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#51 Yoddha

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 09:58 AM

News!!! :D The site is updated and now you can download the beta version with number 1.35. It contains all functions that will be included in the official version 1.40.

To get it, please visit the Download page of the site. There you will find a link to the Beta Versions page, where you can download the Full or Demo version of the 1.35.

It will be great to hear your comments and findings!

The list of the changes are:
- PHD integration
-- Auto Dithering of the light frames
-- Auto Cancel on predefined guiding error
-- PHD monitoring of the distance to the guide star in the main window

- MetaGuide integration
-- Auto Dithering of the light frames

- One click switching to the guiding program
- Automatic Lens focusing - use the Lens Panel (in full version only)
- ASCOM telescope control (in full version only)
- Upgraded Object Browser with coordinates and integration with ASCOM control (in full version only)
- Auto population of the main prefix with the number of the selected object from the browser (in full version only)
- 60D support
- Usage of the latest Canon library 2.9.0
- SRAW1 and SRAW2 quality options support
- Showing the best FWHM value so far for the current object
- Better font for FWHM values
- Saving the used Long Exp. option between sessions (in full version only)
- Labels "iso" and "sec" are put in the file names for easier reading
- Auto selection of the highest ISO and 2.5" exposure for most sensitive LiveView
- OK button saves the last change in the Edit dialog
- Double click on the Exposures table opens the Edit dialog
- Better handling when connecting to the camera

Fixes:
- A bug with when unsupported quality is set on the camera, led to crash
- Exif option change in the Settings dialog needed APT restart to take effect
- TemperHUM calibration values need APT restart to take effect
- Preview didn't keep scroll position between images
- Other small things

If there are no major problems and the feedback is positive next week will release the official version 1.40 with updated manual and etc.

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 07:18 AM

The site was just updated with the latest version - 1.40 :)

A usual there is a list of changes:

2011/2/16 - v.1.40 New features and bug fixes
-Added: PHD Auto-Dithering of the light frames
-Added: PHD Auto-Canceling on predefined guiding error
-Added: PHD PHD monitoring of the distance to the guide star in the main window
-Added: MetaGuide Auto-Dithering of the light frames
-Added: One click switching to the guiding program
-Added: Automatic Lens focusing - use the Lens Panel (in full version only)
-Added: ASCOM telescopes control (in full version only)
-Added: Upgraded Object Browser with coordinates and integration with ASCOM control (in full version only)
-Added: Upgraded Object Browser with Herschel 400 and most of Caldwell and Hidden Treasures catalogs (in full version only)
-Added: Auto population of the main prefix with the number of the selected object from the browser (in full version only)
-Added: 60D support
-Added: Usage of the latest Canon library 2.9.0
-Added: SRAW1 and SRAW2 quality options support
-Added: Showing the best FWHM value so far for the current object
-Added: Better font for FWHM values
-Added: Saving the used Long Exp. option between sessions (in full version only)
-Added: Labels "iso" and "sec" are put in the file names for easier reading
-Added: Auto selection of the highest ISO and 2.5" exposure for most sensitive LiveView
-Added: OK button saves the last change in the Edit dialog
-Added: Double click on the Exposures table opens the Edit dialog
-Added: Better handling when connecting to the camera
-Added: Removing of IMG_ and MG_ from file names
-Updated: User's Guide document (the new things are in green)
-Fixed: A bug with when unsupported quality is set on the camera, leads to crash
-Fixed: Exif option change in the Settings dialog needed APT restart to take effect
-Fixed: TemperHUM calibration values need APT restart to take effect
-Fixed: Preview didn't keep scroll position between images
-Fixed: Other small things

The new things since the beta 1.35 are:

- Removing of IMG_ and MG_ from the file names
- Upgraded Object Browser with Herschel 400 and most of Caldwell and Hidden Treasures catalogs (in full version only)
- Few fixes
- Updates in Tooltips

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 10:36 PM

Ivo, I have a question about the 550D Video. I just purchased this last week and was wondering about the video on the 550d. when I switch it to video the live view function comes on, will I be able to view this on the APT program? and watch my live view on my laptop or broadcast it for others to view. Excellent product, works well with my 450D

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 01:20 AM

Hi Jeff,

Thank you for the kind words! In the moment APT is not supporting the video functions of the 500D and later :( But in the next few versions it will be :)

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 09:00 PM

Cool, Sounds good Ivo. Keep up the good work.

Thaks
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Posted 21 February 2011 - 09:51 PM

Ivo, Do I need my Key to get the updates? I just purchased APT from you the first week of February, I got the email the other day about v1.4 now I can't find the email you sent me with my Key code.

Thanks
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Posted 22 February 2011 - 01:50 AM

Hi Jeff,

Yes, you need the key to get updates. Just sent it again to your mail address :)

Clear skies!

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 12:59 PM

Thanks Ivo, I will be sure and keep it in a safe place from now on.

Jeff

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 01:48 PM

Ivo, could you tell me what email address you sent it to?


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Posted 22 February 2011 - 02:58 PM

Jeff, just sent it to your yahoo account. This morning I sent a key to other Jeff because your registrations is with different name.

Please, let me know if you got it! Also if you can, edit your previous post and remove your addresses before Google index it ;) and become visible to spamers...

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 06:53 PM

Ivo, I got the email you sent me. and I also edited my previous post.

Thanks
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 01:01 AM

Thanks Jeff! Clear skies!

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 10:56 AM

Some quick news :) The Dutch version of the tooltips was updated with the new texts in v.1.40 A lot of thanks Henrik! Also there are some small fixes in the English version. Both can be got from the Download page...

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 03:30 AM

More news :) Adam was very kind to update the Polish translation and now it is available on the site! Many thanks Adam!!!

Also a French translation is in progress :)

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 03:58 PM

I have been reading up on APT and have a quick question about the objects viewer...can you import or change it to reflect a targeting plan for the evening or is it set to only whats listed on features page.

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 04:10 PM

Hello Mittag56,

You have freedom to make calculations of the objects scale for any object size, focal length and camera combination even in the demo version.

In the full version there is a catalog of 545 objects to speed up these calculations and to help in objects framing.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 07:53 AM

Hello,

The new version is here :) As usual there is a list of changes :

2011/3/29 - v.1.50 New features and bug fixes
-Added: DARV - Drift Alignment by Robert Vice method using LiveView - Never implemented in astro program before! (in full version only)
-Added: Auto detection of the dial mode and advise for the needed mode
-Added: New plan type - Bias plan. Automatically selects the fastest shutter speed supported by the camera
-Added: AV dial mode support for Flat plans - the exposure duration will be determined by the camera
-Added: "L_", "D_", "F_" and "B_" (for Light, Dark, Flat and Bias plans) are added in the beginning of the file names for easier post-processing
-Added: Image Path selection dialog (full version only)
-Added: Autostar extension of Telescope Panel with all hand-box keys – available for Meade mounts. (full version only)
-Added: 600D and 1100D support (may require a non released yet update of the Canon library)
-Change: Telescope connection will not be closed when the panel is closed (full version only)
-Updated: User's Guide document (the new things are in green)
-Fixed: A problem with 60D LiveView
-Fixed: Fix of the problem when ASCOM and EQMode are used. Now tracking will not stop after a move (full version only)
-Fixed: Some UI issues under Win7

There are updates since the 1.45 beta, so it is advisable to upgrade it!

More news! The site has a new section – Gallery. It will be great if you help to extend it with your images!

Clear skies!

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 10:42 AM

There is small update of APT - 1.51. The changes are :



- Better DARV. The optimal position is displayed as red circle (in full version only)
- Usage of the latest Canon library 2.10.0 that supports 600D and 1100D
- ISO and exposure are restored the previous values after LiveView session
- Verified that 600D works with APT 1.51

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 01:45 PM

HiIvo,how do i go about loaded the lastest update? do i uninstall version i have and then download latest version entering my key again? regards andrew.

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 02:28 PM

Hi Andrew,

Yes, you have to use your key to download the latest version. Usually there is no need to uninstall the previous version. Just run the new setup.

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 10:18 AM

:) The Dutch version of Tooltips is updated...

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 06:58 AM

Some APT news :) The Polish version of the tooltips was updated. DARV improvements are almost finished.

Also the Gallery page is growing fast with images from all over the world! :)

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 12:05 PM

Hi Ivo.

How it the DARV feature revision coming along?
You seem happy with results!

Thank you.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 12:13 PM

Hi Denimsky,

I think that DARV is ready, but have to test it under the sky. I got a lot of help from Robert Vice and Benjamin (from the yahoo group)!

So soon there will be a small update :)

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Posted 12 May 2011 - 09:28 AM

Hello,

Some great news! APT has Tooltips in Portuguese thank to Nelson Viegas, one of the very first supporters. Many thanks Nelson!

The second news is that Robert Vice was very kind to edit the English version and made it much more understandable and clear. Many thanks Robert!

Both files can be found in the "Downloads" page on APT site.

Now the available translations are : Dutch, Polish, German and Portuguese :) Also I'm expecting the French one to be finished very soon.


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