INDI Library v1.7.6 Released. (27 Feb 2019)
First release of 2019 comes with quite a few new drivers across the board along with significant performance improvements to INDI camera and live streaming performance. Many drivers received significant updates to improve performance & stability, while a few were re-written from scratch to be in line with INDI standards. Here are some of the highlights:
Testing before release
Testing before release was created by pentaxian23
Replied by Lead_weight on topic Testing before release
But I absolutely agree. There are so many novices trying out EKOS for the first time, and almost every point release has had show stopping bugs in some part of the application. Whether it was plate solving, scheduler, focusing, guiding, etc. Something minor creeps in and causes an issue. With all the new people, getting a first opportunity to check out KStars/EKOS for the first time, there is a high probability that they will not get it to work and opt to use a different set of applications instead.
First impressions are huge, and the less technically inclined will easily overlook the benefits of the program if their first impression is that it doesn't work, or is difficult to get going. If there were a systematic approach to releases that involves some quality testing, I think it would improve things. But we have to have people willing to download and test.
Replied by Ron Kramer on topic Testing before release
I OFTEN 50/50 see discrepancies between the mount (and even KStars top buttons) and this HC panel. For example. Clicking PARK
button will often PARK and the HC will say Unparked. Or Visa Versa. Also the same for TRACKING. (IDLE). the graphic HC is often
opposite of what is really set.
This little HC panel (with target search) is often the flag ship window... (new people use) and having it be so blatantly wrong 50% of
the time isn't comforting when trying the software. I've learned to live with it and use it as a "STOP" motion control and tend to ignore
or accept it's errored display.
But considering multiple authors and the vast comprehensive feature list, I tend to look past bugs that can be worked around.
I need functionality (so guiding, and no crashes) are a priority for me. I can live with a buggy hand control window.
Replied by giorgio_ne on topic Testing before release
I think something similar was proposed a couple of years ago but I guess it didn't happen:
Replied by pentaxian23 on topic Testing before release
I love Kstars but the récurrence of bugs is beginning to make me look at other options. It’s so cool when it works but totally sucks when it doesn’t.