Zerene Stacker

Zerene Stacker Beta Testing Downloads

Looking for an explanation of how our “beta channel” works? See HERE for an explanation.

Note: Because these beta versions are downloaded relatively few times, they are sometimes not recognized as known good software by anti-malware packages. You may have to override your anti-malware's behavior of refusing to run unrecognized software.

If you have other security concerns about the beta installers, please see How To Validate A Download.

Current beta is:

  • macOS (Intel cpu): ZS-MacOSX-SA-T2022-04-21-0715-beta.zip, downloads as a .zip file that automatically expands into an application bundle named ZereneStacker (.app).
    This is the recommended bundle for modern Intel Macs running macOS 10.14 or above. It is self-contained and includes its own Java 17 runtime environment.
    Length 48,405,888 bytes
    MD5 checksum 8777fe3882608482b2d7f9aef3dcbf3a
    SHA-1 checksum 6fc1dde3eeffa208ba946f98c66c0032408baf41
  • macOS (M-series ARM cpu): ZS-MacOSX-ARM-SA-T2022-04-21-0715-beta.zip, downloads as a .zip file that automatically expands into an application bundle named ZereneStacker (.app).
    This is the recommended bundle for modern Macs with ARM cpu (“Apple silicon”). It is self-contained and includes its own ARM-native Java 17 runtime environment. Rosetta is required for the launch program and a few helper programs – so macOS will report the package as “Intel” – but all the heavy computation runs ARM-native.
    Length 47,207,996 bytes
    MD5 checksum 9ae8721df2cf2792b36c52f886346877
    SHA-1 checksum 237ff1c6fab063e03d2da1d65a54f81a304f4092
  • macOS (interim): ZS-MacOSXinterim-SA-T2022-04-21-0715-beta.zip, downloads as a .zip file that automatically expands into an application bundle named ZereneStacker (.app).
    This bundle is suitable for Macs running macOS 10.9 through 10.14. It is self-contained and includes its own Java runtime environment.
    Length 52,551,206 bytes
    MD5 checksum 483c26090e4c9537917ad1f840d2efd2
    SHA-1 checksum 1883e3576bf10e7687c068fdb27e85a9ed7c8a36
  • Mac OS X (old): ZS-MacOSXold-SA-T2022-04-21-0715-beta.zip, downloads as an application bundle named ZereneStacker (.app).
    This bundle is not self-contained. It requires a Java runtime environment installed by Apple, and will prompt for installation of Java if one is not already installed. It runs as 64-bit where the processor and operating system support it, and as 32-bit otherwise.
    Length 8,672,019 bytes
    MD5 checksum 7df880271f12393f67da3bdbca04a1b7
    SHA-1 checksum b95b03d4422ecbffc55ec880a0928a9791cfab49

Note: On Macintosh and Linux, if you already have Zerene Stacker installed and are downloading a new version to update it, then you need to manually move the old version to trash, and move or rename the new version to replace it. Otherwise both versions will continue to be available, and you will run whichever one you happen to click on. For further information, see the FAQS on “Installing and Updating”. On Mac, when trashing out the old version, do NOT allow any third party uninstaller or cleanup applications like “AppCleaner” to run. In their enthusiasm to eliminate files that they think are not used, they're likely to also delete files you really do need, like your license key and Zerene Stacker configuration files.


Compared to the previous beta T2022-03-26-1023-beta.exe, this T2022-04-21-0715-beta incorporates the following improvements:

  • StackShot: provide option to swap Back/Fwd directions.
  • User interface:
    • Clarified prompt when selecting folder for image saves.
    • Specify default image naming template as “{datetime:YYYY-MM-dd-hh.mm.ss} ZS {method}”.
  • Bug fixes:
    • Restore image saving parameters even if slabbing run is aborted.
    • Image cache could be temporarily lost after saving project to different device and continuing to work without close/re-open.

Compared to the current full release T2022-03-12-1935, this T2022-04-21-0715-beta incorporates the following improvements.

  • New features:
    • Automatic save project on new or renamed output image (feature controlled at Options > Preferences > Project Settings, enabled by default).
    • Renamed output images are also renamed in file system on project save (including automatic saves).
    • Files with extension .txt are allowed in project folders and folders of images.
  • DOF and stereo calculators dynamically update to reflect newly opened project.
  • Performance:
    • Faster reading and writing .zsy files (Output Images).
    • Faster save output image immediately after stacking.
  • Bug fixes:
    • Closing project with stereo view active left an image displayed.
    • Switching projects via drag-and-drop bypassed close code and could discard a modified project without warning.
    • Added diagnostic printout, “Developer.TracebackImageDisposes=true”.
    • Avoid unnecessary re-reading of .zsy file caused by pre-sizing.
    • Avoid hanging the GUI on certain file reading errors.
    • Avoid resetting modification date of project folder when opening old projects.

Please immediately inform support@zerenesystems.com if you encounter any difficulties or odd behavior with this beta version. Be sure to send a console log if appropriate – instructions for that are provided HERE.

A complete list of modifications can be read in the Modification History.

Immediately previous beta was:

stacker/softwaredownloads/currentbeta.txt · Last modified: 2022/04/22 02:45 by rjlittlefield
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