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LunarMap for Android
      #4934145 - 11/25/11 11:25 AM Attachment (49 downloads)

An alpha test version (expiring at the end of 2011) of my moon map app for Android is here.

This is a very simple 2D app. No libration or terminator. But you can search for features, toggle which features can be seen, adjust colors, and zoom in and out with the volume buttons (or with the zoom buttons.

I am currently checking the copyrights on the LRO WAC mosaic (if it's NASA, then it's public domain, but it may be ASU copyrighted). I downloaded it and it looked gorgeous when plugged into LunarMap.

I am eventually planning a free version and a pro version.

Edited by arpruss (11/25/11 12:08 PM)


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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: arpruss]
      #4937166 - 11/27/11 11:17 AM

Nice. I went to your website and did not find a list of specs. What is the earliest version of Android that this app will support? Unfortunately, my tablet is only Android 1.5. (But what do you expect for $67?)

Mike


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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #4937185 - 11/27/11 11:29 AM

The lowest it supports is 1.6. But PM me with your email address, and I'll see if I can build a special 1.5 version.

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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #4937194 - 11/27/11 11:34 AM

Well, LunarMap will not work with my Pandigital Novel Tablet. It would not install. Could you possibly change the app to be backward compatible with Android 1.5?

Mike


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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #4938844 - 11/28/11 10:09 AM

Currently, the one thing that isn't compatible is the zoom buttons. That wouldn't be that hard to change, though it's not a first priority right now. If I release and it's still locked to 1.6, remind me.

p.s. I just posted 0.13. This fixes the map-position bug, adds a longitude/latitude display (optional), improves image caching, and adds two additional zoom levels (these just blow up the 5Kx5K image layer, so they don't include any more lunar detail, but they may make labels easier to read in crowded areas).


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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: arpruss]
      #4938904 - 11/28/11 10:47 AM

Thanks for responding to my post. I'll send you my email through PM. If you can manage a version for 1.5 that would be great, if not don't worry about it.

I bought this tablet on a whim just to see what it could do. Not so much, besides simple viewing of JPEGs and PDFs, and PDF zooming is very slow.

So I might replace it with some other inexpensive tablet but which has a higher version of Android ... until I can get a much better Android tablet or even - gulp! - an iPad 2. That would be my first venture into the Apple world. Apple is still too proprietary and too expensive for my tastes, but it does have the most software at this time. No SD port? No USB? You can't upgrade the memory? So many things right and still so many things wrong.

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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #4944141 - 12/01/11 11:25 AM

I made a bunch of updates. Now there are four maps to choose from (one included, three need to be downloaded in-app, at no additional cost in the pro version). Now in beta.

http://prussastro.blogspot.com/2011/11/android-moon-maps.html


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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: arpruss]
      #4944210 - 12/01/11 12:10 PM

Thanks!

I should have no problem loading LunarMap now. I just upgraded to an Asus EEE running Android 3.2 Honeycomb!

Mike


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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #4947786 - 12/03/11 11:38 AM

Version 0.23 just uploaded (here):
Android 1.5 support
Tap on feature for basic information and Wikipedia link
Make the disappearing zoom buttons optional (and non-default)
Make the volume-key zoom optional
Add "hard to change" orientation (you need to tilt the device very much to change orientation to the default portrait or landscape orientations; reverse orientations not allowed; this is handy for observing when the device can tilt in all sorts of ways without an annoying orientation change)


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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: arpruss]
      #4948409 - 12/03/11 06:08 PM

Thanks again. I can load version 0.23 on my Pandigital Novel, which has Android 1.5. Other observers who buy the inexpensive tablets like my Pandigital can also use this new version of LunarMap.

I found out yesterday that the code name for Android 1.5 is "cupcake." Appropriate. It is a "cupcake" compared to the latest versions of Android. 1.6 is a little better. It's called "donut."

Mike


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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #4952867 - 12/06/11 08:49 AM Attachment (31 downloads)

I released the Lite and HD versions in the Market. Just search for LunarMap (one word). The screenshot is from the LRO map in the HD version.

Edited by arpruss (12/06/11 08:51 AM)


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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: arpruss]
      #4952895 - 12/06/11 09:12 AM

Alexander,

Would it be possible to have optional inverted (Newtonian) and reversed (SCT, Mak refractor w/diagonal) orientations for the pro version? I have Newts, Maks and refractors, and I use all three at one time or another to look at the Moon, so those orientations would be convenient.

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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #4952922 - 12/06/11 09:26 AM

Quote:

Would it be possible to have optional inverted (Newtonian) and reversed (SCT, Mak refractor w/diagonal) orientations for the pro version? I have Newts, Maks and refractors, and I use all three at one time or another to look at the Moon, so those orientations would be convenient.




It's already there in both the pro and the lite versions. Menu | Options | Observing instrument. (And for a quick upside-down rotate, there is a hack: just tap on "Southern hemisphere".)


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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: arpruss]
      #4952929 - 12/06/11 09:31 AM

Thanks, Alex! Obviously I didn't notice that when I was trying LunarMap. Yes, IMHO, being able to change the orientation depending on your observing instrument is an excellent feature.

Mike


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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: arpruss]
      #4954102 - 12/06/11 10:23 PM

Does this work with the Kindle Fire? If so, is it possible to download the file outside the Android Market since the stock Fire can't access that.

Thanks,

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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: Digital Don]
      #4954115 - 12/06/11 10:29 PM

Quote:

Does this work with the Kindle Fire?




I haven't tested it with it yet, but I see no reason why it shouldn't. It has higher specs than my Archos 43.

Quote:

If so, is it possible to download the file outside the Android Market since the stock Fire can't access that.




I'll submit it to Amazon's Market in a couple of days, but it'll take them about a week or more to put it up.

In the meanwhile, there are instructions for non-Android-Market users here.


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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: arpruss]
      #4954289 - 12/07/11 01:18 AM

Thanks Alex!

It works great on the Fire. I'll have to upgrade to the 'Pro' version once it's available on Amazon.

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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: Digital Don]
      #4955265 - 12/07/11 03:44 PM

Alex,

I upgraded to LunarMap HD last night. Works great on my Asus EEE transformer (Android 3.2).

Mike


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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #4955371 - 12/07/11 04:54 PM

So far, I like LRO mission WAC grayscale mosaic with red labels best.

Mike


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Re: LunarMap for Android new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #4955397 - 12/07/11 05:11 PM

Alex,

I have two suggestions for what I think would be improvements to LunarMap:

(1) Allow the two-finger zoom control

(2) Instead of linking the labels to Wikipedia, link them to The Moon Wikispaces. The Moon Wikispaces has a ton of interesting information for Moon enthusiasts. It has links to Rukl maps, LACs, geologic maps and LPODs. There are links to images from Kaguya and Apollo missions. A classical description of the feature by Elger is presented. If the item is one of the Lunar 100, a link is given to an article concerning that observing list. Also, each feature on Moon Wikispaces has a link back to Wikipedia.

For example, here are comparative links for the label "Rupes Recta":

Rupes Recta on Wikipedia

Rupes Recta on the Moon Wikispaces

A big and obvious difference, IMHO.

Is there a way that the user can set the preferred website themselves?

Mike


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