Flexradio SDR software

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Apple OS operating system for Flex radios 6000 series
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Steve K9ZW, Elmer

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Software already available (as of early April 2016) is DogparkSDR for OSX and for iPads K6TU Remote

Both are searchable here on the community or on the web. 

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Steve

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Guy G4DWV/4X1LT

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Wash you mouth out with soap, hi hi!

Linux is the way to go for ham radio. There are already so many ham radio programs that would complement the Flex experience. I wonder how much work it would be for there to be a Linux version of SSDR. I would certainly pay for that alone. In fact, I would much more readily pay $200 for that than the v2 version for windows; only because I have not been tempted by Flex  yet.

I reckon a Linux version of SSDR could be a gold mine as there are so many advanced computer users here who would jump at the chance.

Crash!!! Back to reality and the MSoft OS that breaks SSDR.
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Apple's OSX is based on BSD, and is a *NIX variant like Linux.
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Walt - KZ1F

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Guy, where were you guys 18-24 months ago when I first proposed SmartSDR for Linux..Mac, Android, raspberry pi, etc. If I had known that, XPSSDR would have been out 6-7 months ago. After I finished XPSLib last May with a mere embryonic spectrum and waterfall start to XPSSDR, frankly the project started collecting dust, except for feature set.
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Guy G4DWV/4X1LT

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Hi Walt, 18-24 months ago I was still QRT. Start a campaign now and I will be there. I would not expect it for free and would even pay a premium for it, but don't tell Flex I said that, hi hi.
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Walt - KZ1F

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Soon Guy, real soon now.
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Although not yet an amateur radio user - still studying for the test/classes, I'm hoping to someday soon to try this avenue of the FLEXRAIDIO 6000 series approach. 

Is there any way IN "?" of a APPLE OS X system ever coming to support WITHOUT a virtual software "Windows " under - Parallels software or other virtual software to emulate Windows on a MAC in the works?  In a sense-for Christmas 2016 = A native Apple OS - Flexradio 600 operating system?

Buying a band new WINDOWS box..somewhat scares me..why re-learn old/new software that keep "giving and giving, and more giving" in a negative way according to all the posts I see, it keeps me hoping for Windows 11 and all the fixes before I hope to invest over $6000 for a radio, and I do not wish to go backwards to just a "box/knobs" tabletop radio on the desk.

I'm sure both OS have positives and negatives with each OS, yet the approach of using Windows seems to cause a lot of challenges. Apple's fairly stable platform of UNIX (bugs included) with OS X in many flavors "now El Captain" seem at least better to me, yet I've had no problems with any Apple OS on my current iMac (a incident here and there-which Apple online support addresses fairly quickly or offers a hand holding option to work out any issue.

Or is the ultimate/only answer FLEX Mastero and the smaller screen. 

Can there by a APPLE OS Flexradio products in 2016 and beyond?  Only the engineering and management and company owners can answer this - yet it has to be AN improvement over what is out now ? 

A soon to be - and no radio in hand Amateur radio license holder - I hope
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Having been with Windows since the heady days of 3.0, I have given up hoping that the "next" version of windows will be a saviour.

The rot set in with windows 8. There was a massive dumbing down in the OS which has continued up to and including v10. Windows now is a 'take it or leave it' OS as so much configurability had gone. The last time it happened was with Win 95, but was not as dramatic a drop as with the current versions. I had DOS/wfw 3.11 configured for performance. Oh the joys of using sysedit to configure the famous 4 INI files at once.

Good luck with the exams and hope to see you in the log.
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Jon - KF2E

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I do not have a MAC, but I do have an iPad Air.  the K6TU Remote program is very nice and doesn't require another computer to function.  As has been mentioned up the line, DogparkSDR is a stand-alone program for the MAC.  I suspect that there will be more to come, even for Android and Linux.  

FlexRadio is doing all of its development for the Windows operating system, but has released the API instruction set to the public so that other developers can write client software for other operating systems.  They are naturally going to lag behind SmartSDR for Windows, but several developers are catching up.  The next few years are going to be very interesting for the Flex-6000 series.

Ken - NM9P
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Mike va3mw

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As someone who works in the software industry and with Product Management these are all driven by business forecasts.  If the forecasting is there, then I am sure they may do it.
As a Maestro user, I would not want a smaller screen and I do not require reading glasses.  The other option is the iPad version and that is the best deal going thanks to K6TU.   What is wrong with dogparkSDR?  

http://dogparksoftware.com/dogparkSDR.html
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Steve K9ZW, Elmer

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Be cognoscente Steve that a great many of the system integration software packages that might want to run alongside of say DogparkSDR (which is native under OSX) are unobtanium other than in Windows versions. 

Take great care in deciding what you want to accomplish before limiting yourself to just OSX.

That said, I do run OSX on a 27inch iMac i7 using DogparkSDR and MacDopplerLog (I don't think that is right - but it is the sibling for DogparkSDR) to operate from my office while doing household paperwork.  Works great.

In the shack it is a Win10 FlexReady PC (also i7) as I have many Windows only ham programs I'd like to also run along with SmartSDR.

I guess what I am saying is I consider the OSX software "a bonus" rather than "a substitute" for SmartSDR.

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Steve

K9ZW

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Welcome aboard both as a soon to be ham and probable Flex user.  I too am an Apple convert.  I've tried both parallels and bootcamp (Win7) and both are satisfactory.  Lot's of Win 10 issues seem to be out there.  I used a Mac Mini (mid 2009) and with 4G memory it works fine.  I also have Dogpark and it is coming along but a ways behind SSDR as you might expect.  I decided the approach to take was to acquire a Win PC of moderate capability (actually a Dell 790 refurb off of lease from MicroCenter)for a very reasonable price ($200) and it performs very well.  Eventually you might want to go more horsepower if you use many available add-ons that are available for various external actions but Win 7 seems stable and despite continuous updates it's not too irritating.  Hopefully either Flex, Dogpark or others will provide both Linux and OS X versions that are as capable as the Flex software.  The box of new features from within and without Flex is just being opened and there will be lot's of folks wanting to ride the wave with new add-on software toys.  My advice is to keep the computer investment contained and get on with the test and the radio and start enjoying the journey.
I've been a ham for 65 yrs this fall and SSB was not part of the amateur lexicon when I got my license.  SDR is the future.  Good Luck!
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Another endorsement for DogPark's line of Mac applications. Fine work from Don. Several really smart guys nipping at his heels, too - expect more OS X and iOS goodness in the coming months/years. WSJT-X, FLDIGI, CocoaModem, and other apps do a great job for digital modes on the Mac, too. About the only thing not in the Mac world I would really like is CWSkimmer. But, it runs nicely in Parallels, and SkimmerServer provides spots to MacLogger and in-display indications in DogPark SDR.
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My experience with the iOS is limited to iPhones & iPads.  Stu's (K6TU) app works fine on the iPad, but doesn't do CW yet, so it's proven basically useless for me.  DogPark may be just fine on a full-size Mac, but given the tremendous amount of proven software for Windows, it would seem that either running Win10 in Parallels or Bootcamp, or picking up a very inexpensive Windows box to dedicate to ham radio apps would be the better way to go.  I'm currently running 2 Windows machines; a desktop dedicated to radio apps, and this laptop for web-browsing which leaves the 3 main monitors free for the multiple programs I have running to support SSDR in all its glory.
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Walt - KZ1F

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XPSSDR I expect will work just fine on Mac. The free teaser version will be available directly. The full bore production version will be available soon via subscription.

I am going to be sending a version to Mark to test on his Mac, I already know it runs on Windows. I use it on Linux.
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