[orrery] new version (2.6) available
yorickmoko at gmail.com
Mon Apr 27 18:39:54 CEST 2009
nice work Ken!
On Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 6:28 PM, Ken Young <rtm at cfa.harvard.edu> wrote:
> If Sean is ever to begin receiving daily orders for pallets of 50,000
> 3G-enabled Freerunners, certain core applications must be attractive,
> quickly responsive, and absolutely bullet proof. We all know what these
> applications are: Dialer, Contacts, Meteor Shower Information, SMS
> Messaging and Calendar. Let's be frank - Meteor Shower Information has
> long been the weak link in the Freerunner's PIM (Planet Information
> Management) software suite. This has been, I believe, one of the biggest
> barriers to mainstream consumer acceptance of the phone.
> Well no more. A new version of the orrery program (version 2.6) is
> available which provides several essential pieces of information about meteor
> showers. It puts YOU, the Freerunner owner, in charge of your nightly
> meteor watching activities.
> Version 2.6:
> New user features:
> Added meteor shower information. There
> is now a page under the "opts" menu which
> gives information about all meteor showers
> for the year (the year can be changed with
> the "time" menu, of course). Things
> such as the dates of the showers, the
> maximum rate of meteors per hour, the
> phase of the moon for each shower's peak
> and the number of dark hours, are shown.
> Also shown is the number of dark hours
> for the next or current night. The "items"
> menu allows you to specify that meteor
> radiants for currently active showers
> should be plotted on the sky display.
> The radiant position moves against the
> background stars as the shower progresses.
> Added a way to change the sky display's
> center azimuth quickly. Now, if you
> tap the center of the pan area or press
> (long tap) anywhere in the pan area, a
> compass will appear which will allow you
> to select a new center azimuth with your
> finger or stylus. When you release
> pressure on the screen, the display will
> be redrawn with the selected azimuth
> at the center. You can still pan in
> the old way by tapping in the panning area
> (bottom 1/5 of the screen).
> Bug Fixes:
> Fixed a bug which prevented fullscreen
> mode and flashlights from working under
> Fixed nonstandard date display
> The new version is available here:
> I thank the International Meteor Organization
> for permission to use their data to produce the meteor shower
> related displays.
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