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A. Viegas
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Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: jbury]
      #5200942 - 05/01/12 10:26 PM

I just bought sky safari and I would like to buy your program as well, it's been 6 months since it was last asked, but what is the timing on the iPad version?

Thanks

P.s. I will prob just buy it anyhow, but as I don't have an iPhone, an iPad version compatible with the horizon import/calc feature seems critically important


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jbury
Vendor - ObserverPro


Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Oregon, USA
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: A. Viegas]
      #5201100 - 05/01/12 11:50 PM

It has taken much longer than I expected to finish the next big update (version 2.0, which includes full iPad support). Fortunately, many of the things that have been preventing me from making progress are winding down and I'll be able to dedicate much more time to Observer Pro. My plan is to release the update by mid-summer (at the latest!). The trouble is I have so many great features planned that I'm going to have to discipline myself to save some of them for future updates...

In the mean time, you can measure your horizon while running Observer Pro on your iPad (iPad 2 or new iPad). Not ideal, but I can tell you that the iPad interface for Observer Pro is going to be worth the wait!

Josh


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crazyqban
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Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: jbury]
      #5201103 - 05/01/12 11:53 PM

"I can tell you that the iPad interface for Observer Pro is going to be worth the wait!

Sounds good Josh, can't wait!


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bilgebayModerator
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Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: crazyqban]
      #5201242 - 05/02/12 03:14 AM

Take your time Josh. OP is already a terrific app and is very useable on iPad as is!

Best wishes

Sedat


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silverking
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Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: bilgebay]
      #5264571 - 06/10/12 11:14 AM

Josh,
Can you please confirm your intention to still offer a free upgrade to .v2 for iPad?

I despise iPhone apps on the iPad, but could use, and would purchase your app now (with good weather here!) as long as the upgrade is part of the current purchase price.


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jbury
Vendor - ObserverPro


Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Oregon, USA
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: silverking]
      #5264846 - 06/10/12 02:37 PM

Hi Silverking,

Yes, version 2 (which is going to be a universal app with a fully optimized iPad interface) is going to be a free upgrade to the current version.

I'm actually taking this week off from my day job to make some headway on it

Clear skies,
Josh


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David81
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Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: jbury]
      #5299514 - 07/02/12 05:45 PM

I'll toss in another vote for an Android version. This looks like a great app. I'd love to have a chance to try it out once my new observatory is built this summer

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jbury
Vendor - ObserverPro


Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Oregon, USA
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: David81]
      #5300913 - 07/03/12 04:33 PM

Unfortunately I probably won't be able to create an Android version any time soon. I am considering creating a desktop version though (Windows and Mac)

Josh


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pfile
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Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: jbury]
      #5308975 - 07/08/12 09:05 PM

hey uh... this app is great! i just left a 5-star review.

yer website still says it's half-off right now... unless it used to be $20, that info is stale...?


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jbury
Vendor - ObserverPro


Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Oregon, USA
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: pfile]
      #5309009 - 07/08/12 09:37 PM

Doh! Thanks, I forgot to change that part of the home page back to normal

Glad you like it. I really appreciate the reviews!

Josh


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pfile
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Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: jbury]
      #5309156 - 07/08/12 11:58 PM

good lord, i really like how it computes the 'green line' including the moon phase and moonrise time. brilliant.

just about the only criticism i might have is that the horizon mapping feature is slightly janky. i am really boxed in and i have to hold the iphone at some pretty extreme angles, and it seems like the gyros/compass don't like that too much. i wonder if it might make more sense to take something like a panoramic photo and binarize it to capture the horizon?


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jbury
Vendor - ObserverPro


Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Oregon, USA
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: pfile]
      #5309172 - 07/09/12 12:15 AM

I'm definitely not happy with how finicky the horizon measurement can be. I blame it on the compass readings. I weight the compass readings with the gyro readings but sometimes the compass has a mind of its own and throws everything off. I've definitely thought about an image-based approach and will probably adopt that in the future for improved accuracy.

Not a day goes by that I don't wish that I could work on Observer Pro full time, there are so many improvements I want to make!

Josh


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A. Viegas
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Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: jbury]
      #5324809 - 07/19/12 11:02 AM

Josh-

What is the ETA on the ipad version? Also wanted to know, can i use the horizon feature using an IPAD 3 now? Or does it have to wait until the v2.0 is out?

Thanks!
Al

P.S. when you release the new one, i would suggest 2 tiers of pricing. $4.99 for the basic and maybe $14.99 for the version with the enhanced catalogues. Generally, I think you can make more $ by attracting wider adoption and then offering 'upgrade' to basic users for $9.99 to pro version... just my 2c...


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jbury
Vendor - ObserverPro


Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Oregon, USA
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: A. Viegas]
      #5325651 - 07/19/12 07:15 PM

Hi Al,

I'm still planning on releasing the v2 update sometime this summer. There's still a lot of work to do though. Pretty soon I'm going to post some screens of the new sky map that will be part of the next version to give everyone an idea of what's on the way.

However, you don't have to wait to do your horizon measurements. It works great on the iPad 2 and the new iPad

That's an interesting idea for pricing. I have been thinking of ways to lower the barrier for new users. Right now I'm planning on releasing a much simpler free app that shares some features with Observer Pro. Sort of an 'observing outlook' app that will give you a quick look at what's up and which parts of the sky are going to be best for observing/imaging. Of course the free app will be designed such that you'll definitely want Observer Pro to go with it!

Josh


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A. Viegas
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Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: jbury]
      #5326786 - 07/20/12 11:59 AM

I am going to download your app tonight and will do the horizon measurement using my wife's ipad 3. (my ipad is the old v.1 )

I look forward to the full Ipad version!

-Al


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bilgebayModerator
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Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: A. Viegas]
      #5620212 - 01/13/13 06:07 AM

Every time I use OP, I feel grateful to you Joshua. Version 2 will be the icing on the cake.

Will it be possible to import from Sky Tools 3 ? Sorry if this has been asked and answered before.

Greetings.

Sedat


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jbury
Vendor - ObserverPro


Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Oregon, USA
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: bilgebay]
      #5624377 - 01/15/13 01:08 PM

Sedat,

Thank you for the encouragement! It's just killing me not having time to finish version 2 right now...

I think what I'm going to do for supporting various formats is provide web-based conversion tools. Yes, at the moment I have a terrible track record with that (I still haven't figured out how to get Sky Safari horizon converter working again...) but at least the other conversion tools won't require any custom settings on my web server (the horizon converter required a custom build of php do be able to do the graphics). Speaking of php administration, anyone out there have any experience with that?

Clear skies,

Josh


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jbury
Vendor - ObserverPro


Reged: 02/02/09

Loc: Oregon, USA
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: jbury]
      #5646469 - 01/27/13 05:17 PM

Good news! I finally have a solution online for converting Observer Pro horizon files into SkySafari panoramas. Head over to http://observerpro.com/converters to download the converter script.

Feel free to send feedback my way if you have improvement suggestions. Thanks for all your patience!

Josh


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kkokkolis
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Loc: Piraeus, Greece
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: jbury]
      #6017864 - 08/10/13 03:59 PM

I would love to have an upgrade after one year of ownership.

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Amaranthus
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Reged: 02/01/14

Loc: Adelaide, Australia
Re: Observer Pro is now available on the App Store! new [Re: kkokkolis]
      #6352949 - 02/03/14 10:40 AM

Hi Josh - now Feb 2014, about a year on from your previous posting about Observer Pro - any chance of an update on progress towards v2?

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