Release Notes for JMRI 2.13.2 release

Date: October 2, 2011

From: Bob Jacobsen

Subject: Test version 2.13.2 of JMRI/DecoderPro is available for download.

Notes:

This is a test release. Please post a note if you encounter any new or old bugs! And please back up your JMRI files before installing this, in case you want to go back to an earlier version.

This is the next in a series of test versions. We expect this series to end in a JMRI 2.14 or 3.0 production release.

Some of the changes involved are quite extensive. They may require a certain amount of experience before they are working well. Therefore, this test version should be considered experimental.

JMRI is now only available under the GNU General Public License. For more information, please see our copyright and licensing page.

New warnings for this version:

Older warnings

The way in which UserNames are edited in the tables changed in JMRI 2.13.1, renames are now performed via a mouse pop-up menu and can not be directly edited.

The method we use for building release files was extensively changed with JMRI 2.13.1. Please let us know of any problems with installation or unpacking.

This release of "DecoderPro 3" is a test. There are a few more features we'd like to add, but before doing that we need feedback from users; does it work for you, what do you want to see changed, etc. We'll look at all the information which comes back and incorporate it in future developments. We have tested "DecoderPro 3" and are not expecting major file-damaging faults. But with any test-release of software there is always a small risk that something has been overlooked. So, please check that you have a backup of your Roster files just in case something unexpected happens. If you install with the Windows installer, a backup copy of your old files (including the roster) is created by default.

JMRI 2.12 is the last release which is completely supported by Java 1.5. Starting with this release, there will be minor interface features, such as drag-and-drop of some items, that require your computer to have Java 1.6 installed. Computers with only Java 1.5 will still be able to use JMRI, including PanelPro and DecoderPro, through the end of this 2.13.* release cycle. Releases in the next cycle will require Java 1.6.

Known problems with this release

Operations in aggressive mode will always report a build failure when a train departs from staging. Work around is to use normal mode to build your trains. You can also download a replacement jmri.jar file from Dan Boudreau's site: http://home.comcast.net/~daboudreau/JMRI_JAVA1.6/jmri.jar

Download links:

Please use these links for downloading:

Mac OS X: https://sourceforge.net/projects/jmri/files/test%20files/JMRI.2.13.2-r18772.dmg/download

Windows: https://sourceforge.net/projects/jmri/files/test%20files/JMRI.2.13.2-r18772.exe/download

Linux: https://sourceforge.net/projects/jmri/files/test%20files/JMRI.2.13.2-r18772.tgz/download

Changes since test release 2.13.1

Dan Boudreau made the following enhancements to operations.

Kevin Dickerson made the following enhancements.

Randall Wood resolved the issue that prevented DP3 from loading on a PowerMac (PPC Macintosh) computer.

Gert Muller

Mark Dance provided a set of train order signal icons in resources/icons/smallschematics/trainorder/.

Bob Jacobsen fix the problem that was preventing some QSI decoders from properly loading.

Michael Mosher

Nigel Cliffe

Dick Bronson provided a decoder definition for the RR-CirKits LNCP Control Point board.

Mark Underwood

Matthew Harris added network connection and server information to the context reports.