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Version 3.0.230 (10/24/2021)
Relief rendering of some satellites of Jupiter and Saturn.
Version 3.0.227 (10/04/2021)
Objects are no longer locked by default.
Version 3.0.225 (09/29/2021)
Version 3.0.222 (09/15/2021)
Optimisation of the 3d representation of the surface of the Earth, Mars and the Moon.
Android (paid version) : the 3d display of surfaces is now possible, but you need a device compatible with the standard openGL ES 3.2 or more.
Version 3.0.220 (09/11/2021)
In the paid version, asteroids and comets are represented individually in 3D using different methods: space imagery, radar imagery or light curves (limited to identification numbers < 100 for the moment).
Version 3.0.219 (08/28/2021)
More efficient zooming
Android: fewer permissions needed to install W3
Android: use of .aab format to reduce the size of updates
Version 3.0.218 (07/15/2021)
Fixed a problem affecting the display of planets in planetarium mode.
Version 3.0.207 (05/21/2021)
New menu (Android 3).
Version 3.0.204 (04/22/2021)
Improved appearance of the stars (in particular, it is now possible to adjust the color saturation).
Version 3.0.203 (04/16/2021)
WinStars 3 is now compatible with the Raspberry Pi 4 & 400 nanocomputers.
Version 3.0.199 (04/06/2021)
DSS in color.
Version 3.0.196 (04/01/2021)
New settings available in Display/Options.
Version 3.0.192 (03/21/2021)
Improved font and color settings box.
Version 3.0.191 (03/15/2021)
New presentation of the dialog boxes.
Android: new menu system.
Version 3.0.189 (02/13/2021)
New menu (classic) to remove icons.
Improvement of the interface.
Version 3.0.188 (01/30/2021)
Version 3.0.187 (01/21/2021)
Translation into Bulgarian (thank you Georgi! )
Version 3.0.183 (01/13/2021)
Faster text display.
The program regularly consults a weather website to automatically collect the pressure and temperature of the observation site.
Correction of a bug affecting the entry of negative numbers in dialog boxes.
New shortcuts. Various improvements.
Version 3.0.182 (01/06/2021)
It is now possible to select an object by keeping a long press on it.
Improved 3D visualisation of the stars when moving among them.
Version 3.0.181 (12/30/2020)
Very significant improvement of graphics performance. W3 now works on the smallest Android devices.
Version 3.0.180 (12/22/2020)
Version 3.0.176 (12/16/2020)
Version 3.0.173 (12/03/2020)
Improvement of the Search box (you can now type a name without diacritical signs).
Version 3.0.172 (11/28/2020)
What is the origin of the names of the stars? (learning module)
Version 3.0.167 (11/15/2020)
A new feature “Tonight” has been added (under development)
Version 3.0.166 (10/31/2020)
Improvement of the representation of the constellations
Update of the OpenNGC catalogue
Version 3.0.165 (10/27/2020)
Star names in Russian (thank you Sergey!)
Version 3.0.162 (10/21/2020)
Icons to locate deep sky objects more easily.
The new ” learning astronomy ” function is developing rapidly.
The program speaks!
Version 3.0.159 (10/11/2020)
Integration of users’ suggestions.
Version 3.0.157 (10/08/2020)
Implementation of an astronomy education module (under development).
Asteroids and comets will gradually be represented with their real form.
Correction of defects in the interface.
Version 3.0.154 (09/20/2020)
The labels of the objects no longer overlap.
Android: fixed a flickering window problem in portrait mode.
Version 3.0.151 (09/10/2020)
Introduction of a new option to reduce the amount of text displayed on the starry sky. This option is useful for small configurations (phones, tablets).
Version 3.0.148 (09/04/2020)
Planetarium mode: corrected many defects that appear when using a high magnification (imprecise pointer coordinates, misalignment of DSS plates, difficulties in selecting an object).
Planetarium mode: the Moon is represented with better resolution if textures are available.
Planetarium mode: the planet surface is rendered faster.
Version 3.0.147 (09/02/2020)
WinStars uses Indi (https://indilib.org/) for controlling telescopes under macOS.
Version 3.0.146 (09/01/2020)
WinStars uses Indi (https://indilib.org/) for controlling telescopes under Linux.
Version 3.0.145 (08/24/2020)
The interface and 3d visualization now work at the same speed. By clicking on a window and moving it to the left, it is now possible to close it.
Version 3.0.144 (08/22/2020)
Correction of the interface
First iOS tests
Version 3.0.141 (08/02/2020)
Preparation of an iOS version
Version 3.0.138 (07/01/2020)
Android: various improvements
Version 3.0.136 (05/12/2020)
Android: adjusts the display with the orientation of the mobile phone
Version 3.0.134 (05/05/2020)
Version 3.0.132 (04/30/2020)
Geologic map of the Moon (US Geological Survey) . Version 3.0.131 (04/28/2020)
Improved orbits representation.
Version 3.0.129 (04/19/2020)
Android: Interface improvement.
Version 3.0.128 (04/12/2020)
Integration of the DE438 planetary model from the
Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Code refactoring of the source code.
Version 3.0.121 (03/06/2020)
Displaying the Starlink megaconstellation.
Version 3.0.118 (02/24/2020)
Introduction of tessellation: the surface of planets in 3D.
Version 3.0.115 (02/11/2020)
New “Search” dialog box
Improved video mode.
Windows, Linux: reduction in the amount of data to download during an update.
Version 3.0.113 (02/07/2020)
Better sky color according to the time of day.
Version 3.0.110 (01/25/2020)
Switching to OpenGL 3.3 graphics standards for desktop versions and OpenGL ES 3.0 for mobile versions.
Vertex Array Objects to speed up the display of the stars. Improvement of the Saturn representation.
Fixed a bug affecting the search of the objects.
Android: dialog boxes never accepted text input from the virtual keyboard !
Fixed a bug that caused stars with magnitude greater than 13 to be displayed several times and slowed down the program considerably.
Version 3.0.106 (01/15/2020)
Fixed bugs affecting the fullscreen mode.
Version 3.0.105 (01/12/2020)
By double-clicking on the name of an object you can now select an object.
Version 3.0.104 (12/26/2019)
Real-time magnitude of Betelgeuse.
Modification of the
Animations box. New icon in the menu system used to reverse the time.
Version 3.0.102 (12/11/2019)
Fixed a problem with the Presentation box.
Version 3.0.101 (12/10/2019)
Introduction of the delta T time correction by Espenak and Meeus (2006).
Reverse the double left and right mouse clicks for better use on PCs with touch screens.
Updated libraries used by WinStars (Assimp, Quazip, zlib, Freetype).
Version 3.0.100 (11/19/2019)
Version 3.0.99 (11/15/2019)
Version 3.0.98 (11/13/2019)
Android: better display of menus
Version 3.0.97 (11/05/2019)
Version 3.0.96 (10/22/2019)
Better font rendering
Version 3.0.94 (10/19/2019)
Improved interface (font size and colors, adjustable width of the “Information” box).
Improvement of the “Ephemeris” box.
Android : improvement of the “virtual reality mode”.
Version 3.0.93 (08/10/2019)
Improvement of the Russian version of the program.
Version 3.0.90 (07/20/2019)
Apollo 11 module : A small homage to the first steps on the Moon.
Translation of WinStars (website and software) into Russian. Thanks Sergey !
Version 3.0.89 (07/19/2019)
Android: compiled versions optimized for arm64-v8a and x86 processors
High-precision calculation module DE406 Version 3.0.88 (07/16/2019)
Galactic Module: Explore in 3D large clusters of galaxies Version 3.0.86 (06/17/2019)
Real time Hubble’s orientation Version 3.0.85 (06/10/2019)
The German version is complete (thank you Pedro!)
Preparation of the 3D navigation among the galaxies of the EDD catalogue
Version 3.0.84 (06/01/2019)
The AD/Dec and Azi/hau grids finally have labels
Version 3.0.83 (05/28/2019)
New deep sky catalogue (OpenNGC)
Version 3.0.81 (05/21/2019)
Source code refactoring
German translation (thanks Pedro Gomez!)
Version 3.0.79 (05/02/2019)
Improved 3D navigation among stars
Optimized module decompression
Version 3.0.78 (04/27/2019)
Rotation around objects is now easier with the mouse
Version 3.0.75 (04/19/2019)
Addition of the Gaia DR 2 catalogue
Update of the SAC catalogue
Version 3.0.74 (03/27/2019)
Improvement of the rendering of the surface of the planets
Enhanced display of 3D objects
Version 3.0.72 (03/07/2019)
The satellites are visible in the planetarium mode.
Still in planetarium mode, the Moon’s surface is now represented using high resolution textures. Place names are also displayed.
3D object display improved
Version 3.0.68 (02/14/2019)
Displays the position of many artificial satellites around the Earth.
WinStars will work even in the case of a main server failure.
Version 3.0.67 (01/27/2019)
New menu option (Maintenance) for reinitialising all settings, clearing the cache or uninstalling the program
Version 3.0.66 (01/25/2019)
Version 3.0.65 (01/23/2019)
Version 3.0.64 (01/21/2019)
More accurate selection of objects in planetarium mode
Improvement of the interface
Version 3.0.63 (01/18/2019)
Improvement of the interface
Version 3.0.62 (01/14/2019)
Compatible with the blender 3D object format
Detailed model of the International Space Station
Fixed minor bugs related to asteroids and comets
Version 3.0.61 (01/12/2019)
New “Geographical position” dialog box
Version 3.0.60 (01/07/2019)
Fixed a problem with white boxes displayed on Intel HD Graphics
Version 3.0.58 (01/04/2019)
Fixed a problem with textures on 3D objects
Improvement of the fisheye effect
Version 3.0.57 (01/02/2019)
Version 3.0.56 (12/22/2018)
This version manages objects in fbx format and improves the 3D rendering speed.
Version 3.0.55 (09/04/2018)
Version 3.0.53 (09/02/2018)
Android : new system menu
Faster star rendering
Improvement of program behavior in windowed mode
Version 3.0.52 (08/25/2018)
New planetary surface rendering technique
Sun reflection in the oceans
Displays the names of craters, plains and fissures visible on the surface of planets and satellites
Fixed a bug affecting comets and asteroids
Version 3.0.51 (08/09/2018)
New “time and date” dialog box
Symbolic representation of deep sky objects
Many interface improvements
New icon to adjust the sky view according to the device’s sensors
Fixed a bug affecting the saving of parameters
An x86 version is now available
Version 3.0.42 (07/27/2018)
Many improvements, especially for the Android version
Version 3.0.32 (07/19/2018)
WinStars 3 full version becomes free for Linux
Fix OpenGL issues
Improved font display
Modification of “Asteroids” and “Comets” boxes
Better display of the relief on the Moon and Mars
Version 3.0.31 (07/16/2018)
Software performance optimization
“news” dialog box
Brighter sky for a better usability
Version 3.0.30 (06/18/2018)
The “observer position” dialog box has disappeared due to the update to version 5.11 of Qt.
In planetarium mode, the display disappeared if you searched the Earth.
Version 3.0.29 (05/28/2018)
First stable version of WinStars 3
Optimization of the Android version
Version 3.0.26 beta (05/19/2018)
Adding a video module
Changing menus in the Android version
Version 3.0.24 beta (04/26/2018)
Faster line drawing
Display menus faster
Correction of errors concerning the precession of equinoxes
New “Ephemeris” dialog box
Various adjustments (zoom limitation, ability to copy text from the information box and ephemeris)
Version 3.0.23 beta (2018/04/07)
Better moon surface rendering
Faster rendering of the “information” dialog box
Adjusting the screen brightness
Fixed an issue with loading fonts
Version 3.0.22 beta (2018/03/30)
New module “Oumuamua”
Version 3.0.21 beta (2018/03/16)
Full screen mode
Access to Wikipedia pages for main objects
Improved fonts and colors
Improved module management
Many bugs fixed
Version 3.0.20 beta (2018/03/09)
Fixed a bug that causes a crash of the program when comets and/or asteroids are activated
Version 3.0.19 beta (2018/03/09)
Activation of telescope control (ASCOM interface) under Windows
Draws a line representing the horizon if a landscape is not displayed
Fixed “license” dialog box
Better rendering of the atmosphere of the planets
Version 3.0.18 beta (2018/02/27)
Improvement of the textures
Improvement of the “normal mapping” technique simulating the planets’ surfaces
Ability to select and track a star in the Tycho2 catalogue
Version 3.0.17 beta (2018/02/20)
“Brunier” module ( Improvement of sky rendering)
Version 3.0.16 beta (2018/02/16)
SSL connection error fixed
Version 3.0.15 beta (2018/02/15)
3D Models of phobos, Deimos and asteroids Many bugs fixed
Version 3.0.8 alpha (2018/01/09)
Textures update for the Sun and Pluto
Correction of a huge memory leak in the menu module
Many bugs fixed
Runs now on macOS & Ubuntu