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Ekos on Mac OS X ?

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Ekos on Mac OS X ? #15080
I got it working after restarting kstars. It looks like a restart is required for a change to the internal/external indi setting to take effect.
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Ekos on Mac OS X ? #15084
hmm, interesting. I will look into it then.
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Ekos on Mac OS X ? #15201
Hey guys, I just built a new DMG. This includes quite a few improvements & changes to both INDI and KStars.

Sean you were absolutely right about the drivers list not being updated after you either click the Internal driver button or when you change the path to the INDI drivers in the options. The issue has not been fixed yet, but I think I know which classes to make the changes in. I tried last night, but it didn't work perfectly yet, we will need to work on it a little more.

Possibly the biggest improvements in this DMG are related to a project I have been working on for the past 2 weeks, which you probably already know about if you have been following the INDI forum. I created two big additions in the Align module. First, I created a graph that plots the error in all the solutions and a table that keeps track of all of the solutions with their respective errors. This can be exported to a CSV file which you can then open in programs like Excel or Numbers. Second. I created an automatic mount modeling tool, so that you can put in a bunch of SkyPoints that you would like to use for your mount to build its pointing model, and then automatically run through the list, solving all of the points which will then be plotted in the graph while at the same time making your mount pointing more accurate. I put in several ways to build your alignment points list, including combo boxes you can use to select named stars, a Find tool you can use to insert any object in the kstars database or from the internet, and a wizard you can use to automatically generate the points in a pattern.

Another pretty big improvement in INDI is the ability of INDI to scan for the appropriate serial ports for your equipment. One big complaint some users had was that the ports were kind of obscure and hard to discover. For example, my Moonlite focuser's port on my Mac is /dev/cu.usbserial-A501T0P6. Finding that out was NOT easy if you did not know how to find it. Now KStars/INDI can automatically find the port.

There are lots of other improvements too. Jasem has labeled this KStars 2.7.6 as a result.

KStars For Mac 2.7.6

Please Test,

Thanks,

Rob
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I should note, one issue I know about is that sometimes the dotted lines on the alignment graph do not look nice or even vanish entirely. This is very strange and may be an issue with QCustomPlot rather than with KStars. The lines on the plot always look perfectly fine, its just the points in the dotted lines. They are generated the same way too, that is what I don't understand. If anybody knows why it does this please let me know.
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Ekos on Mac OS X ? #15203
Here is an example of the new tools in action.

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rlancaste wrote: I should note, one issue I know about is that sometimes the dotted lines on the alignment graph do not look nice or even vanish entirely. This is very strange and may be an issue with QCustomPlot rather than with KStars. The lines on the plot always look perfectly fine, its just the points in the dotted lines. They are generated the same way too, that is what I don't understand. If anybody knows why it does this please let me know.


Never mind about this, I think I just found the solution. It is due to a known bug in QCustomPlot. According to this forum it can be solved with setScatterSkip(0); I tried it and I think the odd behavior may have stopped. I will send this patch to Jasem.

www.qcustomplot.com/index.php/support/forum/1239
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Ekos on Mac OS X ? #15209
I think we should get the dotted lines patch I just sent in there and we should get the driver loading issue that Sean pointed out fixed before we officially post this dmg. Please let me know if there are any other issues.
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Ekos on Mac OS X ? #15213
I appreciate the wonderful efforts.

I mentioned the previous wishlist, but FCUSB does not appear on the Ekos driver setting screen. Even if you install sudo apt-get install indi-full or sudo apt-get install indi-full kstars-bleeding, FCUSB is not installed in UBUNTU, so it needs to be installed separately from CloudMaker.

It is installed on OSD's CloudMakers INDI server, but it is not displayed in Kstars, Ekos.

I hope to be able to select FCUSB on Ekos driver setting screen.
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Ekos on Mac OS X ? #15214
If that can be realized, OSX expects localization options. .
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Ekos on Mac OS X ? #15215
I am confused by your post. You mention sudo apt-get install, which is an Ubuntu installation method, then you mention cloud makers OS X INDI server. Are you using OS X or are you using Ubuntu? Are you hosting an INDI server on one OS and then trying to access it with a client on another? I am just not sure which you mean. My best guess from what you said is that you are running an indi server on a Mac and are trying to connect to it from an Ubuntu system?

Regardless, if your goal is to connect KStars/Ekos to a remote INDI server that is currently hosting an FCUSB device, you just need to have the XML file for for the FCUSB driver (Called indi_shoestring.xml) on the client machine. You don't actually have to have the driver fully installed on the client machine. The XML file needs to be placed in the INDI Drivers Directory. Where that directory is depends on what operating system you are using to run KStars.
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Ekos on Mac OS X ? #15216
Actually, one thing that I would like to do is get more xml files into the OS X app. I know the SBIG xml file needs to get in there. I use my SBIG with KStars all the time, hosted using a remote indiserver from my Raspberry Pi. Right now I have to copy and paste the XML file in there. It should be copied in automatically. So yes, if there are any other XML files that need to get in there, please let me know. I will work on getting more XML files into the App.
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Ekos on Mac OS X ? #15217
I'm sorry I lacked the words.
It is a request as follows.

indilib.org/forum/wish-list/2038-ekos-re...-3-party-driver.html

Server uses RaspberryPi, OSX Kstars as remote client.
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