> While not the same thing, is the Renderer::StarsAsPoints setting
> deprecated in favour of the StarStyle options? I'm thinking of not
> including it in my Gtk rewrite.
Yes, we should get rid of StarsAsPoints completely.
> I'm on the last stages of the rewrite, btw. I expect 1.4.0 to have
> everything that all the other versions have except the browser interface
> (bookmarks, back, forward), though cel:// URLs are already entirely
> I might do the bookmarks too, if 1.4.0 is more than a week away... any
> news on this, Chris? It would be nice to have a deadline, so that I can
> get some definitive testing in.
Now that Fridger has checked in the FT1.2 binary star and galaxy catalogs,
I think we should aim to have a 1.4.0 release candidate ready by the end
of this weekend. Here are the remaining tasks that I know of:
- Integrate comet rendering changes from FT1.2, along with some sort of
adjustment for stellar luminosities != Sol's
- Check in my point sprite changes (for stars only)--I wasn't going to do
this for 1.4.0, but the new code is working well, and it gives a nice
- Update the ChangeLog, README, and controls.txt
- Add some Windows UI updates--at the very least, separate checkboxes for
nebula and galaxies in the View Options dialogs
- Sort out the galaxy brightness issues--Fridger, in the forum you seemed
to agree that at the default settings the Milky Way appears too bright. I
think we should work out a short term fix for the problem and address the
larger issue of displaying a huge range of brightnesses on a monitor after
1.4.0. In fact, this could be the biggest work item for 1.5.0. I'll share
some of my ideas later today.
> Ideally, I think we would do 1.4.0 this weekend and maybe a 1.4.1
> refresher over the Christmas break. Work tells me I have a mandatory
> week off. :)
Sounds like a good idea to me . . . Let's get 1.4.0pre8 done by this
weekend. If user testing reveals no new bugs, we'll make it the official
1.4.0 build. How does that sound?