XCSoar 6.2_alpha1 released!

Hi,

this is a preview for those who are curious what we’ve been doing behind the scenes. This is the first public pre-release of the upcoming XCSoar version 6.2.

My favorite new feature is the ability to download validated IGC files from external loggers (IMI ERIXX, CAI302 and LX/Colibri so far). I can finally dispose my old hx4700 now, which was only used to extract IGC files from my CAI302 with Cambridge’s Windows CE utility. Hooray for my liberating my Ventus from the evil Windows CE!

A lot of time has been spent on the map renderer. You won’t notice much of that, except for increased battery life.

And again, memory usage was optimised, which should help PPC2002 users. Those of you who run PPC2000: most PPC2000 can be upgraded to PPC2002. We had many debugging sessions, only to find that PPC2000 was buggy, and it wasn’t our fault.

There are other new features written by other people, but we havn’t written the change log yet. The Android IOIO driver isn’t finished yet, but will be included before the final release 6.2.

One last word of warning before you download this release: it’s an alpha version. It is untested and probably unstable. Test it, report bugs, but don’t complain this time - if you want reliable software, use the latest release from the 6.1 branch. You can have both installed at the same time.

Change log:

http://download.xcsoar.org/releases/6.2_alpha1/NEWS.txt

Download:

//www.xcsoar.org/download/latest.html
http://download.xcsoar.org/releases/6.2_alpha1/
https://market.android.com/details?id=org.xcsoar.testing

The next maintenance release will be 6.1.4, to be released on demand. The next major release will be 6.2, going beta soon.