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Posted 16 May 2011 - 07:39 AM

Hello,

Thank to Lola Cello-Kirkham the French translation is a fact :) As usual you can find in the "Downloads" page. Many thanks Lola!

Ciel clair! ;)
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Posted 27 May 2011 - 06:14 AM

Hello,

The major version 1.60 is taking more time than was planned, so a small update was just released. I want to express my special thanks to Robert Vice and Benjamin Rodriguez for their help in fixing DARV!

Here is the usual list of changes:

2011/5/27 - v.1.53 New features and bug fixes

-Added: RAW only images preview
-Added: Scrollable log panel with all messages since last APT restart
-Added: When a plan is looped (Shift+Start) round number is printed in the log panel
-Added: Support for exposures with duration 0s in order to define complex plans with pauses between the lines
-Added: Sharp Image/LiveView effect in the demo version
-Added: Negative Image/LiveView effect in the demo version
-Added: R, G, B, L histograms in the demo version
-Added: Support for Meade LX200 Classic - slew speed has to be changed from the handset (in full version only)
-Added: Support for Meade Autostar II (in full version only)
-Added: Setting for the number of frames used in LV Stack (in full version only, demo uses fixed value 20)
-Added: Setting to enable/disable LiveView Automation for maximum sensitivity (in full version only, demo uses fixed value ON)
-Added: Settings dialog box is optimized for netbook screen resolutions
-Fixed: DARV - the red circle is displayed on the right place (in full version only)
-Fixed: Rare problem with Digic2 cameras under MS Vista
-Updated: User's Guide document (the new things are in green)

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 05:40 AM

Hello,

Chris was very kind to update the German translation with the latest additions. Many thanks Chris!

The file can be downloaded from APT site.

In the APT's Yahoo group or APT's forum you can see what will be the new user interface and other news around the upcoming v.1.60

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 09:44 AM

Hello,

On the site you can find a new "beta" version that contains 95% of the things that will come in 1.60. In "Download" page you can find a link "Download beta version".

From Tuesday I'll be on vacation and will not work on APT till am back, so decided to release what I have. The window resizing is not finished and because of that is disabled, there is need to clean some UI bits, to update the tooltips and User's guide, but they will wait till I'm back. The version looks stable, but will suggest you to have a copy of the 1.53 setup in case there are problems :)

I'll check the mail every day so will be able to respond to all questions :)

Here are the list of changes and some notes:

- New User Interface. APT has a new look :) All features are grouped in three tabs Camera, Telescope and Tools. There are no more buttons with icons. Also there is different look for 4:3 and wide screens that gives optimal size of the preview.
- Dropdown lists have scroll-bars that can be used with mouse.
- Shoot button can be used for Bulb exposures. In this mode the anti-vibration pause and long exposure control settings are in use.
- Reminder to put on/off the telescope cap when you switch between Dark/Bias and Light/Flat plans.
- Reminder that Virtual long exposure control and Digic 3 camera combination will lead to amp glow.
- Image browser (in demo version you can't change the folder). You can preview images and use them to build Framing Mask. When you shoot in RAW+L the browser will show only the JPG file because it is faster. If there is no JPG then RAW file will be displayed.
- The images folder will not be changed after midnight.
- The default images folder now is C:\APT_Images\Camera_1. (in the demo version it can't be changed).
- Fixed it the @@@ bug in file naming.
- LiveView automation now uses 30s as exposure time.
- AutoStar section now has Up and Down buttons (full version only).
- Camera status in main window now shows Current/Remaining count during plan execution.
- Camera auto-connection on startup. If the camera is on it will be connected automatically.
- Other small enhancements and fixes.

I'll be very thankful to hear your feedback, opinions and suggestions!

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 07:25 AM

I'm very happy to announce that Paolo Cosetti translated APT's tooltips in Italian! As usual you can get the file from Download page of the site.

Many thanks Paolo!

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Posted 22 July 2011 - 03:47 AM

More news! - APT site supports a second payments option - AlertPay as alternative of PayPal :)

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 07:15 AM

Finally APT 1.60 is here! Thank you for all your patience and help! The usual list of changes is:


2011/8/26 - v.1.60 New features and bug fixes

-Added: New User Interface. APT has a new look. All features are grouped in three tabs Camera, Telescope and Tools. Also there is different look for 4:3 and wide screens that gives optimal size of the preview.

-Added: Restore window mode and window resizing.

-Added: Keeping restored window position and size between APT restarts

-Added: Multi-monitors support. APT can moved through the monitors while is in restored mode.

-Added: Possibility to select bigger User Interface fonts for notebooks with big screen resolution and small display (full version only).

-Added: Dropdown lists have scroll-bars that can be used with mouse.

-Added: Shoot button can be used for Bulb exposures. In this mode the anti-vibration pause and long exposure control settings are in use.

-Added: Reminder to put on/off the telescope cap when you switch between Dark/Bias and Light/Flat plans.

-Added: Reminder to stop EOS Utility.

-Added: Reminder that Virtual long exposure control and Digic 3 camera combination will lead to amp glow.

-Added: Image browser (in demo version you can't change the folder). You can preview images and use them to build Framing Mask. When you shoot in RAW+L the browser will show only the JPG file because it is faster. If there is no JPG then RAW file will be displayed.

-Added: The images folder will not be changed after midnight.

-Added: Possibility to group the images, by Plan Type, Object Name or both (full version only).

-Added: Temporary images storage to cooperate better with Deep Sky Stack - Live.

-Added: The default images folder now is C:\APT_Images\Camera_1. (in the demo version it can't be changed).

-Added: AutoStar section now has Up and Down buttons (full version only).

-Added: Camera status in main window now shows Current/Remaining count during plan execution.

-Added: Exposures table will highlight the currently executing plan line and show progress.

-Added: Camera auto-connection on startup. If the camera is on it will be connected automatically.

-Fixed: the @@@ bug in file naming.

-Fixed: LiveView automation now uses 30s as exposure time.

-Fixed: Other small enhancements and fixes.

-Updated: User's Guide document (the new things are in green)


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Posted 16 September 2011 - 05:43 AM

Many thanks to Nelson for updating the Portuguese translation of the Tooltips! You can find the new version in the "Download" page.

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 07:44 AM

Thank to Henrik the Dutch translation is updated too :) Many thanks Henrik!

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 08:03 AM

Paolo was very kind to update the Italian translation. Many thanks Paolo!

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Posted 07 October 2011 - 02:36 AM

USD is strong now and makes APT cheaper for everyone out of EU... 12.70 Euro are now $16.50

Is there other astro gear that costs so low?

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 03:40 PM

Some quick news! In the beta versions page in APT site you can find a preview numbered 1.65. It is not an official beta there are few more things to finish, but contains the things that are already done.

- Lens aperture control
- Ascom focusers control
- Sortable Object browser
- Multiple focal lengths for the calculator
- Notifications for low PC/Cam battery, low Cam space
- PHD remote connection by IP
- Improvements in FocusAid - "Reset Best FWHM" button and changeable FWHM stack
count when LiveView is used to make the readings more accurate
- Restore original Exp/ISO/Plan after plan completion
- Various fixes

1.70 is expected in a week or maximum two.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 11:17 AM

There is small update of the site - a small integration with Facebook. Now you can "like" the site and authors pages :) Just click "like" and all your Facebook friends will see the link to your gallery page.

Do you know that www.astroplace.net provides free images hosting? Everybody is welcome!

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 11:06 AM

Hello,

You can download the latest version 1.70 from APT site.

2011/10/27 - v.1.70 New features and bug fixes

-Added: ASCOM focusers control (full version only)
-Added: Lens aperture control
-Added: Manual DARV (full version only)
-Added: Sortable Object browser (full version only)
-Added: Restore original Exp/ISO/Plan after plan completion
-Added: Multiple focal lengths for the calculator
-Added: Notifications for low PC/Cam battery, low Cam space
-Added: PHD remote connection by IP
-Added: Improvements in FocusAid - "Reset Best FWHM" button and changeable FWHM stack count when LiveView is used to make the readings more accurate
-Added: Gamma control effect for Images and LiveView
-Added: Brightness control effect for Images and LiveView
-Added: Small LV++ and LV Stack enhancements
-Added: Small User Interface enhancements
-Added: Usability enhancements
-Fixed: Instability issues when connection to the camera is lost
-Fixed: Instability issues with LiveView in combination with multiple connection/disconnection actions
-Fixed: small User Interface problems
-Updated: User's Guide document (the new things are in green)

www.astroplace.net has lite Facebook integration. You can use the like buttons - in the bottom of the site menu and in every gallery page to share the link with your friends.

Don’t forget that we will be happy to provide a free hosting for your Astro images!

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 01:20 AM

A small bug had slipped in 1.70 so there was need to put 1.71 on the site. Excuse me for the inconvenience!

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 12:03 PM

Many thanks to Henrik for updating the Dutch version of the tooltips! The new file is available in the Download page.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 06:47 AM

Many thanks to Adam for updating the Polish version of the tooltips! The new file is available in the Download page.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 06:35 AM

Many thanks to Paolo for updating the Italian version of the Tooltips! The new file is available in the Download page.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 06:58 AM

Laurent Lamy was very kind to update the French translation of Tooltips help. Many thanks Lolo!

The new file is available in the Download page.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 07:26 AM

Nelson, just sent me the Portuguese update of the Tooltips. As usual you can get the file from the Downloads page.

Many thanks Nelson!

Is there somebody that wants to update the German version?

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 09:10 AM

I'm happy to announce that now APT has Tooltips translations on eight languages! The newest addition is Bulgarian :) Many special thanks to Zlatan Merakov!

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 02:59 AM

I'm happy to announce that APT provides hosting for 28 authors and more than hundred beautiful images :)

Take a look at: http://www.ideiki.co...ro/Gallery.aspx

Everybody is welcome to join!

There are only two limitations - up to 2MB per image (not very strict ;)) and APT (full or demo) to be used for capturing.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 04:31 AM

One of Santa's elves is working hard... The Christmas gift from astroplace.net is almost ready :) The APT 1.80 will be here just in time for the holidays.

Many thanks to everybody that support APT development!

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 12:19 PM

There is a new version on the site – APT v1.80 :)

The list of changes is:

2011/12/22 - v.1.80 New features and bug fixes
-Added: Showing the remaining plan duration
-Added: Showing the expected plan ending time
-Added: Rotate image effect
-Added: Magnifier, allows x3, x5, x10 and x15 times zoom
-Added: AstroTortilla integration (AT team is still working on their side)
-Added: Scripts execution after exposure end
-Added: Small User Interface enhancements
-Added: Usability enhancements
-Added: Showing Alt/Az coordinates (full version only)
-Added: Support for M dial mode for Flat/Bias plans (full version only)
-Added: Possibility to change the limits for Low Cam/PC battery and Cam Space notifications (full version only)
-Added: Start APT in window mode (full version only)
-Added: AutoStar Sync function - Ctrl+Enter (full version only)
-Fixed: Bug that makes APT to crash sometimes when using Focus Aid and Zoom
-Fixed: Bug that degrades the LiveView image quality in some rare situations
-Fixed: Bug in scrolling image in left direction
-Fixed: No low space notification when there is no memory card
-Fixed: Bug that requires to click once before Zooming LiveView
-Fixed: 1:1 Scroll mode initially will show the image center
-Updated: User's Guide document (the new things are in green)

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Posted 03 January 2012 - 09:27 AM

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