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​This is a special call to landscape photographers, travel photographers, nature photographers and those who are interested in night photography, city photography, time-lapse, star-trails, milky way or astrophotography: look no more, this is the ultimate app for you - the PlanIt!

Ansel Adams dedicates the beginning of his first book "Taos Pueblo" to visualization. He introduced the idea of "previsualization", which involved the photographer imagining what he wanted his final print to look like before he even took the shot. Of course, there are many great photos which were taken impromptu. However, for landscape photographers, being able to previsualize the scene before going there will greatly reduce the chance of being caught unprepared and will greatly increase the chance of getting better shots.

Photographers use various tools to help them pre-visualizing the scene. Nowadays, many of those tools are phone apps. PlanIt! is the all-in-one solution that is designed to leverage the map and simulated viewfinder technologies to provide the necessary tools for photographers to pre-visualize the scene in combination with the ground subjects and the celestial objects such as the Sun, the Moon, Stars, Star-trails and Milky Way.

In the Planlt app, we packed it with features - from location scouting such as GPS coordinates, elevations, distance, elevation gain, clear view, focal length, depth of field (DoF), hyperfocal distance and panorama, to the Ephemeris features such as the sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset time and direction, twilight time, special hours of the day, sun/moon finder, major stars, constellations, nebulae azimuth and elevation angle, star trail planning, time-lapse calculation and simulation, milky way searching, solar eclipse and lunar eclipse, exposure/ND filter calculator, light meter, bulb timer etc. All the information are either represented on the map as an overlay or visually presented in simulated viewfinders (VR, AR, picture, or street view), just like you look through your camera's viewfinder.

Please refer to the tutorial at the help page of the Planlt for more details. More video tutorials at

What's New

Version 3.1.1

Extended the distance reach to 100km for the 3D terrain viewfinder simulation
Show non-3D viewfinder in more detail with faster speed
Fixed timezone issue in China
Miscellaneous bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5

27 Ratings

27 Ratings



The most comprehensive photography planning mobile application at the moment! I used it for the most of my photo shooting plans since my Feb 2015 installation. I can pre-visualize my photo takings in terms of sun/moon/milky way with the considerations of foreground, times, directions, tide, etc elements. It is a must-to-check app for photographers. Strongly recommend it!

Developer Response

Thank you Jay!

Waaaaay Too Complicated


This app offers great promise but needs to be greatly simplified for occasional use. Its design does not encourage comfortable retention by hobbyists and serious amateurs.

Developer Response

This app is designed for professional users who want the perfect control of everything. That's why the name has "Pro" in it. We will have a simple version for casual users in the future.

Fantastic tool for photographer or explorer, worth every penny

Edcool Photography

I am a photographer in favor of shooting landscape with sunrise/sunset, moonrise/moonset, Milkyway, and coastal scenic view. PlanIt was such a great tool that worked for me in everything that I liked to shoot in planning ahead of time. I knew exactly when and which angle the sun/moon/Milkyway would show up in a particular location that I choose for my foreground. In addition, the tide info also helped me to decide when and where to go in shooting big wave or reflection of ocean water in low tide.

PlanIt is a such versatile tool that has photography in mind for user's camera/lens capability, which adds planning more practical to use.

In the field, I used it as a GPS tracking tool to set marks as many as I want. Such marks were very helpful in my finding, tracking my shoot positions, particularly in dark. I used its marker function to record every spot that worth to memorized for future.

I used PlanIt in my Bisti trip last Thanksgiving. l first used it to find all of my interested spots that I planned to shoot ahead of time. I then used it to guide me walking from one spot to another during the day or in complete dark. Without it, I would have been never dare to go there.

In future, I wish PlanIt to have capability to record my walking track (GPS positions) so that it could be saved for myself for later or could be shared for others.

Developer Response

Thank you!


JIDE Software, Inc.
205.4 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Catalan, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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