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PixInsight 1.8.4.1195 Released
« on: 2015 December 19 00:12:39 »
Hi all,

We are glad to announce the release of a new version of PixInsight: 1.8.4.1195 for Linux, OS X, and Windows. Installation packages are now available to all users on our software distribution system. A FreeBSD version should also be available during the next weeks.

Version 1.8.4.1195 is a maintenance release fixing bugs and providing performance improvements on all platforms. We encourage all our users to update their installations as soon as possible.


How to Install the Release

This version is not available through the update system integrated with the PixInsight Core application. You have to download the appropriate installation package(s) for your platform(s) from our software distribution system:

   https://pixinsight.com/dist/

Once downloaded, you can install the new version as follows:

FreeBSD and Linux: Uncompress the .tar.gz archive on a directory under your home directory, then run the installer program as root from a terminal. Answer "yes" to the confirmation question and you're done. The old version (if any) will be removed, and version 1.8.4.1195 will be installed on the /opt system directory by default, as usual. Graphical shortcuts will be created automatically on most X11 desktop environments, including GNOME, KDE, Xfce and LXDE.

Windows: Uninstall the current version if you have it installed (this is absolutely necessary!), then run the new installation package, and follow the instructions. Once installed, you'll have a new entry on your Start > All Programs menu (or equivalent item on Windows 8), namely PixInsight Platform, where you'll find an option to launch the PixInsight Core application.

OS X: Copy the .zip archive to your /Applications folder, remove the previous PixInsight folder if you had a previous version installed, and uncompress the new .zip archive. A new PixInsight folder will be created, where you'll find a PixInsight.app application bundle. We suggest adding it to the dock for easier access.

See also FAQ Section 3 for important information about installations and updates:

http://pixinsight.com/faq/index.html#3_Installation



Main Bug Fixes

- AutoHide windows could get freezed in version 1.8.4.1193 by right-clicking the mouse on the workspace very quickly during sliding animations. This has been fixed in version 1.8.4.1195.

- The Blink tool triggered an invalid paint event upon loading a set of files. This bug has been fixed.

- Mouse wheel events were incorrectly translated to zoom in/out events by tools with drawing panels such as HistogramTransformation, CurvesTransformation, ColorSaturation, and Blink. This was barely noticeable using devices with mechanical wheels, but was a serious problem with touch devices such as Apple's Magic Mouse. This problem is now resolved.

- User input events, such as mouse or keyboard events, were being allowed during swap file I/O operations, with a risk of potential conflicts. User input events are now either blocked completely or conveniently filtered during these critical operations.

- Images loaded from files providing image identifiers (XISF and FITS formats) were being assigned incorrect view identifiers. This was causing some weird problems, such as unselectable images from the View Selector and the Real-Time Preview window. This no longer happens.

- Transparency renditions generated on Retina high-dpi modes were incorrect. Transparencies (alpha channels) are now correctly represented at all resolutions and display densities.

- The XISF format support module was not applying some output hints. This is now fixed.

- Fixed a long standing focus stealing problem on Windows and OS X. Since version 1.8.4.1195, the PixInsight Core application no longer activates itself or steals the keyboard focus when a process finishes execution.



New Features

- Much faster image renditions in Retina high-dpi modes. For example, panning and zooming large 32-bit floating point images is now about 5-10 times faster on an iMac 5K machine.

- Faster and more accurate transparency renditions (alpha channels).

- The XISF format support module can now store preview rectangles in image files. Only preview coordinates and identifiers are stored, not preview states or processing histories. Stored previews are automatically recreated when the image is loaded.

- New license command-line command. This command writes user license information as plain text on the console.

- License files (pixinsight-license files) can now be moved to the following alternate directories:

      FreeBSD and Linux:
         $HOME/.PixInsight

      OS X:
         $HOME/Library/PixInsight

      Windows:
         %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Pleiades

The license file is still generated on the user's home directory by default, but now you can move it to the alternate directory if you prefer a more discreet location.

- The printing subsystem is now enabled by default on all platforms. Previously it was disabled by default on OS X and Windows. The three printing menu commands are FILE > Printer Setup, FILE > Printer Color Management, and FILE > Print. The printing subsystem can be disabled with the --without-printer command-line argument to the PixInsight Core application. Printing is still experimental in PixInsight, although it works quite well in most cases. This functionality will be significantly improved in future versions.



I hope you enjoy this new release. Thank you all for your continued support.
Juan Conejero
PixInsight Development Team
http://pixinsight.com/

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Re: PixInsight 1.8.4.1195 Released
« Reply #1 on: 2015 December 23 07:16:45 »
Can you tell me why the PixInsight window is still too large on my MacBook Pro Retina with display preferences set on high ("More Space")?

Running OS X 10.10.5

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Re: PixInsight 1.8.4.1195 Released
« Reply #2 on: 2015 December 26 11:51:42 »
Hi

I do like the nag screen that reminds you that you are not using the latest version--Excellent  :D


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Re: PixInsight 1.8.4.1195 Released
« Reply #3 on: 2016 January 04 11:37:24 »
When will the FreeBSD version be released?

I don't see any URL for it in my download area; the last version is over a year old... (1.08.03.1123)

Edit: Just saw the bit about it being released in a few weeks. I guess I'll just wait, then. Is there a reason for the delay? ISTR Juan being a BSD user like me, and it being the primary development platform! Is it related to the QT5 issues?
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Re: PixInsight 1.8.4.1195 Released
« Reply #4 on: 2016 January 07 11:35:55 »
Hi Connor,

Yes, the only problem on FreeBSD is now Qt 5. Version 1.8.4 uses the latest Qt 5.5.1 on Linux, OS X (with *a lot* of hacking, patches and rewrites), and Windows. It simply does not compile on FreeBSD. After days of work modifying Qt code, I have managed to build the core Qt libraries on PC-BSD 10.2. However, PixInsight depends on QtWebKit and some components of WebChannel, which are huge and extremely complex libraries. There is no way to build them, at least none that I am aware of, without investing a large amount of time and resources, which I don't have. Bear in mind that I am completely alone working on the PixInsight Core application.

Now I am trying to build PixInsight 1.8.4 with Qt 5.4.1, which is available as a port. There are problems because the code base assumes a newer version, but hopefully it will work. I am sorry for the long delay in releasing a new FreeBSD version, but I do what I can. Obviously the people behind Qt has zero interest in FreeBSD, which is a shame.
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Re: PixInsight 1.8.4.1195 Released
« Reply #5 on: 2016 January 08 10:06:31 »
Hi Juan,

Yeah, this Qt 5 problem seems to be hitting a lot of other ports, also. I've been talking to a lot of maintainers on various projects on IRC (lots of resources and people to talk to there), who have had more or less success get their stuff to build with Qt 5 on FreeBSD, though I'm not sure about the QtWebKit stuff. I'd be happy to take a look at any problems if I can lighten the load, or, if you like, I can ask around to see how people are dealing with building against QtWebKit on IRC; I believe there's a ports build infrastructure patch incoming to fix a few issues with regard to Qt5, also.

Don't worry about the delay -- I completely understand your frustration! Let me know if I can be of any assistance.
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Re: PixInsight 1.8.4.1195 Released
« Reply #6 on: 2016 February 09 20:30:48 »
Can you tell me why the PixInsight window is still too large on my MacBook Pro Retina with display preferences set on high ("More Space")?

Running OS X 10.10.5

canyonlight, it sounds like you're having the same problem I was having with this version of PI on my MBP running OS X 10.11.3. Check out this post, I think Juan found a solution:

http://pixinsight.com/forum/index.php?topic=9602.0

I'm also just curious to see if this works for anyone else besides me. 

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Re: PixInsight 1.8.4.1195 Released
« Reply #7 on: 2016 September 13 17:28:27 »
Hi,

I have an issue installing this version on macOS Sierra 10.12 Beta

After downloading and checking the SHA-1 checksum, I unzipped the file using the standard Apple tool using Finder. Then dragged/dropped it into the Applications folder. When I try to execute the PixInsight.app within the PixInsight folder, the following error message appears.

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"The PixInsight Core application has been launched from a directory that does not meet the requirements of a valid PixInsight distribution. Either the main PixInsight executable has been moved, or the distribution has been damaged for some reason.
PixInsight cannot be executed. Please reinstall the application."

It is possible to start the application from the terminal like...

Code: [Select]
/Applications/PixInsight/PixInsight.app/Contents/MacOS/PixInsight
... but with this workaround no FITS files can be opened from the Finder starting PI etc.

I also already tried the --reset-all --default-modules options, but without benefit.

Any ideas?

Best regards,
Gerad

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Re: PixInsight 1.8.4.1195 Released
« Reply #8 on: 2017 May 25 19:06:47 »
Am not able to install this, get a series of messages as per the attached screen capture

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Re: PixInsight 1.8.4.1195 Released
« Reply #9 on: 2017 May 25 19:56:25 »
any antivirus programs running?

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Re: PixInsight 1.8.4.1195 Released
« Reply #10 on: 2017 May 25 20:21:23 »
Problem solved now, needed a restart after uninstalling old version of PI
Many thanks for your answer