[wsjt-devel] Public beta release of WSJT-X 1.4.0
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2014-10-01 15:57:27 UTC

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Subject: [wsjt-devel] Public beta release of WSJT-X 1.4.0
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:17:10 -0400
From: Joe Taylor <joe-uX/***@public.gmane.org>
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To: WSJT software development <wsjt-devel-5NWGOfrQmneRv+***@public.gmane.org>

To: Users and potential users of WSJT-X
From: K1JT, for the WSJT development team

This message is to let you know that a public beta release of WSJT-X,
version 1.4.0, is now available. Installation instructions and download
links for Windows, Linux, and OS X can be found on the WSJT home page,
http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/. Click on WSJT-X at the left
margin, and then on the download link appropriate for your system.
Packages are available for Windows, Linux, and Macintosh. For those who
build the program for themselves, a link to a complete source-code
package is also provided.

Important changes in version 1.4 relative to v1.3, r3673 include the

1. CAT control for most radios is much improved, including expanded
support for Commander, Ham Radio Deluxe, and OmniRig. One-way CAT
control is no longer generally supported. Users may choose no CAT
control, or may have working two-way communication so that WSJT-X can
verify that commands sent to the rig have been executed. "Split" mode
operation is supported via HRD for radios where HRD provides the
necessary control functions. WSJT-X can now simulate Split mode for
rigs that do not provide it.

2. Many options previously found on the Setup menu now appear on a far
more flexible "Settings" screen. You can define multiple spot operating
frequencies per band. All recognized amateur bands are supported, and
frequency offsets can be configured for transverters.

3. There has been considerable polishing and extension of the user
interface, including optional user-defined waterfall palettes and fonts
for the main screen, decoded text areas, and Astronomical Data screen.

4. The JT65 decoder now accepts negative values of DT down to -3.2 s,
eliminating most of the occasional "garbage decodes" produced by poorly
time-synchronized transmissions.

5. Better (glitch-free) behavior of audio streams.

6. Better handling of messages that include compound callsigns.

7. Support for standard "localization" conventions.

8. Writable files now appear in platform-dependent standard locations,
allowing for more efficient installation on all supported platforms and
user settings to be seamlessly carried forward during program upgrades.

9. A new WSJT-X User Guide is available at
http://www.physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/wsjtx-doc/wsjtx-main.html .
Additions and changes will continue to be made, as needed: please send
us your suggestions for improvements!

In addition these listed improvements there are many internal changes
aimed at cleaning up the code, establishing a standard set of
compile-and-build tools, and making the whole package more readily
maintained by an active development group.

WSJT-X v1.4 cooperates with Ham Radio Deluxe much more reliably than
v1.3. However, the good behavior can break down when HRD Logbook or
DM780 are also running in parallel. You may see delays up to 20 seconds
or so in frequency changes or other radio commands, due to a bug in HRD.
HRD folks are aware of the problem, and are working to resolve it.

It has not been possible to initially provide support for all radios via
HRD. We have built-in diagnostics that allow quick identification of the
extra support needed to support untested rigs via HRD. We urge HRD users
to try this new version and report back results. We will then add any
missing support based on feedback from users as soon as possible.

About 25 amateurs, including all of the most active members of the
Development Team, have been regular users of WSJT-X built from recent
code revisions. In addition to those mentioned explicitly in the
program documentation, we thank CT1EKD, DK6OV, G3PQA, G4YKQ, K2LYV,
KF5OIM, N9JCA, NA7KR, PA0TBR, and N0URE for their essential help --
especially help with debugging rig control for specific radios.

Particular thanks are also due to Bill, G4WJS and Greg, KI7MT, who
recently have done much of the heavy lifting on the WSJT development front.

REMINDER: this is a beta release -- a candidate for official release as
WSJT-X Version 1.4. The program is stable, highly capable, and a
pleasure to use. However, almost certainly it has bugs that have not
yet come to light. One of your responsibilities is to report any
anomalous behavior. The most useful bug reports include any relevant
details on your setup and (if possible) instructions on how to reproduce
the problem. Please read the WSJT-X User Guide first!

We look forward to your feedback on this release candidate for WSJT-X 1.4.

-- 73, Joe, K1JT (for the WSJT Deveopment Team)

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