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Old 24-04-2012, 22:12   #1
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OpenCPN Version 2.6 Beta Build 1624

Ahoy, OpenCPN'ers...

OpenCPN Version 2.6 Beta Build 1624 will soon be available for download from opencpn.org.

Monitor the opencpn.org Downloads page to find and download the latest Beta version binaries.....

Source is available now on sourceforge git repo.

Changelog



182. Correct ownship chart rendering with skewed BSB charts.
183. Settable default icon implemented - (FS#762) Thanks Pavel
184. Readability fix & Saving of empty WPT symbol (FS#756)
185. Correct Track Split logic (FS#767)
186. Correct Trackpoint highlight logic
187. Correct Routepoint properties crash concerning wxWidgets 2.9 build.(FS#763)
188. Correct inadvertant language switch on visit of "Languages" tab. (FS#705)
189. Correct Windows installer to require XP SP3 or newer operating system.
190. Correct chart database logic to allow multiple cm93 chart sets, selectable by groups
191. Correct logic to show AIS_SART alert dialog for "active" AIS_SART targets only.
192. Correct user intentional duplicate chart and group logic.
193. Correct AIS target NavStatus logic for SART targets (FS#765)
194. Correct (again) for malformed SHOM chart file headers.
195. Preset some default Mariners Standard S52 Object class visibilities for first time run.
196. Attempt to increase Gamma correction range for dimmer function on Vista/Win7 with OpenGL
May need to run OpenCPN as Administrator
197. Improve OpenGL chart outline rendering.
198. Add logic to notify user if empty Group is selected.
199. Update PlugIn API to 108, implementing PlugIn accessible dynamic tool bitmap update.
200. Implement AIS activity indicator on Toolbar->AIS tool.
201. Add option to customize current arrows size. Thanks Pavel
202. Correct portable (-p) mode to create/use relative data file pathnames in config file.
203. Change RouteManagerDialog->Delete All Waypoints to not delete MOB points. (FS#755)
204. Implement centralized window color management patch. Thanks Pavel.
205. Implement user definable Tide/Currents harmonic files. Thanks Pavel
206. Update PlugIn API 108 to include Hdt/Hdm (ownship heading) information.
207. Implement Waypoint and Route upload capability for Furuno GP3X plotters
208. Implement new ENC symbolization architecture. Thanks, JesperWe
209. Implement AIS capture of IMO Circ 289 Area Notices (DAC 1 FI 22)(FS#382) Thanks Roland

Release Beta 2.6.1624

Notes:
196. This is experimental....probably won't help dimmer range on Vista/Win7 in OpenGL mode, and may be an agravation.
Has anyone experience with other dimmers available on the web for OpenGL mode?

198. After some thought, I decided not to summarily delete empty groups. You can make them, but not switch to them. Which on second thought seems kind of dumb....Comments?

199./206 Developers: PlugIns do not need to be rebuilt to 108 API unless you want/need dynamic toolbar bitmaps. I will need it for Radar Overlay PlugIn....

201. [Settings/Others] CurrentArrowScale=(0..100)

204. There may be some dialog box colour changes here. Comments?

205. Pavel, tell us how "user harmonics files" works, please.

207. Experimental, untested on real hardware. Add a line to config file [Settings]...GPSIdent=FurunoGP3X.
Furuno users please test if possible.

208. A big architectural change in vector chart symbolization. I'll let JesperWe explain it. There is a work project involved, and I hope you like the progress so far.....

209. Incomplete. Area Notices received by AIS are noted cartographically, but we don't yet have a way to query the specifics of the Notice. This is work-in-process.

As you can see, there are big changes in this Beta. I would not be surprised if we experience some regression problems. Please be patient, if so.

Please do not forget to check and update "Your" Flyspray issues.
Lacking feedback, I will be summarily dismissing some older tasks as "Finished" if I cannot reproduce them.

Thanks, and have fun

Dave
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Old 25-04-2012, 00:14   #2
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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.6 Beta Build 1624

Howdy...
The Windows build for 2.6.1624 is now available for download from Download OpenCPN | Official OpenCPN Homepage
Some notes about "my" features included in this release:

183. Settable default icon implemented - (FS#762)
Default icon for newly created waypoints is now customizable in the config file.
In the [Settings/Others] section set the option DefaultWPIcon to one of [empty, airplane, anchorage, anchor, boarding, boundary, bouy1, bouy2, campfire, camping, coral, fishhaven, fishing, fish, floating, food, fuel, greenlite, kelp, light, light1, litevessel, mob, mooring, oilbouy, platform, redgreenlite, redlite, rock1, rock2, sand, scuba, shoal, snag, square, triangle, diamond, circle, wreck1, wreck2, xmblue, xmblue_, xmgreen, xmgreen_, xmred, xmred_, activepoint] values representing the default set of built-in icons or to a filename of any of your UserIcons, without the the path and .xpm extension. If you have a file called MyICON.xpm in the user icons folder, the value will be simply MyICON
Code:
DefaultWPIcon=bouy1
201. Add option to customize current arrows size.
In the [Settings/Others] section you can set the option CurrentArrowScale to a positive number representing a percentage scaling factor of the current arrows. The values bellow 100 mean the arrows will be smaller than now, the values above 100 will cause them to be bigger.
Code:
CurrentArrowScale=200

205. Implement user definable Tide/Currents harmonic files.

Create a folder UserTCData in your user data folder. Under this subfolder you can then create any number of subfolders, each containing the HARMONIC/HARMONIC.IDX file pair with different data.
The datasets can then be switched in the Toolbox

Hope you can understand how these things work - as some of you already know, I'm not exactly the best documentation author sailing this planet

Happy testing

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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.6 Beta Build 1624

Some display problem (Vista) with ou without OpenGL for CM93 after clean install.

Install log, ini and log in zipped folder (remove .doc)

PS .kap charts seem fine (hang on OpenGL as previously)

PS2 : no improvement using old S52RADZ...

PS3 : using new S52RADZ on a 2.5.0 parallel install works fine
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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.6 Beta Build 1624

Hello Dave,

I try BSB2 chart (old SHOM chart) and now, it seem tha all is Ok with OpenGL, without OpenGL, with quilting On and with quilting Off.

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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.6 Beta Build 1624

SailorF54...

Could you be more specific on your cm93 display problems? I don't know what is wrong with the attached image....

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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.6 Beta Build 1624

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SailorF54...

Could you be more specific on your cm93 display problems? I don't know what is wrong with the attached image....

Dave
Don't know exactly... I like this one better...

To be honest, after a couple of install / desinstall of the current beta and the 2.5.0 version, the display suddently got fine.
I am under the impression that with parallel install, the S57 folder that is accessed is not always the right one when swiching between versions...
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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.6 Beta Build 1624

To be more specific...
When using the beta version (in OpenCpn folder), I do not seem to be able to access the s57 folder in the OpenCpn folder (therefore I cannot access the S52 file), as per the ini file.
S57DataLocation=C:\\Program Files\\OpenCPN\\s57data

Now if change the ini file to point to the parallel 2.5.0 version, I can access the s57 folder and the S52 file therein...
S57DataLocation=C:\\Program Files\\OpenCPN 2.5.0\\s57data

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Now renaming the beta folder as OpenCPN 2.6.1624 and pointing to it in the ini file
the log seems OK


14:32:45: 2012-04-25
14:32:45: -------Starting opencpn-------
14:32:45: Version 2.6.1624 Build 2012-04-24
14:32:45: MemoryStatus: mem_total: 2045 mb, mem_initial: 9 mb
14:32:45: SData_Locn is C:\Program Files\OpenCPN 2.6.1624\
14:32:45: Using existing Config_File: C:\ProgramData\opencpn\opencpn.ini
14:32:45: Setting Viewpoint Lat/Lon 48.8116, -3.4253
14:32:45: Setting Ownship Lat/Lon 48.8051, -3.4416
14:32:45: System default Language: fr_FR
14:32:45: Opencpn language set to: fr_FR
14:32:46: ChartSymbols loaded from C:\Program Files\OpenCPN 2.6.1624\s57data\chartsymbols.xml
14:32:46: Using s57data in C:\Program Files\OpenCPN 2.6.1624\s57data
14:32:46: Using Tide/Current data from: C:\Program Files\OpenCPN 2.6.1624\tcdata\
14:32:46: Setting Viewpoint Lat/Lon 48.8116, -3.4253

but the display is not good...
Something fishy going on when using chartsymbols.xml ?
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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.6 Beta Build 1624

sailorF54....

I agree. I thought this might become a problem on this Beta.
I plan to rework the directory location hints given in the config file. They are vestigial code, and not really needed any more.

Anyone with related trouble, in config file, please delete key:

[Directories]
S57DataLocation

This will cause OCPN to look in the "normal" place for data files, and should work for both regular and portable application.

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Hello,

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sailorF54....

...

Anyone with related trouble, in config file, please delete key:

[Directories]
S57DataLocation

This will cause OCPN to look in the "normal" place for data files, and should work for both regular and portable application.

....
Dave
I have the same problem with the CM93 ed 2009.
I rebuilt the data base but nothing better !
I delete the line "S57DataLocation" nothing better.

???

This morning it was working with the CM93. So I did not understand the problem of Sailor54. But I had an old folder OpenCPN250. Just before having the same problem as Sailor54, I deleted the old folder. and that's when I had the same problem as Sailor54.

I just replace the old directory, leaving only the folder openCPN_250/S57data. And now, OCPN 26-1624 works again fine.

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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.6 Beta Build 1624

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sailorF54....



Anyone with related trouble, in config file, please delete key:

[Directories]
S57DataLocation

This will cause OCPN to look in the "normal" place for data files, and should work for both regular and portable application.

Thanks
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Deleting S57DataLocation does not solve the problem I have
(see also my previous post just above)
The log seems fine
14:40:29: 2012-04-25
14:40:29: -------Starting opencpn-------
14:40:29: Version 2.6.1624 Build 2012-04-24
14:40:29: MemoryStatus: mem_total: 2045 mb, mem_initial: 9 mb
14:40:29: SData_Locn is C:\Program Files\OpenCPN 2.6.1624\
14:40:29: Using existing Config_File: C:\ProgramData\opencpn\opencpn.ini
14:40:29: Setting Viewpoint Lat/Lon 48.8116, -3.4253
14:40:29: Setting Ownship Lat/Lon 48.8051, -3.4416
14:40:29: System default Language: fr_FR
14:40:29: Opencpn language set to: fr_FR
14:40:30: ChartSymbols loaded from C:\Program Files\OpenCPN 2.6.1624\s57data\chartsymbols.xml
14:40:30: Using s57data in C:\Program Files\OpenCPN 2.6.1624\s57data

but the display is still bad...
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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.6 Beta Build 1624

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182. Correct ownship chart rendering with skewed BSB charts.
Thanks, works!

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190. Correct chart database logic to allow multiple cm93 chart sets, selectable by groups
I am having trouble with this one. Every time I add any second cm93 chart set, my PC hangs midway scanning the charts, 100% CPU, no disk activity, no changes on the screen. Each chart set works fine, as long as it is the only cm93 chart set. Is it just me??

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198. Add logic to notify user if empty Group is selected.
I am hoping to be able to select an empty chart group, or have a menu item "no charts". Sometimes the chart is too cluttered, when I really only want to see details of a grib or kmz overlay. Also see post OpenCPN Version 2.6 Beta Build 1609

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Now I have :


And, so, temporarily, all is OK with CM93
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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.6 Beta Build 1624

Hello Dave,

Working with pot file to update the french file language, I can not see where these items are:

Show area notices (from AIS binary messages)
OpenCPN Group Notice

what are these "notices" ?

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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.6 Beta Build 1624

For those interested in a bit more info on the new chartsymbols stuff I have posted a new thread at Chartsymbols - The Next Generation

Please submit posts regarding bugs in the beta release here, and comments on the format and work on symbols in that other thread!
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Re: OpenCPN Version 2.6 Beta Build 1624

Thanks, Pavel, for a chooseable default mark icon! I "requested closure" in the flyspray, if that's the right way to go about it...
added-and new tides implementation will be useful too- !
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