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    News around APT! The new version is closing more and more... And I just created a Yahoo group that can be used as additional way to get support, to get news, to give suggestions, to share thoughts and images taken with APT.

    Everybody is welcome!

    astroplace : APT - Astro Photography Tool
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    As usual I’m happy to announce the new version of APT Here is what took a place in it:

    2010/9/30 - v.1.10 New features and bug fixes
    -Added: Support for Temper and TemperHUM sensors
    -Added: Dew point closing and passing notifications (in FULL version only)
    -Added: Need to refocus notification (in FULL version only)
    -Added: selection between Celsius and Fahrenheit (in FULL version only)
    -Added: Automatic image suffixes can include the current temperature (in FULL version only)
    -Added: RAW only mode - no image preview yet
    -Added: Stop exposure in plan greater than 1s with the Stop button
    -Added: "PC only" mode save the images with base names 0001, 0002...
    -Added: Image preview in minimized mode to cooperate with guiding software
    -Added: Default focal length (in FULL version only)
    -Added: Corrected image (right orientation) in Preview and LiveView by
    flipping the image horizontally and vertically
    -Added: Sharpening and Negative effects in Preview and LiveView (in FULL version only)
    -Updated: User's Guide document (the new things are in green)
    -Removed: Automatic mirror lock custom function enabling/disabling is removed for all cameras except 1000D
    -Removed: Custom image quality option.
    -Fixed: Other small bugs.

    Since this version there is small change in the version numbering – 1.10, 1.20 and any version with last digit “0” will mark the current stable version. Numbers like 1.11, 1.12 where the last digit is not “0” will mark the beta versions. The site will be updated to allow downloading registered and unregistered beta versions. I hope that there will be interest to try the new features and to help to test APT with more EOS models and to make it better. I want to say big “Thank you!” to everybody that were and are helping so far!

    On the home page are listed some of the planned features for v1.20. There will be a focus on polishing the things we already have, but there will be some new things too On first place the extraction of the EXIF temperature data.

    Please let me post this link again. It is the Yahoo group related to APT - Astroplace : APT - Astro Photography Tool

    And last, this Saturday I’ll be out of the town so will be slow on responses. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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    There is new version on the site - v.1.20. The list of the changes is:

    2010/11/3 - v.1.20 New features and bug fixes

    -Added: Exif Temperature readings - Show it after exposure is taken
    -Added: Exif Temperature readings - use as part of the file name (in FULL version only)
    -Added: LV++ - LiveView image intensification in real time
    -Added: LV Stack - Stacks the LiveView images in real time
    -Added: Focus Score - evaluates if the focus is near to the perfect one
    -Added: Histogram - R, G, B and L Histogram of taken image (in FULL version only)
    -Added: Use of 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.8, 1.3, 1.6, 2.5, and 3.2 exposures in a plan
    -Added: White balance control
    -Added: In minimized mode Ctrl+S is equal to click on Shoot button
    -Added: The camera state monitor will show the seconds counter
    when Shoot button is used
    -Added: Help button to show the User's guide
    -Added: "Quick Start" section in the User's guide
    -Added: Keeps the Image prefix between APT restarts (in FULL version only)
    -Added: Some optimizations in the User's Interface
    -Updated: The button “F” which places a focus temperature mark
    is with replaced icon – thermometer.
    -Updated: User's Guide document (the new things are in green)
    -Fixed: Fixed is a bug when the cross is used during the LiveView.

    Next version will come around the middle of December and will include:

    -FWHM Focusing method (both HFWHM and VFWHM)
    -Integration with PHD guiding program to support Auto-Dithering
    -More User Interface optimizations
    -More performance optimizations
    -Better installer
    -Preview Zoom
    -Splash screen
    -Bulb mode for "Shoot" button
    -Limited support for 300D and 10D
    -Few more things...

    Don't forget that you can also use the APT Yahoo group to get support - http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Astroplace/

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    i would like to hear feedback on users using the APT, am very intrested in your software. i downloaded your demo and will give it a try.
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    Nice work! Features look impressive and I love the color scheme to protect dark adaptation. Well thought out and implemented! Going to give it a try next observation session!
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    i went out tonight but what a waste of time, i wanted to test out the demo but like i aid not a good night, i setup and everything ,went well but the sky got covered. took a few pics but didt capture from pc, i hope i get a chance this week to try out the demo lots of good features.
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    Thank you for the kind words!

    I'm getting feedback from various sources, but will be too immodest to post it I'll be very thankful if somebody share her/his impressions and opinion! Please let me know what you like or dislike!

    P.S. Excuse me for the delayed response, but didn't get notifications for the posts
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    Let me share some news from the "kitchen". All main functions that will take place in 1.30 are almost done. I hope next week to finish all of them and to start testing. Then there will be one week for the beta version and if there are no major bugs we will have Christmas present

    The some of the major things are FWHM focusing, Pause/Resume, TemperHum calibration and few surprises

    PHD integration will be finished in 1.40...
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    The Christmas is here and is time for surprises The new version 1.30 is under the tree.

    As usual there is a list of changes…

    2010/12/23 - v.1.30 New features and bug fixes
    -Added: FWHM (Full Width Half Maximum) focusing - use the Focusing Aid panel.
    -Added: Framing Mask (FULL version only) - a multi session aid to help orienting the camera by same angle and position during multiple nights.
    -Added: Tooltips help - Shows description per every feature
    -Added: Tooltips ON/OFF (FULL version only)
    -Added: PC only destination for Digic 4 cameras (still needs card).
    -Added: Pause / Resume function when plan execution is in progress.
    -Added: Shift+Start to loop a plan
    -Added: 0s pause between exposures
    -Added: Auto synchronization of the camera's clock on connection
    -Added: Longer connection timeout
    -Added: Splash screen to show loading progress
    -Added: Night Mode for the User guide
    -Added: Some optimizations in the User's Interface
    -Added: Some performance optimizations
    -Added: Temper(HUM) calibration (FULL version only) - now you can enter calibrating constants.
    -Updated: Better LV++ - less noise and more sensitive
    -Updated: Better LVStack - less noise and more sensitive.
    -Updated: User's Guide document (the new things are in green)
    -Fixed: Fixed is the bulb accuracy problem
    -Fixed: Fixed is the random problem with _@@@ in the file names

    As a gift to everybody that is trying the demo version there are no more white labels. Even the demo is completely dark adapted.

    Happy holidays!
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