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lihin



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Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:29 pm    Post subject: Serious astrology software for Android mobile telephones? Reply with quote

Good evening,

Can anyone recommend a serious astrology application for Android mobile telephones? What i have seen to date is only 'sun sign astrology'. The application should allow one to erect horoscopes and perhaps include an astrological clock that can be set to one's location. The software should be free of pesky advertisements.

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Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Search Google play store for -tropical skies astrology.
There is a paid version.ad free.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.TropicalSkies&hl=en&referrer=utm_source%3Dgoogle%26utm_medium%3Dorganic%26utm_term%3Dtropical+skies+astrology
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Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Serious astrology software for Android mobile telephones Reply with quote

Another is AstroTab
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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zodiacomputing.AstroLab&feature=related_apps#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEwOSwiY29tLnpvZGlhY29tcHV0aW5nLkFzdHJvTGFiIl0.[/url]
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Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do they have enough screen area to display lots of data? The phones I've seen are much too limited to contain all the data that Delphic Oracle produces making it impossible to navigate the many screens required to display all the data. The font would be so small that it would become unreadable without ditching a large portion of what is visible on a typical PC screen. I would've converted my software to this format a while ago were it not for these kinds of limitations. It is difficult to do good research on them, but they seem to make good use of lightweight apps and I might someday convert my Timaeus planetary hour program which is similar to a lightweight app when you ditch all the research windows. Maybe Kindle or similar tablet devices can handle something with more data and graphics range.
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Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:17 am    Post subject: App for iPad Reply with quote

Hello. Curtis,

Have you thought about an app for the iPad?? That would be great to have on the fly, anytime with the iPad.
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Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the maximum screen resolution of an iPad? (in pixels)
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Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Curtis,

I had to look that up at: http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/

It is: 2048 x 1536 Resolution, at 264 pixels, ppi
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Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

zoidsoft wrote:
Do they have enough screen area to display lots of data? The phones I've seen are much too limited to contain all the data that Delphic Oracle produces making it impossible to navigate the many screens required to display all the data. The font would be so small that it would become unreadable without ditching a large portion of what is visible on a typical PC screen. I would've converted my software to this format a while ago were it not for these kinds of limitations. It is difficult to do good research on them, but they seem to make good use of lightweight apps and I might someday convert my Timaeus planetary hour program which is similar to a lightweight app when you ditch all the research windows. Maybe Kindle or similar tablet devices can handle something with more data and graphics range.


It is unlikely that app users would pay more than $9.99 for any software.
So, start from that point and what you are prepared to put in the software for that price.
You can use, Tabs,dropdown menus and export data to word processor for the data heavy outputs.

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Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:28 pm    Post subject: Screen layout for mobile telephones Reply with quote

Good evening,

For astrology software developers who consider making more serious astrology programmes available on smart phones, tablets, phablets, etc., it might be worthwhile to buy ex. gr. Tropical Skies (USD 4.95) and see how it works. One cannot use the same screen layout as for PCs. For example, newspapers' often have separate smart phone on line editions.

Gartners have recently published a lengthy report indicating that unit sales of smart phones, phablets and tablets will soon exceed those of PCs. PCs are like dinosaurs facing extinction. Since my PC recently died, i have decided to replace it with a tablet. Gartners also wrote that Android and Apple operating systems will soon relegate MS to a minority role.

So software developers might do well to harken to these developments and capture a nice slice of the winning markets.

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Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:46 am    Post subject: Re: Screen layout for mobile telephones Reply with quote

lihin wrote:
Gartners have recently published a lengthy report indicating that unit sales of smart phones, phablets and tablets will soon exceed those of PCs. PCs are like dinosaurs facing extinction.


PC's are still far far away from extinction.. You still can't do in a tablet all kind of work (like developing applications) that you can do on a PC.. Smile

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Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Certainly a tablet device would contain enough real estate to have a credible astrology program running on it.

It is a tricky thing to offer the iOS resolutions due to their retina display, which is essentially double the amount of pixels. As a way of thinking about it, imagine a 100 x 100 pixel square image - this would be reduced to a 'visible' 50 x 50, because retina is double the pixel count.

However they are still large enough that you could have an app on them. I am hoping to play with this idea next year and perhaps create a very very simplistic app myself.

I think many mobile devices are probably too small, at least without having complicated menu structures. The other problem is that android devices are not uniform - they could be any screen resolution, contrasted against iOS devices which are uniform in their resolution and the number of devices is limited (iPhone 5 offering a longer screen for example).

It's also worth pointing out that more iOS users pay for their apps than android users. As a result, it can often be more profitable to initially target iOS users and use this to fund android app development. This is a typical scenario amongst app developers, though I suspect this may change in time as devices like the samsung S2/3/4 continue to gain market dominance and their users resemble more like the iOS demographic.
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Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No that's not how pixel counts work. A higher pixel count means the image is higher quality.

It's like if you make a sculpture out of .5 inch Lego blocks, it will look different than if you used blocks half that size. The sculpture is the same size.

Apple's site has some side by side examples showing this.
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Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EPurdue wrote:
No that's not how pixel counts work. A higher pixel count means the image is higher quality.

It's like if you make a sculpture out of .5 inch Lego blocks, it will look different than if you used blocks half that size. The sculpture is the same size.

Apple's site has some side by side examples showing this.


Hi EPurdue

Apple have a higher resolution tablet (for example) than others on the market. However if you put two of them side by side you would not know this necessarily by their size. This is what I was trying to demonstrate. For example if you browse a website on a tablet device of the same dimensions, one of which is retina display and one which is not, you will find that text is sharp on the retina display, but images may be very blurry compared to the non-retina display image.

This is because fonts are vectors (not pixel based) and so can scale with ease. However images cannot, and as the retina display requires twice as many pixels per square centimeter (for example), images will be forced to stretch to attain a certain dimension.

My point was that it can be confusing to gel both of these two concepts sometimes when working with retina display devices. So although you have twice as many pixels this doesn't necessarily imply it is twice as easy to see the content on the screen. So it can be sometimes a bit illusory to just examine the pixel count.

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Basically what I mean is that if you require something to be fairly large, and an image, you will need it to be twice as large (in pixels) for retina as you would for other devices. The effect of packing more pixels in is that sharpness is improved, but this effectively means that something 100 pixels high will look half as high in retina display as in other devices. So although pixel counts are important, they can be illusory in terms of what exactly they are conveying to a user.
As an example imagine I fill the area the size of my thumbnail with thousands of pixels - the area you have to view what I have put there will still only be the size of my thumbnail, so at first glance saying my 'device' is 4000px x 3000px sounds a lot, it's still only the size of my thumbnail.
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Posted: Sun May 19, 2013 5:38 pm    Post subject: Tablet replaces PC Reply with quote

Good day,

Since my PC died recently, i have replaced it with a Windows 8 tablet, albeit one with a 128 GB SSD and a HDMI port for the screen. Devices are attached via USB. After a bit of tinkering to get it set up, the tablet is running like a charm, comes up and goes down in a few seconds. It saves me 20 kg, room, can be unplugged and is much less bulky than even a notebook to carry. No regrets.

However, most Android (Google) smart telephone applications are usually not available for Windows and vice versa. Each big corporation tries to lock its customers into IT-slavery.

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Posted: Sun May 19, 2013 8:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Tablet replaces PC Reply with quote

lihin wrote:
Good day,

Since my PC died recently, i have replaced it with a Windows 8 tablet, albeit one with a 128 GB SSD and a HDMI port for the screen. Devices are attached via USB. After a bit of tinkering to get it set up, the tablet is running like a charm, comes up and goes down in a few seconds. It saves me 20 kg, room, can be unplugged and is much less bulky than even a notebook to carry. No regrets.

However, most Android (Google) smart telephone applications are usually not available for Windows and vice versa. Each big corporation tries to lock its customers into IT-slavery.

Best regards,

lihin


Hi Lihin,

I use Linux, so I'm not sure, but doesn't everything which ran in the previous Windows versions still run on Windows 8?
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