Change notes

4.0.11 – January 21, 2024

  • Fixed bug another RGB Align bug causing seems showing up in the R and B channels.

4.0.10 – January 17, 2024

  • Fixed bug causing incorrect colors when using RGB Align option.

4.0.9 – January 16, 2024

  • Fixed bug when stacking images when AVX2 instructions are not available, causing lines in the image stack.
  • Added option to manually enter a path in the data browser.
  • Fixed date modified not showing the correct time in the data browser for folders of images.

4.0.8 – January 14, 2024

  • Fixed bug causing cancelling of processing during buffering and analysis stage.

4.0.7 – January 14, 2024

  • Fixed frame derotation bug.
  • Added scrollbars for drives in data browser.
  • Fixed ColorID when exporting raw color bayer SER.
  • Fixed data browser displaying number frames and width/height from actual file when available (instead of only using Firecapture log file).
  • Fixed horizontal/vertical blurring settings not being remembered correctly (rewrote the automatic quality method that could overwrite these settings).
  • Optimized color and drizzle processing speed (minor change).
  • Fixed bug when trying to save stacks for color images without sharpening the images.
  • Fixed not opening certain session files in data browser (session files saved manually from interface).
  • Fixed changing browse form when reading session files.
  • Added option to read the metadata or not, and improved browser performance for large AVI files when reading metadata.
  • Fixed file size metadata for image files.
  • Modified form sizes.
  • Added refresh of data browser as directories change (+manual force refresh)
  • Added sorting of files in data browser according to all columns (click on column header; click again for descending sorting)
  • Fixed black lines around image when using pre-filtering.
  • Fixed bug that kept .AS3 file open in background after using data browser.
  • Fixed bug in not re-reading files when stacking when blurring enabled (causing weird results, particularly when making multiple image stacks in one go).
  • Fixed bug for AP placement not taking into account scaled brightness of the frame.
  • Updated to FastMM5 memory manager for slight speed improvements.
  • Removed Vampyre Imaging Library requirement to clean up code. This library was not
  • Removed other components that weren’t really necessary to clean further up code.
  • Many small code improvements behind the scenes.
  • Added shortcut for some more menu (e..g, old style open browser = ctrl + shift + p).
  • p.s. Happy new year!

4.0.6 – December 10, 2023

  • Improved data browser; added support for images and folders of images, as well as stability improvements.
  • “Find Anchor” now unchecks when manually placing an alignment anchor.
  • Added brightness levels up to 256x under Display Options.
  • Increased time of tooltip visibility (25 seconds).
  • Default FFmpeg conversion command line parameter for conversion of compressed videos to raw avi files is now [automatic]. This setting tries to automatically detect grayscale/colour conversion instead of forcing to RGB. Remove [automatic] from the ini file to revert to previous settings. Keep ffmpeg.exe file next to autostakkert.exe for this to work!

4.0.5 – November 26, 2023

  • Fixed missing removable drives in data browser, and some minor related interface tweaks.
  • Fixed Min Brightness changing during batch processing of surface recordings.
  • Fixed placements of alignment points in grid for data with little to no green channel information (e.g., H-alpha recordings with color camera).
  • Improved surface stabilization; better tracking for images with big jumps when “Improved Tracking” is enabled, and some additional performance improvements.

4.0.4 – November 19, 2023

  • Fixed reprocessing of first recording during batch processing of recordings
  • Fixed not stacking batch processing surface recordings with find anchor set to True
  • Fixed bug for BGGR bayer data showing an empty R channel.
  • Fixed not opening avi files through the data browser with extensions not showing up in windows (due to hide extensions for known file types being enabled).

4.0.3 – November 12, 2023

  • Fixed bug moving frame view window too far to the right.
  • Fixed bug ignoring checkbox for automatic alignment anchor placement.

4.0.2 – November 11, 2023

  • Fixed interface bug affecting missing setting for manual reference frame settings. The setting “% around center” tells the software to only use frames around the midpoint to create a reference frame (e.g., settings this to 50% means it will ignore the first and last 25% of the frames in the recording). This setting can be handy when processing very long recordings (to still create a sharp reference frame), or when creating animations the results can be a bit smoother. I don’t expect huge differences though. Note to self; this is not a change note, this is something that should be written in a user manual….

4.0.1 – November 11, 2023

  • New data browser / selector
  • Performance optimizations, particularly when processing very large files
  • Automated placement of Surface alignment anchor
  • Automated quality estimation settings
  • Improved command-line execution
  • Many small interface changes
  • Many small bug fixes
  • Many more bugs introduced!

Please note that this the very first beta release of AutoStakkert! 4. I expect lots of small and big bugs, please help me fix them by reporting your issues to me!

I’ll try to add more details here over the next few weeks.