Posts by hank

by hank
07.02.2008, 17:35
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Benefits of 'chase' mode?
Replies: 7
Views: 3148

Re: Benefits of 'chase' mode?

It's interesting that you should mention this. I'm nearly finished with a complete rewrite of the observer frame code and was contemplating making this very change to chase mode, and also redefining phase lock mode to use the velocity vector as as the second frame vector. IIRC, the primary vector i...
by hank
10.01.2008, 19:45
Forum: Development
Topic: Open Source
Replies: 30
Views: 10454

Re: Open Source

Why People like Selden is not included and cited as part of the dev team. That's because I'm not. I'm an "advanced user." Celestia makes it possible for me finally to construct things I've dreamed about most of my life, so I tend to try to make it do things that are at the limits of its capabilitie...
by hank
10.01.2008, 17:58
Forum: Development
Topic: Open Source
Replies: 30
Views: 10454

Re: Open Source

The main way in which Celestia is departing from the bazaar model is on the 'release early, release often' motto, but that's mainly because we aren't that many working on it. As it has already been said by others we would all love to have a larger team, and we are open to new contributions, the pro...
by hank
05.11.2007, 03:04
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: I think Celestia needs some serious UI help
Replies: 41
Views: 15675

Re: I think Celestia needs some serious UI help

Hank, which parts of the Celestia UI are you considering suitable for "Lua Hookification"? Which parts are you thinking would make more sense as a C++ GUI? (Qt?) As described above, my recent experiment doesn't use the Lua Hook mechanism in Celestia as such, but rather implements the main event loo...
by hank
05.11.2007, 00:34
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: I think Celestia needs some serious UI help
Replies: 41
Views: 15675

Re: I think Celestia needs some serious UI help

The performance is an important issue. I am obsessed by performance in all my projects. I know that is wrong in principle because a software first of all has to work. Of course performance is important, but it's usually a mistake to focus on performance prematurely. In my vision I would like that c...
by hank
05.11.2007, 00:03
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Celestia development volunteers?
Replies: 156
Views: 50706

Re: Celestia development volunteers?

Another question is jumping in my mind continuously in this period. How the celestians wiki should be integrated in the current development process? How the official developers is supposed that will interact with this tool? In other words if we will update the roadmap, we will discuss about the imp...
by hank
04.11.2007, 23:26
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: I think Celestia needs some serious UI help
Replies: 41
Views: 15675

Re: I think Celestia needs some serious UI help

ElChristou wrote:As the Edu tool do have a light impact on the FPS, I was wondering if it was the same under your test...

I don't believe the Lua Edu Tools have had any substantial performance optimization. I ignored performance entirely in my test.

- Hank
by hank
04.11.2007, 22:26
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: I think Celestia needs some serious UI help
Replies: 41
Views: 15675

Re: I think Celestia needs some serious UI help

ElChristou wrote:But without the platform specific GUI, right?

Right.

- Hank
by hank
04.11.2007, 20:47
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: I think Celestia needs some serious UI help
Replies: 41
Views: 15675

Re: I think Celestia needs some serious UI help

ElChristou wrote:
hank wrote:...I've done some experiments with a more direct approach for a Lua-based GUI, and the results seemed promising...

No way to have a look to this test? :P

Have you tried Vincent's Lua Edu Tools? My test looks essentially the same (as it uses the Lua Edu Tools code).

- Hank
by hank
04.11.2007, 20:38
Forum: Development
Topic: VS cleanup
Replies: 8
Views: 3854

Re: VS cleanup

Paolo wrote:Since we are talking about cleanup in general I would like to suggest the adoption of a more complete coding standard...

Paolo,

Why don't you go ahead and create a wiki page for this topic?

- Hank
by hank
04.11.2007, 20:28
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: I think Celestia needs some serious UI help
Replies: 41
Views: 15675

Re: I think Celestia needs some serious UI help

I still would like to see some sort of simple and effective GL UI in pure videogames style. E.g. the Stellarium one. Vincent's Lua Edu Tools uses a cross-platform GUI based on Lua and OpenGL (which are already built into Celestia). The toolkit is fairly primitive, but nicely demonstrates the possib...
by hank
04.11.2007, 19:18
Forum: Development
Topic: VS cleanup
Replies: 8
Views: 3854

Re: VS cleanup

Why in the CVS tree there are still very very old visual studio prj files? Why those files are not replaced by the current updated sln files for VS 2005? Why winlibs are not included in CVS? PLEASE! Don't say that a decent C++ programmer can get rid of those problems very quickly!!!! It's simply a ...
by hank
04.11.2007, 18:57
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: I think Celestia needs some serious UI help
Replies: 41
Views: 15675

Re: I think Celestia needs some serious UI help

chris wrote:I'm doing my own investigations into Qt, but I won't actually start writing code without coordinating with Christophe and the other devs (and of course, not before finishing 1.5.0.)

Has anybody looked at wxWidgets?

- Hank
by hank
03.11.2007, 23:47
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Celestia development volunteers?
Replies: 156
Views: 50706

Re: Celestia development volunteers?

????? A little bit of confusion and redundancy..... Which is the tool that the new developer volunteers should use? Please don't say ALL.... ... Develpers should concentrate on code, info and data not on documentation tools. Hi Paolo. I've suggested using the public WikiSpace (http://celestians.wik...
by hank
02.11.2007, 13:53
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Celestia 1.5.0 prerelease 4
Replies: 72
Views: 31277

Re: Bug in 150pre4

If this is not the proper thread to report 1.5.0pre4 bugs, please move this to the right place. I have been waiting for 1.5.0pre4 to come out so that a major bug in atmospheric lighting would be fixed. Alas ... it is still there. In broad daylight, if I look up into the sky, I can see most of the p...
by hank
02.11.2007, 02:42
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Where is VY Canis Majoris?
Replies: 69
Views: 27858

Re: Where is VY Canis Majoris?

One doesn't have to be a practicing physicist to understand this issue. With that I certainly agree. But you must also grant me the professional ability to judge when someone has NOT understood this physics issue and YET continues to produce "hot air" posts. This was not the first time and at some ...
by hank
01.11.2007, 00:02
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Where is VY Canis Majoris?
Replies: 69
Views: 27858

Re: Where is VY Canis Majoris?

Presumably the values used would have a reasonable scientific basis, which would be clearly documented. Unlike you, Grant correctly stated: I doubt if there is a scientific approach that could generate accurate radii for red giants and supergiants without using prohibitively complex calculations. S...
by hank
31.10.2007, 22:00
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Where is VY Canis Majoris?
Replies: 69
Views: 27858

Re: Where is VY Canis Majoris?

I never talked of a veto, but I put in my vote. And I justified my vote from the experienced perspective of a senior professional scientist. ... And now you come along, suggesting that I don't have a veto and rather we should return to undocumented "jigger factors"... Actually, I believe it was Gra...
by hank
31.10.2007, 20:01
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Where is VY Canis Majoris?
Replies: 69
Views: 27858

Re: Where is VY Canis Majoris?

I just have no desire to do work which I know will not be well received, since Fridger is generally quite direct with his negative feedback. As a user of Celestia, my sympathies are with Cham on this; but given the choice between doing work which is welcome and work which is not, I trust you'll und...
by hank
31.10.2007, 19:08
Forum: Celestia Users
Topic: Where is VY Canis Majoris?
Replies: 69
Views: 27858

Re: Where is VY Canis Majoris?

It's certainly better than reporting grossly incorrect radii. I certainly agree with that. I always found it misleading that Celestia prints star radii out, based on a very primitive estimate, as if it was reading out a sophisticated data base! Celestia should say something like "estimated radius",...

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