Release Notes


Version 2.3
(released 7/27/2008)
  • Changed the galaxy image to use the latest Spitzer "two arm" image.
  • Removed several duplicate object entries.
  • Update User Manual.

Version 2.2
(released 4/5/2008)
  • Constrained the zoom amounts so you can't zoom in more than 2 light-years FOV nor out more than 40 billion light-years.
  • Fixed a drawing problem with Leopard on Mac OS X. The constellation sectors weren't being drawn correctly.
  • Fixed some of the button layout issues in the Find dialog under Mac OS X with Leopard.

Version 2.1
(released 12/6/2007)
  • Added preference that will decouple vertical scrolling in the two panes in Galaxy View. This will allow you to independently vertically scroll the two panes.
  • Added the Leo 1 Dwarf Galaxy to the list of local group galaxies in the presets.
  • Added buttons in the Find dialog that allow you to do most text entry using only the mouse. This eliminates the need to use a light to illuminate the keyboard during a find operation.
  • Split the Constellation Preset into 3 groups (Constellations A-C, Constellations D-O, and Constellations P-Z. Some versions of Windows don't have scrolling menus and the simple directory had too many items to display properly.
  • A few tweaks to the UI to make it look better under Mac OS X 10.5
  • Added Preference to display object distances in parsecs rather than light-years.

Version 2.0.1
(released 7/30/2007)
  • Fixed bug the in handling of the image cache for downloadd DSS images.
  • Fixed bug where DSS images didn't display properly with the 1.4 Java VM.

Version 2.0
(released 7/29/2007)
  • "Where is M13?" is now Freeware! You may now download and use it for free. There is no need to purchase a license.
  • "Where is M13?" is now fully "document-based" and supports having multiple documents open at at once in separate windows.
  • New "Notes feature allows you to annotate "Where is M13?" documents using HTML text. Great for creating example documents that explain themselves.
  • "Presets" menu added for quickly opening interesting example documents. Where is M13? comes pre-populated with various examples. Users are able to add their own preset documents to the menu by adding them of a "WhereIsM13_Presets" directory either in "My Documents" (windows) or in your home directory (Mac OS X and Linux).
  • Ability to select an object and download and view the Deep Sky Survey image of it. This feature requires Internet access for the initial retrieval but it is cached for later use.
  • New "Filters" menu allows easier setting of object and catalog Filters.
  • New "Dark Theme" available. Using this theme in conjunction with a red filter or red color setting lessens the disturbance of your night vision.
  • You can now copy the various images (face-on view, edge-on view, sky view) to the system clipboard by right clicking the desired image and choosing the "Copy Image to Clipboard" command.
  • All stars brighter than approximately 5.8 magnitude have been added to the database.
  • Double stars added to the database. Their "size" property shows their separation.
  • Data on 45 OB associations have been added to the database.
  • Age data on most open clusters has been added to the database.
  • A "Cycle Through Views" command has been added to quickly switch between the Galaxy and Sky view.
  • The Zoom slider has been replaced with zoom buttons that allow an unlimited (within reason) range of zooming.
  • A Windows menu has been added that lists all open documents and allows you to select one to bring it to the front.
  • The following document settings are now stored and remembered with a document: Label Spiral Arms, Label Bright Stars, Label Deep Sky Objects, Show Constellation Sectors.
  • Corrected a typo on IC 2118, the Witch Head Nebula
  • Corrected location of M2.
  • Numerous other small bugs fixed.

Version 1.6
(released 7/25/2006)
  • Added menu commands with keyboard shortcuts for
    1. showing Fiters dialog,
    2. toggling between displaying apparent and physical data,
    3. toggling between back on white and white on black,
    4. selecting all objects in the Object List
    5. deselecting all objects in the Object List.
    6. cycling through the views.
  • Added a check for whether you have java 1.4 or higher. If not, your browser is opened and directed to the Java download page.
  • Corrected the NGC numbers for M1 and M2.
  • Fixed a sorting problem for combined NGC objects like NGC 1554/55.

Version 1.5
(released 6/6/2006)
  • Added a Quick Start information window that comes up when you first run Where is M13?
  • In Sky View, objects are now drawn proportional to their apparent size (above a minimum size). The objects are not drawn in their correct orientation.
  • Added Zoom In and Zoom Out menu commands with keyboard equivalents.
  • Changed the highlight color of the object table so it is more visible under red light.
  • You can now enable labeling of the deep sky objects and bright stars in both Galaxy View and Sky View.
  • Added buttons to the Filter dialog to select "all" or "none" of the checkboxes for both the object types and catalogs.
  • Fixed bug where autozoom didn't work if you were zoomed way out and the selcted deep sky object was not a galaxy.
  • Added many more globular clusters, planetary nebulae and diffuse nebulae to the database. The database now holds 838 objects.
  • Added Find Again command to the File menu.

Version 1.4.1
(released 5/11/2006)
  • Changed the direction the scroll wheel is rotated for zooming in or out.
  • Removed the "Lite" version. Now there is just a 10 day trial period.
  • Several small cosmetic changes.

Version 1.4
(released 5/2/2006)
  • The 100 brightest stars have been added to the database. In order to see them effectively, the maximum zoom in amount has been changed by an order of magnitude.
  • The Palomar and Terzan globular clusters have been added to the database.
  • You can now turn on labeling of the spiral arms in Galaxy View.
  • You can now enable labeling of the deep sky objects and bright stars in both Galaxy View and Sky View.
  • The zoom control in Galaxy View has been improved. You now have better control while zoomed all the way in or out. Also added small buttons above and below the zoom slider to give finer control while zooming.
  • There is a new menu command to center the Sun in the field of view.
  • There is a new menu command to automatically zoom and scroll the Galaxy View to ensure the selected object is in view.
  • There is a new menu command to reset the Galaxy View. It centers the view on the galactic core and sets the zoom so the whole galaxy should be visible.
  • The Show Sector Window command has been removed. Now there is a new menu command to optionally display the Milky Way Constellation sector directly on the face-on Galaxy View.
  • Made some small changes in the way scaling happens when printing the Galaxy View. The printed output better mirrors what you see on the screen.
  • Changed the way lines are drawn to objects that are far outside the field of view. Now the line is drawn only for the selected object and only if the selected object is outside the current field of view.

Version 1.3.1
(released 4/8/2006)
  • Fixed bug where Galaxy View would turn white while zooming in after being scrolled to the edge of the view.
  • The last directory we loaded from or saved to is now remembered.
  • Fixed bug where selected deep sky object was lost when toggling "Show apparent data".
  • Fixed display bug on Windows where the splash screen wouldn't immediately refresh when the license dialog was dismissed.

Version 1.3
(released 4/6/2006)
  • First commercial release.
  • Added Caldwell and selected NGC/IC and Collinder objects to the catalog 601 objects total.
  • Added Find dialog.
  • Added saving and loading sets of objects.
  • Added Sector Map that shows which constellations you look at when looking in various galactic directions.
  • Added field of view indicator in Galactic View.
  • Added Licensing code.
  • Added checkbox to toggle between showing black on white or white on black.
  • Added checkbox to toggle between showing absolute data and apparent data.
  • Add User Manual.
  • New splash screen.
  • Changed user interface so all objects can be displayed in the same table with filters for which types are actually displayed.
  • Fixed bug in sorting of objects size.
  • Fixed bug where selecting an object when the table was sorted didn't scroll it into view.
  • The Galactic Map now runs from +90 to -90 in galactic latitude.

Version 1.2
(released 2/19/2006)
  • Added scrolling and zooming of the Galactic View.
  • Added a Galactic Map that shows the night sky plotted in galactic coordinates.
  • The object lists can now be sorted in by the various physical properties of the objects.

version 1.1
(released 11/12/2005)
  • First public release.