Stellarium 0.16.0

2017-06-21 10:58:12 +0200 by alex-w

Stellarium 0.16.0 is a stable version (based on Qt5.6 but it can still be built from sources with Qt5.4) that introduces some new features and closes 38 bug and wishlist reports.

New features include

  • RemoteSync plugin, which allows running several connected instances of Stellarium.
  • Non-spherical models for solar system objects like asteroids and small moons.
  • Solar system config file is now split into two parts.
  • AstroCalc feature extension: What’s Up Tonight, graphs, …
  • DSO: Addition of catalogs of peculiar galaxies
  • New Skycultures: Belarusian, Hawaiian Star Lines
  • Telescope plugin: support for the RTS2 telescope system.
  • Location can now be read from a GPS device.

A huge thanks to the people who helped us a lot by reporting bugs!

Full list of changes:

  • Added support of irregular solar system objects (3D models of minor bodies) (LP: #1153171)
  • Added Remote Sync plugin
  • Added GPS devices support (LP: #1448673)
  • Added splitting ssystem.ini data - now have separate ssystem_major.ini and ssystem_minor.ini. Only the latter shall be editable for the users.
  • Added a few more timezone replacements.
  • Added support an asterisms for the sky cultures
  • Added better identification for existing serial ports for GPS
  • Added context support for constellations and asterisms names
  • Added support RTS2 for Telescope Control Plugin
  • Added a new option in config.ini file esp. for the planetariums (astro/flag_forced_meteor_activity=(false true) - to show a sporadic meteors activity without atmosphere).
  • Added support of date and time formatting settings from main app to AstroCalc tool.
  • Added a line for the approximate time of the meridian passing in AstroCalc tool (LP: #1652523)
  • Added TLE tracking to RTS2 telescopes
  • Added different star scales in the Oculars plugin, even separately for ocular and CCD views (LP: #1656940)
  • Added information on magnification of the combination of eyepiece/lens/telescope in proportions of the telescope diameters.
  • Added configurable options to AstroCalc tool
  • Added support Catalan (Valencian) language
  • Added support Kabyle language
  • Added ‘What’s Up Tonight’ tool - AstroCalc subsystem (LP: #1080408)
  • Added Dark Doodad Nebula to DSO catalog
  • Added more data for analysis to the Exoplanets plugin.
  • Added calculation of list of visible object for current location (AstroCalc)
  • Added tool to remove custom markers by coordinates
  • Added support double and variable stars for AstroCalc tool
  • Added support translation novae names (parse nova name to extract constellation name and year of flash)
  • Added lists of bright double and bright variable stars to Search Tool
  • Added customized buttons for toggle ICRS/Galactic/Ecliptic grids (LP: #730689)
  • Added customized buttons for toggle constellation boundaries (LP: #1249239)
  • Added import/export bookmarks (LP: #1675078)
  • Added confirmation before deleting landscape (LP: #1635137)
  • Added guessing for name of location and use it when spaceship is landing (LP: #1220561)
  • Added an ‘Additional settings’ block for selected object info
  • Added showing a proper motions for some stars
  • Added an optional indication of mount mode (LP: #1172860)
  • Added option to toggle the usage the buttons background on bottom bar (LP: #1589702)
  • Added config option for planet apparent magnitude configuration
  • Added description to the planets magnitude algorithm
  • Added contrast index for DSO
  • Added AstroCalc/Graphs feature
  • Added new option to configure behaviour of Satellites (Satellites/time_rate_limit = 1.0)
  • Added a scripting function to retrieve property names (helpful for configuring RemoteSync).
  • Added 3 additional catalogs to our DSO catalog (Arp, VV, PK)
  • Added packing of DSO catalog
  • Added the showing the groups of the artificial satellites
  • Added Belarusian sky culture
  • Adding Hawaiian Starlines sky culture
  • Added list of bright stars with high proper motion to the Search Tool/Lists and AstroCalc/Positions features
  • Added lunar magnitude to sky brightness computation (brightness variation during lunar eclipses!) (LP: #1471546)
  • Added property handling for the labels for ArchaeoLines plugin.
  • Added Ukrainian translation for Belarusian skyculture
  • Added Ukrainian translation for Hawaiian Starlines skyculture
  • Added context and improve English phrase (AstroCalc)
  • Added missed zh_HK zh_TW zh_CN descriptions for western sky-culture (LP: #1698473)
  • Added Belarusian description for Belarusian sky culture (LP: #1698535)
  • Added Bengali description for Belarusian sky culture (LP: #1698608)
  • Added ‘simulation speed’ for tooltip of time (LP: #1698510)
  • Added saving an angular separation option for phenomena
  • Fixed crash when tried use of SIMBAD for offline mode (LP: #1674836)
  • Fixed build scripts to update Index once more just before final run.
  • Fixed COSPAR designation parser.
  • Fixed wrong extinction coordinate frame of Zodiacal Light (LP: #1675699)
  • Fixed a missing initialisation (avoids crash at program end)
  • Fixed bug for loading default scenery on non-Englush locale in Scenery3D plugin
  • Fixed typo in name of dark nebula LDN 935 (LP: #1679066)
  • Fixed Scripting Engine: avoiding broken script when calling waitFor() after the point in time to wait.
  • Fixed infoMap data for comets.
  • Fixed issue of reloading of DSO names when filter of catalogs is updated.
  • Fixed small cosmetic bug for SIMBAD status line.
  • Fixed the opposition/conjunction longitude line: the line follows the ecliptic pole on date now (LP: #1687307)
  • Fixed very stupid bug for Date & Time dialog.
  • Fixed translation on-the-fly issue for AstroCalc tool.
  • Fixed IAU constellation label for stars with high proper motion (LP: #1690615)
  • Fixed crash when AstroCalc tool is active and we are on the spaceship
  • Fixed several Coverity issues
  • Fixed bug which disabled the bright flare-type Iridium point source drawing
  • Fixed fullscreen behaviour on switching tasks (Alt+Tab) (LP: #550337)
  • Fixed dynamic eye adaptation behaviour when persistent orbits are enabled
  • Fixed switching horizontal/equatorial coordinates for Solar system objects (AstroCalc/Positions)
  • Fixed crash when observer is flying on spaceship
  • Fixed storing torchlight and coordinate display flag to config (Scenery3D) (LP: #1502245)
  • Fixed placing a custom markers on HighDPI devices (LP: #1688985)
  • Fixed infostring for ecliptical coordinates data (Nutation)
  • Fixed strings consistency for Solar System Editor plug-in (LP: #1698783)
  • Fixed string overlap with FOV and FPS labels (LP: #1698789)
  • Restore searchable for telescope names (LP: #1686857)
  • Updated Scenery3D plugin
  • Updated Satellites plugin: refactoring the source code and speed-up rendering of satellites
  • Updated rule to create a directory for screenshots (LP: #1626686)
  • Updated GUI: refactoring blocks
  • Updated a GUI behaviour: a map in LocationDialog resizable is now.
  • Updated a GUI behaviour: enabled low resolution for High DPI devices.
  • Updated a GUI: added a few GUI text improvements
  • Updated InnoSetup script
  • Updated and revised stars names
  • Updated Historical Supernovae catalog (Added SN 2017cbv)
  • Updated meteor showers catalog (Added data for year 2017)
  • Updated AstroCalc tool: increased an accuracy of ‘Altitude vs. Time’ diagram
  • Updated AstroCalc tool: speed-up calculations for some types of phenomena
  • Updated AstroCalc tool: extension of features for Ephemeris Tool
  • Updated AstroCalc tool: improve WUT
  • Updated filters for DSO objects in AstroCalc/WUT tool
  • Updated sorting rules for AstroCalc/Positions tool
  • Updated filters for Solar system bodies (AstroCalc/Positions)
  • Updated tab rules for Search Tool
  • Updated list of locations
  • Updated scripts and scripting engine
  • Updated list of DSO’s names
  • Updated headers for AstroCalc tools
  • Updated ‘Go to home’ feature.
  • Updated Bookmarks tool.
  • Updated API documentation
  • Updated Exoplanets plugin: improve placing of the exoplanet systems
  • Updated Oculars plugin: the limit for diameter of binoculars aperture upped to 200mm
  • Updated calculation for boundaries of IAU constellations
  • Updated default supernovae catalog
  • Updated Belarusian translation for skycultures
  • Updated cmake variable names
  • Updated Ocean landscape
  • Updated RemoteControl panels with new functionality
  • Updated rules for TLE updated: never update TLE’s for any date before Oct 4, 1957, 19:28:34GMT ;-)
  • Removed script ‘Analemma’
  • Removed useless vertex color data from asteroid models.
  • Removed Polynesian sky culture (replaced by Hawaiian starlines)
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