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SkyORB: a Free space simulation and star gazing utility For Mac X 10.6 Snow Leopard/Windows



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Latest news 08 Apr 2010:
SkyORB 2.0.3 now available for PC DirectX 10 August 2009 and MacOS Snow Leopard version in the works, with higher resolution sunclock map, and improved search page.
SkyORB 1.2.1 version for iPhone and iPad, with iPad high resolution version, updated navigation engine is now available and many new requested features added !

Introduction
SkyORB the famous 3D planetarium on PC and Mac is finally arrived, entirely redesigned for the iPhone !

SkyORB is more than a simple star map, it's a collection of 6 tools including a 3D star map, 3D planetarium, ephemeris, search engine, sun clock and more.



iPhone Version (V1.2.1) and iPad high resolution
SkyORB is based from V3X.net engine. It features a 3D interface, with OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenGL 2.0 support, a search engine, a large catalog of stars, planets, current satellite (including current space shuttle missions) and let you choose see the actual sky from any point on Earth.

SkyORB allows you to fine tune your observation location (and orientation with digital compass if available) with automatic detection from GPS (or entering the longitude, latitude and altitude). Information like sunset and sunrise are computed as well as moonrise and moonset and full / new moon dates.

The sky map is drawn with realtime precession. You can rotate freely and in realtime in 360 degrees at 60 frames per second. Moon and other planets are rendered in real 3D objects with different level of details using state of the art 3D effects for the iPhone.

SkyORB is free of charge and you can upgrade to the premium version directly from the application using the In App Purchase.

Requires iPhone OS 3.0, every iPhone and iPod touch models supported. Works also on iPad with special features as high resolution support.

Staff picked in the 'Education' section at the iTunes App Store.

Premium features: The Premium version allow us to improves and maintains the iPhone version. If you are using SkyORB, you should upgrade to the premium version.
When upgrading to the iPhone Premium features (using the In App Purchase), you will access to :

    * No reminder popup windows.
    * Allow to zoom to up to 1 degree in local view.
    * Allow to zoom in space view.
    * Enable interface on/off button in local view and space view.
    * Enable 3rd space view mode : gallery mode.
    * Improved search results.
    * Full technical support.
    * Text facts on planets.
    * Atmospheric extinction can be turned off (no more 'stars not visible during day')
    * Fixes in Sidereal time display and RA. and Decl.


Windows Vista/Seven Version (V2.0.3)
Developed since 2002, SkyORB is now entirely rewritten for better performance and user experience.

Features resolution independance (480x320 to 1920x1080), HDR bloom and higher textures resolution than the iPhone version. Also features time and location customisation.

Now available only for DirectX 10. Entirely optimized for DirectX 10.0 and 64-bit, "SkyORB 3D for Windows DirectX 10" is much faster to load and use than its predecessor and more stable as well.


MacOSX Snow Leopard Version (V2.0.3)

Developed since 2002, SkyORB is now entirely rewritten for better performance and user experience.

Features resolution independance (480x320 to 1920x1080), HDR bloom and higher textures resolution than the iPhone version. Also features time and location customisation.

Now available only for MacOSX Snow Leopard. Entirely optimized for OpenGL 2.1, 64-bit and entirely rewritten in Objective C 2.0, "SkyORB 3D for MacOSX Snow Leopard" is much faster to use and is 5x faster than SkyORB 08 on the same machine.

 http://www.realtech-vr.com/skyorb/  

Categories: Educational  - Planetarium - Mac System X - Snow Leopard - MacIntel - Windows x64 - Windows Vista - Windows 7
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