I have been making progress with the trial and I have been comparing it to other S/W like Nina and Voyager. It is probably a Windows vs Mac thing, but because I started with SGP Pro and the others (being different) don’t really work for me. The more I use the program, the more I appreciate SGP Pro’s layout and how it offers choices. I do refer to the Help, have the manual and (as previously noted) watch Chris’s YouTube play list on SGP Pro.
Not wanting to criticise…
I did realise that there are only two of you and that you have day jobs too. My point wasn’t a criticism, rather it doesn’t help me to see the initial banner when I’m considering buying it. It really was the first thing I noticed and I searched for a different Release version. I have subsequently moved to the frequent Beta versions. I have found it best to uninstall and reinstall with a new Beta - it seems to help with stability.
I don’t know if your philosophy is to try things out in the Beta and if they work add them to the next main Release or if it represents the “Best so Far” in the journey to a Release? I’m assuming it shows how the product will look and operate at the next release.
Feature or potential bug?
As a Trial user I can’t raise bugs. I can look and see if they are already known. The best I can do is put something in the SGP Pro Support folder and hope it gets noticed. I did find a ‘feature’ with my Astro Pegasus Focuser because I read in the selection of my Focuser, that it is better to use SGP Pro’s backlash algorithm, so It tried it. With OUT + value it puts the count to ‘Unknown’ on a return to ZERO because the Focuser won’t tolerate a move that is negative. The log (the I also included in the topic clearly shows why there is an issue - for my Focuser.
FWIW, I compared the way Pegasus does backlash (they go past the point and retract, after every direction change) and SGP Pro that approach (from one direction - every time). Pegasus doesn’t have a problem with approaching ZERO. Since you are unlikely to find a real target at ZERO, it makes sense not to try backlash especially if it would go negative. I do however use IN + value without issues at either ZERO or my maximum, in SGP Pro.
On my Laptop - using the new themes can be slow
On my laptop that has a Rizen 5, the new themes seem to slow things down compared to the Release version. It may just be that I’m trying more of the options and so it loads more slowly. Using a Windows theme is very slow (on my laptop) - I don’t know if that’s because what is required isn’t cached or because you are collecting extra e…g. debug data that wouldn’t be in a Release version.