CloudSpotter – See the Sky with New Eyes and Discover the Fantastic World of Clouds
By Cloud Appreciation Ltd
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* * Featured on the Wall Street Journal, BBC, The Guardian, TED, VICE Motherboard • Won Editors' Choice Award from PCMagazine * *
* * Looking up will never be the same again! Discover the amazing and unexpected world of clouds with CloudSpotter, your virtual guide to the wonders of the sky. Unlock Stars and Achievements for each new cloud type you spot, and compete with other CloudSpotters around the world! * *
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From the fluffy Cumulus that form on a sunny day, to the rare Noctilucent clouds that shine from the fringes of space, the fleeting beauty and endless variety of clouds have have always fascinated scientists and daydreamers alike.
Fall in love again with this sense of wonder and dreaminess with CloudSpotter, created by Gavin Pretor-Pinney, bestselling author, winner of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books and founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society.
Introducing 40 uniquely different cloud species and light phenomena with hundreds of spectacular photographs and extensive descriptions, CloudSpotter enables you to easily identify and spot them as you look up the sky every day.
Even better yet, CloudSpotter turns cloudspotting into a unique reality-based game by challenging you to earn Stars, unlock Achievement Badges and compete against other CloudSpotters around the world as you build your cloud collection.
A perfect sky-gazing companion for long walks, cross-country road trips or train rides, and above the clouds from the window seat of a plane, where you might even spot the elusive Glory optical effect; a beautiful halo of rainbow colors around your shadow.
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• The CLOUD LIBRARY features 40 unique cloud formations and optical effects, from the common Rainbow to the rare and beautiful Asperitas cloud, with hundreds of stunning photos and all of Gavin's entertaining explanatory notes from the Cloud Collector's Handbook. Learn what makes each formation special, and how to identify the clouds and light phenomena you spot in the sky.
• You win STARS for each new cloud type you successfully spot. The rarer the cloud, the more Stars you earn! Grow your CLOUD COLLECTION and complete special challenges to earn 20 beautiful, hand-drawn CloudSpotter ACHIEVEMENT BADGES.
• Our team of cloud experts carefully verifies each spotting. That’s right, real people will look at your cloud photos to confirm whether you identified them right!
• Collect all 40 cloud formations and complete your CloudSpotter collection with 115 Stars to clear the legendary TRIUMPH IN THE SKIES Achievement.
• Not sure about the kind of cloud or optical effect you see? The unique CLOUD IDENTIFIER makes figuring out what exactly you are spotting a breeze! Just answer a few questions, and CloudSpotter will tell you what exactly you are most likely looking at.
• Compete against your friends and CloudSpotters around the globe: See how well you fare against the growing worldwide community of cloud lovers on the app’s RANKINGS.
• Browse the CLOUDSTREAM, a live feed of weird and wonderful cloud photographs by other CloudSpotters worldwide. Every day, we select our favorite photo and feature it at the top. If one of your photographs is selected, it will earn you the special "Photo of the Day" Achievement Badge. Not an easy get!
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LOVE FOR CLOUDS AND CLOUDSPOTTER:
"I can strongly recommend the app. It's a fun, educational, and challenging tool to help you identify, understand, and appreciate the wide variety of clouds that float above our world." (Tony Hoffman, PCMagazine – Editor Rating: Excellent)
"It makes you stare into the sky and think about what you are seeing. And as you start to understand what each cloud in the sky is, you start to appreciate them more." (Shaun McGill, Lost in Mobile)
"The best part was seeing photos of clouds snapped by other users!" (Tatiana Baez, VICE Motherboard)
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Read more about CloudSpotter and preview our introduction video "The World of Clouds" on CloudSpotterApp.com.
What's New in Version 1.1.0
• Time to clean up the Library! You can now delete spottings, so go on and get rid of any duplicates or embarrassing mistakes (we won't tell anyone that you once submitted a photo of your shoes as a Cumulus cloud).
• Night vision activated! We've enabled camera low light mode for iPhones that support it, and disabled the flash (chances are it wouldn't reach clouds 10,000 feet away). There has never been a better time to spot those Noctilucent clouds!
• Silence speaks louder than beeps: App sounds can now be disabled in Settings.
• The dreaded 111 Error is squashed. Huzzah!
• Much improved compatibility with iOS 8 and iOS 9.
• We've updated all references to the new cloud type, identified with the help of this app. The World Meteorological Organisation are accepting it as a new classification and have slightly changed our 'Asperatus' name to the new official one: 'Asperitas'. History in the making!
• Various text corrections and some clarifications to the cloud identification details.
We won't bug you in the app to leave a review, but if you enjoy CloudSpotter, it would mean so much if you would share this by rating & reviewing the app on the App Store. Thank you!
Like fb.com/CloudSpotterApp or follow @CloudSpotterApp on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest news, and read the FAQ on our website for answers to your most frequent questions and suggestions. Happy cloudspotting!
Great App but...
A great new feature is that you can delete photos from your library now that you don't want to post or were the wrong cloud. The new version doesn't record your location any more and therefore you can't collect certain badges. I'm below the equator at the moment, but don't get the according badge for it cause the location isn't recorded. Very annoying. I was looking forward to collect the badge for ages.
I cannot describe how happy this app makes me! Have always loved the great outdoors, and cannot understand how I was so "cloud blind" before... Cloudspotter has opened up the sky for me. Thank you!
The recent update has removed the location ID. I did enjoy seeing the locations in daily global photos... But otherwise, much less glitchy now, thanks.
Latest update impression, suggestions, gripes
Although I love this app and am a long time member of the CAS, there are some things which annoy me.
1). For a very long time the app has claimed that 'soon' we will be able to zoom in on the camera, but this still hasn't been implemented. I would also like to suggest that maybe the camera could have an adjustable exposure feature.
2) I had a cloud marked as unverified in early September so I send an email to the support asking if they could check it again. I never heard back.
3) I cannot get the app to use my location. I am fairly iPhone savvy and have location services turned on etc but I always have a '-' where it should give my location.
4) I also cannot get notifications any more for when a cloud has been verified. I have tried everything as with (3), like reinstalling, checking notification centre, etc, but nothing. I find this really sad as it used to be fun getting those notifications.
I think in addition to the camera options I have mentioned, the app could also be improved in the following ways:
1) The leaderboard could be scrollable - I would love to be able to see more than just the top-ranked people.
2) There could be an in-app support feature, where any problems or questions could be submitted from your personal account and then answered by a moderator.
3) As another reviewer said (2 years ago) it would be great to be able to tag different sorts of clouds, or circle them so a moderator can see where you are looking.
4) I would be great if we could re-submit clouds.
5) The moderation does not match the description, so I would suggest either saying that clouds will be verified within a week, or making sure to verify clouds within a day. This seems to have worsened in the last year or two.
6) It would be nice if you could choose for a moderator to tell you what kind of cloud they believe your unverified spotting to be.
7) I think a good feature would be to have two kind of cloud of the day - one from the moderators and the other based on a user voting system. Perhaps that could be weekly? I think seeing what other cloudspotters think of your picture would be really fun.
8) It would be really nice to be able to comment on other photos in the cloudstream and maybe to rate them too, so that a weekly (as above) user-based cloud rating system could be implemented.
9) Now that someone has snapped all the clouds, it would be great if you could introduce more denominations of clouds, eg scud clouds, banner clouds, etc, to even things out again.
10) If the above is implemented, then maybe new badges could be introduced too. I would love that.