Finally registered yesterday ;) - can't wait to try out the new version.

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 07:39 PM

I truly used BackyardEOS for the first time this past weekend, and even though my polar alignment was way off, it was a delight to use.

Very nice piece of work Guylain! Worth way more than the price!

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 09:31 AM

Performance - Planetary Imaging should now be able to do approximatly 20 fps instead of about 10 fps.


I tried Planetary imaging on Jupiter last night. I was surprised I actually seemed to get about 30fps (w/ T2i & my lowly Acer Netbook). It takes forever to finish writing the AVI after the capture, though - about as long as the capture itself.

Good results but I really wanted an "improve seeing" button. :)

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 10:26 AM

Good results but I really wanted an "improve seeing" button. :)


:funny:

I can send you a PayPal button. :)

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 10:42 AM

I can send you a PayPal button.


I already found that one. ;)

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 06:41 PM

Just d/l'd the new version......just a nitpick, the splash screen mis-spells the word "affordable" as "afordable".....2 "f"s

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 08:05 PM

Just d/l'd the new version......just a nitpick, the splash screen mis-spells the word "affordable" as "afordable".....2 "f"s

Andy


Dang! Did I really do that! Yes I did :(

I'll fix that right now.

Thank you, good catch.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 12:44 AM

BackyardEOS version 2 has just been promoted to production status; dated November 20th 2011.

I have fixed a few minor bugs since the last beta release a few weeks ago. I have also added 2 goodies. You can now suspend (and resume) your image capture plan. The second goodie is actually a new application called BackyardRED.

BackyardRED is 100% free for everyone, even if you don’t own a copy of BackyardEOS. Enjoy!

Check the new website too -> www.backyardeos.com

Thank you for your support and interest,

Guylain & Chris

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 12:26 PM

Typo on your website:

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"BackyardRED is free and will remaing free for the next 4.5 billion years"

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 02:12 PM

Thanks, I'll fix it tonight.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 12:32 PM

Hello Guylain;
I just purchased Backyard EOS a few minutes ago. I understand I will get a "product key" via email when the transaction is complete. My question is: can I download the software now (realizing it will not be operational until I get the product key) and if so, do I download BOTH the "setup.exe installer" AND the "zip package"?

Thanks for your help

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 05:26 PM

Bruce,

Thank you; you should have your key by now.

Yes you can download and install BackyardEOS now without the key; you just won't be able to start the application until you receive your software key.

You only need to download one or the other; it's a personal choice whether you prefer to run off an installed application or simply from a folder you unzip the .zip package into. Either way you will get the exact same software.

Hope this helps,

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 06:00 PM

Thanks Guylain, and yes I received the product key so I'll get things moving!

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 02:55 AM

I know you've recently incorporated ASCOM focusing capabilities into BYE, I don't have any ASCOM focusers at the present time. I was wondering if BYE can use the FWHM readings and auto focus an EOS lens via the Canon focus drivers present in their camera control software?

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 01:57 PM

Steve,

The auto focus feature I'm currently working on is for ASCOM focusers initially. I will probably see how I can adapt it to use the lens in a second phase.

Guylain

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 01:29 PM

I've downloaded the newest version and have not yet tried it out with camera and scope, and probably won't for a few months, I enjoy being inside in the winter. Having said that, I use it all the time for a quick check of the weather. I used the previous version quite a bit last summer and fall and love it.

One thing I am really looking forward to is trying this out in planetary mode.

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 07:35 PM

Thanks James... in that case you'll be happy to know that in the next release (a few months from now) I've greatly improved creating the AVI in planetary. In the next release creating the AVI is actually _all_ done live while recording so no more waiting at the end of the recording session :) to shove all images in the AVI.

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 12:02 PM

Happy New Year everyone!

BackyardEOS 2.0.2 dated January 8th, 2012 has just been released.

This is a very small incremental service release which addresses just a few minor issues/bugs reported in 2.0.1.

If you have not experienced any issues with 2.0.1 you don't have to upgrade.

But... 2.0.2 also comes with a brand new complete user manual... A big thank you to John Eckert for his contribution in creating this complete manual. Thank you John!

You can download and view the change log here.
http://www.backyarde...m/download.aspx

Thank you for your support,

Guylain






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