The Nightshade NG Professional Beta program is available to Digitarium users with OP5, OP6, or OP9 based systems. All new systems with OP9 include the Beta. Systems based upon OP7 and OP8 will be supported later this year when Nightshade NG Basic enters Beta.

Simply switch to Nightshade NG on your system when desired. This provides an excellent opportunity to use new advanced features and provide feedback to the development team.

If you would like to participate, please contact support.

Software update information for the Nightshade NG Professional Beta:

Release DateUpdate Details
October 13, 2016
  • Comet orbit visualizations.
  • UI improvements.
  • Scriptable geosync and follow modes.
  • Support for 360 media.
  • Bug fixes.
September 22, 2016
  • Light pollution when on Earth or Mars with the atmosphere on
  • Improved visibility of planets during their transits of the Sun
  • Improved lighting for user added 3D models
  • Universal Console enhancements
  • Numerous bug fixes
Aug 3, 2016
  • Universal Console 1.9 Beta release.
  • Built in satellite, comet, asteroid, exoplanet scripts added.
  • Support for more audio formats.
  • Improved remote performance.
  • Landscapes can now be tied to specific bodies.
  • Improved TUI rendering.
  • Updated translations.
  • Bug fixes.
Jul 7, 2016
  • 3D model support for user added bodies
  • Lots of bug fixes in prepration for exiting Beta
Jun 15, 2016
  • Sloan Digital Sky Survey galactic data visualization
  • Open captioning support for audio and video playback
  • Higher resolution clouds and body textures
  • Translated object information display
  • Scripted sky culture support
  • Improved scripted text features
  • Projector offset correction support
  • Performance improvements
  • Bug fixes
April 26, 2016
  • Updated surface imagery for most bodies
  • Improved Sun rendering
  • Fixed regression where audio was not working for some videos
  • Migrated to more scalable database
  • Bug fixes
March 1, 2016
  • Implemented manual zoom feature
  • Improved gamepad navigation and panning
  • Shadow visualization feature hooked up to remote control and StratoScript
  • More TUI languages
  • Support for truncated projection
  • Bug fixes
January 25, 2016
  • Localized TUI
  • Localized date/time
  • Random Access Scripts feature
  • Bug fixes
December 21, 2015 Nightshade NG Professional Beta Launched!
  • Full User Manual
  • Landed Mode
  • TUI
  • Focal Point
  • New updater
  • New rendering controls
  • Updated planet imagery
  • Improved gamepad controls
  • StratoScript mostly complete
  • Translations
  • Bug fixes – More than 186 bugs fixed!
August 31, 2015
  • Full physical light model implemented
  • Automated land and takeoff from a body
  • High resolution Milky Way imagery
  • Moon scaling feature
  • Bug fixes
March 11, 2015
  • Visual Media Browser and media playback features
  • Support added for multiple USB drives of media
  • Improved gamepad controls
  • Bug fixes
October 25, 2014
  • Nightshade NG Dome Preview Launched