[Kst] Status / 2.0.5

Barth Netterfield netterfield at astro.utoronto.ca
Sat Feb 25 16:43:53 UTC 2012

On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 6:01 PM,  <nicolas.brisset at free.fr> wrote:
> Hi,
> ... "Lock Position to Data" feature in view objects....

> - Add an action to do it directly in the context menu of view objects

Good idea.  Will do.  But I think it should also stay in the view item dialog.
In fact, I would like to improve (bug fix) the dialog so that:
  arrows and lines list endpoints not box dimensions
  circles list center and radius
  when in 'lock pos to data' mode, the dimensions are in data coordinates.

> - Change the name of the "Dimensions" category in the dialog to "Size/Position" to make it more consistent

Sounds fine to me.

> Apart from that, as you have probably seen I've just submitted a very detailed proposal for the implementation of the ASCII time feature in the ASCII data source attached to bug #243684. I don't have time to code it right now, especially as it is not completely trivial. But I think the proposal is quite mature and judging by the number of requests we get for that feature, it would be very nice to have it for 2.0.5 (or 2.0.6 if it is going to take a bit longer). Barth, Peter: do you feel like tackling it? Please at least take some time to read my entries and look at the mockups.

I will take a look at it.

> Finally, regarding new features I'd like to get into 2.0.5: I have been looking at matio lately and I think adding support for Matlab's .mat files is very feasible. I'm planning to give it a try. I'll let you know how it turns out.

.mat files would be great!  Not sure we want to delay 2.0.5 for it though.

> So to sum up, my proposal for 2.0.5 would be to add Matlab file support, ASCII time support and all the neat things (like lock position to data) which are already in svn.

I would like to release 2.0.5 with no new features - just a few
polishes at most, as well as some documentation for scripting.

> Then I'd finally do those video tutorials for the website (I have a new graphics board with which it works much better). That'd be a very compelling release.

Our current users would benefit from the stuff we already have, so I
would prefer to get it out in a week or two.  We can release 2.0.6 as
soon as the suggestions you have are ready, plus a real release of

> What do you think?

C. Barth Netterfield
University of Toronto

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