Release Notes for JMRI 3.11.1 release

Date: January 11, 2015

From: Bob Jacobsen

Subject: Test version 3.11.1 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 first in a series of test versions. We expect this series to end in the next JMRI production release around the middle of 2015.

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.

Known problems with this release

This release has problems with:

If any of those effect you, please either wait for JMRI 3.11.2, due out shortly after this one.

New warnings for this version:

This release, and all later releases in this cycle, require Java 1.8 or higher. To use this or any later JMRI releases, you'll have to update the Java on your computer to Java 1.8 or higher.

This release uses JDOM 2.0.5, which requires some code changes if you are directly calling the parts of JMRI that interchange XML objects.

There are now separate settings for the default Service Mode Programmer and for the default Ops Mode Programmer. If you're using two or more system connections, this lets you use one connection for ops mode (on track) programming and another connection for your programming track. If you're using two separate connections, you should go to the Defaults pane on the Preferences window and check that those defaults were set properly.

If you are making a direct connection to a Intellibox unit via serial or USB, you will have to reselect your preferences. See the Uhlenbrock support page for instructions.

If you are using an NCE USB adapter, you will have to reselect your preferences the first time you use a JMRI 3.11 version (if you set them using JMRI 3.10 or earlier). See the page on configuring JMRI for NCE for instructions.

Because of internal code changes, this version of JMRI is not compatible with CATS 2.34 or earlier. Keep using JMRI 3.10 with CATS until there's a CATS update that says it will work with JMRI 3.11.

Older warnings

The XmlIO web service has been removed. All users who were relying on the XmlIO API are recommended to begin using the JSON API. inControl web throttle users are recommended to begin using webThrottle instead, or invest in devices that can support webThrottle, the iOS WiThrottle, or the Android Engine Driver.

Download links:

Please use these links for downloading:

Mac OS X: https://sourceforge.net/projects/jmri/files/test%20files/JMRI.3.11.1-r28340.dmg/download

Windows: https://sourceforge.net/projects/jmri/files/test%20files/JMRI.3.11.1-r28340.exe/download

Linux: https://sourceforge.net/projects/jmri/files/test%20files/JMRI.3.11.1-r28340.tgz/download

Changes since production release 3.10:

This release was built with Java 1.8, which is now required for JMRI.

This release uses JDOM 2.0.5, which requires some code changes if you are directly calling the parts of JMRI that interchange XML objects. There's more information in the migration section of the JMRI Tech Road Map.

Hardware Support

There are now separate settings for the default Service Mode Programmer and for the default Ops Mode Programmer. If you're using two or more system connections, this lets you use one connection for ops mode (on track) programming and another connection for your programming track. If you're using two separate connections, you should go to the Defaults pane on the Preferences window and check that those defaults were set properly. Some tools, like the Single CV Programmer and the DecoderPro main windows, will also allow you to select which system to use instead of relying on just the default setting.

Uhlenbrock Intellibox

The Uhlenbrock Intellibox support has been improved:

As part of this, the Fleishmann connection type has been merged into the Uhlenbrock type. If you are making a direct connection to your Intellibox unit via serial or USB, you will have to reselect your preferences. See the Uhlenbrock support page for instructions.

Signals

The aspects.xml file in each signal definition defines the speeds used for automated operation. These values are now required (by the schema check) for a valid XML file. Basic values have been added for all signal systems included in JMRI.

Egbert Broerse improved the signal-system and signal mast setup help files.

New / Updated decoder definitions

SoundTraxx

SoundTraxx now appears in the manufacturer list as "SoundTraxx (Throttle-Up)" instead of the original "Throttle-Up (SoundTraxx)". It's a long story....

TCS

Michael Mosher updated the TCS WOW definition.

ESU

Mathias Rufer and Dave Heap added an ESU LokPilot Standard V1.0 definition.

Dave Heap has completely redone the ESU Function Map pane to make it easier to read and use. It is now more like the LokProgrammer Function Map pane.

Operations

Dan Boudreau made the following changes to operations:

Warrants

Pete Cressman made the following changes to warrants: