The astroimaging program Nebulosity will become open source according to its creator, Craig Stark.
In a recent announcement Stark stated, “Nebulosity is turning 16 years old this fall, having started back in 2005. Those were the days of Window XP, OS X 10.4 (Tiger), and my now college-aged child being not even 2 years old. It’s grown from “a simple capture application” for the SAC-10 camera into a full-fledged application based on over 71,000 lines of C/C++ code written by one developer. It’s time now for its next major evolution. Just as PHD Guiding morphed into PHD2 with the OpenPHD project, this fall, Nebulosity will be going open-source.”
He continued. “When that happens, I will stop selling licenses and will have a free version posted on the Nebulosity website. This will still take some time, but I want to be as open with users as possible. If you can wait and want it for free, wait. If you want it now and want to make sure you have a working version of it that doesn’t rely on my open-sourcing efforts, buy it now. It’s entirely up to you. But, rather than just flip a switch and have it happen overnight, I wanted to give people as much lead time as possible.”
Nebulosity is designed to be a powerful, but simple to use capture and processing application for Windows (7/8/10 32/64 bit) and OS X (10.7-14). A huge array of cameras are supported for capture and images from just about anything can be processed (support for many FITS formats, PNG, TIFF, JPEG, DSLR RAW files, etc).
Its goal is to suit people ranging from the novice imager who wants to create his or her first images to the advanced imager who wants a convenient, flexible capture application for use in the field. In it, you get a host of purpose-built, powerful tools to make the most out of your images and imaging sessions.
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