Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pocket Stars PDA for older devices (prior to WM 5)

Throughout the long history of Pocket Stars PDA, each new version has been compatible with all prior versions of the Windows Mobile operating system. Due to a change in the tools used to produce the latest versions of Pocket Stars PDA (I’m looking at you Visual Studio 2008), this level of backward compatibility has ended with the latest release of Pocket Stars PDA Version 6.0. Going forward, Pocket Stars PDA will only be updated to support Windows Mobile phones Version 5.0 and above. Confused yet?

Only use the following files if your device runs one of the following operating systems:

  • Pocket PC 2000
  • Pocket PC 2002
  • Pocket PC 2003

You can look at the version of the operating system your device uses at Start.Settings.System.About.

Pocket Stars PDA Version 5.5.0 for older devices

PocketStars.ppc30_arm.CAB (run this file directly on your PDA) PocketStars.ppc30_arm.EXE (run on PC with ActiveSync connection to PDA) PocketStarsOTA.exe (Over the Air, run this file directly on your PDA)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Pocket Stars Beta

Well it’s been a long time coming but I’m finally ready to start beta testing a new version of Pocket Stars for PC and PDA (but not SP).  While this is largely a “fit and finish” release, fixing a few longstanding bugs, and cleaning up the UI, I did add one major new feature: comets.


In 3D view, you can see the real-time Alt/Az of the comet, a section of the path, and the absolute (“M-abs”) and apparent (“M-app”) magnitudes.  Comet elements are downloaded dynamically from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics


To display comets follow these steps:

  • Download and install the beta from a link below
  • On the Objects page, press the Download button next to the Comets checkbox
  • Select the minimum magnitude of comets to be displayed

I also added momentum to the chart when scrolling with a stylus and cleaned up the display somewhat.  If you do test this beta, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE send feedback ( on any problems or issues you encounter. Email that everything is AOK helps too.

Download PDA Version, Beta

PocketStars.ppc30_arm.CAB   (run this file directly on your PDA)
PocketStars.ppc30_arm.EXE   (run on PC with ActiveSync connection to PDA)
PocketStarsOTA.exe     (Over the Air, run this file directly on your PDA)

Download PC Version, Beta


Tested using the following systems:

iPaq 1910, WinCE 4.20
iPaq hx4700, WinCE 5.1
Sprint VX6800, WinCE 6.0