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2022-05-29: APP 2.0.0-beta2 has been released !

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windows 2.0.0-beta2

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1.083 Stable ETA?


(@dsifry)
Brown Dwarf Customer
Joined: 2 years ago
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Hi Mabula - it's been over 2 months since the last update around APP 1.083 stable - can you give us some indication of when the next beta or the 1.083 stable will be out? Thanks!


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(@mabula-admin)
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Hi David @dsifry,

I am making good progress 😉

Further improvements have already been implemented for the Comet registration. Right now, I am working on the star analysis module, then I need to do some work still on the new Star Reducer Tool. When that is done, the stable release will come out. Hopefully, it will be within anywhere between 1-4 weeks I think. This is a wide timeframe, but as it guess in development, there can always be unexpected/unforeseen issues that I might want to fix for the stable release as well.

Mabula


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(@lammertus)
Main Sequence Star Customer
Joined: 5 years ago
Posts: 95
 

Hi Mabula,

Thanks for the update!

Is there maybe still something to be "polished" in the star-reducer tool that

might cause APP to crash?

Just tried on an image and @95% done with the calculation it just hanged,

no response anymore.

Hope to see the improved version soon!

Regards,

Mert


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(@lammertus)
Main Sequence Star Customer
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FWIW here a screenshot of another error popping up stating I've

run out of memory: ( my laptop has 8Gb, APP is allowed to use 7Gb)

Probleem Starshrink

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(@dsifry)
Brown Dwarf Customer
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Hi @mabula-admin (Mabula)!

 

Just wanted to check in on the status of 1.083 - either a new stable beta, or the release. About four weeks ago, you said 1-4 weeks, and I know things often take longer than we think, but any update you can give on a release timeframe would be helpful!


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(@vincent-mod)
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Hi David! I know Mabula is working on it (obviously 🙂 ), but didn't get a solid release date. Might be the optimizations to e.g. the star reducer is taking a bit more time than expected. We notified Mabula, so I hope he can give some more details on it.


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(@dsifry)
Brown Dwarf Customer
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Hi @mabula-admin - Any update on beta3? It's been over a year since we had a stable point release, and weeks since your last update, and while I love APP, it's getting frustrating to not hear from you with some more detailed plans about when we'll have the next stable release ready. 

Thanks.

Dave


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(@mabula-admin)
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Hi David @dsifry,

I am working as hard as I can, and will release it soon. Should not be any more months, only couple of weeks now... work is progressing well 😉 Sorry to keep you all waiting. After the 1.083 release, I will revert to the monthly release cycle that we had before for sure !

Mabula


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(@mseningmail-com)
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@mabula-admin When will you continue working on comet stacking? Was star removal part of the path to comet stacking?


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(@vincent-mod)
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The star removal algorithm can be part of that yes, these two are quite a lot of work to get right, which is why 1.083 is taking quite some time. But when those technologies are implemented well, that should allow for a proper basis to iterate more frequently again.


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(@dsifry)
Brown Dwarf Customer
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Hi @mabula-admin ! Not to be too much of a nudge, but checking in on the ETA for the new stable beta, can you give us some visibility?

Thanks!


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(@vincent-mod)
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Hi David,

No worries, we understand. I asked Mabula if he has a firmer grip on an eta.


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(@mabula-admin)
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Hi David @dsifry,

I am progressing well, I think within 1-2 week's time it should be there. If it is still not there, I will release a beta3 which will again be much closer to the actual stable release.

Mabula

 


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(@rickwayne)
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That is super-exciting, man. APP is GREAT software and a new version would be outstanding. Looking forward to the new stuff.


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(@dsifry)
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Hi Mabula @mabula-admin,

Any update? It's been two weeks since your last message on November 3rd. We all understand that software development is hard and often takes longer than you expect - and that delivery estimates are tough to get right. But the last beta (-beta2) was released on 2021-05-31, and despite your communication of a number of self-imposed deadlines (see this post's history above) the latest rev is still the -beta2 release. 

With deep respect for the great work you've done, looking forward to hearing back from you.

Dave


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(@wvreeven)
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@dsifry Hi Dave. I checked with Mabula and he is still working on it. It is unclear how much more time he'll need.


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(@dsifry)
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So the last communication on this was November 18th, and it is now December 11th. We haven't had a stable release of APP in over 17 months - and a beta release in over six months - with no clarity or communication from @mabula-admin @vincent-moderatoror @wouter-moderator on what's going on other than promises that haven't been kept. 

We all understand that software development is hard and often takes longer than you expect - and that delivery estimates are tough to get right. But the last beta (-beta2) was released on 2021-05-31, and despite your communication of a number of self-imposed deadlines (see this post's history above) the latest rev is still the -beta2 release. 

With deep respect for the great work you've done, looking forward to hearing back from you with I hope, some real talk on schedules, holdups, and release dates.


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(@mabula-admin)
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Hi David @dsifry,

Please accept my apologies that it still took a bit longer than my previous estimate for the 1.083 release.

The APP 1.083-beta3 and stable releases are now almost ready. I really expect the beta3 to be released within 1 week's time now and expect it to be already very stable.

I am doing last work on an improved Star Reducer at this very moment!

Today and in the coming week I will be adding many release notes here to show what has been changed/improved from the beta2 release.

https://www.astropixelprocessor.com/community/release-information/astro-pixel-processor-1-083-preparing-next-release/

But in short it includes:

  • optimized registration of mosaics, giving a big speed increase with processing big mosaics
  • optimzed the registration engine leading to faster registration.
  • 3)ANALYSE STARS will be significantly quicker and the issues with the beta2 are solved.
  • 5)NORMALIZE will be significantly quicker
  • Optimzed adaptive pedestal implementation in 2)CALIBRATE, leading to faster data calibration and it includes a warning system that will detect if there is a problemm with darks/bias compatibility versus light frames, like having used a wrong sensor offset, or a light leakage in the optical train.
  • Further improvements in the new image saver module
  • Fixed an important bug in the DDP auto-stretch that could lead to a white-out super stretch.
  • Much better comet registration compared to beta2 and optimized code for speed and memory usage
  • Much better Star Reducer
  • Much improved HSL Selective Color tool
  • Using the latest LibRaw 2021-10 snapshot, we have added support for many more consumer camera's like the new Canon EOS R5, R6 & Nikon Z6 II, Z7 II ...

I will be working hard in the coming days, to finalize the beta3 code. As soon as I know on which day I can release it, I will put it on top of the forum 😉

Again, please accept my apologies for the long delay in this release, after the 1.083 stable release, I will make sure that next releases will follow much quicker again !

Mabula


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(@the_bluester)
White Dwarf Customer
Joined: 4 years ago
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I am very much looking forward to 1.083 Beta 3 and stable release. I have some data impacted by the earlier issue with incomplete FITS header info which Beta 2 opens happily, but some of my data is impacted by the star analysis/registration bug.

I have a somewhat convoluted workflow at the moment of installing Beta 2, opening the files which 1.082 won't open and saving them as calibrated lights (Might as well calibrate them while I have them loaded) then reinstalling 1.082 to continue so as to avoid the registration issue.

I won't be criticising for the delay, my sister used to work in software development and I understand how sometimes these things snowball and take far longer than expected, so I will just thank you for the coming release and hope you don't run in to any bumps on the way now! I reckon you will deserve a break soon!


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