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Title: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 16 07:48:11
I am happy to announce that PixInsight 1.8.6 has just been released. This is a very important release with many new features and performance improvements, with a strong focus on stability and compatibility, and a much increased potential for future development.

Installation packages are now available to all licensed users for Linux, macOS and Windows on our software distribution system:

https://pixinsight.com/dist/


New Licensing System

Version 1.8.6 of PixInsight requires a license reactivation for all commercial and trial users, on all platforms. Sorry in advance for this inconvenience.

As most of you know, the trial version 1.8.5 of PixInsight was hacked past May. While analyzing the hack, I discovered several weak points in our security system that I have tried to remove in version 1.8.6. We have now a much stronger encryption and a more sophisticated and secure license validation procedure.

Unfortunately, the new security system requires a completely different license file encryption, which means that all existing license files won't work with version 1.8.6 of PixInsight, and hence a license reactivation is unavoidable.

I have redesigned the license activation dialog to make things easier to everybody, including the possibility to request new license activation codes directly, without having to visit our website. I hope these changes will facilitate the transition to the new licensing system.

(https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/activation-tn.png) (https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/activation.png)     (https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/request-activation-codes-dialog-tn.png) (https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/request-activation-codes-dialog.png)

To reactivate your license, it is necessary that you can receive notification email messages sent by our server. Please make sure that the email address that you have associated with your license is valid, that your email client application does not reject our messages as spam, and that your email provider does not block our messages.

License files are now generated in more discrete and secure locations on all platforms:

- On Linux and FreeBSD, on a $HOME/.PixInsight hidden directory.

- On macOS, on $HOME/Library/PixInsight

- On Windows, on %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Pleiades

Previously license files were generated directly on the user's home directory. For many years I have been receiving complaints about this because of obvious security and privacy concerns, which I have tried to address in this version.


New Features

Like all major PixInsight releases, PixInsight 1.8.6 also includes many new features. Let's have a look at some of the most important ones.


Astrometry Integration

Astrometry is now fully integrated in the PixInsight platform, including the PixInsight core application. When you open an image with valid astrometric metadata (consisting of a valid set of WCS keywords and optional image properties), the application will generate an astrometric solution automatically and will show celestial coordinates on the readout preview, which opens when you click on an image in readout mode.

(https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/celestial-readout-tn.png) (https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/celestial-readout.png)     (https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/celestial-readout-1-tn.png) (https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/celestial-readout-1.png)

You can configure these readouts to show equatorial, ecliptic and ICRS galactic coordinates, among other options. You have these options available in the readout menu.

(https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/celestial-readout-menu-tn.png) (https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/celestial-readout-menu.png)

Astrometry integration goes much deeper than simply showing coordinates on the screen. Astrometric solutions are now treated just as other ancillary data associated with images, such as ICC profiles or display functions for example, and hence are directly available to all running tools and scripts. All of this has been possible thanks to the contributions made by Andrés del Pozo to our C++/PCL development platform.


Integrated Ephemerides System

State-of-the-art ephemerides of the solar system are now available in all PixInsight distributions, with implementations in the C++ and JavaScript development frameworks. This includes the integration of fundamental ephemerides from JPL (http://ftp://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/pub/eph/planets/), IMCCE (https://www.imcce.fr/inpop/) and other sources, and current IAU precession-nutation (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/41705280_Precession-nutation_procedures_consistent_with_IAU_2006_resolutions) theories, among other fundamental resources. This initial 1.8.6 version of PixInsight includes JPL's DE/LE 438 planetary and lunar ephemerides, JPL ephemerides for the 343 most massive asteroids, and the IAU 2006/2000A precession-nutation theory.


Algorithms for Reduction of Positions

Rigorous implementations (at the sub-milliarcsecond level) of algorithms for reduction of positions of solar system bodies and stars are now available, with C++ and JavaScript implementations. This is a necessary step forward to open the PixInsight platform to astronomical applications beyond astrophotography, such as high-precision astrometry for example.


Interprocess Communication

Basically, the new interprocess communication (IPC) functionality means that there can be several instances of the PixInsight core application running simultaneously on the same machine (up to 255), and that all of them can send and receive messages and share data with each other. IPC is only available in the JavaScript runtime for now. Just to name a simple, yet extremely powerful application, you can be running a script on the first instance of PixInsight, which generates data such as disk files (for example, images acquired with a digital camera) that a second instance can load and process simultaneously. Interprocess communication also allows sending commands to a running PixInsight core application, which a script can listen, receive and execute. This means that PixInsight can now work as a server, for example through a remote SSH connection. The new IPC feature extends PixInsight's flexibility, applicability and processing force enormously, as will be demonstrated by upcoming new tools.


Improved Robustness to Critical Errors

The Linux and macOS versions of the PixInsight core application (and the FreeBSD version when released) are now much more robust and tolerant to critical exceptions and synchronous signals, thanks to significant changes in the internal system exception handling routines. Basically, if a SIGSEGV, SIGBUS or SIGFPE signal (among others) is generated within Qt code, from a 3rd party library, or from an installed module, the PixInsight core application will be able to handle it 'graciously' without a fatal crash in almost all cases. Being a modular platform, this improvement is particularly important for PixInsight. Of course, this has limitations, and may fail when the code involved is left in an unstable state after the exception is thrown (these things happen). At the very least, the application should be able to let you exit in a controlled way in most of these situations.


Improved DynamicPSF Tool

For images with valid astrometric solutions, DynamicPSF now calculates equatorial coordinates for each star centroid automatically. In addition, a new goodness-of-fit estimator has been implemented, which is more accurate and robust than previous versions.

(https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/dynamic-psf-tn.png) (https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/dynamic-psf.png)

Of course, equatorial coordinates are accessible from the JavaScript runtime (as new read-only properties of the DynamicPSF object) and exported to text files in CSV format.


New RAW Module

The new RAW module for support of digital camera raw formats is based on LibRaw (https://www.libraw.org/) (latest stable 0.19.1 release). This replaces the old DSLR_RAW module, which was based on dcraw. The use of LibRaw ensures that we'll continue supporting virtually every digital camera in the market, including the latest models from Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc., in the foreseeable future by means of new PixInsight versions and updates.


X-Trans Support

The new RAW module and Debayer tool provide full support for X-Trans raw frames throughout the entire preprocessing pipeline. Images acquired with X-Trans sensors are now first-class citizens in PixInsight, from image calibration to drizzle integration.


New SubframeSelector Tool

The new SubframeSelector tool (https://pixinsight.com/forum/index.php?topic=11780.0) by Cameron Leger (revised, improved version) is now part of the official distribution. This tool, based on Mike Schuster's original work, is a high-performance data analysis tool and an essential element of any serious image preprocessing work in PixInsight.

(https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/subframe-selector-tn.png) (https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/subframe-selector.png)


LocalFuzzyHistogramHyperbolization

The latest version of the LocalFuzzyHistogramHyperbolization (https://pixinsight.com/forum/index.php?topic=11615.0) script by Frank Weidenbusch has been included in this release. This script is an excellent implementation of an advanced image processing algorithm for histogram manipulation, with outstanding and highly controllable results.


New Ephemerides Script

This script is an exhaustive test bed for the new integrated ephemerides system. This new script calculates positional ephemerides for the main planets plus the dwarf planet Pluto, the 343 most massive asteroids, and any star available through the online Simbad TAP service (http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-tap). It calculates geocentric or topocentric, spherical or rectangular, true, geometric, astrometric, proper, apparent or intermediate places, and presents the result as a plain text document that can be saved as a new file. The implemented algorithms are rigorous and generate positional data accurate at the sub-milliarcsecond level, only limited in practice by the quality of the underlying solar system theories and source star data.

(https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/ephemerides-tn.png) (https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/ephemerides.png)


Quick Search Boxes

New quick search boxes have been implemented in the Process Explorer and Object Explorer windows. These boxes are helpful to quickly locate a process or script by typing a few characters. Just click on the search box, start writing the name of a process or script you want to use, and the autocompletion feature will find it for you. Then press Enter to locate it on the process tree, and press Enter again to execute it.

(https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/quick-search-tn.png) (https://pixinsight.com/forum-images/20181216/1.8.6-release/quick-search.png)


New Core JavaScript Objects

The following core JavaScript objects have been created in this version: CoreApplication, MessageListener (IPC support), EphemerisFile, EphemerisHandle (solar system ephemerides), ObserverPosition, StarPosition, Position (reduction of positions of solar system bodies and stars). Most of these objects are the JavaScript counterparts of their corresponding C++ classes (http://pixinsight.com/developer/pcl/doc/html/) available in the PCL framework (https://github.com/PixInsight/PCL).


Updated Support Libraries

The Linux and Windows versions of the PixInsight core application have been built with the latest Qt 5.12.0 LTS (http://blog.qt.io/blog/2018/12/06/qt-5-12-lts-released/) release (long-term support release). The macOS version still uses Qt 5.11.3 because of some regressions in Qt 5.12.0 for macOS, which we hope to overcome during the next months.

This version also includes the latest versions of third-party support libraries including the LittleCMS engine, cURL, LibTIFF, JPEGLib, CFITSIO, etc.


Updated Operating System Support

Version 1.8.6 of PixInsight supports out-of-the-box the latest Linux distributions, such as Fedora 29 and Ubuntu 18. The macOS version supports Mac OS X 10.11, macOS 10.12, 10.13 and 10.14 Mojave (Mac OS X 10.10 no longer supported). The Windows version has been tested on Windows 10 Creators Update.


Bug Fixes

Long-standing, severe interface issues on macOS have been fixed. The new macOS version of PixInsight allows you to work normally with icons and drag/drop items, just as on Linux and Windows. Finally, all confirmed bugs, compatibility and performance issues have been fixed on all platforms.


Known Issues

* No FreeBSD version for now. Sadly, once more I have been unable to build this version on FreeBSD. The only problem is Qt, and specifically the QtWebEngine module, which cannot be built on this platform. Of course, I keep trying, and I hope to be able to release a 1.8.6 version for FreeBSD in the coming months. Unfortunately, the only Qt 5 version that worked on FreeBSD, Qt 5.9, has been replaced with newer but completely useless 5.10 and 5.11 versions in the ports collection.

* Documentation. Most of the documentation I wrote for complex tools such as StarAlignment, ImageIntegration, DynamicPSF, etc, no longer corresponds to the current development state of these tools. There are other tools, such as LocalNormalization and DrizzleIntegration, that really need good documentation to be used properly. Finally, we have no reference documentation for the core JavaScript runtime. This is a huge amount of work that must be done, and in almost all cases this is my sole responsibility. I'll try to work to improve this as I can.


Acknowledgments

This release would not be possible without the help and support of a group of friend users and developers, who not only have helped me in testing and evaluating this new version, but have been supporting my work on PixInsight, in some cases for many years. I want to make special mention of the following people (in alphabetical order): Enzo De Bernardini, Warren Keller, Klaus Kretzschmar, Cameron Leger, Harry Page, Vicent Peris, Rob Pfile, Andres del Pozo, Bob Rieger, Niall J. Saunders, Mike Schuster, Mark Shelley, Mike Smythers, Rick Stevenson, Thomas Stibor, Alejandro Tombolini, Georg Viehoever, and Frank Weidenbusch.

Also a big thanks to Peter Polakovic and Rumen Bogdanovski, the core developers of the INDIGO initiative (http://www.indigo-astronomy.org/), for their invaluable help with the ongoing implementation of INDIGO support in our INDIClient module, developed by Klaus Kretzschmar. INDIGO is a crucial element in the future of astronomical instrumentation; for sure we'll see great new development projects in PixInsight around INDIGO in the coming months thanks to this collaboration.


In Memoriam

Finally, I cannot end this announcement letter without a very special mention to Sander Pool, who passed away (https://pixinsight.com/forum/index.php?topic=12097.0) on January of this year. A highly respected member of the astronomy community, a great supporter of PixInsight since the beginning, a great friend of all of us here and on many public forums, a bright person, always ready to help. We miss you, friend.

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As any new version of PixInsight, this one has been made to increase your enjoyment of astronomy. So please enjoy it!

Happy Holidays and a wonderful new year 2019 to everybody!
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Geoff on 2018 December 16 11:57:02
This looks wonderful Juan.
Thanks for a great program and thanks for all your hard work.
Geoff
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: nemo129 on 2018 December 16 13:05:09
The license reactivation routine does not seem to be working, see attached. The Pixinsight site is also very, very slowly.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: sbenz on 2018 December 16 14:52:39
Looks like everyone is trying to download the new version.
I say patience...  ;)
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: pfile on 2018 December 16 19:23:15
pixinsight.com seems to have been down for 5-6 hours this afternoon...? hopefully it's back for good now.

rob
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: msmythers on 2018 December 16 19:49:40
Very slowwwwwwww :sad:


Mike
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: rottielover on 2018 December 16 20:20:05
License activation not working.  Getting either Handshake errors, timeouts, etc.   :-\

Also having a lot of timeouts on the forums.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Seldom on 2018 December 16 22:18:41
License activation not working at 23:14 MST 12/16 (6:14 UT 12/17).  Filed a request, waited an hour without a reply. Cut and pasted my username and password from my earlier installation.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: jimwaters on 2018 December 16 23:20:31
Same problem as the last 4 posts.  Requested an "Activation Code" 3 plus hours ago and still waiting.....

I reinstalled the previous release.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: miska on 2018 December 17 00:11:37
It takes more than one hour for the activation server to respond, so all my licenses expire before I can use them  >:(
I followed the instructions, and un-installed the old version before installing the new one, so right now, I don't have a working Pixinsight.
Trying to download the older version, but the server times out.
Happy times.

Edit: Just as I posted this, the server responded, and provided me with the license, that worked. Everything is in order now.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 01:29:02
Hi all,

I apologize for the issues we have had with our server during the past 8 hours. I didn't expect such a tremendously high network traffic concentrated in such a short time. We are having hundreds of simultaneous downloads without rest for extended periods, which has collapsed our server completely as a result of CPU overuse and memory exhaustion. This has never happened before in previous releases of PixInsight. So in the positive side, it seems PixInsight is quite popular :)

Seriously now, it has been my fault. The php scripts responsible for large file downloads were relatively simple and optimized for fast downloads under low pressure, which does the job under normal conditions, but we are not under normal conditions, obviously. I have modified these scripts and the changes are now working well. I have been working with the advanced support staff at Inmotion Hosting (https://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/) and they have helped me a lot in getting things back to a reasonable state, so the server should not become stuck again. It won't serve files at the speed of light but will work acceptably well while we are experiencing this high traffic. Great people and absolutely top-level support; I highly recommend IMH to anybody seeking for a serious hosting service.

So, again, I am sorry for the trouble. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: wacky on 2018 December 17 02:04:15
The update and license request works flawlessly here too :- )

THANKS!!!
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 02:06:16
Glad to know! Thank you! ;)
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Sedat on 2018 December 17 02:46:53
I'm unable to install it. I double click the PI-windows-x64-01.08.06.1447-20181215-c.exe file. In 1-2 seconds, a pop-up window appears and disappears in the blink of an eye. It is impossible to read the message.... Well, I filmed this process and when I checked it frame by frame I was able to grab the pop-up window. It reads " Preparing..." but then nothing happens!


FYI, I have uninstalled the 1.8.5 version and this is a Win 7 machine which never had any problems with the installation of the previous versions.

Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: SdA on 2018 December 17 03:02:42
Yesterday afternoon I installed the update on two computers. Everything is perfect. Win 7 x64 and Win 8 x64.  :)  I have to do it now with Ubuntu 18 but I'm afraid  :sad:
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Jean-Paul59 on 2018 December 17 03:04:05
I'm unable to install it. I double click the PI-windows-x64-01.08.06.1447-20181215-c.exe file. In 1-2 seconds, a pop-up window appears and disappears in the blink of an eye. It is impossible to read the message.... Well, I filmed this process and when I checked it frame by frame I was able to grab the pop-up window. It reads " Preparing..." but then nothing happens!


FYI, I have uninstalled the 1.8.5 version and this is a Win 7 machine which never had any problems with the installation of the previous versions.


I have had the same difficulty, downloaded file was not at the good length (too short), you must re-download the file. the good size is 285 495 ko. I install the new file, but now, I never receive the activation code, I wait for more an hour.

JP
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 03:04:51
Hi Sedat,

Can you check that the installation file has been downloaded correctly? On the Software Distribution page you'll find SHA-1 check sums for all downloadable files. Please verify that the file you have downloaded produces the same checksum on your machine.

Computing SHA checksums is trivial on Linux and macOS, but a bit more complicated on Windows due to lack of system support. See here (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/889768/how-to-compute-the-md5-or-sha-1-cryptographic-hash-values-for-a-file) and here (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/841290/availability-and-description-of-the-file-checksum-integrity-verifier-u) for a solution to this problem.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Sedat on 2018 December 17 03:06:03
I reinstalled 1.8.5 without any problems.... strange!
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Sedat on 2018 December 17 03:07:56
I'm unable to install it. I double click the PI-windows-x64-01.08.06.1447-20181215-c.exe file. In 1-2 seconds, a pop-up window appears and disappears in the blink of an eye. It is impossible to read the message.... Well, I filmed this process and when I checked it frame by frame I was able to grab the pop-up window. It reads " Preparing..." but then nothing happens!


FYI, I have uninstalled the 1.8.5 version and this is a Win 7 machine which never had any problems with the installation of the previous versions.

That makes sense... mine is a much shorter file.... thank you so much! Going to re download immediately.


I have had the same difficulty, downloaded file was not at the good length (too short), you must re-download the file. the good size is 285 495 ko. I install the new file, but now, I never receive the activation code, I wait for more an hour.

JP
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 03:08:11
I install the new file, but now, I never receive the activation code, I wait for more an hour.

This should not happen now. The server is running normally and all services are operational. Can you please try again to request new license activation codes?
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Sedat on 2018 December 17 03:08:44
Thank you Juan. Will download again... you nailed it!
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 03:14:43
Great! Let me know if it works this time.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Subaru on 2018 December 17 03:37:42
I tried to uninstall 1.8.5, but cannot with the following error message.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 03:46:38
Yesterday afternoon I installed the update on two computers. Everything is perfect. Win 7 x64 and Win 8 x64.  :)  I have to do it now with Ubuntu 18 but I'm afraid  :sad:

Why? It should work fine on Ubuntu 18. Come on!  ;D
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 03:49:26
I tried to uninstall 1.8.5, but cannot with the following error message.

That is indeed strange. What this error is telling you is that the internal code signatures in the installation file (for the 1.8.5 version, I assume) have been modified. Something has tampered with the file. You can download the 1.8.5 installation file again if required; it's still on the server.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: jpaana on 2018 December 17 03:57:11
Yesterday afternoon I installed the update on two computers. Everything is perfect. Win 7 x64 and Win 8 x64.  :)  I have to do it now with Ubuntu 18 but I'm afraid  :sad:

Why? It should work fine on Ubuntu 18. Come on!  ;D

Worked fine on my Ubuntu 18.04 desktop and 18.10 laptop.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Sedat on 2018 December 17 03:58:04
Great! Let me know if it works this time.

Yes, perfectly worked... but now having difficulty with Hartmut Bornemann repository... https://www.skypixels.at/HVB_Repository/

I'm getting this message:

"https://www.skypixels.at/HVB_Repository/: Network error: schannel: CertGetNameString() failed to match connection hostname (www.skypixels.at) against server certificate names"

Is this a PI problem or does the repository need an update to be compatible with 1.8.6?
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 04:20:49
Hi Sedat,

I am glad to know 1.8.6 is finally working for you.

That error message denotes a problem with the SSL certificate installed on the www.skypixels.at website. This does not mean that the certificate is incorrect necessarily, just that there are some discrepancies such as mismatched server names or certificate subjects. That's why one should always use EV (Extended Validation) certificates for websites.

You can disable secure connections for this repository, that is, specify http:// instead of https://, and it should work. Insecure connections are not advisable these days but in this way you'll be able to download updates from this website.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: astroedo on 2018 December 17 04:22:02
Good Job Juan,
Happy to see the new licensing system and the nice news.

Only one question: where can I find the new SubframeSelector tool? the one under Script-Batch processing seems to be the old one.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: John_Gill on 2018 December 17 04:23:29
All good here! Great updates!

space is not black
John
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 04:25:19
Wait, I have just installed the "https://www.skypixels.at/HVB_Repository/" repository on this macOS machine and it works nicely. There are no certificate issues.

I suspect that the problem with "Network error: schannel:" is being caused by a misconfiguration of secure network connections on your machine. This is a relatively frequent problem on Windows 7. My advice is upgrade to Windows 10.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 04:27:09
Good Job Juan,
Happy to see the new licensing system and the nice news.

Only one question: where can I find the new SubframeSelector tool? the one under Script-Batch processing seems to be the old one.

Thank you so much!

The SubframeSelector tool can be found under the ImageInspection and Preprocessing categories on Process Explorer.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Sedat on 2018 December 17 04:27:29
Good Job Juan,
Happy to see the new licensing system and the nice news.

Only one question: where can I find the new SubframeSelector tool? the one under Script-Batch processing seems to be the old one.

It is under the Process menu.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 04:28:05
All good here! Great updates!

space is not black
John

Glad to know. Thank you so much, John!
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Sedat on 2018 December 17 04:28:30
Hi Sedat,

I am glad to know 1.8.6 is finally working for you.

That error message denotes a problem with the SSL certificate installed on the www.skypixels.at website. This does not mean that the certificate is incorrect necessarily, just that there are some discrepancies such as mismatched server names or certificate subjects. That's why one should always use EV (Extended Validation) certificates for websites.

You can disable secure connections for this repository, that is, specify http:// instead of https://, and it should work. Insecure connections are not advisable these days but in this way you'll be able to download updates from this website.

Thank you Juan! Another excellent response. I'm all set now. Cheers!
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Sedat on 2018 December 17 04:30:19
I will move to W10 asap Juan. Your solution fixed the problem though!
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Jean-Paul59 on 2018 December 17 04:42:25
I never receive Activation Codes, I try 5 times.

Perhaps, I do a mistake ?


1) I click on the button,

2) I receive mail : "PixInsight: License Reactivation Request"

3) I click on the link :
"License reactivation link:
https://pixinsight.com/dist/license_reactivation.php?request=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"


4) I have a new screen :
"Software Distribution
License Reactivated
Our system has sent you an email with your new activation codes and some instructions to use them."

I Don't receive this mail with codes, where is the error ? I receive the first mail 'reactivation request', but not the second with codes. What I do wrong ?

Regards.

JP
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Sedat on 2018 December 17 04:48:14
Have you checked your Spam/Junk folder ?
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: John_Gill on 2018 December 17 04:57:11
Sedat, have you rebooted your PC before trying the new install.

space is not black
John
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Sedat on 2018 December 17 05:01:59
Johh my problem is sorted out now, thank you. The first download was corrupt which was the reason behind my problem. I think last night's heavy download traffic is the culprit.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Jean-Paul59 on 2018 December 17 05:25:38
Have you checked your Spam/Junk folder ?

Yes, I take a look into 'indésirables' (French version Firefox)…. no answer, only real spam !

I will return in 1.8.5 if I can't install the new version, very bad.



I found what is wrong !

the answer was in the 'spam' directory of my provider I can see only online, not in Firefox spam directory on my PC !

Thank you,

JP
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 05:34:06
Jean-Paul,

Which email service provider do you use, if that's not asking too much (you can write us the answer by email if you want).

The most probable cause for this problem is that your email provider is blocking the second email because it has activation codes, which can be interpreted as 'strange things' by an obsessively configured email service. In such case, we can associate your license with a different email address on our server. Free Gmail and Yahoo email accounts work without problems.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Jean-Paul59 on 2018 December 17 05:38:23
Jean-Paul,

Which email service provider do you use, if that's not asking too much (you can write us the answer by email if you want).

The most probable cause for this problem is that your email provider is blocking the second email because it has activation codes, which can be interpreted as 'strange things' by an obsessively configured email service. In such case, we can associate your license with a different email address on our server. Free Gmail and Yahoo email accounts work without problems.

Thank you Juan, it's exactly the problem, 'Free.fr' (the name of my french provider) stop the second message, not the first. but I can read it online, and now all work fine.

JP

Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 05:41:58
Great! hope you like 1.8.6!  ;)
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Jean-Paul59 on 2018 December 17 05:49:10
Great! hope you like 1.8.6!  ;)


I try quickly !


Usualy, I made a save of my pixinsight-license file, I found this file in my user directory. In the new version, the date of this file is always 2015/02/11, the date of my first installation, is this file the new license, or where can I found the new one ?

Thanks,
JP
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: chris.bailey on 2018 December 17 06:28:29
Great to have all the drag and drop functionality working normally on MacOSX.

The whole GUI seems a little more snappy than before ?

Great work Juan and nice to know the licensing is more secure against the mindless idiots who hacked it last time.

Chris
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: jwinter on 2018 December 17 07:12:19
I downloaded and installed 1.8.6.  I requested new license activation codes.  It replied that it was sending an email.  After 20-30 minutes I do not find an email in my inbox or spam.  A second request for activation codes responded there was already a request and to try again later.  How long should I expect it to take to get the activation email?
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: msmythers on 2018 December 17 07:24:37
You might look at this posting from earlier.

https://pixinsight.com/forum/index.php?topic=12986.msg79058#msg79058


Mike
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: jwinter on 2018 December 17 07:43:33
The email with the link to the license reactivation took 40 minutes.  Still waiting on the email with the new activation codes.  Apparently, the server is still slow due to heavy traffic.   
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 07:58:00
Quote
Apparently, the server is still slow due to heavy traffic.

Not at all. Despite the fact that we still have lots of concurrent download operations ongoing, right now we have a memory consumption below 32% and a CPU load below 3%, so the server is perfectly operational. Please check that your email provider is not blocking our notification emails.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Warhen on 2018 December 17 09:05:29
Juan, Congratulations! Thanks so much for your nice 'thank you.' Also, for the lovely tribute to Sander. I posted it on his 'Remembering Sander Pool' Facebook page, so that his family would be sure to see it.  Hoping now, that you'll get some well-deserved rest Juan. Thanks for all you do. It was a privilege to assist on the testing team. 
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Sean on 2018 December 17 10:31:32
Juan, thanks so much for all your hard work, and this new version. I'm really looking forward to the new astrometry integration, and will give it a good workout.

Sean
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 10:32:04
Thank you Warren for your support!

Rest? what's rest?  ::)
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: jcm on 2018 December 17 10:34:37
I have gone back to the earlier version.
I have tried several times to install the new version - W10 machine- (never had any problems before). I receive the new activation code in my e-mail but it fails to work when I use it with my User Ident.

John
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 10:36:41
Thank you, Sean.

With the integration of astrometry, ephemerides, etc. my intention is to extend PixInsight to cover more areas of astronomy beyond astrophotography. I am sure this will benefit all of us.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Warhen on 2018 December 17 10:55:05
Thank you Warren for your support!

Rest? what's rest?  ::)
Well, you're a laugh a minute, but you know what it is, at least conceptually, so make sure you get some! Do I sound like your mother? :>)
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: OldSkyEyes on 2018 December 17 11:32:05
Nice!

I was starting to think that development for pixinsight faded away, good to see that it is still being kept up to date. :)

Uninstalled and installed the new version on win7 64bit (I got the activation codes immediately)
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Tadpole on 2018 December 17 11:42:51
Flawless download and installation on my iMac. Done in 30 minutes.

Thank you so much for the work you all do.

Best
Ray Perry
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 11:46:23
PixInsight development is stronger and more vigorous than ever. There are new surprises that will come in the following months, so stay well tuned!
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: tdgm on 2018 December 17 12:50:12
Hi Juan

Thanks for the new release but having an appearance problem new windows and sidebars are white  and can't see symbols. Workspace wallpaper on Mac Book Pro does not extend full window and drag and drop problems with sub frame selector also opens 2 windows at same time . Please review and let me know if I am doing something wrong.


Steve
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: tdgm on 2018 December 17 12:51:58
Here is a screen shot of the iMac on opening new release
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: tdgm on 2018 December 17 12:52:38
Here is imagew of opening Sub Frame Selector
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: pfile on 2018 December 17 13:22:14
are you using Dark mode in mojave? i was not able to test this as i only have High Sierra on my machines.

rob
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: tdgm on 2018 December 17 13:23:40
Hi Pfile


Yes I have mojave and in dark mode
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: pfile on 2018 December 17 13:43:50
can you see what happens in normal mode? i suspect this is a Qt problem that juan probably can not immediately fix...

rob
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: lenbo on 2018 December 17 13:45:51
Attempted to update to 1.8.6. Had problem with my password for downloading. No idea why. Never had much problem before. In any event eventually got password reset and downloaded OK. Then installed 1.8.6 without problem after uninstalling current version. I then requested activation codes. No communication at all. Checked spam. Received password reset and other communications quickly before this but nothing for activation. Been messing with it for a long while now. Can I just revert without problems? Hanging it up for now. Out of time. Will check back later tonight or tomorrow. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 13:50:23
PixInsight does not support dark mode on Mojave. Sorry, I forgot to mention this in the announcement post.

I'll release a new version that opts out the dark mode tomorrow. It's a simple keyword in the info.plist (https://stackoverflow.com/questions/52507949/how-to-disable-dark-mode-for-my-app-in-mojave) that I also forgot to include in the 1.8.6 release. Sorry for this.

To support the dark mode, I have to redesign the application's style sheet from scratch. It is a complete rewrite that may take a very long time. Frankly, I have many priorities before doing this, so don't expect dark mode support in PixInsight in the short-medium term.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 13:50:47
can you see what happens in normal mode? i suspect this is a Qt problem that juan probably can not immediately fix...

rob

Rob, version 1.8.6 works perfectly on Mojave in normal (aqua) mode. I'm writing this on a MacBook Pro with Mojave :)
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: pfile on 2018 December 17 13:52:14
oh ok thats good, it can be disabled on a per-application basis

rob
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 13:54:35
Yes, fortunately. IMHO, dark mode is a serious conceptual error by Apple. But, well, I am not a millennial (by any stretch of the imagination  :) ).
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: tdgm on 2018 December 17 14:03:45
Hi Rob and Juan

I disabled on my iMac and it now works but still some problem with sub frame selector and my Mac Book Pro running Mojave I switched to normal agua mode as suggested but it does not effect the PixInsight program. Hopefully the new release will solve the problem on my laptop (MBP).


Steve
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 14:05:02
Speaking of conceptual errors, I could release an update for info.plist right now (it's just a simple XML file of about 1 KB) and this problem would be fixed immediately and easily for all macOS users. However, Apple's code signature system requires signing absolutely everything within an application bundle, even plain text files. This forces me to release a new installation package of about 300 MB, just to change about 30 bytes. Crazy?  :)
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 14:06:41
Hi Rob and Juan

I disabled on my iMac and it now works but still some problem with sub frame selector and my Mac Book Pro running Mojave I switched to normal agua mode as suggested but it does not effect the PixInsight program. Hopefully the new release will solve the problem on my laptop (MBP).


Steve

Steve, this is strange. I am running PixInsight 1.8.6 right now on Mojave (normal mode) without any problems. Also on a MBP.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 14:09:40
See a screenshot I've just taken on my MBP.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: chris.bailey on 2018 December 17 14:28:29
Really weird as I am using 1.8.6 on Mojave with Dark Mode enabled and its fine.

(A non-millennial who is trying to be hip!)

Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 14:30:49
Hi Chris,

I'm curious. Could you please upload a screenshot in dark mode?
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 17 14:43:16
Oops! you already have uploaded a screenshot with your post. Very nice shot! ;)

In your case there is absolutely no problem in dark mode. Awesome!
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: jnarro on 2018 December 17 17:29:37
Excellent!!!!  very fast now I have my new PI version running!!!!
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Cheyenne on 2018 December 17 17:44:23
Just upgraded to 1.8.6 -- gentoo linux.  No problems with download or with getting the activation key. 

Thanks again for all the hard work the team puts into this :)

Cheyenne
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: rottielover on 2018 December 17 19:42:52
1.8.6 keeps crashing when I try to do Image integration after using comet align.   How do I go back to 1.8.5 for a while?
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: tdgm on 2018 December 17 21:10:30
HI JUAN


Steve Herrman and i have gotten it to work on my MBP. I had to reload the default wallpaper in the global preferencesand afterward it seems to work ok now including the sub frame selector. I think that is what I did whatever it is working now so do not worry.


Steve
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: pfile on 2018 December 17 21:25:05
1.8.6 keeps crashing when I try to do Image integration after using comet align.   How do I go back to 1.8.5 for a while?

1.8.5 and 1.8.4 are still on dist.pixinsight.com - just log in there with the same credentials you used to generate the new license key and download the installer.

rob
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: akulapanam on 2018 December 17 23:18:41
Glad to see progress for Pixinsight.  Out of curiosity at CEDIC a couple years ago you announced a replacement for DBE but it seems that it has never been released?  What is the status of that project?
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: canyonlight on 2018 December 18 00:12:11
Thank you very much to Juan and testers for 1.8.6. After some patience I have downloaded, installed, and activated on laptop and desktop Macs. Running fine in Mojave Dark Mode.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 18 01:39:10
Glad to see progress for Pixinsight.  Out of curiosity at CEDIC a couple years ago you announced a replacement for DBE but it seems that it has never been released?  What is the status of that project?

I have already started working on the new DynamicBackground tool (DB), which will replace the current DBE with important improvements and new features. However, before DB I want to release a new astrometry-based mosaic construction tool, which will be an important landmark. The mosaic construction tool is my maximum priority before DB because it adds new functionality that we need urgently, while DB replaces an already existing tool.

If everything goes as I expect, the mosaic construction tool (final name still undecided) should be ready in January/February. DB should be ready in February/March. There will be other new things besides these tools. As I said before, PixInsight development is now on a rocket.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 18 02:10:28
1.8.6 keeps crashing when I try to do Image integration after using comet align.   How do I go back to 1.8.5 for a while?

Can you please provide a data set where I can reproduce this problem, as well as a description of the steps necessary to reproduce it? Only if I can reproduce and understand the problem I'll be able to fix it.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: MTKlarowicz on 2018 December 18 03:02:43
 Hi everyone!


At the beginning, I apologize to all of You for my simple and imperfect English.

I'm Mariusz (or Mario - if You like :) ) and I'm new here. From a few months I'm happy (more or less ;) ) user of PixInsight.

I've been waiting impatiently for the PixInsight update because now I mainly use the Nikon Z6 for astrophotography. I was hoping that support for this camera will appear in the 1.8.6 release ... but unfortunately not.


And here is my question, when will this support be implemented?


     Greetings
     Mariusz
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: dpastern on 2018 December 18 04:42:27
Hi Everyone,

Firstly - a big thank you to Juan for the updates!

Now - I am confused.  I just launched PixInsight (Mac version) and went to resources ==> updates ==> check for updates and it comes back with no updates available. 

I checked my version and I'm running 1.08.05.1352 Ripley.  I last updated it perhaps Six weeks ago without issue and it was fully up to date, at least according to the update scripts.  I am an infrequent user of the application btw.

So, why hasn't the software updated to I presume v1.8.5? (I'm not sure if that was the last update option or not, so correct me if I am wrong)?

Why are there no updates available when I run the update scripts now?

Do I have to manually remove my current install of PixInsight and download the 1.8.5 version and then run updates to get the 1.8.6 update? 

I presume the new licence key version will not work with the older version of PixInsight on my system, so I must first upgrade to v1.8.6 before applying the new licence. 

Does the new licence request get trigged whilst upgrading or post upgrade to 1.8.6?

One final question - my Mac is an older MacBook Pro mid 2010 (13" unit) - I am unable to upgrade to MacOS due to firmware blocking by Apple Computers (nice One Apple, NOT).  I am unwilling to hack my firmware UEFI rom to address this issue (it's complex, and can make my computer more prone to security related issues, and/or make it more unstable).  Will future upgrades to PixInsight drop support for the older pre MacOS versions of OS X (for example, my current El Capitan install, which is as up to date as I can possibly go because of Apple's seedy behaviour)?  If they will, then my current Mac is pretty much potentially bricked from future PixInsight updates :(  (new features and security issue fixes etc).  This is potentially alarming for me.

Cheers,

Dave

edit: One more question - does the old pixinsight-license file get removed automatically once you upgrade to 1.8.6, if not, I presume you should remove it manually then, for security reasons?
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: remi@astrorl.ca on 2018 December 18 05:06:14
I run PI on two computers, one for the observatory and one for my desktop. Yesterday I was able to upgrade to 1.8.6 and get the new licence code for the observatory and it works fine.
However to install it on my desktop I need to remove 1.8.5 before I can install 1.8.6 . The problem is it is not listed in the list of Programs and features so that I can uninstall it. The program 1.8.5 works fine but given that it is not listed how do I remove it?
I am running windows 10
Help will be appreciated.
Remi
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: dpastern on 2018 December 18 05:11:52
I run PI on two computers, one for the observatory and one for my desktop. Yesterday I was able to upgrade to 1.8.6 and get the new licence code for the observatory and it works fine.
However to install it on my desktop I need to remove 1.8.5 before I can install 1.8.6 . The problem is it is not listed in the list of Programs and features so that I can uninstall it. The program 1.8.5 works fine but given that it is not listed how do I remove it?
I am running windows 10
Help will be appreciated.
Remi

I haven't used Windows 10, but perhaps try setting the control panel to "list" (rather than its default category) and see if add/remove programs then gives an option to remove it.  Have you checked if there is an uninstall option under program files ==> PixInsight too (or however the current Windows operating system calls it)? 

I stopped using Microsoft Windows after Vista (hated the changes made in Windows 7 onwards to be bluntly honest).  I much prefer OS X or GNU/Linux. 


Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: gerra1 on 2018 December 18 05:35:58
Hi thanks a lot for this new version! No surprise that Pixinsight is always more popular :-)

I have question about OSX: you say 10.10 is not supported anymore..is there any specific reason? From 10.10 to 10.11 many things changed, and not everyone can update..so I'm on 10.10, and I was wondering what I can do to try the new version.

Can I keep both? Is it not working at all or simply you're not supporting it in case of problems?

Thanks!
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: copello on 2018 December 18 05:45:14
Hi everyone!


At the beginning, I apologize to all of You for my simple and imperfect English.

I'm Mariusz (or Mario - if You like :) ) and I'm new here. From a few months I'm happy (more or less ;) ) user of PixInsight.

I've been waiting impatiently for the PixInsight update because now I mainly use the Nikon Z6 for astrophotography. I was hoping that support for this camera will appear in the 1.8.6 release ... but unfortunately not.


And here is my question, when will this support be implemented?


     Greetings
     Mariusz

Hello Mariusz,

Juan merged recently the latest stable LibRaw library in the PCL code.

Code: [Select]
commit 7358ec9043a23cd6d61f21aa5aab31cb591b9b74
Author: jconejero <juan.conejero@pixinsight.com>
Date:   Sat Dec 1 21:13:30 2018 +0100                                                                                                       

    Integration of LibRaw 0.19.1-Release.

The LibRaw library handles all the DSLR RAW bayer/debayer functionality. The LibRaw library supports
since commits

Code: [Select]
commit e8fa8dfb2791e2ba5942d3b33aaef01a1547c6be
Author: Iliah Borg <iliah.i.borg@gmail.com>
Date:   Thu Nov 8 16:38:55 2018 -0500

    Nikon Z 6: CM replaced for the one borrowed from Adobe DNG Converter Beta 11.1

commit 537d837526be36a7d197e03dd460b3140294f7db
Author: Iliah Borg <iliah.i.borg@gmail.com>
Date:   Wed Nov 7 15:39:15 2018 -0500

    Nikon Z 6: support for uncompressed 14-bit FX

and also

Code: [Select]
>git show d164724576244d61a3b17aa64f95991a4e3603a0

commit d164724576244d61a3b17aa64f95991a4e3603a0
Author: Alex Tutubalin <lexa@lexa.ru>
Date:   Tue Dec 4 08:16:41 2018 +0300

    Z6 to camera list

diff --git a/src/libraw_cxx.cpp b/src/libraw_cxx.cpp
index 868a58e..5986313 100644
--- a/src/libraw_cxx.cpp
+++ b/src/libraw_cxx.cpp
@@ -5889,6 +5889,7 @@ static const char *static_camera_list[] = {
        "Nikon D7200",
        "Nikon D7500",
        "Nikon Df",
+       "Nikon Z6",
        "Nikon Z7",
        "Nikon 1 AW1",
        "Nikon 1 J1",
However, these commits are NOT tag as a stable release, that is why the latest PI does not contain them.

However, since PCL is open source and if you want take the risk, you can copy the related source file from LibRaw to the proper PCL directory and
rebuild the LibRaw and RAW module used in PixInsight yourself. That is:

~/dev/LibRaw>grep -r "Nikon Z6\|Nikon Z 6" .
./internal/dcraw_common.cpp:    { "Nikon Z 6", 0, 0,
./dcraw/dcraw.c:    { "Nikon Z 6", 0, 0,
./src/libraw_cxx.cpp:   "Nikon Z6",

However ./dcraw/dcraw.c is not required. There are however, additional files *.cpp/*.h which needs to be copied.
Now you need to recompile libraw library and you should get: liblibraw-pxi.a, in addition one needs RAW-pxm.so to be finally
compiled. As a final output, you should get:

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pixinsight/pcl/bin>strings RAW-pxm.so| grep "Nikon Z6"
Nikon Z6

So in other words, the RAW-pxm.so has now Nikon Z6 support.

Now make sure, you backup the original RAW module:
Code: [Select]
/opt/PixInsight/bin>sudo mv RAW-pxm.so RAW-pxm.so.origand copy the new build one into /opt/PixInsight/bin

However, keep in mind that this is just an approach how to enjoy Open Source and to solve problems :-). It is better to wait until the LibRaw authors marks/tags
the next stable release and Juan merges this stable release in PCL.

If you want I can email you the RAW-pxm.so file (for Linux only).

Cheers
 Copello
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 18 06:31:12
Now - I am confused.  I just launched PixInsight (Mac version) and went to resources ==> updates ==> check for updates and it comes back with no updates available.

Major updates of the PixInsight core application (e.g. from 1.8.5 to 1.8.6) are never available as automatic updates. You have to uninstall the old version and install the new one manually. There are technical reasons for this beyond the scope of these forum posts.

Quote
I presume the new licence key version will not work with the older version of PixInsight on my system, so I must first upgrade to v1.8.6 before applying the new licence.

That's correct. Please read the announcement post, the first post in this thread, for complete information on the new version and the new licensing system.

Quote
Will future upgrades to PixInsight drop support for the older pre MacOS versions of OS X

Yes. That will happen, it is unavoidable. The current version 1.8.6 supports Mac OS X 10.11, macOS 10.12, 10.13 and 10.14. Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) is no longer supported.

Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) is still supported, but the next release in the 1.8.6 series will probably drop support for it, and then macOS 10.12 will be the oldest version we'll support.

Please note that I am not happy when this happens. I am also a victim of Apple's policy regarding support for previous operating system versions. With each new SDK version released by Apple, something becomes unsupported in older versions of the operating system. I always have to use one of the latest SDKs when I build a new version of PixInsight, or otherwise I'd be generating incompatibilities, security issues and lack of support for the latest versions. On the other hand, PixInsight depends on 3rd party libraries, which have their own requirements.

Quote
does the old pixinsight-license file get removed automatically once you upgrade to 1.8.6, if not, I presume you should remove it manually then, for security reasons?

No, it is not removed automatically. And yes, removing it is a good idea for security reasons, once you feel comfortable with 1.8.6.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 18 06:46:08
I have question about OSX: you say 10.10 is not supported anymore..is there any specific reason?

The macOS version of PixInsight 1.8.6 uses Qt 5.11.3, which supports macOS 10.11, 10.12, and 10.13 (10.14 is not supported officially, but it works fine). Unfortunately, OS X 10.10 is incompatible with this Qt version.

The next release in the 1.8.6 series for macOS will hopefully use Qt 5.12 (as the Linux and Windows versions already do), which is incompatible with OS X 10.11. Sorry for this bad news, but there's nothing I can do to avoid this.

Quote
Can I keep both? Is it not working at all or simply you're not supporting it in case of problems?

As a result of Apple's Gatekeeper Folder Randomization, the core application has necessarily to load all modules, scripts and support files from the /Applications/PixInsight/ folder. This means that you can't have PixInsight versions 1.8.5 and 1.8.6 installed on the same machine.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 18 07:07:13
I've been waiting impatiently for the PixInsight update because now I mainly use the Nikon Z6 for astrophotography. I was hoping that support for this camera will appear in the 1.8.6 release ... but unfortunately not.

The authors of LibRAW have released a new snapshot (https://www.libraw.org/news/libraw-snapshot-201812) a few days ago that supports the Nikon Z6. This snapshot was available a couple of days before the PixInsight 1.8.6 release, and I was considering the possibility to include it. Since the RAW module is a critical component, I decided to keep the latest 0.19.1 stable release of LibRAW to stay on the safe side. I can release a development version of the RAW module built with the snapshot through the update-devel repository; I'll keep you informed about this.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: lenbo on 2018 December 18 07:12:16
Attempted to update to 1.8.6. Had problem with my password for downloading. No idea why. Never had much problem before. In any event eventually got password reset and downloaded OK. Then installed 1.8.6 without problem after uninstalling current version. I then requested activation codes. No communication at all. Checked spam. Received password reset and other communications quickly before this but nothing for activation. Been messing with it for a long while now. Can I just revert without problems? Hanging it up for now. Out of time. Will check back later tonight or tomorrow. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks.

OK. I'll see if I can just revert since I can't even use PI at all now. Sorry I bothered you folks. Take care.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2018 December 18 07:32:19
Hi Len,

It seems that your email provider is blocking some of our notification messages. The best solution to these problems is using a different email address, on a different provider, to manage your license. Free Gmail and Yahoo accounts work without problems with our licensing system. If you have one of these email accounts, we'll be glad to associate it with your license on our server.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: dpastern on 2018 December 18 07:52:50
Thanks Juan!

I uninstalled PixInsight 1.8.5 (silly me realised after my earlier post that 1.08.05 is 1.8.5 lol!) as per the FAQs (install section). 

Went to the software depository, logged in, grabbed the 1.8.6 pkg install files and voila! 

Post install, entered my identifier/password and got the licence Email immediately.  Opened that up, clicked on the link and new activation code all good! 

Have grabbed the latest update for 1.8.6 too.

Many thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.

I guess I'm going to be stuck with this version of PixInsight on the Mac then...I know it's NOT your fault, but it's still frustrating as a customer (not frustrated with PixInsight, I'm frustrated with Apple Computers).  Their new MacBook Pros have various hardware issues that Apple continues to ignore (see Louis Rossman's excellent YouTube channel for many sordid details!), I despise the new AHT (Apple Hardware Tax) aka hard soldered hard drive, RAM etc.  Apple will NEVER get a cent out of me in my lifetime.  Note: curiously, Apple did not firmware block the MacBook (not pro) 2010 model...their logic is illogical (I'm half Vulcan)! 

Apple diatribe aside, I will stick with this 1.8.6 release - I see no reason why it should be inferior to 1.8.5.  Many of the newer features I will not use, but the core application does not appear to have really changed UI wise.  I have removed the old licence file via the terminal (UNIX guy here), hopefully I will not need to revert to 1.8.5!

If I need to have a later/newer version of PixInsight in the future, I will run it from my Windows PC and/or laptop as required. 

Many thanks again!

Now - I am confused.  I just launched PixInsight (Mac version) and went to resources ==> updates ==> check for updates and it comes back with no updates available.

Major updates of the PixInsight core application (e.g. from 1.8.5 to 1.8.6) are never available as automatic updates. You have to uninstall the old version and install the new one manually. There are technical reasons for this beyond the scope of these forum posts.

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I presume the new licence key version will not work with the older version of PixInsight on my system, so I must first upgrade to v1.8.6 before applying the new licence.

That's correct. Please read the announcement post, the first post in this thread, for complete information on the new version and the new licensing system.

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Will future upgrades to PixInsight drop support for the older pre MacOS versions of OS X

Yes. That will happen, it is unavoidable. The current version 1.8.6 supports Mac OS X 10.11, macOS 10.12, 10.13 and 10.14. Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) is no longer supported.

Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) is still supported, but the next release in the 1.8.6 series will probably drop support for it, and then macOS 10.12 will be the oldest version we'll support.

Please note that I am not happy when this happens. I am also a victim of Apple's policy regarding support for previous operating system versions. With each new SDK version released by Apple, something becomes unsupported in older versions of the operating system. I always have to use one of the latest SDKs when I build a new version of PixInsight, or otherwise I'd be generating incompatibilities, security issues and lack of support for the latest versions. On the other hand, PixInsight depends on 3rd party libraries, which have their own requirements.

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does the old pixinsight-license file get removed automatically once you upgrade to 1.8.6, if not, I presume you should remove it manually then, for security reasons?

No, it is not removed automatically. And yes, removing it is a good idea for security reasons, once you feel comfortable with 1.8.6.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: lenbo on 2018 December 19 06:11:46
Hi Len,

It seems that your email provider is blocking some of our notification messages. The best solution to these problems is using a different email address, on a different provider, to manage your license. Free Gmail and Yahoo accounts work without problems with our licensing system. If you have one of these email accounts, we'll be glad to associate it with your license on our server.


Thanks for response. Not sure what happened. Went back and attempted to activate again and it worked and it looks good. I had to have done something wrong but can't figure out what I did. I've only worked with computers since 1968 including programming, project development and management, technical support for 3000 workstations, a couple dozen remote midsize mainframes, a couple large water cooled machines, telecommunications, network development, second level problem support for a large customer base, etc.. You might think I would be past this kind of thing but sometimes I assume I know what I'm doing and suffer the consequences. Anyway thanks for the follow up. Take care.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Dave Bloomsness on 2018 December 21 10:58:08
I just updated to the new core and when I start it up I get a notification that a new core is available, ver 1.8.6.1448. My installed version is 1.8.6.1447. Do I need to do it all over again?
Thanks,
Dave
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Dave Bloomsness on 2018 December 21 11:00:04
Never mind. I just saw the thread on this.
Thanks,
Dave
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: arthuss on 2018 December 23 08:20:56
Hello. Sorry for my bad english. I Use google translate.

When the nikon Z6 will be supported ?
how can i use my raw in the meantime?

Thanks

Jean-marc
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: kmorefield on 2018 December 28 15:33:06
AVG anti virus is Quarantining my download of the 64 bit Windows version saying it is infected with Win32:Malware-gen.

Does that make any sense to you guys?
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: msmythers on 2018 December 28 15:36:47
See this posting.

https://pixinsight.com/forum/index.php?topic=13064.msg79466#msg79466 (https://pixinsight.com/forum/index.php?topic=13064.msg79466#msg79466)



Mike
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: pantarei on 2018 December 30 09:42:19
Hello, installing the new release (on iMac) all third parts scripts I added manually  and saved projects were deleted. Is there a way to keep them when a major upgrade has  done?

Best regards
Max
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: pwilliamson2 on 2019 January 01 08:31:53
I have loaded the new version, all previous version ran without a hitch, this version gives me errors all over the place.

Typical error on attachment

Pete
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2019 January 02 02:42:04
Hi Pete,

This problem cannot be reproduced under normal working and testing conditions, on any supported platform. Please provide a data set and a list of steps to reproduce these issues consistently.

You don't provide any information on your machine. However, the most probable cause for this problem is a defective graphics driver. See also this forum post (https://pixinsight.com/forum/index.php?topic=13089.0) for additional information.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: jhernandezcabrera on 2019 January 02 14:21:58
Me dice faltan 3 horas para la descarga, es así?
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: jhernandezcabrera on 2019 January 02 15:19:36
Al final se descargó. ¿Antes de instalar la nueva versión, hay que desinstalar la anterior?
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: jubeis on 2019 January 04 04:21:57
Hola Juan,

I have installed the new version on my Win 10 desktop without any problems. My question is related to my other computer, a laptop with Win 7. Will I have to request an activation code for this computer separately? I don't want to mess my system with something which might not work. If I am right, I suppose that I will have to download the file from the download area again and send a password request, as I did for my main computer.

Juergen
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: JayS_CT on 2019 January 04 12:53:11
Hello all,

I've held off updating to 1.8.6 for a bit to let the dust settle.  I'm not seeing the dialog boxes that are shown on the very first page anywhere.  When I go to the distribution page I see the reactivation option there.  I did try it and got the email, but I think I'll make another request (after the hour expires) to make sure I'm totally ready (thought I'd have an option to cancel - didn't realize the next step would execute sending the link)

Just double checking.. to uninstall on OSX, I presume it's the standard drag and drop to the trash?  Can I leave the old activation code in it's current location if I want to go back to 1.8.5 or do I need to remove it also?  If I'm understanding correctly, the new code needs to go into a new location anyway (on all machines where PI is running).

Thanks for the continued development efforts.. there is nothing better than PI!!

Jay S.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2019 January 04 13:33:56
Hi Juergen,

I have installed the new version on my Win 10 desktop without any problems. My question is related to my other computer, a laptop with Win 7. Will I have to request an activation code for this computer separately? I don't want to mess my system with something which might not work. If I am right, I suppose that I will have to download the file from the download area again and send a password request, as I did for my main computer.

Yes, requesting new activation codes is the easiest and fastest way to reactivate your license on a new machine. See FAQ 2.7 for complete information about using PixInsight on several machines:

https://pixinsight.com/faq/

As for your password, you don't have to request a new one, unless you have forgotten the current one, or except if you don't like it for any reason.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2019 January 04 13:42:33
Hi Jay,

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Just double checking.. to uninstall on OSX, I presume it's the standard drag and drop to the trash?  Can I leave the old activation code in it's current location if I want to go back to 1.8.5 or do I need to remove it also?  If I'm understanding correctly, the new code needs to go into a new location anyway (on all machines where PI is running).

Yes, just throw the /Applications/PixInsight folder to trash (you'll need an administrative authorization); that's all you need to uninstall the application on macOS. Isn't this simple and nice, compared to the nightmare required in another operating system?

Yes, you can leave the old pixinsight-license file where it is for now. The new version uses a completely different license file and there cannot be any conflicts; the new licensing system has been designed with this as a precondition.

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Thanks for the continued development efforts.. there is nothing better than PI!!

Thank you so much! That's a fantastic slogan!  8) ;)
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: papaf on 2019 January 09 23:51:11
Hi Juan,
unfortunately I can't activate my copy as I have no longer access to my old email which was associated with the license. It doesn't exist anymore so I can't change it since it needs both mails to be done. How can I change my email address if I don't have access to my old one?

Thanks!

EDIT: I've read the download page more carefully and I've now sent an email for the problem. Please disregard this.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: JayS_CT on 2019 February 06 11:31:09
Hi Jay,

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Just double checking.. to uninstall on OSX, I presume it's the standard drag and drop to the trash?  Can I leave the old activation code in it's current location if I want to go back to 1.8.5 or do I need to remove it also?  If I'm understanding correctly, the new code needs to go into a new location anyway (on all machines where PI is running).

Yes, just throw the /Applications/PixInsight folder to trash (you'll need an administrative authorization); that's all you need to uninstall the application on macOS. Isn't this simple and nice, compared to the nightmare required in another operating system?

Yes, you can leave the old pixinsight-license file where it is for now. The new version uses a completely different license file and there cannot be any conflicts; the new licensing system has been designed with this as a precondition.

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Thanks for the continued development efforts.. there is nothing better than PI!!

Thank you so much! That's a fantastic slogan!  8) ;)

Juan,

Sorry for the delay in replying to your helpful message.  First, you're welcome for the slogan.. There is nothing better than Pi.  :-)

Second.. I guess the only thing in this installation process that wasn't clear was that I didn't realize I had to do a "reactivation" for each system where I had PI running.. Under the old method, it was put the license file supplied into the correct folder. It appears the new install places it there but needs the reactivation codes on each machine to acknowledge and start PI..

Thanks again!!!

Jay S.
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: Juan Conejero on 2019 February 07 03:30:27
Hi Jay,

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Second.. I guess the only thing in this installation process that wasn't clear was that I didn't realize I had to do a "reactivation" for each system where I had PI running.. Under the old method, it was put the license file supplied into the correct folder. It appears the new install places it there but needs the reactivation codes on each machine to acknowledge and start PI..

You can do exactly the same with 1.8.6. See FAQ 2.7 (https://pixinsight.com/faq/#faq0207) for a detailed description.

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There is nothing better than Pi.  :-)

Well, good wine and bourbon are pretty close, among other good things of life 8)
Title: Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
Post by: chboing on 2019 February 11 06:50:03
Hello,
Got an error when requesting activation codes ... (see attached pic)
I guess this is not something i should see ?
If i may add, this process of uninstalling the whole stuff to reinstall the new version is not cool.

 ^-^

so i guess now i'm stuck with no Pixinsight on my computer ?


Edit : worked this morning. Cheers