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Wish List / Re: Add option to always start with last used library
« Last post by Sander Berents on June 08, 2020, 07:32:47 PM »
The next update to Observatory will reopen the libraries automatically, regardless the system preferences. In the meantime, in Terminal enter

defaults write com.codeobsession.Observatory NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool true

This only has to be done once.
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Bug Reports / Re: View -> Subtitle won't safe
« Last post by Sander Berents on June 07, 2020, 10:41:25 AM »
Hi Oliver,

I just realize there is in fact already a way to always have it reopen the libraries, regardless the global system preference.

Please open Utilities/Terminal and enter

defaults write com.codeobsession.Observatory NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool true

Now Observatory will always reopen the libraries upon launching, regardless the global system preference. And they reopen with their last state, including that for the subtitles. I will enhance Observatory so you don't have to do this using Terminal in the future, but for now I believe this completely resolves the issue.
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Wish List / Re: Quick Look type of preview using the spacebar
« Last post by Sander Berents on June 03, 2020, 11:00:52 PM »
Hi Oliver,

Sorry I forgot to respond to your request. I agree this would be very useful. It's on the list.
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Wish List / Re: Calibration Master Allowable Temperature Variability
« Last post by Sander Berents on June 03, 2020, 10:45:29 PM »
This issue was resolved in Observatory 1.5.1. Changing the value of the fields in the inspector once again can be used to force calibration.
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Wish List / Re: Tracking Position Angle for Flats generation
« Last post by Sander Berents on June 03, 2020, 10:41:03 PM »
This issue was resolved in Observatory 1.5.1. It now extracts the rotator angle from the image when importing, and takes it into account for flat calibration.
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Bug Reports / Re: View -> Subtitle won't safe
« Last post by Sander Berents on June 01, 2020, 01:03:29 PM »
Hi Oliver,

I wasn't aware that the current approach wouldn't work for you. Sad to see you already made up your mind, but I'll investigate if I can add a setting for this in the preferences anyway, to have it reopen libraries regardless the system-wide setting. Observatory is being enhanced in response to customer requests all the time.

Note that you can override the behavior by pressing the Option key while quitting the application. If you have "Close windows when quitting an app" set in your system preferences, pressing the Option key will change "Quit Observatory" into "Quit and Keep Windows" in the Observatory menu. You could use that as a temporary workaround until I have made the enhancement.
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Bug Reports / Re: View -> Subtitle won't safe
« Last post by Poison on June 01, 2020, 11:03:49 AM »
Ok, sadly I have to say Observatory doesn't follow my workflow on my Mac.

The problem is, that you designed Observatory your way - e.g. working with different libraries.
I'm using just one library - which's my way. So I have to change system settings just to get Observatory open to restore my settings.
On my Mac there is no other app that works like that, except for Office like apps.

This is not really helpful for me unfortunately.
Also my feature request didn't follow your rules, so I don't see why I should wait for any progress here.
I will leave Observatory for good, still searching for an app that will work for me.

Thank you very much for your effort to bring us this app to the Mac.
Maybe all other customers love Observatory but unfortunately I can't fall in love with it for reasons mentioned.
For my needs I have too much to change my own workflow - only for one app.

All the best,
Oliver
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General Discussion / Re: Object identification for Solar System Objects?
« Last post by Sander Berents on May 31, 2020, 11:57:08 AM »
These are smart albums. Tag the images with "moon" or "pl" for them to show up. The "Using the Sidebar" article in the user guide lists the tags that are being used.

Smart albums are key for organizing large number of images with minimal effort. Observatory 1.5.1 was just released. I am very excited about this one 8). It adds 21 (twenty-one!) additional criteria you can use in smart albums. I also added articles in the user guide about smart albums and suggestions about how to use Observatory for organizing images.

More info about 1.5.1 is here: /news/ .
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General Discussion / Object identification for Solar System Objects?
« Last post by 34South on May 31, 2020, 10:02:36 AM »
Perhaps I'm being a little stupid here or need to read the manual to better understand but, when importing an image of the moon, or a planet, whose positions are not juxtaposed to a particular star field or simply do not contain stars for reasons of exposure, how does one ensure that the image is catalogued under the "Moon" or "Planets" album? One cannot drag the image into the album, even when unlocked, and astrometric matching will of course fail, avoiding automatic cataloguing.
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Wish List / Re: Alternative Sky Chart options?
« Last post by Sander Berents on May 27, 2020, 10:00:08 PM »
Great! I'll contact you later about this.
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