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