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Stellarium Portable 0.9.1 Pre-Release 4 (Testers Needed)

This has been released. Thanks for testing.
https://portableapps.com/news/2008-08-07_-_stellarium_portable_0.9.1

Application: Stellarium
Category: Education
Description: Stellarium is a free, open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

Download Stellarium Portable 0.9.1 Pre-Release 4 [33.1MB download / 40MB installed]
(MD5: 20b39a8e32e3711c8210dfcb635bfcc1)

Release Notes:

Pre-Release 4 (2008-06-13):

  • Adds language support for future Platform
  • Cleaned up everything
  • Should be ready for official release (hopefully Wednesday June 18)

Pre-Release 3 (2008-05-16):

  • Adds full INI functionality
  • Fixes all previous bugs

Pre-Release 2 (2008-05-07):

  • Added limited INI support
  • Added Application Data environment variable
  • Installer should change data directory structure from previous releases from "Data\settings\config.ini" to "Data\settings\Stellarium\config.ini"

Pre-Release 1 (2008-05-03):

  • PAF compliance updated
  • Added John's cool new splash

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Yeah!!!

But you forgot to close the em tag.
Also, I hope there's a light version perhaps, but probably not.
@John: How does the splash work??????
*Edit:* You also might want to do something with that command line, maybe hide it.

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Light version

There won't be, and honestly can't be, a light version of this. I've compressed every last bit out of this, and I don't think there's anything more I can do.

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Oh, I see,

John just replaced it under textures...

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Some Things

Kevin, there's just some small things left for this:

This one is actually pretty big. Instead of working with backing up local settings under Application Data, and working with all that, it looks like Stellarium supports redirecting the APPDATA folder. So you can potentially move a lot of that code, and replace it with a check if Data\settings\Stellarium\config.ini exists, and if not copy if from DefaultData, and then for the launch section, just have:

System::Call 'Kernel32::SetEnvironmentVariableA(t, t) i("APPDATA", "$EXEDIR\Data\settings").r0'

And then the SetOutPath, and then the ExecWait below that.

If you need any help, let me know.

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But you forgot

what about other portable/non-portable apps that use the $APPDATA Var???
Oh, here's something. You got a bunch of headers in the source folder, but absolutely no includes in your launcher.
I feel like making a list:

  • There's a stellarium.ini when there's no ReadINIStr's in the launchers
  • There's still a DevTest Splash under Source.
  • There's an INI Section in the Readme. But no INI reading in the Launcher.
  • There's still a NewAdvSplash::Stop /WAIT in the end when there's still no splash.
  • I think there should be an alert if Stellarium is running.

Also, I don't get how the launcher is so simple. But it is, so I might as well not ponder upon it.

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Beta and pre release?

A development test, and a pre-release? Someone should lock the other old test..... Blum

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Pre-Release 2 works in Vista Ultimate SP1

I've just tried out pre-release 1 on vista ultimate sp1

It works well, and leaves nothing obvious behind.

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What's the status of this?

Gosh, plenty of pre-releases falling back.
Please don't quit, my dad loves looking at the night sky...
*Edit* I'm starting to think maybe there should be a web installer.

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Yeah, yeah

I know, I'm having some issues with the INI support. If you want to see the latest release, I'll put up a link. It has limited INI support, but everything else has been updated.

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PR2

Alright, there are some important updates in this release, and I wanted to get it out to the public. I'm having some coding issues with the INI support. I can get everything to work, except the executable. I can change the directory name to anything I want, but I can't change the executable's name. So, if anyone can help, that would be greatly appreciated.

I probably missed some things here and there, so point them out. My goal was not to create a release candidate here, as I know it's not. I just want to get a release out so that I can get some help.

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PR3

Stellarium Portable Pre-Release 3 is out. This release (should) fix all previous bugs and it adds complete INI functionality. The only thing that could possibly be left on the to-do list is hiding the command prompt window on startup, but I really wanted to get this release out the door. If I'm lucky, I'll have time tomorrow to add that functionality, and I think that we'll be ready for an official release.

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some display issues

with win xp SP2: stellarium always starts with a window in diminished setting, changing it to full window isn´t remembered. Sad

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Pre-Release 3 works in Vista Ultimate SP1

I've just tried pre-release 3 in vista ultimate sp1, and it works well well and leaves nothing obvious behind.

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Nice

Just tested pre-release 3, last stuff.

AppInfo.ini -> We don't have a Miscellanious, and if we're going to add a category, I'm not sure that's the best name.
In the default config.ini I'd set the default width and height a little smaller, because it's to tall for the PC screen I'm on right now.
We'll need to add the language switching into this one as well. And if Stellarium has sparse releases, we might best do it before the official release.
Readme.txt still has info about the DisableSplashScreen which is now not needed.
I think I may have mentioned this, but we can hide that command window on launch as well, so I can help you with that if you'd like.

That's it. Nice work Kevin, keep it up.

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Category

Do you have any suggestions? The reason that I chose "miscellaneous" is because I didn't see Stellarium fitting any of the current categories.

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Miscellaneous is definitely too general. I agree it might not fit in with the current categories? Maybe something like Entertainment?

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No, no, no. Not

No, no, no. Not Entertainment, Edutainment. It's like entertainment that you learn from. I've seen a lot of linux distros use this category.

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So

Edutainment it is?

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Suggestion

How about "science"?

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Nah,

I think it'll go best under maybe education or pointless fun.

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Educational

I'm going to add an Educational category. This'll be the first app for it.

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I think

that the logo should have that flash drive comet if we put it in the splash

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Okay.

I've taken care of that. Should be ready, now.

About the language switching (in the menu): Stellarium saves the language as "en" or "de," not "de-de" or "en-us" for the most part. In some languages (Chinese, for example) Stellarium's settings save it as "zh-CN." I'm puzzled as to how to deal with this.

On a further note, I can't hide the command prompt on launch. When I do add the code, Stellarium won't launch. It'll stay in memory until I kill it, but it never launches.

So, I'm not sure if these are real problems or just things that I'm missing or something I did wrong, but hopefully they won't hinder a release.

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Look At Others

Each app uses a different scheme. Most require manual handling of at least a couple of the things. You'll not that NONE of the apps use de-de for anything. Nor do any of the available PortableApps.com Locale Variables. I believe GIMP uses the closest scheme to Stellarium, so snag your code from that.

Don't worry about the command line window... we'll deal, I spose. Just a shame that some apps leave it up. It looks like the app isn't finished.

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Like STK?

I was thinking it be possible to hide it with WinMessages.nsh...

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PR4

Alright, this should do it. I'm pretty sure this addresses everything mentioned (except hiding the command prompt). We should be ready for a release anytime.

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had some display issues with prerelease 3, but ...

had some display issues with prerelease 3, but number4´s working without any problems Smile

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Taskbar in Stellarium

Have recently downloaded Stellarium 0.91 and installed in usual way. However on running whilst the main screen appears and cursor works there is no taskbar at bottom of screen. Is there a toggle to switch it on or off or have I done something wrong?

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check your display resolution

check your display resolution in the data/settings/stellarium/config.ini
with full screen=false you should see the taskbar at the bottom of the window.Then adjust the display in config and go back to full screen..

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Stellarium works great!

Stellarium works great!
I tried it and works good.
(I have a very low framerate.)

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Good to go?

John, are we good to go? Let me know when you can upload Stellarium. Smile

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