Install It


We highly recommend using PlateSolve 3 instead of PlateSolve 2 (also free).


SGPro is compatible with both PlateSolve2 and PlateSolve3, but it no longer distributes either of them.This means that you are still able to use either, but you must install them separately and then tell SGPro where you have installed them.


Before you proceed, go ahead and go to PlaeWave's website and doanload the latest version of PlateSolve2. You can click here to open the download page.


After installing PlateSolve2 (which is done simply by extracting the files contained within the downloaded zip to any non-protected area of your disk), you'll need to let SGPro know where you've placed it. Using the menu, navigate to Tools > Options. Then, click on the "External Apps" tab and move to the bottom of the form to the PlateSolve 2 and 3 area. Make sure that the option for PlateSolve2 is selected (and not PlateSolve3). Click on the "Browse" button and then, using the provided folder selector, choose the folder in which the PlateSolve2.exe file is located.




Important!!!


Depending on your security settings in Windows, you may be required to allow the newly downloaded PlateSolve2.exe to run. By default, files downloaded from the internet and not installed with a trusted installer are marked as "blocked". To unblock PlateSolve2, simply navigate to it in WIndows File Explorer, right click it and select "Properties". Finally, near the bottom, tick the box that reads "Unblock" and click "Apply".


Note: If you don't have an "Unblock" option visible, it simply means the file is not blocked and you're ready to go.


Right-click to get:



Then:



Configure It


After install, PlateSolve2 Setup is fairly straightforward, but it's important to note that it cannot be configured within SGPro. You'll need to conduct this configuration in the PlateSolve2 application itself.. To use it in your Chain Solver you will need one (or both) of the following catalogs:

    • APM
    • UCAC3


You can download both of them from the PlaneWave website here.


Once you have your catalog(s) installed, you will need to tell PlateSolve2 where they are.  From the Chain Solver tab, simply click the cog icon next to PlateSolve2. This will open the PlateSolve 2 app, then:


Click "Settings".  You will be presented with the PlateSolve2 application:


       


Click "File"->"Configure Catalog Directories":



At least one catalog must be set in order to PlateSolve2 to function.  That's all.  Once configured, you should not need to do this again.