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#1 Ivo Jager

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 09:33 AM

Hi all,

 

After a long, long period of R&D and subsequent beta testing, I am proud to announce the next big version of StarTools!
It finally brings together everything researched and developed over a period of 4 years, only some of which could be glimpsed in the 1.4.x development versions.

 

What's new

 

1.5 is a massive release, jam-packed with enhancements, features and exciting signal-processing innovations;

 

  • Create and process complex composites as if they were simple DSLR datasets. The new Compose mode processes luminance (detail) and color separately in parallel. In a world first, processing LRGB, LLRGB, LSHO and more in one go without combining later is now possible and yields cleaner results to boot due to cross-dataset signal consultation. Video of LLRGB example here and video of LSHO example of the iconic Hubble Pillars of Creation here.
  • Multiple years of work have gone into improving the signal evolution Tracking engine performance across all modules. Noise mitigation and signal fidelity preservation is more effective than ever before.
  • New presets and a brand a new module (video here) are now available for quick and intuitive manipulation of narrowband datasets.
  • Many other quality-of-life improvements are included, such as pre/post-tweak buttons, hot keys, UI overhaul, optimizations, new docs and videos, STREPLAY support and much, much more. See CHANGELOG file in the download for details.

 

The trial is still free as always and downloadable now. Any StarTools license ever issued will work with 1.5 and make it fully functional. As a courtesy, this is true even if your license has expired (though if you like what you see, please consider supporting us by renewing your license).

 

Many thanks to the beta testers and those sending me datasets here on CN and elsewhere. I couldn't have done this without you!  laugh.gif


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#2 mikeyL

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 01:09 PM

Looks like an impressive piece of software. What is the best way to come up to speed on StarTools 1.5? I am a current middle level PixInsight user who is pretty happy, but would still like to learn enough to do some reprocessing on a couple stacks with this and evaluate using the free download to decide if I want to add this to my tool kit. I would think that being able to compare on screen without saving should be just fine for that, so I have already downloaded the program. So now looking to figure out how to do enough basic stuff to be  able to produce a result that fairly compares to some of my already PixInsight processed images.

 

Thanks bunches,

 

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#3 Ivo Jager

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 08:06 AM

Hi,

 

Apologies for the belated reply!

To quickly get to grips with the software, you can have a look at the links & tutorial section on the website.

Or... You can can share a dataset with me (PM me with a Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, etc. link), and I can do a personalized workflow - absolutely no strings attached (I love processing different datasets smile.gif )

You can even point me to an image you've done with PI and I can try to emulate your preferences with the same dataset, while hopefully showing you something extra that may pique your interest.

If you are a PI user (or an ST user thinking about checking out PI), there is a handy terminology conversion table here that is continuously updated. It also highlights the most important differences between the two signal processing engines.

 

From your signature, it appears you have mono camera with filter wheel - in that case you will appreciate ST's ability to process luminance and chrominance data in parallel (which comes with numerous benefits), rather than having to process these separately and then combine them. It make processing complex composites extremely easy, as seen in this video.


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#4 Phil Cowell

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 06:33 PM

Hi,

 

Apologies for the belated reply!

To quickly get to grips with the software, you can have a look at the links & tutorial section on the website.

Or... You can can share a dataset with me (PM me with a Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, etc. link), and I can do a personalized workflow - absolutely no strings attached (I love processing different datasets smile.gif )

You can even point me to an image you've done with PI and I can try to emulate your preferences with the same dataset, while hopefully showing you something extra that may pique your interest.

If you are a PI user (or an ST user thinking about checking out PI), there is a handy terminology conversion table here that is continuously updated. It also highlights the most important differences between the two signal processing engines.

 

From your signature, it appears you have mono camera with filter wheel - in that case you will appreciate ST's ability to process luminance and chrominance data in parallel (which comes with numerous benefits), rather than having to process these separately and then combine them. It make processing complex composites extremely easy, as seen in this video.

Nice work.




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