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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?



#8 david.shadrach

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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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