13. December 2012 00:23
We're glad to announce that SkyMap Free was released for Windows8 platforms.
It can be installed from Microsoft Windows8 store website from this link: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-US/app/skymap-free/3d77692b-caf6-4893-a4a9-c132e08ee747
The popular Windows Phone SkyMap application, downloaded by more than half of million users, now comes to Windows 8!
SkyMap Free is an amazing planetarium for your device. It enables you to point your device at the sky and see what stars, constellations, planets or deep space objects are out there in real time.
SkyMap Free shows the sky in 3D, like you see it at night time exposing a collection of over 110000 stars.
It’s very easy to use for any viewpoint, time and location on Earth: it determines your location automatically, supports pinch to zoom for more details and provides a highly customizable map.
SkyMap Free has a full set of features in order to help both casual stargazers and amateur astronomers to explore and locate the objects in the sky.
- interactive zoom
- night mode
- touch screen support
- realistic Milky Way image and horizon
- stars twinkle
- constellations with beautiful Johannes Hevelius’s artwork
- constellations, stars, deep space objects, planets, sun and moon information
- fast loading and initialization
- point to sky mode
- improved sky map graphics: planet images, star colors, diffraction spikes, etc
- sky object information (wikipedia integration)
- alt/az grid
26. August 2012 01:54
Many people asked us the same question for Sky Map application for windows phone: How do we hide the constellation drawings (to avoid showing them on the sky map)?
The answer is this:
"Please click ... on the bottom right of the screen and then select settings - display - (drag up) - constellation, show art off". Good luck and please let us if you have more questions.
26. March 2012 01:10
I know that many of you would like to see SkyMap translated to your language. Since more than 1 year ago when we published our first version we received lots and lots of requests from you. We’ve been listening to you all this time.
We would also love to see SkyMap translated to more languages too. But we are a small group of 2 developers, working on their spare time, and we need some help with the translation.
So, if you would like to help us translate the SkyMap app in your language, please send us an email at support [at] denebsoft [dot] com.
Now, we can’t promise that we will be able to translate the app in all possible languages . We will try first to cover first the most popular languages, and after that, if we get enough support and requests we may be able to tackle some less common languages as well.
So, if you would like to help us, please let us know.
- Deneb Soft
20. March 2012 00:49
We released the 2.2 update some time ago, but we haven’t got the chance to post the release notes. So here they are:
- Added an option to hide the Milky Way texture
- Live tiles with the sun, moon information
- Implemented search while in the point to sky mode; we now display some arrows to guide you to the object you searched for
- Improved About page
- Select the search text in the search page when opening the page
- Improved the compass calibration instructions by pointing to a post on our blog with more details about calibration
- Various bug fixes and performance improvements
16. October 2011 12:17
We released version 2 of SkyMap for Windows Phone.
There are a lot of changes in the new version. The application has a completely new map rendering. It uses XNA, taking advantage of the phone's GPU. All drawings are performed frame by frame, in real time.
Another big difference is the way the application calculates the position of sky objects. We moved from trigonometric formulae to matrix computations. XNA drawing approach is conceptual different compared to the standard Silverlight 2D drawing. Drawing in XNA uses concepts like camera, universe, view, etc... And for that reason, we had to change the application quite a bit. Actually, I can say we completely rewrote the application, reusing only the settings infrastructure from the old one: buttons, ui bars, settings pages, etc.
I really hope that our users will like and appreciate the changes. And we rewrote the application description and created a new video presentation. But unfortunatelly, there was a glitch in the release process because we found a bug in the calibration dialog. We fixed the bug and started a new release (version 2.1).
This our new presentation video:
SkyMap is an amazing planetarium for your windows phone. It enables you to point your phone at the sky and see what stars, constellations, planets or deep space objects are out there in real time.
SkyMap shows the sky in 3D, like you see it at night time exposing a collection of over 110000 stars. It’s very easy to use for any viewpoint, time and location on Earth: it determines your location automatically, supports pinch to zoom for more details and provides a highly customizable map.
5. October 2011 20:46
We’ve just published SkyMap 1.5, which is the first update that targets Windows Phone 7.5 (also known as mango). This update adds the most wanted feature – compass support! It is the feature that we wanted to add right from the first version, but it just wasn’t possible on the previous versions of the Windows Phone OS.
How to use the compass
Please make sure that you are away from magnetic interferences. Large metal objects, power wires, magnets, speakers, etc. can affect the accuracy of the compass.
When you launch the new version, expand the application bar and click on the enable point to sky item. The first time you may get a Compass Calibration screen. Follow the instructions as indicated on the screen, until the status at the bottom says “Complete”.
From our experience, the compass calibration may take quite a while (especially when done the first time). Take your time, have patience and it will eventually get calibrated.
For more information about using the point to sky feature, please refer to the help page included in the application (you can find it in the application bar).
What’s new in SkyMap 1.5
- Compass support
- New sensors bar, that replaces the navigation bar in the point to sky mode
- Fast app switching
- The system tray respects the night mode theme (the system tray is setting is available only in the full version of the app)
- New night mode button in the quick settings bar, to make it easier to switch the night mode on and off
- The point to sky mode now supports the pinch to zoom gesture
- The show more/less stars now offers a wider range of values to better match the sky you see in your area
- Reorganized some of the items in the quick settings bar and the application bar
This update requires Windows Phone 7.5 (mango).
This update also includes the improvements we made in SkyMap 1.4 (which is also available for Windows Phone 7.0). You can find more information about the SkyMap 1.4 update here.
3. October 2011 19:34
The main change in this update is the new look for the UI bars (setting bar, zoom bar, compass bar), which makes them similar to the standard application bar; they are now expandable and each button has a small description that explains what it does. We also made all buttons circular (instead of rectangular). All these changes should make the UI bars easier to use than before.
Here is the full list of changes in this update:
- Improved bars
- rounded buttons
- each button has a label
- The Pluto fans should celebrate, as Pluto is now supported and displayed on the map
- We added a few new settings:
- Planets – show always (on by default) – when set, it shows planets always, no matter the zoom level
- Messier – shows always (off by default) – when set, it shows the Messier objects always, no matter the zoom level
- The labels for constellations in night mode now use a slightly different color
- Various performance improvements
- Fixed an issue that was happening when running on Windows Phone 7.5: clicking on the wikipedia link (in the object info pane) was loading an empty page
This update is available for both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 7.5.
14. July 2011 20:41
I accidentally looked at the list of apps featured today, and what a surprise to see that SkyMap was featured there!