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Lord Madvox
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Software & Systems Engineer. Independent Applications & Game Developer. Amateur Astronomer.
Software & Systems Engineer. Independent Applications & Game Developer. Amateur Astronomer.

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In TideLock, information about the moon is very substantial. As a result, not everything is practical to have on one page. Because of that, I display primary ephemeris and from there, you can navigate to selenographic coordinates, visibility details, celestial details etc. I did get a very good review from a user though that indicated that the most basic compound information needed for observing could be compacted into a summarized view. I thought it was a great idea and so I have implemented it. I will be releasing build 2.7.0 shortly which includes this and other practical improvements.
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Update - I actually fixed this problem so I get to keep the surface map - yes!!

There is a really cool feature in TideLock where I took a very high resolution image of the moon (from NASA's royalty free archives) which allows you to pinch-zoom and navigate the surface at high power. This is very helpful to get you to identify features you are looking at or planning to observe, even while at your scope.

Unfortunately, I used the best tool I had at the time in JavaScript and it is not as safe as I would like as I have to permit inline scripting. In the end, I cannot find a better way to do this safely so I am going to remove the feature. I would much rather not open up the App to any script injections so that's going to be bye-bye for the image zoom.

I can use the canvas myself and do something similar but I wanted to have all these good gesture features which, are not core to TideLock so, I will just remove them and the observing user will just have to use the good old references per usual, for now...

Incidentally, to compensate for that loss, I added a highly accurate compass function. I am very happy with it.
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Reorganizing the web page for TideLock for better clarity and adding quite a few aid documents to help users. I also re-added the compass functionality which will show up in the next update. Putting some effort into making the program better and friendlier. Added filters to Lunar Eclipses so a year can be picked out from the century.
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Sometimes it can be difficult to understand how an application is configured or how to use certain features. I have seen some questions on TideLock from users saying things like - ok what is this for? We have all seen them. Anyway, in an attempt to make things clearer I am writing a series of snippet articles to show how to do key and some common functions easily and to understand them well. I hope they work well.

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I just have to post this. I've had Samsung smartphones since the S3. I have an S7 now. I am absolutely tired of it and I will not be getting a Samsung next or ever again. Hardware wise pretty good! The software.... OMG stop it now!

>> The Google Interface is pretty distorted with so much Samsung Crap that is unrecognizable.

>> What's with this software bundle I do not want and it crowds my phone and I can absolutely not remove at all.

>> Notifications do not go away when reading messages or apps. They stay in the notification box - what?

>> No way to access notification content on lock screen and dismiss them there. Wow it almost makes me miss my iPhone really

>> If you also have AT&T then now you have 47 messaging apps, thirty email apps, 24 repeated apps of other kinds - flipping heck what's this man?

>> Cannot disable Samsung Mail or other apps that insist you turn them on. I ALREADY HAVE MAIL APPS DON'T NEED 12 more of yours dudes.

>> Even on the iPhone I could disable all these why can't I here? I'm going to have to root thus sucker honestly.

>> What's with the battery? I get 6 hours out of it. New phone, my second S7. My first one on Android 6 gave me at least two days. My iPhone gave me days heck even my Windows phone gave me days

And the list goes on. Yep - I am not fond of Samsung. I've owned enough. This is the last one. I wasted money on this for sure. Heck I am not an Apple fan and I do miss my iPhone - I don't even write apps for it.
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Finally managed to get the most advanced version of TideLock into the Android Google Play Store. I made a lot of interface changes or improvements and added GPS data acquisition in high-accuracy mode for users that want that feature. This means an extra permission was added (Location Services) but you need that to access the GPS - in any case, it is optional and you can still enter coordinates manually. But if you do decide to use the GPS feature, it is not enough to give the app permissions - you do need to enable location services; you can turn it off afterwards if you wish.
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I've received some feedback on Tidelock as to why the profile settings are needed. It's because Tidelock needs to know your coordinates for accurate calculations. I'm modifying the app to explain this better on first launch. I am also adding the navigator back to automatically read your coordinates and elevation if you allow this permission. I think that will help.
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I while ago I decided not to release my apps for the Windows 10 Store. This was done only because of some problems (described in earlier G+ posts) with Visual Studio being so large for my main, small, development workstation among other things.

However, I noticed I had a lot of good feedback from the store on Regolith and many of the changes I am making to TideLock are very helpful for observers. Those observers that have a Windows computer or phone would not get these improvements otherwise so I decided to branch the code out into a Windows-specific fork and get a UWP version of the app out there.

The app is already in the store but it may take a little while to show up for users.

Note that many improvements are also coming to the Google Play Store. I will be uploading the package very soon as well.
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My latest observation of crater Albategnius... http://www.madvox.com/astronomy/Albategnius_Observation_Online.pdf

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took this picture with the 4.5" Star Navigator at minimal magnification. I over-processed it but it is not bad at all!
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