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2 stars out of 5
· 9/28/2015
Needs a LOT of work

The UI is poor. The controls are difficult to use and often require 2 or 3 taps before they react. This is a good idea but it needs a lot of work.

2 stars out of 5
· 9/19/2015
Great idea, but really buggy UI

Frequently screens don't accept clicks or taps, and I just have to close because it doesn't respond. Then it unexpectedly threw me into an in-app purchase that I didn't ask for.

5 stars out of 5
· 7/28/2015

Must have app for any windows fans!! Animations and planet exploration is a sheer wonder and mesmerizing!! Thanks for this awesome app. Keep up the good work!!

5 stars out of 5
· 11/20/2015

Awesome app that is very helpful with my class assignments.

2 stars out of 5
· 3/25/2013
Looks promising but...

When my Surface tablet is flat on the table, it points to the correct direction (e.g. West), but as soon as I tilt my Surface to see the horizon & stars, it flips to exactly the opposite direction (e.g. East), which -to my disappointment- renders this app rather useless :-(

1 stars out of 5
· 10/6/2015

Sometime when i try to click on things it won't let me because I need to put the mouse in a certain spot to activate it. P.S., the location thing is messed up too because I kept clicking okay but it only chose another local different than mine. I love astronomy and sky map is too slow for me so please fix this.

2 stars out of 5
· 1/9/2015

Interesting app that had potential but fails to deliver. I was hoping for a more complete set of ephemeris features but this app only really provides sunrise, sunset, and length of day. The UI is pretty confusing and hard to use. My preference in SkyMap for night sky orientation and then a simple weather app for sunrise and sunset. When this app gets a real ephemeris calculation, then it'll be gold.

2 stars out of 5
· 11/15/2014
Doesn't work well

Seems to hang up a lot. Non-intuitive. What few functions I could get to work seemed fine, but commands and gestures weren't consistent across views.

4 stars out of 5
· 8/12/2014
Fair - Implementation problems

The program itself has potential however it does not work well on my Surface Pro 3. After using it for a short period of time none of the buttons seem to work to switch between the various sections of the application. The problem is that the button "hot spots" no longer line up with their screen icons. Initially I thought this was due to the calibration of the touch screen but using the track pad on the Surface Keyboard it is apparent that they are completely off center. For instance, hovering over the Sky View brings up the dialog for the phases of the moon. It actually takes a reboot to temporarily correct the problem. This essentially renders the program unusable. Probably an easy fix... I will upgrade my rating when this is fixed. Addendum: With this final reboot of the Surface the buttons now seem to work as they should. I am experiencing random crashes when moving back and forth within the program but I have added another star as the controls seem to be working as they should.

2 stars out of 5
· 3/13/2014

Like user Gustavo said, there are several bugs. The hint pop up tells you to tap what looks like a refresh button to enable the point to sky feature, but it doesn't work. Tapping the telescope button over and over seems to activate the point to sky feature, but only randomly. This feature was the main reason for choosing the app. Also, the alignment of what you see in the app, and what you see in the sky with your naked eye, seem to be shifted to the left. They do not line up. If the non responsiveness and accuracy of the point to sky feature, the lower left info box that won't go away and the scrolling issues can be addressed, this will be a REALLY NICE app!

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  • Fast and lightweight.
  • a 3D real-time planetarium with photo-realistic rendering,
  • Comets and satellites positions, with update from the Web for latest entries,
  • Weather forecast from current location
  • Ephemeris including next 60 days astronomy events, including peak day of meteors showers, date of planet elongation and opposition. Including live tiles support.
  • Display day/night terminator on a world map,
  • Powerful universal search engine: type few letter and find a matching nebula
  • Moon phases with dates, including rise and set times
  • Ability to simulate the sky from any place in the world and even from other planet like Mars
  • Ability to move fast forward and backward in time
  • Enhanced for Direct3D 11
  • 3D visualization of the stellar neighbourhood and Milky Way
  • Windows 8 integration with Charm bar search, tiles, and notifications

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In this update • Universal app for Windows 10. • New rendering engine, optimized for all device. • Improved search page, with planet icons. Removed Windows 8.1 Charm bar with integration of a search box. • Address an issue with time zone in 1/2 and 1/4 hours when displaying the current time. • Improved notification. • Many bug fixes and improvements. • Fixed issues on some video card on Windows 10. ----- We appreciate the continued help of users to identify and detail bugs. realtech VR developers are dedicated to updating SkyORB regularly to make sure they deliver the best experience. If you have any issues to report or suggestions to make, please visit our support site: http://www.realtech-vr.com/support/

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