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SharpCap 2.8 Available

posted Feb 26, 2016, 2:31 PM by Robin G   [ updated Feb 26, 2016, 2:36 PM ]
I'm going to call 2.8 a preview release for a couple of days - just in case there are a few bugs lurking. As always with a new version, test in daylight before risking valuable clear skies time!

What's new in 2.8?

  • Notification Bar - replaces many message boxes and the capture sequence wait dialog.
  • Quick Capture - new Quick Capture toolbar button with various frame and time options.
  • Performance - Improved performance with high speed USB3 cameras, especially capture speed
  • Performance - Frame write speed test on the filename settings page for testing.
  • Histogram - improved look, range bars below histogram and now scaled in percent on the horizontal axis
  • RAW Mode - Debayer On/Off is now a separate control, no longer part of Colour Space selection.
  • File Naming - added option for WinJUPOS compatible file names. Uses mid point time in the capture for the WinJUPOS name
  • Dark Capture - new tool to help capture dark files in the Capture menu.
  • Dark Library - Darks automatically get saved into a folder structure based on camera name and parameters.
  • Dark Library - When you browse for a dark file it will start in the correct part of the dark library.
  • Focus Score - switch between recording average and best values.
  • Focus Score - Now always requires a selection rectangle to avoid hang on large frame sizes
  • Live Stacking - improved file naming including number of stacked frames
  • Live Stacking - Stop accidental double dark subtraction - Astro cameras can only subtract darks from the camera controls now.
  • Live Stacking - Switch between raw/stack immediately even for long exposures.
  • Live Stacking - fix FWHM filter not working unless the limit value was changed.
  • Live Stacking - Save as Dark removed from Live Stacking - use the 'Dark Capture' option in the Capture menu.
  • Many bug fixes from bug reports.

Note that this version will still work with Windows XP, but this will be the last major version of SharpCap to support XP.

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