2023-04-17: APP 2.0.0-beta17 has been released !
RAW support for camera color matrix with Bayer Drizzle integration, fixed couple of image viewer issues.
We are very close now to releasing APP 2.0.0 stable with a complete printable manual...
Astro Pixel Processor Windows 64-bit
Astro Pixel Processor macOS Intel 64-bit
Astro Pixel Processor macOS Apple M Silicon 64-bit
Astro Pixel Processor Linux DEB 64-bit
Astro Pixel Processor Linux RPM 64-bit
Disc space on mac
HI, very new here - not yet had any success, but there's a learning curve. Using a Mac Mini with 8 gig and 256 gig of memory on hard drive. M1. Probably going to get an m2 with 16 gig and 1 T soon. Should I also get a huge external drive for APP files? Plan to use APP and iTelescope tutorials ASAP. And mea culpa if this is answsered at lenght elsewhere, I looked but if you'd give me a link I'd appreciate it.
No problem, ask away. 🙂 APP does use the drive a lot during processing, a SSD is then preferred. External disks are prone to create issues, unless you have a really fast interface to an external SSD. Would be nice if you could still add storage to a Mac. 😉
@vincent-mod ...it'd be nice if you add storage, or lob in 4 more gig of RAM, like in the 'old days', right? 🙂 This is very helpful, thank you. Now tending strongly towards a pretty maxed out Mac mini. I really don't NEED the portability of the Macbook pro and the extra cost for the mostly unused monitor and keyboard - and my tendency to break delicate objects - argue for the mini. Max is 2 T ssd and 24 g ram, which I'd likely go for unless they are clearly overkill? Does this seem logical or am I missing something? I try to have the "I want a new computer..." discussions with my wife at not less than 3 year intervals 🙂
Well, more memory is always handy, especially with intense programs like APP. But, and this is what holds me back from the otherwise amazing new Macs (and the M processors), that comes at a big price and you can't change it. I hope they do allow that somehow in the future. So you can tell your wife that it's Apple's fault and you basically have to get the extreme version now, only hurts once and then it'll last for years. 😉
As yes, having a credible expert to blame does come in handy! Unfortunately at my age most of the experts are docs and tell me NOT to do what I want to.... 🙄 Seriously though given the price and the meager trade in on my 2 year old Mac Mini I could keep the mini and have the Windows for astro (and probably other apps like Lightroom as well....), spend maybe 2K on the windows machine and save 1K (maybe more) over the price of a Mac with similar specs...food for though indeed...
Yes, I mean, it's just my personal opinion of course and everyone has their own preferences which is fine. For processing or other intense work, Macs are great, but fixed in their setup. The flexibility of changing your config to suit future needs does draw me towards other, usually cheaper, solutions. I'm old fashioned in that though. 🙂
First, thank you again for your help and patience thus far. I’ve decided I’m too much of a curmudgeon to relearn windows, and too old so say “I should have upgraded the (insert variable)” so am thinking of the Apple 14” MacPro, M2 Max with 12‑core CPU, 30‑core GPU, 16‑core Neural Engine 2T storage and 32 G ram. I plan to take it on multiday vacations and trips Cherry Springs, so the laptop is needed. I think the 2T is advisable from comments I’ve read, but I’m not at all sure. Any suggestions for needed enhancements from this, or is any of this clearly overkill? Other than APP the most computer power intensive program I’ll use is (as far as I know) Photoshop.
Well, it depends on what kind of processing you want to do. If it's just stacks of 1 object mostly, lower specs are totally fine, if it's huge mosaics, the more the better.