[All] New version of the orrery program available
rtm at cfa.harvard.edu
Tue Dec 1 07:16:58 CET 2009
A new version of the orrery program has been uploaded to the
GForge site, and to opkg.org. There are not many new user
features - the Monthly Moon Calendar is prettier, and both
moon calendars now show Blue Moons (including the one on
New Years Eve, this year). Finger friendliness has been
improved in a few areas.
Several worthless features (stylus mode, etc) have been
One of the most commonly cited bugs, which caused the program
to fail if it was run on a phone whose locale had been set
to a language which uses commas, rather than periods, as
the decimal place separator, has been fixed. Thanks a bunch
to Heiko Stubner, who submitted a patch that fixed this bug.
Joshua Rosen make new configuration files for the GNU automake
tools, and VERY PATIENTLY showed me how to make them work.
The source tarball is no longer a pathetic parody of a
source file distribution.
Please note - I mistakenly uploaded a version labelled 2.8
to the GForge site. I can't get rid of it; please ignore it.
The 2008.x packages labelled 2.8 and 2.7 on the GForge site
are actually both 2.7.
Here's a list of the changes:
New user features:
Monthly moon calendar now uses moon images.
Also, both moon calendars now show "Blue
Moons", using the common definition that
a Blue Moon is the second full moon in a
Enlarged and re-arranged buttons on the
"opts" page, for enhanced finger
Got rid of "stylus mode". The program is
always in finger mode now. There was
never a significant difference between the
two modes anyway.
The program now always saves configuration
changes in nonvolatile memory. This is
the standard behavior for handheld
Build-related files completely redone so
as to use GNU autotools properly.
Program no longer crashes if run on a
phone who's locale is set to a language
which uses a comma for the decimal point.
Improved handling of zoom gestures which
originate in the panning area. Before
this fix, it was difficult or impossible
to zoom an area near the horizon, because
such a gesture would be interpreted as a
"press" in the panning area, which would
call up the azimuth compass.
Removed the call to the popt library that
parsed the command line arguments. This
caused problems, because not all Freerunner
software stacks shipped with the popt
library. The program now parses its
command line arguments with no call to any
Fixed a bug which made it difficult to
use the arrows at the bottom of the monthly
moon calendar to change months.
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