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    Default Planner 4.2 Beta 2

    I've posted a beta of Planner 4.2. It works with TheSky X or later and of course with TheSky 6 and Starry Night. TheSky X build 4210 is a special build I got from Software Bisque with time control implemented. If you have TheSky X installed, it must be 10.1.9, and you will have to replace the TheSkyX.exe and TheSkyX.tlb that comes with 10.1.9 with the files in the zip file I linked-to below. This version is also compatible with Windows 7/Vista 32- and 64-bit including ACP plan importing (which has a couple of other fixes).

    Links at the bottom:

    ACP Planner 4.2 Release Notes (December 2010)

    This is a release for compatibility with TheSky X 10.1.10 or later. Previous versions of Planner worked only with TheSky 6. This one works with either. It also addresses installation and operation issues on Windows 7/Vista with User Account Control enabled, as well as additional installation issues on 64-bit systems.

    1. If you're using TheSky X, you may have to run TheSky X "as administrator" once to get its scripting support to register with the Operating System. Look in Program Files\Software Bisque\TheSky X Professional and find TheSkyX.exe. Right Click on it and select Run as Administrator. Let it come up and settle. Wait for 30 seconds then close TheSky X. You only have to do this once (if at all).
    2. Capture from telescope coordinates has been removed. It was not practical to support with TheSky X. Also, since Planner is designed as an offline tool with ACP, it makes little sense to capture targets from the live telescope position anyway. This simplified the controls as well as the logic in Planner. If you really need this, please contact DC-3 Dreams and we'll try to help.
    Product Improvements
    1. The Plan Capture and QuickCapture applets now detect and use TheSky X 10.1.10 or later. If TheSky X is present on the computer, it will be used in preference to TheSky 6. Therefore, if both are installed, these applets will only use TheSky X.
    Bug Fixes
    1. The Presets editor window now disables the filter selectors and Update button when there are no presets in the list. This corrects a possible fatal error, as well as making the behavior like the other windows.
    2. The error report text file resulting from a failed ACP Plan import has been moved from Planner's program folder to My Documents. This was needed for Windows 7/Vista with User Account Control on. You won't notice this change unless you go looking for the file later. It still appears in Notepad after the failed import.
    3. It is now possible to successfully import plans with naked deep-sky objects as targets (using MiniSAC).
    4. Importing ACP plans with time features enabled now properly ripples the target start times.
    5. The missing help page for adding/editing calibration frames has been created, added to the table of contents, and linked to the "help me" link on the Add/Edit Cal Frames window.
    6. The Plan Capture and QuickCapture applets will pop up a friendly/informative error message box if TheSky X has not been run as admin once to register its COM interfaces.
    7. The tooltip on the Presets list is now a balloon like the other windows.
    8. Specified directory for cal frames has been fixed. It was missing from the generated plan.
    9. #count 1 and #repeat 1 directives are inserted to prevent target carry-over problems with plans which have a mixture of old- and new/compact-format targets.
    10. The plan compiler used by Planner for importing ACP plans has been separated from the one used by ACP. This prevents changes in one from affecting the other, and also prevents problems when installing a newer version of Planner or ACP on a machine with an older version of the other already installed.
    11. SkyTools importing documentation has been enhanced to describe the proper column scheme to use for importing, and giving a sample.
    12. The installer now handles Windows 7/Vista installations with User Account Control enabled. It also fixes a problem with installation on 64-bit systems.

    Replacement files to update TheSky X from 10.1.9 to
    Last edited by Bob Denny; Dec 5, 2010 at 23:55. Reason: Works with TheSky 6 And Starry Night. Change link for corrected installer.
    -- Bob



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