Announce: Entangle “Top” release 0.7.1 – an app for tethered camera control & capture

Posted: February 21st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Entangle, Fedora, Photography | 1 Comment »

I am pleased to announce a new release 0.7.1 of Entangle is available for download from the usual location:

  http://entangle-photo.org/download/

The this is mostly a bug fix release, but there was a little feature work on the film strip viewer widget. It has been rewritten to dynamically scale thumbnails according to the available space, and caches thumbnails at 256px size instead of 128px.

  • Fix linking problem with strict linkers
  • Misc spelling fixes to online help docs
  • Replace use of GSimpleAsyncResult with GTask
  • Specify versions when importing from python plugins
  • Remove use of deprecated GTK APIs
  • Render image stats overlay partially transparent
  • Fix error reporting when saving settings
  • Flush events after capture to avoid accidentally restarting preview
  • Make Nikon fine focus stepping finer
  • Ensure images are sorted by last modified date
  • Switch from 128 px to 256 px thumbnail sizes to benefit larger high dpi screens
  • Rewrite film strip browser to dynamically resize icons to fit available space
  • Draw symbolic icons in film strip if image is not yet loaded
  • Refresh translations from Zanata

Announce: Entangle “Charm” release 0.7.0 – an app for tethered camera control & capture

Posted: March 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Entangle, Fedora, Photography | Tags: , | No Comments »

I am pleased to announce a new release 0.7.0 of Entangle is available for download from the usual location:

  http://entangle-photo.org/download/

The main features introduced in this release are a brand new logo, a plugin for automated capture of image sequences and the start of a help manual. The full set of changes is

  • Require GLib >= 2.36
  • Import new logo design
  • Switch to using zanata.org for translations
  • Set default window icon
  • Introduce an initial help manual via yelp
  • Use shared library for core engine to ensure all symbols are exported to plugins
  • Add framework for scripting capture operations
  • Workaround camera busy problems with Nikon cameras
  • Add a plugin for repeated capture sequences
  • Replace progress bar with spinner icon

The Entangle project has a bit of a quantum physics theme in its application name and release code names. So primary inspiration for the new logo was the interference patterns from (electromagnetic) waves. As well as being an alternate representation of an interference pattern, the connecting filaments can also be considered to represent the (USB) cable connecting camera & computer. The screenshot of the about dialog shows the new logo used in the application:

Logo

Announce: Entangle “Strange” release 0.6.1 – an app for tethered camera control & capture

Posted: February 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Entangle, Fedora, Photography | Tags: , | No Comments »

I am pleased to announce a new release 0.6.1 of Entangle is available for download from the usual location:

  http://entangle-photo.org/download/

This release has primarily involved bug fixing, but one major user visible change is a rewrite of the camera control panel. Instead of showing all possible camera controls (which can imply 100’s of widgets), only 7 commonly used controls are displayed initially. Other controls can be optionally enabled at the discretion of the user and customization is remembered per camera model.

  • Require GTK >= 3.4
  • Fix check for GIO package in configure
  • Add missing icons to Makefile
  • Follow freedesktop thumbnail standard storage location
  • Refactor capture code to facilitate plugin script automation
  • Fix bug causing plugin to be displayed more than once
  • Make histogram height larger
  • Strip trailing ‘2’ from widget labels to be more friendly
  • Completely rewrite control panel display to show a small, user configurable subset from all the camera controls.
  • Remember custom list of camera controls per camera model
  • Hide compiler warnings from new glib atomic opertaions
  • Update to newer gnulib compiler warnings code
  • Remove broken double buffering code that’s no required when using GTK3
  • Remove use of deprecated GtkMisc APis
  • Allow camera picker list to show multiple lines
  • Remove crufty broken code from session browser that was breaking with new GTK versions
  • Disable libraw auto brightness since it totally overexposes many images, generally making things look worse
  • Fix memory leak handling camera events
  • Add keywords to desktop & appdata files

ANNOUNCE: AstroWeather – a GNOME Shell extension for astronomical weather forecasts

Posted: June 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Fedora, Photography | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

In the time off over Christmas and the New Year I decided to investigate & learn about the creation of GNOME Shell extensions. As an amateur astronomer, I have an interest in knowing what the “seeing conditions” will be like in the forthcoming nights. There are a number of different websites which provide forecasts, as well as apps for Android and iPhone. I use the Android AstroPanel application quite frequently, but most of the day I’m sitting in front of my laptop and would rather have the data presented there, alongside the regular weather forecast, rather than on my phone. So after finding that extensions are quite simple to create, I decided to create an extension for displaying an astronomical weather forecast for GNOME Shell.

The design of my extension is a cross between the well known Weather extension and the 7Timer/AstroPanel forecast display. Rather than describe it, just look at this screenshot:

AstroWeather GNOME Shell Extension

AstroWeather GNOME Shell Extension

The actual weather forecast is obtained from the 7Timer REST service using the Soup HTTP client APIs, which conveniently returns JSON data perfect for accessing from JavaScript. The times for sunrise/sunset are calculated locally, using code that I derived from the BSD licensed suncalc project. Finally the locations are pulled from the GNOME GWeather database.

The first release of AstroWeather is available for installation with GNOME 3.10 from the GNOME Shell Extensions website. I didn’t realize that you had to list every single darn GNOME shell version explicitly in the metadata.json file, so while it works fine with GNOME 3.12, the extensions website will seemingly refuse to let you install it :-( I’ll upload a new version which explicitly says it supports 3.12 soon. There’s also a slight bug with sunrise/sunset calculations which cause it to display “Invalid Date” if there is no sunset/sunset time available – in the UK we’re far enough north that you never get any astronomical sunset in June, and I forgot to handle that possibility since I wrote the code when it was nice and dark :-)

The, GPLv2+ licensed, source code is available as a GIT repository on gitorious.org

As well as fixing bugs, in the future I’d like to make it possible to specify arbitrary locations with long+lat since the GWeather location database is very limited in its choices. Using some kind of GeoIP service would make it possible to just “do the right thing” for your current location. I’d also like to have it display the phase of the moon, inform you which planets will be visible overnight and list any ISS overhead passes. Finally I want to integrate with astronomical forecast data sources beyond 7Timer, since their REST API has sadly been having extended periods of downtime. Contributions from any other interested people are of course welcome, either patches via email or merge requests via gitorious.

Announce: Entangle “Down” release 0.6.0 – An app for tethered camera control & capture

Posted: May 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Entangle, Fedora, Photography | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I am pleased to announce a new release 0.6.0 of Entangle is available for download from the usual location:

  http://entangle-photo.org/download/

This release has a mixture of bug fixes and new features / changes and new widget styling

  • Add a demonstration plugin for setting up a captive photo box display mode
  • Switch to use Python3 for plugin engine instead of JavaScript
  • Use GTK dark theme
  • Require GNOME symbolic icon theme to be installed
  • Switch to require lcms2 instead of lcms
  • Move application icon into a standard directory mandated to work with the appdata tools
  • Make manual focus work with Canon EOS cameras
  • Disable flickering progress bar in preview mode with Canon EOS cameras
  • Remove use of deprecated GTK methods/classes/constants
  • Remove use of gexiv2 method which is not long exported
  • Remove use of deprecated libpeas methods
  • Add GTK-DOC transfer annotations / docs to all methods
  • Avoid loosing camera capabilities on disconnect
  • Fix off by one in histogram tables causing memory corruption
  • Mark appdata / desktop files for translation
  • Fix typos in README file
  • Fix inverted tests when checking if range widget changed
  • Avoid storm of expose events due to auto-drawer widget
  • Avoid never ending circular update of controls causing errors in some camera modes
  • Add workaround for crazy D5100 camera serial number
  • Add customizable highlight/background for images
  • Avoid reference leak of windows preventing proper cleanup
  • Remove camera manual/about/driver help windows since it did not contain any info useful to users
  • Filter list of cameras in connect dialog to only those which support capture/preview
  • Don’t auto connect to cameras which don’t support capture or preview
  • Ensure parent window is set on dialogs to prevent them falling behind main window
  • Fix crash with latest GTK due to incorrect overriding of GtkApplication startup method
  • Update to cope with changed GExiv API version
  • Refreshed translations from transifex

Thanks to the great work of the Fedora translation team, Entangle has > 90% translation coverage for Dutch, Polish, Ukrainian, French and Japanese and > 80% coverage for Swedish, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and German. If you are in a position to help translate Entangle further, consider joining the Fedora translation team.