This section contains information about changes to MaxIm DL.
Convert Color: Added a button to transfer color balance settings from the Color Balance to the Convert Color command.
Observatory: Added "Simulated Park" for telescopes that can't park or have undesired behavior when parked. Improved handling of tracking state when connecting to a telescope.
Canon: Added support for Canon 6D. Updated SDK version auto-select (for supporting older models). Fixed mirror lock problem for 60D. Improved temperature data extraction. Fixed glitches in Live View on certain models.
SBIG AO plug-in: Fixed slightly premature camera readout. Fixed crash upon detection of a camera with a long name.
Roper PVCam: Now supports EMCCD cameras. Fixed problem with subframes. Added support for shutter open/close delay.
ASCOM cameras: Added ReadoutMode support.
Andor: Updated option selectors.
Nikon: Added support for D600, D5200, and D7100. Improved error logging.
Supernova Search Tool: Updated for Windows 8 compatibility.
Miscellaneous: FFT Analysis function is now multithreaded. Updated color palette for 3D graphs. Fixed problem with TDI reading the telescope declination. Wavelet filters are now scriptable. Improved adaptive pier flip.
Guiding: New Adaptive pier flip autoguiding option.
PinPoint Astrometry: Solve output now displays an extra digit accuracy.
Canon: Added a new feature to automatically select newer or older Canon drivers, since Canon's newer DLLs do not support older camera models. Fixed an issue with Canon 1D Mark III.
Fixes: Fixed a crash that occurs when a deleted file is selected from the MRU list. Fixed a crash in Process menu Stack when using the new automatic color convert settings. Fixed a problem with Batch processing. Fixed problem with Photometry graphs not displaying properly when manual axis settings were selected. Uninstalling an image processing plug-in will now request UAC elevation if required.
Canon: Added support for 60Da, 5D Mark III, 650D/Rebel T4/Kiss X6i, and 1D X.
Nikon: Added support for D4 and D800/D800E.
Celestron: Added support for new model.
Color: Added new option for automatic selection of correct color conversion settings. Currently this only works with a few camera models; more will be added over time.
Fixes: Fixed several scripting problems including an issue working with ACP, component registration sometimes failing to elevate privileges, and a problem with CCDCamera.ReadoutMode. Fixed a crash in Edit / Annotate. Fixed a problem with Settings / Connect All.
Maintenance release. Fixes include multi-document file open under Windows 7/Vista, certain Starlight Xpress cameras, and gradient removal.
General: Edit fields for RA and Dec position entry now support automatic parsing and pasting of angular positions, using the right-click menu. Minor improvements to line profile graphs. Improved command logging. Fixed a problem with image swapping (used for increasing available memory). Moved to 2010 version of Microsoft run-time libraries.
Batch Process: Batch Process command can now sequence the FITS Header Editor. This means that FITS keyword edits can now be applied to multiple images. Also fixed minor bug with command sorting.
Tracking Error Graph: Added scatter plot, which gives a more intuitive way of seeing whether RA and Dec corrections are balanced. Can now optionally display errors in arc-seconds.
Calibration: Now fully supports DSLR cameras that report the CMOS sensor temperature. Bayer-encoded flat fields now have several options for rescale, including a new ability to rescale each Bayer plane separately while maintaining overall color balance. Fixed problem with bringing Autoguider image to foreground if a bad pixel map was applied. Apply to All no longer affects Bad Pixel Maps, which should always be unique per group.
Sequencing: Autosave function can now handle "spectroscopic" binning modes, where X and Y are different.
SX Universal: Added support for CoStar autoguider, SXVR-H674(C) and SXVR-H694(C). Modified plug-in to work with new version of SXV-H18 firmware.
AO: Added a new plug-in capability to add AO controllers to MaxIm DL. Currently supports Orion SteadyStar (requires plug-in from Orion).
Apogee: The manufacturer is assuming responsibility for maintenance and distribution of the Apogee plug-in. We are currently keeping the previous release available in the package to avoid causing upgrade problems for existing users.
ASCOM Camera: Improved shutdown code to ensure proper functioning when disconnecting and reconnecting the camera.
Canon 50D: Added retry code to the 50D shutter control, to fix problem whereby Canon drivers occasionally fail to trigger the shutter.
Stacking: Fixed FITS header bug that appeared when "Keep Individual Color Planes" was selected.
Observatory: Improved Catalog ID selection so that all named stars are visible all the time, even if a search parameter has been previously entered. Telescope tracking is now automatically stopped if the telescope tries to track into the altitude limits. Status tab now shows sun and moon rise, transit, and set times, moon phase and percent illumination, and times for astronomical, nautical, and civil twilight. Star chart right-click menus have been improved.
Scripting: Remove Background Color is now scriptable.
Fixed a problem with sigma clip and SD Mask functions in the calibration tools. Improved File Open error messages. Improved handling of raw binned Bayer matrix color images. Minor improvement to Celestron driver.
Scripting: Added new Document and Application events.
Image Processing: Added new camera models to Convert Color command. Improved File Open default file format behavior under Windows 7, and improved error messages. Set Calibration has been tweaked to reduce memory usage when generating a large number of master frames.
Camera Control: Autosave will now automatically set the OBJECT keyword in the FITS header to the specified file name, if the Observatory Control window is not reporting a selected object. The File menu Settings command can also be used to override the OBJECT keyword. Since some new CCD sensors can produce color images when binned, a feature was added to allow the camera drivers to perform automatic color conversion of binned images.
Orion Parsec 10100C: Minor driver update.
Image Analysis: Added new FFT analysis command. Fixed Photometry AAVSO report glitch.
Image Processing: Speed improvement to Gaussian Blur (Kernel Filters). Set Calibration now allows images lacking IMAGETYP to be manually added to a group. Fixed minor problem in Remove Pedestal command background extraction. Improved error messages for the Stack command.
Camera Control: Added "Delay Between Light Frames Only" option to Autosave. Fixed glitch related to filter focus offsets. Fixed problem closing the Tracking Error Graph on systems running "Windows 7 Basic" theme.
Observatory Control: Status tab is now formatted using HTML to improve readability, and the HTML can be modified by the user to customize the layout.
Canon DSLR: Added support for new models, including 600D (Rebel T3i), 1100D (Rebel T3), 1Ds Mark III, and 1D Mark IV. Exposures can now be interrupted during the mirror lock-up delay.
Nikon DSLR: Added support for new models, including D3S, D40X, D5100, and D7000.
Celestron Nightscape: Added support for Celestron Nightscape.
Orion Parsec: Added support for Parsec 10100C.
SBIG: Added adjustable speed setting for STX cameras. Removed "fast mode" readout option as obsolete. Fixed incompatibility between AO plug-in and STi.
Olympus DSLR: Updated driver. Unofficial support has been added for E-3, E-5, E-30, E-420, E-450, E-520, and E-620.
SX: Changed sequencing to ensure proper shutter operation on SXVR-H18.
Camera Control: Fixed problem with Simple Auto Dark function for cameras that do not have shutters. Updated MaxImIO.sys installer utility.
Minor maintenance release.
SBIG: Fixed a problem with the SBIG AO, which prematurely ended main camera exposures. Also corrected cooler power reporting for cameras using external guide heads.
QSI / Calibration: A minor change was made to the calibration groups heuristics, to facilitate QSI using the SPEED function and ISOSPEED FITS keyword with their drivers. ISOSPEED was originally reserved for use by DSLR drivers, and using it would cause calibration to assume the camera was a DSLR.
PinPoint: Updated to version 5.1.4. .
Camera Control: Improved guide star fade detection and reporting. Now records guider temperature for dual-chip cameras in the FITS header, to aid in calibration of the guide frames. Fixed a problem with calculating image statistics in rotated images. Fixed Track Log support in Basic version. Added option to File menu Settings to turn on CCD coolers when auto-connecting.
DSLR: Added support for Canon 60D. Sensor temperature, if available for the current camera model, is now extracted from image metadata and displayed and recorded in the FITS header. Restructured the Canon EOS 2 driver to provide greater flexibility in supporting new models, and when possible to auto-detect more features directly from the camera such as the available ISO list. Save to CF mode is now compatible with Continuous exposure mode.
SBIG: Updated plug-in to support new ST-I camera.
Starlight Xpress: Added support for M26C.
Adaptive Optics (AO): Guide tab Control Via is now used to control how the bump commands are sent to the mount. Previously only the built-in camera relays were available. Affects both SBIG and Starlight Xpress AO units.
Apogee: Added support for AWF50-10S filter wheel.
FlipFlat: Fixed a problem with filter wheel 1 / filter wheel 2 confusion. Also updated to support latest driver.
Focuser: Fixed an incompatibility between filter wheel offsets and backlash compensation.
Photometry: Increased number of objects that can be tagged.
Animate: Now updates the Line Profile, Information, FITS Header, and Zoom windows while blinking. An option has been added to enable/disable this updating to provide better performance on large images.
Calibration: Replace w/Masters will no longer balk if previously generated master groups are present in the folder. Fixed a problem with calibrating subframes that ended at the bottom right corner.
PinPoint: Now distributing updated PinPoint 5.1 DLL.
Automation: Added new automation properties and methods Application.CreateCalibrationGroups, CCDCamera.GuiderAutoPierFlip, and Document.FilePath. Please note that some older calibration properties and methods have been deprecated but are currently still supported.
Various minor fixes.
Stack: Fixed problem with group auto-generation.
Video DS: Fixed glitch in long-exposure webcam port selection.
Canon: Updated to latest Canon SDK. Improved mirror lock-up detection. Fixed long exposure mode for 7D. Added another "alias" for 550D auto-identification. Fixed software level identification glitch.
Starlight Xpress: increased vertical register flush at end of exposure, to ensure that large sensors are fully flushed. Disable temperature monitoring shortly before start of readout, to prevent readout artifacts on some camera models.
Stack: Improved auto star matching for images with large saturated stars. Now ignores extra white space on filter names, and also forces semicolon instead of comma as separator for multiple filter names.
Calibration: Fixed subframes not calibrating when originate at 0,0 coordinate. Corrected problem with auto-calibration failing during Autosave sequences with automatic one-shot color conversion.
QSI: plug-in driver is no longer being distributed with MaxIm DL, to ensure proper synchronization with the vendor's driver.
Minor updates to ASCOM camera plug-in, Dual Wheels driver, and Autosave functions.
Andor: Added option to leave shutter open continuously for autoguiding. Fixed subframe definition problem.
Canon: Major revamp to Canon EOS II driver including automatic selection of the camera model. Please note that with this change users will need to reset the settings for the driver. Live View now supports pan and zoom, and remembers window size. Added "beta test" support for Canon 7D and Rebel T2i (550D). Updated color balance parameters for some models.
FITS: Added several FITS header keys. PIERSIDE records side-of-pier information when connected to a German Equatorial mount. READOUTM records the readout mode used for the camera. JD_GEO records the geocentric Julian Day of the start of exposure. JD_HELIO records the Heliocentric Julian Date at the exposure midpoint.
Miscellaneous updates and fixes: Telescope interface now checks whether telescope driver wants JNow or J2000.0 coordinates, and converts as necessary. Improved gradient removal handling of color images. Added lock-out for camera controls when camera link fails. Minor fix to AAVSO photometry data format. Repaired resource leak in Screen Stretch dialog box. Set Calibration now reliably remembers Boxcar Filter setting. Fixed problem with Audible Alarms settings occasionally being lost. Fixed crash in Annotate. Fixed GPUSB causing a long delay when guiding starts. Fixed confusion on cooler setpoints when cameras swapped. Fixed problem with Control Via drop list in Basic version. Fixed glitch in camera status display when stopping a sequence while the guider is settling.
Observatory Control: Allow "Sync to solved position" from Catalog tab. Focuser tab now shows position and temperature while compensation active, if available from the driver.
Image Display: Added an adjustable center gap to the Crosshair display. Screen Stretch now includes new option to ignore hot pixels when auto-calculating Min/Max values.
Calibration: Added the ability to apply different bad pixel maps for each calibration group.
Remove Bad Pixels: Now automatically adjusts for subframes.
Stack: Can now export image alignment parameters. Fixed a rare crash. Two star alignment now tags the circular cursor with the star number, to reduce confusion during tagging.
Orion: Added support for Parsec 8300M and 8300C cameras. New DLLs for the StarShoot Autoguider were supplied by Orion.
Nikon: added support for new models.
Starlight Xpress: Added support for dithering when running non-SX main camera. Fixed an intermittent crash on disconnecting SX AO.
SBIG: Fixed glitch in AO driver fan enable control. Changed method of camera model enumeration, to allow for differentiation between ST-402 and ST-8300.
Miscellaneous: Prevent Set Calibration from creating a master frame for an empty group. Improved autosave sequence time estimate. Image processing only version now supports scripting. Autoguider output control now releases when changing ports or disconnecting camera. Fixed problem with focus offsets for autoguider. Minor updates to Apogee driver. Fixed problem in Annotate command. Fixed problem in Open Photometry File command. Fixed bugs in ASCOM camera driver cooler control and ASCOM Direct pulse guiding.
OS Support: Added Windows 7 to list of supported operating systems (no actual software changes required).
Layout command: Added new View menu Layout feature, which allows the user to save and restore screen window positions. This can be useful when multiple screen resolutions are in use, such as when using Remote Desktop.
Canon: Added support for Canon Rebel T1i (500D). Added new Live View mode for the Canon 5D Mark II, 50D, and 500D.
Apogee: Driver now retains and auto-restores the temperature setpoint when automatic back-off occurs.
Roper (Princeton/Photometrics): PVCam driver now supports extended binning.
Starlight Xpress: Now supports cameras with temperature control. Now supports dithering with third-party main cameras. Fixed Lodestar subframe glitch. Progress indicator now defaults off.
Filter Wheels: added new Dual Wheels plug-in driver, which allows you to stack two filter wheels and operate them as if they were a single wheel. Fixed SX Filter Wheel prematurely reporting move completion. Loosened some restrictions on having two filter wheels.
Camera Control: Guider calibration now uses the star matching algorithm from the Stack command to increase robustness of the calibration procedure. Calibration now takes account of guider binning, so you can change binning without having to recalibrate. Tracking error alarms user interface has been improved. Camera status display now shows current filter position. Auto-dark reset can now act on one or all auto-dark buffers. Moved guider camera settings from Settings dialog box to Options drop list. Fixed several minor problems related to autoguider and filter wheel control and status reporting. Improved Autosave time estimation algorithm. Fixed problems with Resume Autosave and Mosaic Starting Tile Number features. Fixed problem with autoguiding in Basic version. Corrected PulseGuide timing for ASCOM Camera plug-in.
Observatory window: Added new option to synchronize Rotator to PinPoint solution. Status pane now shows transit time for current object when a German Equatorial mount is in use; this helps with planning meridian flips. FOV indicator now flips orientation to match telescope pier flip. FOV indicator definition now permits entering autoguider chip spacing as center-to-center, to match SBIG's published data. FOV can now be turned on/off from context menu. Added some minor right-click menu enhancements. Enhanced ASCOM driver error displays.
Screen Stretch: internal improvements to display acceleration algorithms.
Mosaics: Added TILEXY keyword to FITS header when mosaics are being acquired. This keyword is subsequently used by the Stack command to differentiate between the various image fields.
COM interface: Added COM property CCDCamera.GuiderBinning.
Zoom: Mouse-wheel zooming now recenters mouse after first rezoom, to prevent unexpected drift in zoom-to position.
Miscellaneous: Information window can now be resized. Fixed potential crash in Stack command when using Calibration with Remove Bad Pixels option. Fixed excess CPU usage when idle in Set Calibration command. Fixed position display not updating when dragging tags in the Photometry command. Fixed sense of position angle display in PinPoint command, and increased the height of the status display window. Fixed a problem with image processing plug-in installation on Vista/Windows 7 systems. Fixed File Details display under Windows 7. Minor fix to Process Levels command. Fixed glitch in DSI driver. FITS header I/O now blocks illegal characters from being entered into header.
SBIG: Added support for SBIG STX series cameras. Fixed occasional unwarranted Error 100 status on filter wheel.
Flip-Flat: Added support for the Alnitak Astrosystems Flip-Flat. The Flip_Flat appears as a "filter wheel", and thus can be reconfigured during Autosave sequences. Two filter wheels are now allowed when only one camera is connected; this is to support operating Flip-Flat simultaneously with a filter wheel.
Starlight Xpress: Added support for the Starlight Xpress filter wheel. Added Full Calibration capability for the Starlight Xpress AO unit. This will allow hot pixel subtraction during calibration and guiding. Prevented SX AO from crashing if not configured properly.
Meade DSI: Improved driver installation.
DSLRs: Revamped Olympus driver now supports E-1, E-300, E-330, E-400, E-410, E-500 and E-510 and works under Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Vista 64. Updated Nikon redistributable files. Made minor tweaks to Canon driver.
ASCOM Cameras: Improved abort behavior. Improved status display on abort. Implemented HasShutter feature.
Orion StarShoot: Added support for the Orion StarShoot Monochrome III Deep Space Imager.
File menu Settings: Added option to auto-connect equipment on program start. Also added option to open the camera control window but not automatically connect.
Audible Alarms: Redesigned Alarms user interface.
FITS files: Added FITS keys for focuser position, step size, and position. Added FITS key for rotator angle. Minor improvements to FITS Header Editor. User can now specify value for FITS keys that are normally auto-generated by MaxIm DL, if the auto-generation does not occur; for example, you can specify FILTER when no filter wheel is connected.
Filter Wheels: Focus offsets now automatically disable/enable temperature tracking as needed (some wheels do not permit move commands while temperature tracking is on). Improved focus offset initialization. Eliminated excessive filter wheel delays that could occur under certain circumstances.
Stack: If Set Calibration settings are changed, previous quality measurements are now automatically reset. Image names are now filtered to remove characters that are illegal for filenames. When classify by Object is off and Classify by Filter is on, LRGB subgroups are now automatically created. Fixed destination folder not being persisted. Improved handling of various anomalous conditions.
Set Calibration: Replace w/Masters now ignores disabled groups. Added more logging information. Settings are now written to disk more frequently.
Photometry: Fixed problem that could arise if the user did not set the reference star magnitude.
Autoguiding: Added new option to reverse both X and Y guiding outputs upon pier flip (useful when using the new TheSky-Controlled Telescope PulseGuide feature). Fixed problem with subframes when changing guider binning. Fixed problem with AO bump calibration at certain rotation angles. Fixed problem with Guider Settle by Distance during autosave sequences.
Observatory Control: Fixed a problem whereby image overlays could trigger PinPoint repeatedly. Fixed problem with Auto-Center calibration via PinPoint not handling angles properly.
Scripting: Added min and max pixel math functions.
Samples: Moved from My Documents to Program Files folder, to avoid reinstallation when creating a new user account.
Miscellaneous: Added FITS header keys FOCUSPOS, FOCUSSZ, FOCUSTEM, and ROTATANG. Fixed problem with restoring subframe settings after an autofocus run. Added Apogee INI files to the Obsolete Driver Pack. Improved window position restoration on multi-monitor systems. Improved editing of cells in list controls. Improved behavior of Virtual Keypad for combo boxes. Improved filtering of mouse clicks to prevent unintended changes to subframe and guide star selection. Fixed crash on drag-and-drop of Canon RAW files. Improved enabling/disabling of cooler control buttons. Coordinates can now be entered with colon delimitors. Fixed problem with rotation and subframe handling when swapping cameras. Improved Tracking Error Graph display. Presets now persist the camera choice. Minor improvements to focuser display. Fixed crash on Curves command save/load feature. Fixed persistence of Show Details in File Open/Save. Reordered "Files of type" dropdown for several commands. Force cached settings out to files prior to saving new Configuration. Fixed Exposure Delay feature in Continuous mode.
Fixed an intermittent crash in the camera control window. Fixed a problem the guider binning settings to being retained. Minor tweaks to Stack command. Fixed problem with Folder Picker dialog positioning on dual monitor systems. Minor internal enhancements to the ASCOM camera plug-in interface.
Added new Extract Bayer Plane feature. This allows you to isolate a single color plane from Bayer-encoded ("raw") color images.
Stack: Reorganized the right-click menus for clarity. Functions that only work on groups are now available at all times; e.g. even if an image is selected in the tree view rather than its parent group. This includes the Color tab, which some users had trouble figuring out how to activate. An option is now available to write the completed images to disk. When stacking multi-filter color images, you can now request that the individual planes be retained in addition to the assembled color image . Manual one-star alignment now determines scaling from FITS header binning values. When manually aligning, the auto-next function now chimes at the end of each image set. Improved Stack error detection and display, and added more information to the Log. Apply Alignment has been renamed Computer and Align Image, and has been enhanced to automatically compute the alignment if it has not already been done. Fixed a bug whereby clicking on the image would sometimes unexpectedly activate image drag alignment mode.
Set Calibration: Improved user interface controls for Auto Generate, which can now either keep old groups or clear them. A history list is now available for the Auto Generate path; a delete button is available to drop paths from the history. The browse button now has a folder icon. Groups list is now sortable by clicking on the heading row. Files can be added to the currently-selected group by drag-and-drop. The keyboard Delete key can now be used to remove files or groups. Now displays a progress dialog, which can be used to abort processing if needed. Improved defaults and settings retention for various features, including Boxcar, Sigma Clip, and SD Mask settings.
Batch Save and Convert: Added progress dialog, which can be used to abort processing if needed.
Configurations: Improved user interface so it remembers most recently saved or loaded configuration name. This makes it easier to update the current Configuration.
Pixel Math: Added new Minimum and Maximum options.
Camera Control: Added new option to automatically create subfolders by date when using Autosave. Fixed Autosave window sometimes popping up when program restored from minimized state. Fixed problem with auto-tricolor mode skipping the Green plane when autoguiding. Fixed problem with FITS header DATE_OBS key when imaging in TDI mode.
Guiding: Fixed a problem with autoguider calibration when a very hot pixel is located very close to the edge of the window. Fixed a problem with long delays due to incorrect operation of guider settling feature. Fixed problem with autoguider binning/subframes not being retained when the camera was disconnected.
Scripting: Fixed a problem with CCDCamera.StartSequence. Fixed a problem with CCDCamera.Expose failing to start exposure if the guider is running and the same driver is being used to control two separate cameras.
Observatory: Improved error messages on Focus tab.
Meade DSI: Fixed problem with temperature display on DSI III.
Dome control: Dome slaving parameters now retain fractional values.
Rings cursor: Fixed problem in increase/decrease commands when using Large Rings mode.
DSLR drivers: Included new driver update from Canon. Fixed a problem that could cause excessive delays on some computers.
DSLR drivers: Added support for Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Fixed problem with long exposures on Canon EOS 1D Mark III, and mirror lock-up on the Canon EOS 40D. Fixed a problem with drivers losing time on some computers. Fixed problem with accessing high COM ports for bulb cables.
Observatory Focus tab: Added ability to manually select the star to use for focusing. Added the ability to subframe so that stars near the edge of the frame will not be auto-selected. Improved focuser polling. Also improved automatic star selection and added autofocus data to the Log window.
Observatory Telescope tab: Improved slew limits feature.
Camera Control Guide tab: Fixed a problem that could prevent calibration from detecting stars under certain circumstances. Added new automated Anti-Stiction feature. Added "Small Stars" option to allow the user to turn off hot pixel rejection when images are very undersampled. Added option to automatically save autoguider calibration images to disk.
SBIG AO: Fixed problem with 4x4 binning mode.
Stack: Added Auto Make Pixels Square feature. Fixed a problem with Apply Alignment function. Added tool tip to tree view to alert users to the right-click menu.
Threshold: Fixed problem with threshold enable check boxes.
Camera Control TDI tab: fixed user interface problem that can result in extraneous error messages.
Remove Bad Pixels: improved to allow larger bad pixel maps.
New cameras supported: Canon EOS 50D and Canon Rebel XS 1000D.
Stack command: Added Drizzle capability. Improved handling of images previously "on-the-fly" calibrated; calibrated frames are now retained when Stacker is closed and reopened, and all calibrated frames are flushed if you change Set Calibration. Percentage of rejected outlier pixels are now recorded in the Log window for Sigma Clip and SD Mask. Image Scale display now works correctly.
Photometry command: Added support for new "AAVSO Extended Format" for observation reports.
Camera Control window: TDI mode is now available (where supported by camera driver). The guide star detection algorithm was improved, especially when working with undersampled images. Increased dither range. Fixed a glitch in Autosave that could cause incorrect filter to be selected under certain conditions. Fixed potential crash in Autosave on first usage. Fixed potential glitch in filter wheel handling following slews commanded by the Observatory window. Lowered minimum auto-dark pedestal to 10 ADU, for use with 8-bit guiders. Fixed minor user interface glitches in Scheduled Mode. Fixed a discrepancy between the Guider status scripting properties and their documented behavior.
Observatory window: Added controls to override or modify SideOfPier information from ASCOM telescope drivers (some drivers report SideOfPier backwards or simply wrong). Added prompt to request user to manually set the mount type if the ASCOM driver does not report it (to ensure correct SideOfPier handling). Size and position of the Zoom display is now shown on the All Sky tab. Corrected sense of angle for Rotator display on Zoom tab. Zoom tab now displays Bayer, Flamsteed or HIP instead of GSC ID, when available. Minor tweaks to mouse handling in AllSky tab. Catalog tab now clears Object ID field when selecting Stars category to allow the list to be populated. Fixed problems with catalog region search feature. Telescope sync commands and errors are now copied to the Log window. Fixed some glitches in image overlays. Focuser polling was optimized to reduce traffic.
Apogee USB/Net driver: Preflash option is now exposed in Readout Mode drop list instead of Camera Settings. This makes it easier for the user to select modes, and also makes it accessible from the scripting interface.
SBIG camera drivers: Added support for Normal and Fast readout for the AO driver. Improved CFW10 serial protocol. Some minor internal tweaks to SBIG Universal plug-in.
PinPoint: Basic plate solution information is now copied to the Log window.
Kernel Filters: Median filter operations are now faster.
Other minor changes: Fixed improper calibration error recovery in Batch Save and Convert. Fixed a problem with autosave numbering when the target file extension is not ".fit". Fixed Batch Processing problems affecting Pixel Math and persistence of the command script. Fixed crash in Lucy-Richardson Deconvolution. Fixed problem misreading RAW file headers when opening multiple files simultaneously. Fixed some FITS header fields being set incorrectly when cameras are swapped. Added some missing Starlight Xpress install files. Fixed memory management problem in one mode of the Convert Color command. Fixed several problems related to Unicode Windows versions (such as Chinese and Japanese). Fixed missing DSUSB option for Canon EOS 1 driver. Autofocus now returns the focuser to its original position when an autofocus run is aborted. Fixed crash in toolbar customization dialog.
Camera Control window: Added support for Nikon D300. Scheduled Sequence mode now works. When running two identical camera models, camera control now saves settings for the two cameras in different places, so they can each be configured differently. Added ISO control to automation interface, and fixed glitch with autofocus control functions. Added guider cooler information to guider status display. Removed DSLR drivers improperly showing on the Filter drop list. Fixed crash on camera disconnect when running SX-AO. Fixed problem with getting temperature setpoint from wrong camera when swapping roles. Added code to ensure that subframes remain full size when changing binning. Fixed problem clearing auto-dark buffer for unregulated camera models.
Observatory Control window: Fixed pier flipping compensation for telescope auto-center calibration. Fixed improper "expose after slew" behavior for dithering and mosaic capture. Fixed merdian line display. Fixed readback of position from FITS header. Fixed errors in Julian Day and Airmass calculations. Added Airmass to FITS header. Fixed intermittent problem with dome alignment calculation. Fixed initial display of Rotator position.
Image Processing: Added Canon Rebel XSi and Nikon D300 to the Convert Color presets. File Open command now defaults File Format to Auto. Fixed File Save As overwrite not being recognized if file extension not present. Fixed crash on saving JPEG to Raw. Set Calibration now preserves the state of the Boxcar check box. Fix glitch in Batch Save and Convert, Move to Subfolder option. Fixed a problem with LRGB color combining that could cause black speckles. Fixed intermittent "Out of memory" error in Stack command. Added binning FITS header keywords to Stack command output images. Manual align modes in Stack command now recalculate all image alignments when the Reference image is adjusted.
Canon EOS 2 driver now supports Windows Vista for all cameras including the Digic III camera models. Please note that Canon has decided not to support the older models operated through the Canon EOS 1 driver under Windows Vista.
Various Stack command improvements and fixes. Added new Individual stack mode, which is useful for multispectral imaging. Removed extraneous document sometimes appearing in list. Improved handling of deletions from the tree view. Corrected some generated FITS keyword values. Fixed a bug that could cause intermittent crashes under some conditions.
Fixed problem with certain planetarium and telescope settings not being saved in Observatory Control window. Also now force the telescope tracking state to match the Sidereal Tracking check box, and fixed a problem with synchronous-slewing telescope models.
Several changes to File Open/Save dialogs. Fixed problem with displaying thumbnails when "Hide extensions for known file types" is turned on in Windows Explorer. Changed Save As folder location policy as it conflicted with new Windows Vista dialog design. Fixed potential crash in Windows Vista.
Fixed missing guider control panel for the SBIG STV.
Fixed scrambled main window display under certain conditions when using SBIG AO.
Corrected Dual Chip Mode to ignore Filter Wheel 2.
Fixed several problems in Autosave Sequences, including incorrect ISO values, readout mode selection, missing ISOSPEED FITS keyword, Load Sequence, and color saving for certain plug-in drivers.
On the Expose tab, fixed a problem with resetting autodark buffers, a conflict between script and GUI when selecting the filter wheel position, and New Buffer is now properly disabled in Continuous mode.
The Camera Control window Setup tab now remembers the selected camera by name, rather than by index. This prevents the selection from changing when new camera models are added.
Minor adjustment to SBIG Universal driver to reduce CPU burden under certain circumstances.