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Message 1773876 - Posted: 25 Mar 2016, 7:55:45 UTC

SETIspirit is not reporting the world position in the main form anymore

Instead SETIspirit displays a question mark. Also the world position delta sometimes will not be showed.

The boinc stats webpage has changed it's html source and SETIspirit is currently not able to detect the world position. This will be fixed with the next SETIspirit update, which is currently in development.

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Message 1776655 - Posted: 6 Apr 2016, 17:18:56 UTC

 
SETIspirit speech output fails after upgrading the operating system to Windows 10

The SETIspirit speech output will not work anymore, if you are doing an upgrade of your operating system from Windows 7 to Windows 10 until a re-configuration of the selected voice is done. The default voice of Windows 7 is "Microsoft Anna", which is not available under Windows 10. To solve this issue simply open the speech output settings of SETIspirit and select "Microsoft Zira Desktop" (or a different english voice) as new voice.
 
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Message 1790559 - Posted: 26 May 2016, 14:21:58 UTC

SETIspirit News Update

Just a quick update from me: the SETIspirit development is still in progress and will be a major upgrade with a long awaited feature. Please be patient. Thanks!

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Message 1804968 - Posted: 26 Jul 2016, 9:41:48 UTC

SETIspirit News Update 2

The last development step for SETIspirit v4.0.0 is reached now (RTM), the closed beta test is running.

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Message 1810983 - Posted: 21 Aug 2016, 11:07:10 UTC

 
SETIspirit News Update 3

I am pleased to announce that SETIspirit will be published on August 24th.
Thanks for your patience and loyalty!

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Message 1812195 - Posted: 24 Aug 2016, 15:16:13 UTC

 
SETIspirit v4.0.0 is released


SETIspirit v4.0.0 is a major upgrade with an improved software architecture. The required number of file accesses to BOINC files has been significantly reduced. Most information is gathered by calling the boinc commandline client instead of reading it from various project files. For this reason SETIspirit needs a running BOINC Client to work properly. A new setting allows SETIspirit to autostart the BOINC Manager. For the first time SETIspirit is now able to detect the workunit progress for every project and workunit type (even if the project does not log this information). As a long-awaited feature, the BOINC Tasks detection is now extended to 30 slots.


e x t e n d e d   b o i n c   t a s k   d e t e c t i o n


The new SETIspirit release comes with an extended boinc task detection, which allows to monitor 30 slots. This is useful for powerful computers with multiple graphic cards, which are able to calculate more than 10 workunits a time or if you are working with multiple boinc projects. All detected boinc tasks are displayed in the new workunit monitor form, which provides a good overview about the state of all boinc tasks. You can toogle the workunit label display between workunit type and workunit name. The size of the workunit monitor window can be set to automatic or user-defined in the SETIspirit settings (miscellaneous options).


w o r k u n i t   r u n   t i m e

SETIspirit now differs between the run time and cpu time of a workunit. This can be important for gpu workunits and workunits which runs on more than a single cpu core. You can switch the timestamps of the main window by clicking the timestamp link button (toggles the display between run time, cpu time and time left). The workunit monitor window could also show the run time or cpu time of a workunit by clicking the timestamp label. In the past SETIspirit has shown the cpu time of a workunit as run time, which was not completely correct.


c o u n t r y   r a n k   d e l t a   i n f o r m a t i o n

The free-dc program stats window now includes a country rank delta information (CRd) added by SETIspirit, as the CRd information is no longer provided by the free-dc internet stats webpage. If the country rank changes, SETIspirit is showing an up- or down- arrow with the country rank delta for 24 hours in the free-dc program stats window (country rank changes in the 24 hours period will be displayed immediately). Using the new free-dc program stats popup menu (can be opened with a single mouse click with the right mouse button onto the free-dc program stats window) you can update the free-dc stats without closing and re-opening the free-dc program stats window.



a n a l y s i s   m o n i t o r

new features

· shows only the first ten SETI@home workunits while non SETI@home workunits will not longer appear here
· the analysis monitor now observes up to 30 slots (0-29)
· the readability of the progress state has been increased by a spaced font type
· improved readability of the pulse signal counter by changing the font colour to white
· improved readability of the slot #, total signal counts and progress % fields by changing the transparent background to a solid background colour
· the sum of signals field will be displayed with a light blue background colour, if more than 0 signals were found
· when opening the analysis monitor window the elements of the refresh bar are all deselected (adjusted like the other refresh bars of SETIspirit)
· the analysis monitor slots and progress state is updated every 30 seconds (instead of 180s) while new signal discoveries are checked every 3 minutes as before

bugfixes

· flashing signals in the analysis monitor were deleted, if all workunits were paused in the boinc client



h i g h s c o r e   m o n i t o r

new features

· shows only the first ten SETI@home workunits while non SETI@home workunits will not longer appear here
· the highscore monitor now observes up to 30 slots (0-29)
· the readability of the progress state has been increased by a spaced font type
· improved readability of the pulse signal counter by changing the font colour to white
· the highscore monitor slots and progress state is updated every 30 seconds (instead of 180s) while new highscore values are checked every 3 minutes as before

bugfixes

· none



b o i n c   t a s k s   p a n e l

new features

· shows only the first ten workunits with a running state (paused workunits will not longer appear here)
· the boinc tasks panel now observes up to 30 slots (0-29)

bugfixes

· none



a v a i l a b l e   w o r k u n i t s   f o r m

new features

· the wu's available form (wumeter) now shows the selected scale for each workunit type
· enhancement of the settings gui

bugfixes

· the number of workunits was maybe incorrectly displayed, if there was an overflow occurred at the calculation



m a i n   w i n d o w

new features

· new setting to autostart the BOINC Manager with SETIspirit
· new workunit monitor form which shows up to 30 boinc tasks at once
· new credits dialog added to the help menu
· new option to play a short signal tone after each completed update cycle
· new mouse over cursor for the rec-, speech output- and signal tone images
· new E=mc² gimmick added (as a tribute to Albert Einstein for his predicted gravitational waves, which were scientifically proven now)
· improved "M83" gimmick (check this with the left and right mouse button)
· improved "Wow!-Signal" gimmick (check this with the left mouse button)
· the audio monitor menu only shows SETI@home workunits (limited to the first ten SETI@home workunits without astropulse)
· the main window title will be displayed left-aligned again
· renewed about form

bugfixes

· workunit analysis results were recorded even if the recording option was disabled
· speech output of newly detected signals: under circumstances not all discovered signals were announced



I M P R O V E M E N T S

· the required number of file accesses to BOINC files has been significantly reduced
· the allocation of slots is detected much faster (up to 3 times faster)
· the workunit progress for every project and workunit type can be detected
· the time left value is now taken from the BOINC Client and will not be calculated by SETIspirit anymore
· SETIspirit now also operates on 64-bit systems with 32-bit BOINC installations
· application environment settings are stored in the IniFile
· the "active tasks" enumeration only contains workunits with "running" state (full status voice report)
· the "next task completion" announcement considers only active tasks with "running" state (full status voice report)
· multiple instances of the TTSReader application will be inhibited
· improved debug.log archiving using 7-Zip


M I N O R   G U I   E N H A N C E M E N T S

· new analysis- & high score monitor form icons
· button menu entry changed from 'seti@home stats' to 'boinc stats for seti@home'
· latest workunit request / last workunits received label removed (added as SETI@home Server Status Information tooltip)
· workunit monitor label with tooltip and help text added
· main form background image brightness reduced (for better readability)
· main form refresh bar restyled
· the update check description of the settings form now contains the exact times for the update checks
· free-dc program stats window title changed (with full explanation of the free-dc abbreviation)
· boinc stats world rank delta display of the main form removed (since the WRd information was presented only sporadically by the boinc stats webpage)


B U G F I X E S

· the detection of the boinc stats world position was adjusted after the boinc stats webpage was changed
· under certain circumstances the analysis results backups were created twice in the same minute
· the time left timestamps of the main window were automatically overwritten with the cpu time values with the next update cycle
· garbage was shown in the boinc environment part of the main window, if the <SETIspirit.ini> file was deleted and the <stdoutdae.txt> file doesn't contain any information about a boinc client startup
· the debug.log file could grow in rare cases to a very huge file size up to 4 GB by a recursive debug logging
· the workunit month statistics was incompletely calculated, if an overflow has occurred (more than 32767 wu's)


SETIspirit v4.0.0 has passed all tests with SETI@home v8 workunits, Windows 10 (x86/x64) v1607 and the latest BOINC Client release 7.6.22.

 
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Message 1812803 - Posted: 26 Aug 2016, 17:37:17 UTC

 
SETIspirit v4.0.0 with BOINC 6.x Clients

SETIspirit is currently not compatible with BOINC 6.x clients and it's being checked now whether an adjustment to BOINC 6.x clients is possible.

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Message 1813572 - Posted: 29 Aug 2016, 20:04:36 UTC

 
SETIspirit v4.0.0 with BOINC 6.x Clients (Update)

The compatibility of SETIspirit with BOINC 6.x clients will be restored with the next update, which is in beta test now.

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Message 1814646 - Posted: 2 Sep 2016, 14:56:54 UTC - in response to Message 1812195.  

Many thanks Dirk...lot of info to decode, but this tool is really helpful !

Keep up the good job !!

Ciao

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Message 1814712 - Posted: 2 Sep 2016, 19:51:30 UTC - in response to Message 1814646.  

Andrea, nice to hear that SETIspirit is helpful for you.
Thanks! :-)

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Message 1815000 - Posted: 4 Sep 2016, 11:51:01 UTC

 
SETIspirit v4.0.2 is released

SETIspirit v4.0.2 has restored the compatibility with BOINC 6.x Clients and comes with two further small improvements and a new feature.


new features

· renamed the "Workunit Monitor" display of the SETIspirit main form to "Workunit Details"

· the workunit monitor window can be accessed via a new button link in the main form of SETIspirit

· the workunit scale of the "workunits available" window can be set to 600 workunits now

· full support for BOINC 6.x clients


bugfixes

· none


Many thanks to Friedhelm, who has reported the BOINC 6.x problems. He was also my beta tester to solve this issue.
 
 
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Message 1827514 - Posted: 30 Oct 2016, 12:41:11 UTC

SETIspirit News Update

Just a quick update from me: I've just began to resume the SETIspirit development. It's planed to publish a new SETIspirit version at the end of this year.

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Message 1837678 - Posted: 24 Dec 2016, 11:25:51 UTC

 
SETIspirit v4.2.0 is released

SETIspirit v4.2.0 introduces the new credits history feature and includes some minor gui enhancements as well as a bugfix for the boinc tasks information panel.

c r e d i t s   h i s t o r y

The credits history function automatically saves the daily credits received as well as the total credits for all projects attached to the computer. This function is completely independent from external statistics such as BOINCstats or Free-DC, as the SETIspirit credits history evaluates the replies of the project servers. This independence makes the credit history function very reliable. The credits can be displayed for each project in day-, month- or year statistics. Daily at 23:40h SETIspirit updates all projects and at 00:00h the current credits are saved. The credits history function can be accessed via the 'boinc stats' command button menu.

new features
· credits history
· minor gui enhancements
· yesterday credits label in the main window (instead of the rac label)

bugfixes
· the BOINC Tasks Information Panel has showed the run time as cpu time

My thanks to Cameron, who has supported me again as international quality controller.


I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Best regards,
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Message 1837964 - Posted: 26 Dec 2016, 10:44:48 UTC

Hallo Dirk,
es wäre toll wenn das Programm den Boinc Client nicht nur über die Registry sucht, sondern evtl mit einem frei wählbaren Verzeichnis.
Ich nutze Boinc auf drei Computern ohne Reg-Einträge (portabel) und würde das auch gerne testen wollen.
Danke.
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Message 1838091 - Posted: 27 Dec 2016, 9:24:34 UTC - in response to Message 1837964.  

Hallo Roman,
vielen Dank für Deine Nachricht und Deinen Verbesserungsvorschlag. Gerne verbessere ich SETIspirit, damit zukünftig auch die Zusammenarbeit mit portablen BOINC Clients funktioniert. Ich würde mich freuen, wenn Du dies für mich testet. Schicke mir bitte eine E-Mail an support@setispirit.de damit ich die Testversion bereitstellen kann.

Vielen Dank!

Gruß
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PS: It's planed to support portable BOINC Clients with the next SETIspirit release.
 
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Message 1839193 - Posted: 31 Dec 2016, 18:34:32 UTC

Ich kann berichten, dass es Portable funktioniert. Sollte also nach den Bugfixes released werden können.
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Message 1851570 - Posted: 26 Feb 2017, 12:54:19 UTC

SETIspirit News Update

Just a quick lookahead to the next SETIspirit release: it will support portable BOINC Clients (even installations without registry entries), includes a new credits history feature and a few other new features (at this time strongly secret ;-)

It's planed to publish the new SETIspirit version in april.

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Message 1861625 - Posted: 15 Apr 2017, 8:27:15 UTC

 
SETIspirit v4.4.0  is  released

SETIspirit v4.4.0 introduces a new workunit details form which shows a complete overview about the workunit details...

w o r k u n i t    d e t a i l s    f o r m

· project name and project icon
· cpu/gpu icon
· workunit name and workunit type
· boinc slot
· workunit received-, deadline- and started timestamps
· current run time, cpu time and time left values
· workunit progressbar
· autocorr, spikes, gausssians, pulses and triplets found
· total signals found
· recorded at information with image of the telescope (arecibo or greenbank)
· recorded on timestamp
· workunit position
. miniatur sky map with marked position of the workunit

Using the slot combobox you can choose the workunit. By enabling the auto rotate function each workunit will be showed for 30 seconds.


new features

· workunit details form
· the workunit monitor form can now be switched between workunit name and workunit type for all workunits by clicking the underlined header
· portable boinc client support (even for boinc installations without registry entries)
· minor gui enhancements


bugfixes

· credits history line background error fixed
· negative signs of the workunit position were displayed incorrectly (+- instead of -)
· recursive debug logging fixed, if the boinc_task_state.xml file was deleted by the boinc client
· multiple "miscellaneous" sections in the SETIspirit.ini file fixed (manually delete the SETIspirit.ini file to re-create a new clean .ini file)
· higher contrast color option for some new labels of the main window was not working (miscellaneous settings)
· file not found debug.log entries bug fixed, if no stdoutdae.archiv file has been created yet by the SETIspirit log archiver


SETIspirit v4.4.0 has passed all tests with Windows 10 x86/x64 v1703 (Creators Update) and the latest BOINC Client release 7.6.33.

Many thanks to Cameron and Sebastian, who have supported me again in the international quality control.
 
 
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Message 1867558 - Posted: 16 May 2017, 2:34:43 UTC

I am running SETIspirit on two hosts. one is a Dell desktop that is running great. My HP however has a strange glich running SETIspirit. When I bring up the menu for 'workunit' in the lower left corner and click on 'analyses results' my HP tries to install a chess program (Fritz 10) that I have deleted some time ago. I am guessing it is a registry problem of some sort. I have uninstalled Both Boinc Manager, and SETIspirit and reinstalled but still have this problem. Any ideas would be welcome.
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Message 1867652 - Posted: 17 May 2017, 5:37:23 UTC - in response to Message 1867558.  

This is a typical problem of incorrect uninstallations (in your case by the program Fritz 10) and can be caused by backward registry entries. In this case, the reinstallation of SETIspirit does not solve the problem. Obviously, Active-X components required by SETIspirit are not present in the system and / or correctly registered. Please check your registry with the freeware CCleaner (Scan for Issues) and if necessary repair the registry with this tool (Fix selected issues ...). Repeat these steps until CCleaner no longer finds any registry errors and then restart your computer. Then install SETIspirit again (it's not necessary to uninstall SETIspirit before). If the error persists, please write an e-mail to info@setispirit.de stating your operating system (Windows 7/8.0/8.1/10, 32 or 64 Bit). I then send you the instructions for a manual registration of the Active-X components.

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