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[aprssig] Yet Another APRS Client is now available...

Eric Hansen skyssx at gmail.com
Wed Jan 25 03:52:49 UTC 2012

Interesting. I'll download and try it out, but i'm not signing up for Yahoo.
Eric Hansen KC8IUR

On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 10:49 PM, Andrew P. <andrewemt at hotmail.com> wrote:

>  Greetings, all.
> After weeks of waiting for the lawyers at my day-job employer to finish
> with the red tape, I now legally own my APRS program, so I can give it out
> now.
> YAAC ("Yet Another APRS Client") is an APRS client application intended
> for PC's, MacOSX, and Linux (and possibly some other platforms). It
> provides all the basic functionality one would expect from an APRS client,
> including interfacing both to TNCs/GPSs and to the Tier 2 APRS-IS servers,
> and has standalone mapping built in (no Internet connection required for
> map displays) that is pannable and zoomable without a separate mapping
> program. It supports multiple simultaneously-connected TNCs and digipeating.
> Other features include:
>    - map display mode
>    - sortable tabular reporting of all heard stations, objects, and raw
>    messages
>    - 4 different ways of looking at messages
>    - support for the New-N digipeating paradigm with standard aliases
>    built-in and regional aliases user-enterable
>    - 9 different ways of filtering message traffic to isolate specific
>    data
>    - automatic timestamped logging of both received and transmitted
>    messages
>    - a plugin architecture allowing drop-in extensions
>    - built on top of other open source products, such as OpenStreetMap,
>    rxtx, and JavaHelp
>    - compatible with any KISS or TNC2-compliant TNC, including the
>    built-in TNCs in Kenwood radios
>    - designed for plug-in I18N localized prompts and display messages
> I plan on releasing YAAC as open-source (yes, you will be able to see and
> modify the source code) under the Lesser Gnu Public License as soon as I've
> resolved any major issues reported by the alpha-testers (hint, hint). In
> the meantime, the alpha-testers will receive ready-to-run binary
> distributions while I fix any reported bugs, finish writing the online
> help, and bring the source code into full compliance with the LGPL.
> So, anyone who would like to help get this ready for prime-time usage,
> please sign up on the Yahoo group yaac-alpha-testers<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/yaac-alpha-testers>(targeted at supporting the alpha-test effort) and visit my website to get
> the alpha-test distribution and instructions.
> http://www.findtheater.com/ka2ddo/YAAC.html
> (No, that's not a bogus URL; I'm piggybacking off the amateur theater
> website [another Java application] I also wrote and run.)
> Thanks in advance for your help. Bug reports and suggestions for
> improvements and enhancements welcome.
> Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO
> professional software engineer, amateur radio operator and thespian
> > From: andrewemt at hotmail.com
> > To: aprssig at tapr.org
> > Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 20:20:31 +0000
> > Subject: [aprssig] How to get new software evaluated???
> >
> > Greetings, all (especially WB4APR).
> >
> > As promised, I have a first (very early) cut of my new APRS application
> (currently code-named YAAC, for "Yet Another APRS Client" :-) waiting to be
> pounded on by experts in the field. It is not ready for full release quite
> yet (still have some source code clean-up and a few missing sub-features to
> add), but I would like to know if I'm doing the right thing or have majorly
> stumbled down the wrong path in my development efforts.
> >
> > So, I'd be interested in having Bob (and any others in the core of APRS
> development who are interested and have the time) take a whack at using my
> app, and tell me where I need to improve and/or correct it before I let it
> out to the general public.
> >
> > How is this sort of thing done here? I'm not ready to hand out source
> code yet (the innards aren't stable enough to have others tinker yet), but
> I can easily ship a zip file that unpacks a runnable distribution.
> >
> > Known working platforms are Windows XP (NTFS filesystems only, for some
> weird reason) and Fedora Core Linux (releases 13 and 15, with a hack needed
> on 15). It should work on any 32-bit Windows or Linux distro with Java
> installed, and theoretically should work on MacOSX too. It can listen to
> APRS-IS servers, and both receive and transmit through KISS (or KISSable by
> TNC2 command) TNC's, and listen to Kenwood radios in APRS mode (Kenwood
> firmware doesn't seem to allow transmitting APRS from the radio and a
> computer simultanously). It also works with NMEA 0183-compliant GPS
> receivers (not yet with gpsd in the way). App configuration is done inside
> the app with a configuration GUI; no need to hand-edit config files.
> >
> > So, how do I get some initial alpha-test field feedback?
> >
> > Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO
> > Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
> >
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