Release Notes for JMRI 4.13.4 release
Date: October 22, 2018
From: Bob Jacobsen
Subject: Test Release 4.13.4 of JMRI/DecoderPro is available for download.
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 releases. We expect this series to end in the next JMRI production release around the end of 2018. (See the tentative release schedule)
Some of the changes involved are quite extensive. They may require a certain amount of experience before they are working well. Therefore, this test release should be considered experimental.
Update From Older JMRI Versions
If you are currently using JMRI 4.9.6 or earlier, we strongly recommend that you update to JMRI 4.12 and make sure that's running OK before updating to this test release. There have been a number of changes in serial port support, panel file format and configuration options since those earlier releases, and moving to the stable JMRI 4.12 release is a good way to work through any possible problems.
If you are currently using JMRI 4.7.3 or earlier on Linux or macOS (Windows doesn't need this), you must update to JMRI 4.12 and carrying out the migration process described in the JMRI 4.12 release note before updating to this release.
Known problems with this release
New warnings for this release:
Older warningsSee the JMRI 4.10 release note for more warnings predating the 4.11 development series. These may be relevant to you if you're updating from an earlier version.
Since JMRI 4.11.8 Some new display capabilities were introduced into Layout Editor during JMRI 4.11-series development. This release changes some of the defaults in this area, which might change the appearance of some track segments on your panels if they're still using default values. If you select them and change their properties, then save your panel file(s), you can restore their previous appearance. There's a PDF document with more details. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Since JMRI 4.11.8 Because of changes to the "node identification" algorithm used to tell one computer running JMRI from another, you might receive a warning message about the "Node Identity" the first time you run JMRI version 4.11.8 or newer. (If you have more than one profile, this can happen with each). There's no permanent problem here, but you might have to reset your window preferences (i.e. position and size, column layout, etc) in this case. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Since JMRI 4.11.4 If you are running a local web site with a copy of the JMRI content, as described here, please repeat the "setSymLinks.sh" step near the bottom of those instructions after installing JMRI 4.11.4 (or later). This will make some new formatting available on your local site.
Since JMRI 4.11.4 There are issues with the Pi-SPROG One command station operation. A number of workarounds should be applied:
- Do not turn on the track power until the power supply to the Pi-SPROG ONE is turned on
- Do not enable extra debugging through default.lcf, nor open the system console window
- Do not open the SPROG console window
- Disable power conversion (CV 29) in all locos
- If connecting via VNC (or similar), setup the screen layout before turning on the track power
Since JMRI 4.11.2 The system connection preferences (i.e. hardware preferences) are now enforcing the correct form for system prefixes: One upper case letter, optionally followed by a number (one or more digits, e.g. "L12"). Existing prefixes in existing configurations are unchanged, but new ones will have to have the correct form.
Since JMRI 4.7.6 If you're having trouble getting your DCC programmer to work, try checking that the settings on the Defaults pane under Preferences window point to your hardware system. The reason: This version of JMRI (and all later) provides more options for picking the default system when you have more than one set of hardware attached The default is then used for throttles, for programming, etc. JMRI tries to guess the right settings for these when you upgrade to this version, but apparently it sometimes gets that wrong (we haven't been able to track that down yet). Setting them manually fixes any wrong guesses.
Download links:Please note that the download links in this and future JMRI releases link to Github servers. People are welcome to distribute the download files further via other websites, etc. If you want to check that you've received original, unmodified versions, please check the files against the checksums shown below.
- OS X / macOS: https://github.com/JMRI/JMRI/releases/download/v4.13.4/JMRI.4.13.4+R49e7a86.dmg
- Windows: https://github.com/JMRI/JMRI/releases/download/v4.13.4/JMRI.4.13.4+R49e7a86.exe
- Linux: https://github.com/JMRI/JMRI/releases/download/v4.13.4/JMRI.4.13.4+R49e7a86.tgz
Changes since Test release 4.13.3:The list of included commits is available from our GitHub code repository.
- Added the ability to see and select the DCC track signal "Idle" state within the Power Control tool. This enables JMRI users to know when the Digitrax command station has placed the track signal into the "Idle" state, and enables JMRI users to select that "Idle" state.
- Jeff Collell added Light support
- Changed the baud rate to 2400 for Parallax readers. Fixes issue 6026.
New / Updated decoder definitions
- Definitions for several Team Digital devices have been updated to indicate that they use Programming-on-the-Main mode even when they are only connected to the LocoNet.
- New decoder definitions were added for:
- the IntelliSound4 Module 325x
- the IntelliSound3 multi-protocol decoders 363x
- the IntelliSound4 multi-protocol decoders 365x
The advanced sound functions are grouped logically, so select a SUSI range, than a Bank (or Normal to disable sound programming). The CVs follow the full manufacturer's documentation. Test feedback is appreciated, especially on the associated software version numbers (read from CV7).
- Behind the scenes, common xml code has been combined in one place to ease work on translations.
- A new "Auto Range" option allows you to release the fixed range of items and fill in any start and end
address between 1 and 10,000. When a range over 250 is entered, a confirmation dialog pops up.
The actual range limit is 400 items, unless the Hide unconnected items" box is checked.
- The spinner to set the number of items was renamed Number of Rows.
Turnouts, Lights, Sensors and other elements
- When running JMRI using Java 9 or Java 10, the script import statements need to be fully-qualified: in addition to 'import java', you might need 'import java.beans' and others. These have been added to the sample scripts. (Although we might have missed a few...)
- JerryG improved some sample script documentation
Simple Signal Logic
NX Entry/Exit Logic
USS CTC Logic
- The Timetable tool uses layout and train information to create train graphs. See Timetable Help for details.
- Karl Johan Lisby updated SCWarrants so they don't automatically turn off functions at end of run. This lets you keep them on if e.g. you're starting another warrant.
Virtual Sound Decoder
- Starting with this release, JMRI will create new profile directories with the suffix ".jmri". This allows them to be more properly accessed in macOS/iOS eco-system (we do it on all platforms for people who share profiles between different types of computers). It also allows people to rename their profiles (outside of JMRI, i.e. through their computer's file browser) with a .jmri ending. For more background, please see PR 5777.