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Software News   Software News : Digital Universe
   posted by eha on 28-Nov-2005 9:14:22 (2393 reads)
Some more positive news for AmgaOS4.

I did ask from the Digital Universe maintainers about the "promised" version for PPC amigas, and I got a quick reply. I will not copy the whole questions/answers list here, but the most important part. Also I do remind you, that the plans are not a finnished product yet.



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news for the Amiga is actually brighter. We have made arrangements with a third party to continue to update the Amiga to bring it on a par (or better than) the current Mac release of the software. In addition to bringing it up to date with the current release of the Amiga OS, new capabilities (like the Hubble Guide Star catalogue) are expected to be available in the future.


I did ask the permission to share this information, if I let you also know that: Quote:
I have no idea of an ETA at this time, but the Amiga release is actually the only version currently in active development at the moment.


And finally: Quote:
we have no estimate as to when it might be available.


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Re: Digital Universe
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we have no estimate as to when it might be available.


You mean to say.....

GASP!


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Forgive my ignorance, but what is Digital Universe?


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Re: Digital Universe
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Astronomy software - enter a time, date, geographical location, and it will display a skymap for those conditions. IIRC it will show you where nebulae, galaxies and even the planets are.

I'm gonna buy this as soon as its out !

all I'll then need is CCD / Image manipulation software...
...and a better scope !!


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DIGITAL UNIVERSE is an amiga tool with a long history, search around.

great news, i hope to see the product in the future and that its been enhanced for os4 too ;)


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I sure thought this sounded familiar, like I had read it somewhere before...

Ah, I have right here.

And that will even point you to the person who is doing the port.

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Really hope they will do it. D.U. is a really cool application. I like the fact database wiht names of people, space crafts etc. And some extre speed from an OS4 nativer version would be most welcome!

From Amiga Web Directory:

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However, realistically the Amiga market has undergone some serious setbacks in recent years. As the uncertainty of the Amiga's future continues, more and more Amiga owners are migrating to other systems, or at the very least being rather reluctant to continue upgrading their Amiga hardware and/or software until the dust settles. As a result, many software developers, distributors, magazines, etc. have closed their doors, not being able to afford waiting for Amiga sales any longer.

At Syzygy, we have noticed the reluctance in the marketplace firsthand. When "The Digital Universe" was first released, we could barely keep up with the orders that were coming in. As the first reviews of our package appeared in Amiga magazines, we received an overwhelming response. But some recent reviews, every bit as encouraging, have failed to generate a single additional sale.


Basically we have been given a second chanse here, let's hope more and more software houses do the same. And let's not dissapoint them this time around.

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DU PPC on AOS4 is lightning fast!


I hope some scripting language (AREXX) will made it into the new version so that one can remote control Meade telescopes.
Even my Sharp Zaurus can handle this.

If I remember well from some thread here at AW, this feature will come in a later version.

So I could use my microA1 (if I one time get it, my dealer still has no idea when they will be delivered again) in the garden to rmote control my Meade ETX 105

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@Rudei

There's a thing here on it.

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Hi,

I don't read the web forums very often but this thread was brought to my attention yesterday

I am the guy doing the OS4 port of DU. It is taking a while as I had to first learn C, I had only used various Basics and TMS9900 assembler before.

The development of DU will be in several stages, the first just to prove it can be converted to OS4 is complete, my beta version works quite well and is very fast compared to the 68k version. Not all the features are incorporated yet.

The 68k version of DU on OS4 has a few problems, the FPU version cannot be used with the current emulation, though OS4 beta testers could confirm if it runs under JIT please. A bug in MUI OS4 causes problems with pen mapping which led to some rather odd menu colours - this is the same bug that affects colours in YAm when openinf and closing its screen (I think). Also a few operations that were OK on OS3.x brought up GRs due to base memory access.

All those problems have now been resolved in the OS4 port and a few improvements added along the way.

"When its done (tm)" the first release will be a long overdue to version 1, say v1.1. This will be similar to the current release plus a few more features and improvements to the current version. Unfortunately the ablity to produce anims will be dropped because it relies on the Amiga custom hardware and does not work on Gfx cards even now with the 68k version on a classic Amiga. Verion 2 will have animations similar to the Mac version, using QT. Version one will have new planet maps, better rendering, updated GUI and a host of other bug fixes and improvements. I will be preparing a web page one day with the info on it.

A demo version will also be released to Aminet and OS4 depot when the time is due.

Version 2 will be a bigger overhaul and include more features from the Mac version, such as the Hubble GSC, deep sky image rendering and other fetures not currently available in the Amiga version. Again this will be put on a website later. For now, a list of features of the Mac (and never to be finished PC version) can be found at the Syzygy website http://www.syz.com

Version 2 will also have an Arexx port, though telescope control will probably be a much later update to v2. Someone will need to buy me a fancy Meade telescope first !


For now some screenshots of the PPC version of DU running natively on OS4 can be seen at: http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/eaves/DU

I must get around to setting up a proper web page soon, but the image links are fine for now.


As for pricing of any updates or buying the full product I will have to work that out with Dan Charrois of Syzygy, DU will probably be hosted for download via the Syzygy website. But until I have a product ready for release then it is a bit early (and of course boring) to get involved with the financial side of things.

There is also a DU mailing list, to join go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DUniverse/
or email
DUniverse-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Anyway enough typing - I have work to do



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> all I'll then need is CCD / Image manipulation software...


I did start to write some once for a very old version of the Starlight Express. Not having the CCD camera it never got finished, but it was enough to produce some images of deep sky objects I took at the COAA in Portugal once.

I still have the HiSoft Basic code so could maybe one day include it in DU. Sadly anything written in HSB now crashes on OS4.


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Hi,


> DU PPC on AOS4 is lightning fast!

Manou is a DU beta tester, that is how he knows.


BTW. You are probably due a newer version to try soon. Try not to find so many crashes this time

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translate it to C instead - its much better !

I like the OS4 grabs, btw. VERY nice !!

I wonder if some use could be made of a video-capable TV card ?


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