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Old 21-09-2021, 18:45   #1
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OpenCPN Version 5.5.x Beta Test Starts

Ahoy OpenCPN Users!

OpenCPN version 5.5.920 is now ready to begin Beta testing.
We plan to test this version thoroughly over the next few weeks, updated as necessary, leading to a general release of OpenCPN Version 5.6.0 this fall.


First, how do you get and install OpenCPN Version 5.5.x Beta?

1. Windows
https://dl.cloudsmith.io/public/david-register/opencpn-unstable/raw/files/opencpn-msvc_5.5.920+2921.66c3571_setup.exe

2. MacOS (Version 10.10 "Yosemite" and later)
https://dl.cloudsmith.io/public/davi....66c357176.pkg

3. Ubuntu/debian linux
Packages for installation of OCPN 5.5.x (amd64/arm64/armhf) are available from the OpenCPN Beta repository at the Ubuntu Launchpad.
https://launchpad.net/~bdbcat/+archive/ubuntu/opencpn

You may add this repo to your apt sources list, and install or upgrade OCPN 5.5.x for your distro using your normal O/S tools. (apt, synaptic, etc.)


4. Flatpak
$flatpak update
$flatpak run org.opencpn.OpenCPN//beta

5. Source code
https://github.com/OpenCPN/OpenCPN
branch : master
tag : Beta_5.5.920


Then what?
Please report your testing progress and issues in this thread. We would like to see testing in as many varied environments as practical. Developers will be monitoring closely, sometimes requesting further specific tests or information. You may expect to see several Beta releases before the official Production release.

A note on Plugins:
The legacy method of installing Plugins by separate "installer" app is now officially deprecated. Older Plugin installers will no longer be updated for normal Plugin improvements. All Plugins are to be installed and updated using the integral Plugin Manager within OCPN 5.x. On Plugin bug reports: While we will acknowledge Plugin bug reports here, the focus of this Beta test is to validate the OCPN core 5.5.x for general release. Please keep this in mind as you test.

The full list of Features and Bug Fixes to be found in O5.5.x will follow in a separate posting.

Thanks, and Good Luck
Dave and the OCPN Team.
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Re: OpenCPN Version 5.5.x Beta Test Starts

Ahoy OpenCPN Users!

Regarding language translations for OCPN 5.5.x:
New templates have been uploaded to crowdin, ready for translation to your respective languages. The core program, as well as the four default Plugins have been updated. These are some new translatable items. We will incorporate updated translations in each Beta release as received.

Thanks in advance for all your translation help !
Dave and the OCPN Team.
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Re: OpenCPN Version 5.5.x Beta Test Starts

Ahoy OpenCPN Users!

Here you will find a nearly complete list of the Feature additions and Bug fixes incorporated in OCPN 5.5.x Beta.

Most of these changes are the result of Flyspray issues, accumulated over some time. Since OCPN 5.5.x is an incremental update to the basic functionality of OCPN 5.2.4, critical developer resources were somewhat more available to address older outstanding problems and requests in this cycle. As a result, these outstanding Flyspray issues were able to receive direct attention in this release, with some success.

Speaking of Flyspray:
If you are the "owner" or OP of any of these listed Flyspray tasks, please check the associated functions in OCPN 5.5.x, and then clear the Flyspray task if able. We really do use the Flyspray task lists as active "work item lists", and our goal is to drive the list down in size. We would especially like to drive the Bug Report Task lists down to zero. We can only do this if the Tasks are closed by the OP as resolved.

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OpenCPN 5.5.x Beta test content:

Feature Updates:

1. Additional platform support, now including flatpak-aarch64 (arm64).
2. All flatpak platforms updated to the flatpak 20.08 run-time package.
3. Improved Plugin Manager user interface.
4. Expanded Plugin Manager platform support.
5. Many Flyspray Feature Requests implemented, including the following list of either partially or fully implemented Requests.



Features:
FS#769 - ALARM Sounds - Different warning sounds for different alerts.
FS#1722 - RM > WP/Rte/Track Tabs - Selective Highlight & All for Hide/Unhide
FS#2292 - Waypoint Icons - Additional Feature Request
FS#2556 - RM: option to show or hide all items in Routes, Tracks, Waypoints or Layers
FS#2558 - WP Way Point Names
FS#2559 - RM Track Additional Track Information with Hover Cursor
FS#2667 - Sound Choppy sound with Raspberry pi
FS#2672 - Layers Adding the layers and UserIcons-folder during installation
FS#2376 - RM Auto Rename WP names in Routes.
FS#2583 - Route Add Cumulative distance totals column in route properties table
FS#2736 - Charts ENC Improving vectorcharts sector lights display
FS#2648 - Routes: Improve insertion of waypoint and allow reordering of waypoints
FS#2669 - Show Bearing line from current position to active waypoint
FS#1940 - Time TIDE Graph - add UTC or computer time
FS#2149 - Time TIDE Allow USE of GPS TIME for tides and currents
FS#2601 - Switch for mbTiles piano keys, & mbTiles wake up OFF
FS#2205 - Send Waypoints & Routes to Net type Dataports from Route & Mark Manager
- Add Rudder Angle graphic display to Dashboard
- Update Tide/Current datasets.
- Add new Route partial merge options.
- Improve context menu color scheme, Windows only.

Bug Fixes:
1. Many Flyspray Bug Reports investigated and corrected, including the following list of either partially or fully corrected bugs.

Bugs:

FS#2725 - Closed toolbar does not open by clicking the "hamburger" icon on a touchscreen on Raspberry Pi
FS#2782 - Dialogs unreadable in darkest colour scheme on Ubuntu 18
FS#2732 - Executing Route Properties with corrupt .gpx results in application hard hang
FS#2675 - Waypoint Range Rings With Half Radius in OCPN 5.2
FS#2678 - Chart Downloader freezes not only OpenCPN but whole operating system
FS#2701 - Bad numeric decimal point handling in some locales (comma) causes corruption in navobj.xml
FS#2695 - Repeated Plugins Icons Updated in the Toolbar Buttons and Plugins Options
FS#2711 - OpenCPN v5.2 for Mac lacks wxWidgets stc library
FS#2712 - Waypoint APIs bugs
FS#2720 - Deleting route through API with Route & Mark Manager displaying route causes OpenCPN to crash
FS#2733 - Waypoint properties ETD field does not offset the next waypoint departure time as expected.
FS#2674 - AIS Target list docking to lower part of window
FS#2691 - Minimum size allowed for own ship...too large.
FS#2693 - grib plugin scaling of numerical values for cloud cover different from opencpn 5.0.0
FS#2702 - AIS sound CPA alarms only works if CPA alert dialogs is enabled
FS#2717 - Track API bugs and deficiencies
FS#2723 - NMEA RMB wrong waypoint IDs
FS#2727 - OpenCPN runs in safe mode only
FS#2751 - Delete All is disabled in Route & Mark Manager
FS#2688 - OCPN_WPT_ARRIVED does not deliver arrived GUID if next waypoint exists
FS#2795 - Waypoint Visibility and related usage issues within routes
FS#2796 - Delete button deletes items from top of list in Sentence Filter dialog
FS#2726 - 5.2.0 crashes on all MAC Systems with Core2Duo CPU
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Old 22-09-2021, 00:46   #4
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Re: OpenCPN Version 5.5.x Beta Test Starts

Wow! You've been busy. Many thanks to you Dave and your team. Your efforts are much appreciated. It's now down to us to get testing this new release.
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Old 22-09-2021, 04:14   #5
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Re: OpenCPN Version 5.5.x Beta Test Starts

macOS BigSur on macMini (ARM)


- Tool bar is misplaced and will cover the "Window LEDS" (or how those are called...)


- Fonts changed to some Serif font in Settings or AIS targets


- Message about Permit to take Screenshots. I think we have seen this in the past.



- Plug-ins fail to load but the build-in ones (example for one from the log. The others look the same)
Code:
13:02:23.625 MESSAGE pluginmanager.cpp:2264 PlugInManager: Loading PlugIn: /Users/renate/Library/Application Support/OpenCPN/Contents/PlugIns/libo-charts_pi.dylib
13:02:23.903   ERROR dlunix.cpp:120 Failed to load shared library '/Users/renate/Library/Application Support/OpenCPN/Contents/PlugIns/libo-charts_pi.dylib': dlopen(/Users/renate/Library/Application Support/OpenCPN/Contents/PlugIns/libo-charts_pi.dylib, 2): Symbol not found: __ZN12wxStaticText10DoSetLabelERK8wxString
  Referenced from: /Users/renate/Library/Application Support/OpenCPN/Contents/PlugIns/libo-charts_pi.dylib
  Expected in: /Applications/OpenCPN.app/Contents/MacOS/../Frameworks/libwx_osx_cocoau_core-3.1.dylib
 in /Users/renate/Library/Application Support/OpenCPN/Contents/PlugIns/libo-charts_pi.dylib
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Old 22-09-2021, 11:17   #6
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Re: OpenCPN Version 5.5.x Beta Test Starts

Hi David,
OpenCPN is crashing at start-up.
It was already the case with the unstable development downloads...
Maybe he is requiring new MFC runtime ? If Yes which ?

When starting in safe mode, it looks to be working

Best wishes to you and thanks a lot for your wonderful software I am using since the beginning...

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Old 22-09-2021, 11:31   #7
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Re: OpenCPN Version 5.5.x Beta Test Starts

Dave
Thanks for the good work.


Running Ubuntu 20.04 Updated O from the PPA.


On starting O, I get two error messages:
Code:
../src/gtk/window.cpp(5106): assert "increment > 0" failed in IsScrollIncrement().
If I click
Code:
continue
all seems to work without further problems.


See attached error messages and log file. Remove ".pdf" from the names.


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Re: OpenCPN Version 5.5.x Beta Test Starts

Dave..
plang732's observation on Win10 updating direct from 5.2.4 is also reported from one of "my" users. Direct crash at O start. No opencpn.log printed. I've not yet been able to look further into it. Will try tomorrow. Hints?
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On BBN OS OpenCPN 5.5.90 plugin toolbar is misplaced and covers main menu. It’s not draggable by mouse or touchscreen.

Plugins show version 0.0.0.

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Hakan..
"Hints"...
Normal debugging procedure with no-start:

1. Try with empty config (.ini) file.
2. Try with no plugins enabled.
3. From 1/2, isolate the offending element.


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plang732..
If it starts and runs correctly in "safe" mode, then it must be that one or more plugins are crashing.
Please manually edit your opencpn.ini file, disable all plugins, and then add back one-by-one until the offending item is discovered.


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After crash with 5.5.920 when I click on plugin dialog in settings even list widget that supposed to show plugins is gone.
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Dave..
Will do tomorrow.
Another fellow reports the attached error message during installation: But after a click OK all is working as it should. Also Win10.
The message says: Sequence number 385 can't be found in the DLL file c:\program files(x86)\OpenCPN\libcurl.dll
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Re: OpenCPN Version 5.5.x Beta Test Starts

Why I can not replace your tide tcdata by mine?
I have a more acceptable set for me.
Otherwise, I will disregard this edition.

at opening it say:- it seem you have no tide/current data install.
I did replace yours by mine.

Sorry, I did succeded to install after many tried.
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P_Dub...
"I did succeded to install after many tried."
And how did you do that, for the benefit of others?


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