Skypix Astronomy – Sky Map and Astronomy Guide
By Mondadori France Digital
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Updated version 2.0: The 3-in-1 application!
1. Geolocalized map of the sky
2. News about the sky in real time
3. Multimedia encyclopedia added to and updated on a regular basis
New features of version 2.0 update:
> Option to display all premium data sheets on the map, with the possibility of filtering the display by type (planets, stars, constellations, etc.)
> Real-time news feed to ensure that you remain right up-to-date with the latest astronomical discoveries
> Whole catalogue of Messier objects available with premium data sheets, each complete with description, photos, etc.
> Push notifications to keep you informed when new info, photos, videos, etc. are added
> Various bug fixes
See the sky as you has never seen it before. With Skypix, we have deployed all the expertise and know-how at Science&Vie's disposal to develop the most powerful and most comprehensive sky-gazing application on the market. Space and its undiscovered mysteries are now within your reach with this handheld digital planetarium.
This application offers the following features:
INTELLIGENT MAP : Skypix geolocalizes the map to your current location and offers you an interactive map of the sky, providing a 360° view of the cosmos from wherever you are at the time.
EXCLUSIVE IMAGING : Skypix is the only application to include genuine photographic imaging of the sky, using exceptional images produced by Serge Brunier, an internationally-recognized authority in the field.
ASTRONOMICAL DATA SHEETS with descriptions of hundreds of celestial bodies: stars, planets, comets, nebulae, galaxies, etc. These detailed descriptions, produced exclusively for Skypix, are also available in audio playback mode.
PHOTO GALLERIES : updated and enhanced on a regular basis, there is a gallery to accompany each astronomical data sheet.
VIDEO TUTORIALS with illustrations in the form of videos, photos and graphics, these allow the user to gain a genuine in-depth knowledge of the sky (for example: the sky throughout the seasons, how the moon changes day by day, how to photograph the stars, etc.)
ASTRONOMICAL CATALOGUES NGC AND HIPPARCOS
Finally, in addition to detailed astronomical data sheets, the Skypix database also lists tens of thousands of celestial bodies from the astronomical catalogues Hipparcos and NGC.
For geolocalized map, Skypix requires digital compass or gyroscope hardware which are built in iPhone 3GS/4/4th gen iPod Touch only.
Skypix offers you a mobile and geolocalized map of the sky.
This interactive map is enriched by a wealth of comments, fascinating information about celestial bodies, tutorials to learn how to observe the skies and a database of exceptional images of the sky. With Skypix, you can explore the Universe from your handheld device, no matter where you are.
Skypix, the sky in the palm of your hand.
What's New in Version 2.0.3
Late Beta Oddly Organized -- Crashes
Unusable. Crashes to Springboard on attempting to load, on new iPod Touch Gen 4 with iOS 5.
Review Updated 2012-02-28:
I buy all promising astronomy apps and follow their development. This one has potential, but is really a late beta in its current state. Unlike all the major astronomy apps, it crashes and freezes often on iPod Gen 2. These apps are profoundly difficult to write, so respect it and buy it to support its development, but be aware of its current flaws. There was a time when many currently successful astronomy apps were similarly idiosyncratic. It will likely improve. It has the bones of an excellent app.
Skypix is strangely and inconveniently organized if one hopes to search for an object, but it works well for tapping objects already visible on the display. The English interface is oddly translated from the French original. The "News" section is much better written, and appears to be abstracts from a French magazine. The many astrophotographs throughout appear at first to be too small to matter, but some can be enlarged with a button that appears when higher resolution is available. More of these larger images are needed.
The blurb on the App Store implies that the map can be displayed as a single astrophotograph, but it is only a crude, cartoon-like drawing suitable for DOS, not iOS. Jerky frame rates when panning render it almost unusable. There is no way to control the magnitude of stars displayed, and all of them are shown in the identical size, color, and brightness, so the map is crowded and confusing. The names of objects similarly crowd the map; they do not auto-hide according to the level of zoom.
The Search function is especially weak. Skypix may be able to search for many thousands of objects, but only if you already know their names to type them. There is no index, except for for an "Encyclopedia" that contains all of the Messier objects and maybe a hundred others. To find them, one must follow hierarchical menus by category, so "Galaxies" are found in a different section of the app from "Clusters." There is no single listing of each of the Messier, NGC, and Hipparcos catalogs. From within the Encyclopedia, objects are centered on the chart by tapping the button inexplicably labeled, "Around the element." Perhaps that is a literal mistranslation from the French, referring to the box surrounding the found object? Worse, searches are unforgiving. "M33" is not in the catalog; instead (note the space!) one must search for "M 33."
On the chart, tap an object to display information about it. The few objects found in the "Encyclopedia" display popup boxes with links to the Encyclopedia. All others, the vast majority of objects, occasionally display only their names on a thin title bar that is too narrow to read, and that appears only when the interface is not typically unresponsive.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Jul 13, 2012
- Version: 2.0.3
- Size: 30.7 MB
- Languages: English, French
- Seller: Mondadori France Digital
- © (c) Mondadori Magazine France
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.