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Needs work...
Great potential, but crashes frequently ... Needs nighttime mode. It is only 99 cents but having said that, it uses data from a web service and google maps, so it is not like the app has to do much, really. Would be nice to save multiple locations and switch to them quickly. Again, great concept but needs a bit of work to make it great.
mag.a on May 23, 2011 for Iridium Flares
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angle?
I like that it points the direction using the compass, how about using the accelerometers for the angle?
Caio Iglesias on Apr 25, 2011 for Iridium Flares
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Accurate
This app worked great and I was able to view a flare on the first try. However, when I try to "view on map" it closes the app. This is kind of annoying but it still is able provide the necessary info. I hope the map issue is fixed soon. Minus one star for that. *** Update *** reinstalling the app resolved the map crash issue. We'll see how it goes.
Tamibird on Jan 18, 2011 for Iridium Flares
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Unusably Glaring Interface
With the 2.0 update, the app becomes unusable because of the glaring white background.
Bozocity on Jan 10, 2011 for Iridium Flares
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One step forward, MAJOR step backwards!
This is one of my favorite astro apps, but it has just taken a turn for the worse. It used to be night time friendly--yellow bars and text on a jet black background. Now, though, it is glaring with a white background! I'm floored by this. Ruins one's vision! On the plus side, the developer added much better information screen, with larger compass, direction heading (eg N or E), and map. (I'll have to double-check those as I'm going to reinstall the older app!) Haven't found the notifications setting, something other reviewers touted. Certainly hope it doesn't wake us up!! The older version handled wi-fi better--auto load quickly determined when wi-fi was not available--this just keeps the spinning dashes going and going!! A bug?? Oh, yeah. One other thing--it didn't remember the saved dates and times of flares from the previous versions--a rude awakenng early this morning--blinding screens and no data--a drag. Developer is responsive, so I'm sure probs will be fixed soon!!
AstroPaul on Dec 23, 2010 for Iridium Flares
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Worth every penny
The 2.0 upgrade is awesome. It's a snap to have your phone give you a quick reminder when it's time. I set it for ten minutes and one minute. After one minute it gives you a 60 second countdown. A real work of art, and worth every penny. If I were to make suggestions... 1) Red night-mode (Hey, it's already monochromatic so it should be easy) 2) Allow me to remember more than one location - and the scheduled flares for those locations (for when I'm out of net/cell range at an observing site) 3) When zooming into a particular flare, show the current time (hrs:min:sec) just above or below the flare (hrs:min:sec). So I can tell the difference between 1:10 to go and 1:50 to go. (In other words, so I can count down the seconds BEFORE the last 60 seconds, when there is a countdown.) Once again... awesome work! Version 2.0 is now my favorite astronomy app, just eeking out GoSatWatch.
Howdee! on Dec 22, 2010 for Iridium Flares
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