Stellarium for iPhone/iPod

Asked by therogue51 on 2010-01-05

I'd LOVE to see Stellarium for the iPhone and/or iPod. Is this in the works? I wouldn't mind paying for it.

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Bogdan Marinov
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Best Bogdan Marinov (daggerstab) said : #1

As far as I know, the answer is "no", though the only person who can answer with any certainty is Fabien Chéreau, Stellarium's lead developer.

A few reasons: Stellarium is written in C++ and it is based on the Qt framework. As far as I know, iPhone apps are writen in Objective-C and, at least for now, there's no Qt port for the iPhone.

At the moment, Stellarium's graphics engine is being re-written to support OpenGL ES (Open GL for Embedded Systems). This will allow Stellarium to be ported to any mobile platform that supports OpenGL ES and Qt, e.g. Maemo and (maybe) Android. It's still a work in progress, though.

therogue51 (therogue51) said : #2

Thanks very much for your prompt reply. I think we'll see Stellarium on mobile devices one day.

Mart (m-akehurst) said : #3

I've actually seen Stellarium on an iPhone owned by a chap near Chichester. I've recently got an iPhone but was unable to find Stellarium on the iTunes shop site. I'd installed it on my PC and looking at the iPhone display it seemed identical to the PC version.

I'd love a copy as it would be a very practical installation for night time viewing.

If I can track the guy down I'll post details if that's OK with the moderator?

Mart (m-akehurst) said : #4

Red face - although the chap had called it 'Stellarium' it was in fact Starmap Pro. My apologies for misleading you, chaps.

If it does appear on iPhone though I'll be in the queue.

Best regards Mart

Froenchenko Leonid (lfroen) said : #5

Stellarium is available on iPhone - check http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stellarium/id382624365?mt=8

Danilo (miccciolon) said : #6

Why for iPhone with ios 5 ?
And for the previous like 4.3.5, any old Stellarium app to use ?
Regards

Froenchenko Leonid (lfroen) said : #7

Latest version of app uses API's from iOS5 - thus the requirement. Apple's App store don't have an option to offer more than one version of each app. So, even if you want to get previous version of app, it just not possible to get using official method.

You have several options: 1. upgrade (why not?) 2. download the code, setup XCode and build yourself

Danilo (miccciolon) said : #8

Upgrade why not ?
In my opinion for example:
- because ios 5 is 400Mb bigger respect 4.3.5 and on 8Gb iphone (that it is really 6,76GB) is too much;
- because battery on ios 5 is 30% reduced in time
- becase always new os are bugged
- because for 4.3.5 still itunes give to download hundreds of free apps each days
- because upgrading to have practically only a new notification center, is a nonsense.

Apple's App don't have an option to offer more than one version ?
Ok, change its name, simply ...

Anyway thanks for your quick support.
CIao

Froenchenko Leonid (lfroen) said : #9

While I understand your reasons, I would like you to understand mine. What you asking me to do is:
- Find where to download SDK for 4.3 - Apple provides only latest version AFAIK
- Download and install it (about 10G in size, plus messing with parallel installs).
- Downgrade my phone (not sure that it's possible due to baseband issues) to test the build
- Run through approval of another app (or two if I want similar setup for iPad version)
- Do all this although wast majority of users does upgrade their phones (I have some stats from Apple)
- Remove all this after few months after everyone finally upgrade.

P.S.
Your numbers are out of touch: iOS4 size is 670MB (iPhone 4), while iOS5 size is 792MB. Where did you took your "400MB bigger" number, I have no idea. Same for battery life.

E Lamy (megated) said : #10

Just to add my personal experience. I'm not a developer neither so I leave that side to you. I really love the quality of Stellarium over other star mapping soft.

Things I know as a User :
- Stellarium is the ONLY app I uninstalled after iOS 5 came out because it kept coming up on my update screen but would not install on my phone running 4.3.5.
- New facebook app probably uses the notification center but still is available for iOS 3 and up (although they don't have the same ressources you do).
- iOS 5 battery problem is all over the web, just type : "ios 5 battery issue" in google.
- I acknowledge the testing problem when you only have 1 iOS device and can't downgrade.

I assume there would be another way around other than renaming your app. I will be glad to reinstall Stellarium after they solve the battery problem in one or ios revisions.

Keep the good work.

Froenchenko Leonid (lfroen) said : #11

I liked your comment about me and Facebook "don't have the same resources".

As a user, you absolutely right. I should be having dedicated testing device, probably one of each kind and make an effort to support each combination of device/version out there. And since users indeed complained, I will put more effort into backward compatibility in next version.

But - I do have limited resources. Major limitation is time to mess around multiple SDK installation multiple version coding.
- I'm not even sure that I can downgrade device without jailbreaking
- SDK 5.1 beta already out, and I bet Apple will fix their problems before I will add support for previous version
- As AppStore set up the only way to provide 2 versions of same app is indeed to give them different IDs.

therogue51 (therogue51) said : #12

Roger Hagerty died a year ago. Where did this come from?

On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 5:50 PM, E Lamy <<email address hidden>
> wrote:

> Your question #96335 on Stellarium changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/stellarium/+question/96335
>
> E Lamy posted a new comment:
> Just to add my personal experience. I'm not a developer neither so I
> leave that side to you. I really love the quality of Stellarium over
> other star mapping soft.
>
> Things I know as a User :
> - Stellarium is the ONLY app I uninstalled after iOS 5 came out because it
> kept coming up on my update screen but would not install on my phone
> running 4.3.5.
> - New facebook app probably uses the notification center but still is
> available for iOS 3 and up (although they don't have the same ressources
> you do).
> - iOS 5 battery problem is all over the web, just type : "ios 5 battery
> issue" in google.
> - I acknowledge the testing problem when you only have 1 iOS device and
> can't downgrade.
>
> I assume there would be another way around other than renaming your app.
> I will be glad to reinstall Stellarium after they solve the battery
> problem in one or ios revisions.
>
> Keep the good work.
>
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