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#1 david.shadrach

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 07:36 AM

Hi All,

Does anyone know if a Mac based package is under development or planned for the future? BTW I have no intention of switching to Windows.

Thanks

David



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Posted 22 November 2020 - 09:29 AM

No Mac support in sight.  



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Posted 22 November 2020 - 09:38 AM

No there isn’t and there are no plans for it. NINA is built using software frameworks that are available only on Windows.

I am a Mac person through and through, myself, but I do run Windows for NINA and my Windows-only mount software on a low power industrial minipc on my mount. The minipc that I use is expensive but you can get effective i3-based ones for only a few hundred. I Remote Desktop into it using my macs or iPad/iPhone over the WiFi network that I extended to reach well into my yard. It’s a compromise that works quite well, and I am reminded of this whenever I grab my iPad in bed to check up on the session, occasionally as I watch tv, or on my main Mac as I catch up on work in my nice climate-controlled office.

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Posted 22 November 2020 - 09:40 AM

You can use one of those emulators on a Mac to run Windows software, no?  But yah, as Steve said, there is no Mac version planned.  It's solidly a .NET solution.



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Posted 22 November 2020 - 04:37 PM

I'm exclusively Windows and personally am not a fan of Apple's approach to just about everything, but I see that .NET 5 is available for MacOS here https://dotnet.microsoft.com/download


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Posted 22 November 2020 - 08:08 PM

N.I.N.A. is built on .NET Framework 4.8 and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) as its UI framework. Both are not cross platform. While .NET 5 might indicate an easy transition - it is not, as it uses .NET Core which cannot be transitioned to just by flicking a switch but rather a complex upgrade, with changes to code etc. And then still the UI Framework WPF is not cross platform capable.


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Posted 22 November 2020 - 08:57 PM

I guess the new Apple Silicon chips will also imply modifications because of its new architecture, right?



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Posted 23 November 2020 - 01:31 AM

No there isn’t and there are no plans for it. NINA is built using software frameworks that are available only on Windows.

I am a Mac person through and through, myself, but I do run Windows for NINA and my Windows-only mount software on a low power industrial minipc on my mount. The minipc that I use is expensive but you can get effective i3-based ones for only a few hundred. I Remote Desktop into it using my macs or iPad/iPhone over the WiFi network that I extended to reach well into my yard. It’s a compromise that works quite well, and I am reminded of this whenever I grab my iPad in bed to check up on the session, occasionally as I watch tv, or on my main Mac as I catch up on work in my nice climate-controlled office.

Thanks for the info. But it seems like too much of a challenge for my computer skill levels.

David



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Posted 23 November 2020 - 01:34 AM

N.I.N.A. is built on .NET Framework 4.8 and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) as its UI framework. Both are not cross platform. While .NET 5 might indicate an easy transition - it is not, as it uses .NET Core which cannot be transitioned to just by flicking a switch but rather a complex upgrade, with changes to code etc. And then still the UI Framework WPF is not cross platform capable.

What a pity. A lot of people rave about your software. Thanks for the info.

David
 



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Posted 27 July 2021 - 10:45 AM

Ya that is a shame that NINA has not plans for the Mac. 



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Posted 27 July 2021 - 05:12 PM

Thanks for the info. But it seems like too much of a challenge for my computer skill levels.

David

Funny though.  I use both windows and Mac without too much trouble.  I simply love NINA for telescope control and have a small NUC sitting on my telescope that runs Windows 10 and NINA just wonderfully.  I never put a monitor on that little thing (other than when I set it up) - rather I control all of it through Remote Desktop on my MacBook Pro laptop.  It is just one click on the Mac and then one of my desktops is a view of that little NUC running NINA.  Simply could not be any easier.


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Posted 28 July 2021 - 12:03 AM

KStars works great on the Mac. 

 

Lots of people prefer to run control and capture programs on RPi or similar boxes velcroed to scope or mount, and just use the Mac or Windows as a remote desktop client to check into imaging occasionally during the night. There's a learning curve, but once I did this I would never go back to a laptop at the scope.

 

If you really *want* to leave your mac outside you can run Parallels or VMWare to run NINA or Voyager or SGPro or whatever from the Windows world.




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