Moon Phase + Free was released in 2013 and has since become the most popular free moon phase app in the world on iOS. The app is based on Apple technologies that were first released in 2011 so the time has come for a major update.
The update is a complete rewrite behind the scenes and moves the app to the latest iOS technologies – refining the user interface and allowing future enhancements. I have been careful to ensure that the app is functionally the same as previous versions to ensure continued ease of use and that educator notes will not require update.
This update focusses on improved iPad functionality including rotation and a major UI tidy up, high resolution graphic support for iPhone 6 and 6+ devices, and bug fixes for older devices such as the iPhone 4s. Requested features such as mile/kilometre conversion and the saving of location between runs have also been added.
The new version runs on iOS7 and above. It is currently in development and will be released before the end of June on the iOS app store as a free update to both the paid professional and free versions.
Thank you to Cameron Diaz and Cosmopolitan/Hearst Magazines for recommending my moon phase app in the January 2015 edition of Cosmopolitan USA, and the February 2015 edition of Cosmopolitan Australia.
Nearly four years ago I wrote the first version of my first app – Sunset and Sunrise. Since then, Apple has completely revamped iOS multiple times and much of that original code cannot be used to produce a new version any more. The last update was over a year ago, and the release of iOS 8 with additional location security has forced my hand – I have had to produce a new version with fresh modern code for the user interface. I have been careful to keep the original feel of the app that people love, while using Apple’s latest methods that will work with any new devices into the future.
Here are some screenshots of the new app at its current stage of development.
Careful study of the above screens will reveal that I’ve added a new feature that people have requested many times – the app now does not require location access to function. You can now choose your location on the map and it will be saved for future use without using the GPS. If you do use location access (still recommended for accuracy) you can be reassured that, as always, it only happens while the app is running. The issues with readability of text against the background have been resolved, and the UI is now compatible with the Apple’s accessibility functionality making all text resizable if you find it too small to read.
The new version runs only on iOS7 and above, however users of the earlier versions of iOS (about 6% of you) can continue to use the old version without hindrance.
This updated version of the app is available for free to existing users.
Further to the recent release of the Solunar Hunting Times app, I’ve released a similar Fishing Times app to the app store. This uses the same Solunar methodology as the hunting app to calculate the best times to catch Bass, Trout, Salmon and any other sporting fish.
The app is fully compatible with both the iPhone and iPad, both on iOS7 and iOS8. Click on the button to view and download!
I hope you enjoy this new release, and thank you again for purchasing my apps.
Apple have chosen to feature Sun & Moon apps on the front page of the USA Weather App Store this week. I’m batting above the average here. Out of the 14 apps they have chosen to be featured, 2 are mine. Cheers!
Given the success of hunting apps in the weather app store last year, I am finishing testing of a Solunar feeding time app which reuses some of the technologies I’ve developed for the sun and moon apps.
In 1926, a gentleman named John Aldenn Knight hypothesised the reasons that animals came out to feed when they do. Ultimately he determined it was to do with the phase of the moon, sunset and sunrise times, and where these coincided.
This app calculates animal feeding times for the day and presents it on the screen along with a rating of how strong the hunting action will be that day.
This app is available now on the app store. It is fully compatible with iOS7 onwards, on both iPhone and iPad. Click on the button to view and download!
My Moon Phase + Free app has been spotted in the Top 10 Free Weather in the USA the last few days. It took me a while to figure out why but a trail on twitter showed that I owed it to the vibrant Jenna Marbles. She has 13 million followers on Youtube and this week posted the apps she uses on her iPhone, taking swing at some of the most popular apps in the store, but fortunately recommending mine. It’s nice to be reviewed in the same video as Facebook, Snapchat and Google Maps. Thanks Jenna!
Click below – however WARNING – LANGUAGE! My app features at about 5:30 into the video.
A new version of the Moon Phase + app has been released. The new version features a modernisation of the graphics, a new app icon and most importantly a new moon rise and set times panel. This contains the rise and set times of the moon at your location as well as a constantly updated readout of the distance of the moon from earth and the age of the moon – the time since the last new moon.
From left to right above – the front showing cleaner graphics, the new rise and set tab, and the new app icon.
The new versions are still fully compatible with iOS6 and they share the new iOS7 iconography.
The free version of the app is forthcoming. It contains the same new features as the paid version however will still display prominent advertising. A “Remove Advertising” button has been added to the free version in order to make it easy for free users to pay to upgrade and remove the advertising should they wish.
Click on the button below to view and download the new version!
I hope you enjoy this new release, and thank you again for purchasing my apps!