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The following programs can be downloaded and used.  Free Demo and Freeware versions are listed.  Purchase of a license will allow converting Demo versions to full.  If you like the Freeware programs, consider contributing the suggested amount.

Disclaimer of Warranty: 

There is no warranty for these programs, to the extent permitted by applicable law. Except when otherwise stated in writing the copyright holders and/or other parties provide the program “as is” without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The entire risk as to the quality and performance of the program is with you. Should the program prove defective, you assume the cost of all necessary servicing, repair or correction.

Limitation of Liability.

In no event unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing will any copyright holder, or any other party who modifies and/or conveys the program as permitted above, be liable to you for damages, including any general, special, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use or inability to use the program (including but not limited to loss of data or data being rendered inaccurate or losses sustained by you or third parties or a failure of the program to operate with any other programs), even if such holder or other party has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

CCDSoft ImageGenie V2.0 

You are set-up at your favorite dark site.  The sky has finally cleared.  In view, the stars brilliantly shining.  You slew to a deep sky object you've always wanted to image.  Your mount is tracking, the scope and CCD camera, ready to image.  You start up a three (3) hour LRGB series, just enough time before your scope reaches the meridian.  You start imaging and kick back letting your equipment work away, capturing what will probably be the best set of images you've ever done.  

Hours later you check the status of the images just to realize that you left the sub frame on, cutting off the object you wanted, or worse, you forgot to turn on Autosave.  Three hours wasted!  If only you had checked the software settings before starting.  If only there was an easier way to check these common errors we all have made.  Now there is: ImageGenie. 

What Users are saying about ImageGenie:

"ImageGenie takes an already very good camera control program (CCD Soft) and turns it into an outstanding one. I wouldn't dream of imaging without it now."  Best regards, Alan Smith
 
"Have been using this with CCDSoft for a while, and it is great!  Just last night it saved me from not noticing that AutoSave was turned off..." Thanks, Dr. Barry Megdal
 
ImageGenie 2.0 is an addon DLL for use with CCDSoft version 5.0.  This DLL can be downloaded and copied into the following directory:

 \Program Files\Software Bisque\CCDSoft Version 5\Camera Event Plug Ins

Once ImageGenie is there, it can be activiated by clicking on Event Plug Ins button in CCDSoft.  Check the ImageGenie checkbox, then go into Settings.  Here you set what common errors to check for plus the minimum imaging time to check on.  Version 2 now has the ability to correct the error(s) directly on the status form.  The following errors can be flagged in the full version:

  • Autosave not on (Free version only)
  • SubFrame on
  • Binning not 1 x 1
  • Temperature Regulation not on
  • Temperature Regulation not at set point
  • AutoGuider not on 

A Free version of ImageGenie can be downloaded below, which checks for the most common error (Autosave not on).  The Free version allows you to verify the functionality, the look and feel of this add on.  You can purchase and register the software to obtain the Full version, which costs only $20.  Visit the Web Store to purchase the full version. 

 ImageGenie.dll V2.0

Here is addition help for ImageGenie installation and use.  New information will be added when identified.

ImageGenie Support Doc V2.0.PDF 

Year Clock

 

Year Clock is a full year calendar with sunrise and set display for stored Latitude and Longitudes.  Additionally the Moon data is displayed along with globe details.  The user can use their mouse to drag the current time to any part of the year and can click on the month to zoom in on that month.   Year Clock is Freeware.  If you like it, suggested contribution is $20.

Year Clock 

Countdown Timer

The Countdown Timer program uses the computer's clock to display a large digital clock.  Various times can be entered for either counting down or up for that time.  The program can be minimized but will come to the foreground at one minute remaining during a countdown.  It will alarm again within 10 seconds of zero.  This program is useful when taking timed exposures with film or digital cameras.  It's also good for timing drift alignments.

This program works on Windows and is Freeware.  If you like it, suggested donation is $10.

Countdown Timer Version 1.0

Date Calculator

  

Date Calculator calculates the difference between the present date and a date in the past or future. Also the difference between two input dates can be calculated.  Calculates in terms of the number of Years, Months, and Days.   This is a Windows program and if Freeware.  If you like it, suggested contribution is $10.

  

 

Date Calculator