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Sun Scout

By Benjohn Barnes

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Need to know where the sun will be, and when it will be there? You need Sun Scout!

The screenshots show how Sun Scout turns your phone in to the most powerful and natural interface possible: a magic lens. Point it at the sky to understand where the sun will be, and when.

☀ Shooting photos or film? Know when you'll get ideal light and shadow.
☀ Buying a house? Check the rooms and garden for sunny spots and shade.
☀ Enjoying a day by the pool? Find the best spot for your towel.
☀ Hosting a garden party? Position the lounger in the sun and the drinks cooler in the shade.
☀ Heading to the mountains to hike or ski? See when the peaks will leave you chilly in their shadow.
☀ Planning to see the sun rise? Know _where_ it will rise as well as when!

Sun Scout uses the compass in your iPhone 3Gs or iPhone 4. For best results, calibrate your iPhone's compass, even when your phone does not prompt you to do so – check out this video to see how: ☛

Important note for users: Like all compasses, Sun Scout is adversely influenced by metal in buildings and vehicles. Sun Scout is only as good as the iPhone's compass and even under fair condition is prone to a variable margin of inaccuracy. Do not base high-value production decisions solely on Sun Scout without confirming them using sun charts, a compass and an altimeter, and a technical scouting mission during the time of day of a future shoot.

✐ romano01, US App Store – ❛This app has come in handy more then once this week alone. While working on a feature film called "fairhaven" the gaffer and I (key Grip) needed to find out where and when the sun would be for a scene… well after i pulled out my Sun Scout App. everyone started downloading it!!! It is well worth it.❜

✐ WPSHM, US App Store – ❛This should win a gajillion awards for usability and simplicity. I love it!!!!❜

We'd be delighted to hear what you're getting up to with Sun Scout. Give us a shout by email ☛

Image Credits: Many thanks to Jonathan B. Ragle for the Empire States Building, Grand Central Station, and Palm Beach images.

What's New in Version 1.2

This update mainly fixes a serious crashing bug with iOS 4.3 (thanks to Daniel Cilia & Rick Evans for Beta testing). We're sorry for the problems this has caused.

Other improvements are…

The magnetic North correction has been fixed (many thanks to Anthony Moringello for testing this).

The screen update algorithms have been optimised to be smoother.

The tracking algorithms have been greatly refined for smoother and faster tracking on all devices, and in particular on devices sporting a gyro.

Specific handling of the iPhone 4's camera geometry has been added in.

Thank you for your support, and please keep your excellent feedback coming in. It's very helpful to understand what you are doing with Sun Scout and know about the features you would like to see added.

Happy Scouting!

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Customer Reviews

Great app.

Author has been extremely dedicated to fixing issues.
The sun alignment is fixed and is as accurate as the iPhone compass can get. (I would not base a lone hike in the deep woods with the only iPhone compass to guide me :-) )
If you had issues with accuracy in prior releases, please re-download. It should be working fine now!

But its a great app and does exactly what I need. I look forward to using it today to estimate where the sun will be for photos.

Would love to see an addition to show moon position as well in a future release. Other apps keep them as a separate app.


Love it's simplicity, want more

I love the on-screen overlay, GREAT for identifying sun obstructions throughout the day! Great app, and I find it invaluable for setting up a day's shoot. However, I am confounded by not being able to enter a date manually. It only provides 'Today' and fixed timeframes in the future like 'Next Week,' 'Next Month,' etc.

Doesnt do much, but does it well

This app really only has one function. To show you where the sun is, or is going to be. I havent had to use it much, but it works well when i do. I will agree its a bit pricy for its limited function, but if you need to track the sun you cant go wrong

Sun Scout
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  • $9.99
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Updated: Apr 01, 2011
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 1.1 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Benjohn Barnes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini Wi-Fi, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini with Retina display, and iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular.

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