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Beta Testing SkySafari 6 (iOS Only) - Read This To Participate!

 

Invitation to iOS Users:

Everyone here in the Community Forums (with an Apple iOS device) is invited to participate in the beta-testing cycle :) 

Your beta-testing feedback, whatever you can contribute, will be invaluable to the success of SkySafari 6!

 

How to Apply:

Please reply here (in a comment below) if you can help us at this time.  Please outline your experience with SkySafari, including what versions of SkySafari you have run previously, what telescopes you are controlling, what kind of astronomy you are involved in, if you are a power user, etc.  Please do not post requests to join the SS6 beta in other forums, as they will not be accepted.  If you're reading this you can reply here.

When you are officially invited to participate you will see and have access to the SN6 Beta Testing forum.  The SS6 Beta Testing forum is hidden until you are invited to participate.  When you are accepted, you will be notified via a TestFlight email and then you will be able to both view the SS6 beta forum and download the SS6 beta app.

Please note, not all applicants will be immediately included in the beta-testing.  So, if you apply and do not hear back please be patient.

*** If accepted to the SS6 beta-testing forum please do NOT report bug/issues on this post.  See below for workflow ***

 

The Process:

As you find bugs/issues in SkySafari 6 please first review the current discussions in this beta-testing forum (which is hidden until you are invited).  If your bug/issue has already been identified please comment on the existing post.  If your bug/issue has not been identified please create a NEW post in the SS6 Beta Testing forum. 

For clarity regarding this bug reporting process please see the Example Bug Report (hidden until you are officially invited)

Please do not submit tickets with bugs/issues.

 

How To Follow The SS6 Beta Forum:

As part of your participation we would appreciate that you follow the SS6 Beta Testing forum.  Following a forum means you will receive email updates when anyone creates a NEW post or comments/replies to one of the existing posts. This is important for two reasons.

  1. Following the forum ensures you receive email updates regarding all admin communications to the beta testers.  If admins make a post asking for assistance you will get an email update with that post.
  2. Following is also very important so that you have an on-going status report regarding bugs/issues identified, confirmed, requiring further testing, or have been resolved, etc.  This will help you stay on top of the overall process, and ensure you are not duplicating efforts where issues are already known and resolved.

 

To FOLLOW the SkySafari 6 Beta Testing community forum please see here.  Note, you must have been invited first, and have access to the forum before you can follow it.

 

  

Replying to Email Updates:

When you follow the SS6 Beta Testing forum you will receive email updates regarding new posts (and comments, if opted for).  Please do not reply to email updates using the "Reply" function.  Please first use the "View the comment" link to open the community forum post, then reply to the post.  

This point is crucially important - so please understand the image below (this an example of an SS6 Beta Testing email update as seen using my web browser Yahoo email account).

If you use the email update "Reply" function your reply will not be added to the community forum discussion.

 

 

TestFlight:

In order to participate you will need to have TestFlight installed on your iOS device(s).  You can download and install TestFlight from this link here:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/testflight/id899247664?mt=8

 

How to Use the Community Forums:

For clarity regarding how to use the Community Forums (posting/replying/following) please see here:

How To Sign Into The Community Forums (Required For Posting And Replying To Topics)

Browsers Supported by Simulation Curriculum Community Forums (Cookies Must Be Enabled)

How To Use Your New Community Support Forums

  

Beta Testing Summarized

Please...

  1. SIGN IN or create account on this Simulation Curriculum support website.
  2. REPLY to this post (in a comment below) in order to apply to the SS6 Beta Testing group.
  3. When invited to join the beta testing, download and install the iOS TESTFLIGHT app.
  4. FOLLOW the main SS6 beta forum to be kept up-to-date of any new posts (bug reports) and discussions thereafter (you get email updates).
  5. REVIEW previous beta testing discussions before posting your bug report.
  6. COMMENT on bugs already reported.
  7. Create NEW posts for bugs not yet reported.
  8. Follow the bug reporting GUIDELINES when reporting or commenting on bugs.
  9. Do NOT reply/comment to email updates.  Instead, VIEW the post first, then comment.
  10. Post any questions, about anything to do with the beta testing, in the beta forum.  We will reply to you there. 

Thank YOU! 

We are very excited about the up and coming release of SS6 and we're looking forward to working closely with everyone involved in the beta testing.

Again, this is only for Apple iOS devices, at this time.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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    Pcowell

    Sign me up.

    ipad pro 

    Retina display 

    ready to test

    cheers

    Phil

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    Amoffa
    Hello Keiron, In response to your request for beta testers.  I have several Apple products (iPhone 7S, iPad, MacBook Pro) in use today using 6 Plus and a 10" Meade LX-200.  I participated in the test program last year and would be very happy to assist in testing of the new build. Regards, Anthony
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    Keiron Smith

    How To Install The 6.4.0.1 Beta Update:

    Using your iOS device, please look for and open an email from TestFlight with the subject/title:

    Simulation Curriculum Corp. has invited you to test SkySafari 6 Pro.

    In the email you can choose to View in TestFlight.  

    Make sure you have the TestFlight app installed.

     

    Pressing View in TestFlight will open a webpage with your redeem code and a link to get TestFlight.

     

    In TestFlight use the Redeem button and enter the code you received.

    Important, the redeem code seen in the screenshot above is MY redeem code, it has been used, and it will not work for you.  You will receive your own redeem code.

    Thanks!

     

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    Joseph Luciani

    I’d like to participate in the SS6 beta testing. I’m currently using the latest version of SS Pro on my iPad Pro (3rd generation). I’m using a Celestron Evolution 8” and would like to pursue astroimaging. I’ve been struggling with SS since last October and have posted many times regarding various pointing errors, etc. Whether I’m invited to participate or not, I’m ecstatic that this is finally being addressed by SS.

     

    Yours,

    Joe

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    Conrad Sanders

    I would be interested in the Beta program since I have been involved with many others in helping Celestron troubleshoot a major problem with Star Sense.  I assisted Celestron initially to test Sky Portal so the new code could be put in by Simulation Curriculum.  I am currently having the Star Sense Issue with alignment and would like to see if this Beta Version will fix the major issue.

    Conrad Sanders

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    Keiron Smith

    Thank you Joseph, Anthony, Phil, Steve, Dennis, Mark, Kyriakos, Donald, Charles, Augusto, Soren, John, Barbara, Johnny, Maurizio, Adarsha, Jean-François, Lester, Kris, Bill, icjm, Chip, Rui, Gary, Tommie - you are all approved for beta testing 6.4.0.1!

    At this time everyone reading this should have received an invite to beta test via TestFlight on iOS.

    If you haven't yet installed the beta please do so as soon as possible.
     
    You can access the beta forum here:
     
     
    Please read the pinned posts at the top - especially about What's New in the 6.4.0.1 Update and What We Need Tested here:
     
     
    Also review the simple bug reporting protocol and about how post your beta reports in the beta forum here:
     
     
    And see about replying to email updates, and following the beta forum as a whole here:
     
     
    We would like to release this update by the end of this week, so please bang away on the beta ASAP, and let us know if you can break anything.
     
    Please do NOT reply to this announcement, in this post, in this forum.  If you have any questions about this announcement please contact me directly ksmith@simcur.com
     
    Massive thanks to all our iOS SkySafari 6 beta testers - the app is great because of you!
     
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    Conrad Sanders

    Kerion,

     

    I don’t see the redeem code posted here so I can download the Beta using Testlight..

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    Keiron Smith

    How To Install The 6.4.0.1 Beta Update:

    Using your iOS device, please look for and open an email from TestFlight with the subject/title:

    Simulation Curriculum Corp. has invited you to test SkySafari 6 Pro.

    In the email you can choose to View in TestFlight.  

    Make sure you have the TestFlight app installed.

     

    Pressing View in TestFlight will open a webpage with your redeem code and a link to get TestFlight.

     

    In TestFlight use the Redeem button and enter the code you received.

    Important, the redeem code seen in the screenshot above is MY redeem code, it has been used, and it will not work for you.  You will receive your own redeem code.

    Thanks!

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    Conrad Sanders

    It’s all good now.  Thanks

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    Joseph Luciani

    I never received a redeem code. Perhaps I should just bow out for now.

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    Conrad Sanders

    You should of gotten an email from Test Flight.  Click on that link and you should be good to go. No need for a redemption code.

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    Joseph Luciani

    I did get an email and did click on the link, but how do I know it's the correct version. Do I just assume it's the beta version? Is there anyway to verify this? I know very little about computers.

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    Bill Tschumy

    Go to the bottom of the Help screen where it shows the version.  The beta should be version 6.4.0.2.

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    Joseph Luciani

    No, I did something wrong, I still have the old version. I'll go through the steps again and see if I can get the code, etc.

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    Joseph Luciani

    Sorry for my confusion, the app is loading now. Thank you!

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    Conrad Sanders

    Bill,

    After the download I did a help and it said that I have version 6.4.0.1 installed from 6.3.0.0.  You mentioned above that the beta version should be 6.4.0.2.

    Do I need to be concerned?

     

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    Bill Tschumy

    Conrad,

    Thanks for pointing that out.  It looks like the external test group was never addd to the Pr version 6.4.0.2 (for Plus it was).  I just fixed this.  You should be able to get the new release in a hour or so.

    Bill

     

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    Conrad Sanders

    Bill,

    I downloaded the new version and took a look and I am now at 6.4.0.2.

    I should have an update by tomorrow morning with the SS alignment issue since the skies are looking good up here tonight.

    Conrad

     

     

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    Conrad Sanders

    Bill and Keiron,

    Good News.  I was able to perform a Star Sense alignment and Calibrate without any issues last night using 6.4.0.2 Sky Safari Pro.  Thanks for the hard work in getting this resolved.

    Conrad

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