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Technically You Are Right About Any Update For Starry Night 8 Will Not Be Forthcoming Before 2nd Quarter Of 2023

Technically you are right about Any update for Starry Night 8 will not be forthcoming before 2nd quarter of 2023 because the Q3 2023 is after the Q2 2023.  Also, the year Q3 2025 will also be after the Q2 2023.

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    Robert B. Noakes

    Starry Night 8 looks like it is an abandoned product. Meanwhile, The Sky from Bisque is not abandoned and as such maybe switching to the Sky is the only way I will ever get support.  I bet when you do finally come out with a update, it will have a new version number and you will charge us for the very delayed update.  I suggest you charge people $195 to $395 in that way switching will be cost effective.

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    Keiron Smith

    Robert, 

    This is my reply to another post here

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    It is unfortunate that we can't at this time fix issues that are reported.  

    There is a lot to love about Starry Night.  It is very deep, very rich, very powerful.  In many ways, no other software can compare.

    But, if you find a bug that keeps reappearing in your workflow then, yes, the failure to update and fix the issue will be a PIA if a workaround can not be found.

    In its current state, the vast majority of users are very happy with what they can do and what they can learn from Starry Night.

    Starry Night has been in development since the very first Mac.  That is amazing!  

    In that time, a lot of other software has come and gone.  A lot of companies have come and gone.

    I think it is fair to say, Starry Night has reached its senior-age status.  

    Even with no more updates, after 25 years of development, surely Starry Night must still have value - kind of like some people do, as they get older, set in their ways, less inclined to change.

    I'm not saying there will be no more updates.  Developers will decide if and when any updates are coming.  And, developers did recently work for a week on Starry Night's fundamental code base, to ensure updates can be released, if and when any updates are coming.

    So, the program is not officially retired yet!  

    But, I can't say at this time if, when, any updates are forthcoming.

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    Andre D Ficklin

    Aww wow. No more updates to Starry Night? Maybe be retiring Starry Night in the future? This is heart breaking!!!

    What do we do? Is there another astronomy program out there that's just as good or better. Why are there no plans to keep such a good program current?

    Heart Breaking :(

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    Keiron Smith

    Andre, 

    Thanks for showing your love for Starry Night.

    In the last 25 years, we have gone from Mac to Windows, then including SkySafari on iOS and Android, and now we have web-based versions of SkySafari as well as LiveSky.com.

    Our company is absolutely committed to future development of professional astronomy software.  But, the times and platforms have changed significantly.  And it could be that a future version of Starry Night will be web-based rather than downloadable.

    No final decision has been made with regards to Starry Night.  

    And, the program is still going strong.

     

     

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    Robert B. Noakes

    The future maybe a tethered product?  Thank you for the warning.

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    Keiron Smith

    If by tethered you are concerned about requiring a WiFi connection, then that could pose a challenge for some locations, IF a future iteration of SN was web-based.  But, I'm just speculating, throwing it out there, so to speak.

    We've been making professional astronomy software for 25 years.  All the challenges will be evaluated before any major decisions are made.

    Thanks!

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