I have purchased Version 3 and installed it. The new Target Planning Tools are very nice, and will certainly be useful. I was hoping to see the CMOS GAIN parameter added to the target event table. It is the only option available in the Event Settings that has a high probability of requiring a value on every event, and as such, should be included with the other parameters that can be directly set on the Sequence dialog within the Event table.
Having worked only with CMOS cameras for the past year, I have found that it is an enormous pain in the rear to have the gain hidden within the gear icon, and further within the Settings option. CMOS cameras have become a major player in the camera field. It would not surprise me if more of them are now being sold than CCDs.
This difficulty is further exacerbated by the fact that if the defined gain in the driver is X, and any single event sets it to Y, then it remains Y forever. This screwed up my first night of imaging using this feature, since I assumed if it was not set, it would use the default value. At least making it work by always using the default if not explicitly set would be a big improvement over the current protocol. As is, I almost always don’t use it at all because of the uncertainty as to what gain is actually set for each event.
Use some or all of the progress bar to display GAIN. While you are at it, why not display some icon to indicate that one of the other hidden event settings is actually activated. I personally have never used any of the event settings available there, but if I did, I would love to see an icon displayed in the event table to let me know that that event has a special feature enabled. In fact, a set of 2 letter codes could be used to indicate which feature was turned on. 1st letter indicates pre/post, second letter which feature.