Projects solar path, solar energy, sunlight exposure and other solar related information onto user-supplied Photo Sphere (spherical photo) images, with a zoom/pan 3D viewer, as well as onto other overhead images such as site plans or architectural schemas. It also provides tools to visualize and analyze the solar path for any given date or throughout the whole year, for any location on earth.
This is a valuable tool for
▶ Cinematographers - to plan shoots, find exact hours of sun exposure, directions and times for any location
▶ Architects & Town Planners - for visualising shading and spatial variability of the solar angle throughout the year
▶ Solar Panel Installers - for analyzing solar energy availability and finding optimal panel orientation
▶ Photographers - for planning optimal light conditions, sunrise/sunset directions, golden and blue hour times
Some things you can do with this app:
* Visualise and animate the annual solar path over photo imagery
* Visualise solar direction for all hours, all seasons on on overhead satellite view, or site plan
* Calibrate the heading of the Photo Sphere based with on sun's visible position or else by identifying a visible landmark via map view
* Auto-generate shade silhouette data directly from the Photo Sphere, and manually adjust further if needed
* Get reports of sunlight exposure periods (taking into account shaded areas)
* Get detailed reports of solar energy availability, based on selectable panel characteristics (taking into account shaded areas)
Note - A Photo Sphere for your own site or location can be generated via the free "Street View" app or with your own 360 camera. You can also use the app without a Photo Sphere or overhead image, simply by searching or browsing for any address or map location. However, the most powerful features of the app (especially when using shade data) rely on having a Photo Sphere or overhead image or site plan for the location in question.
The closely-related iOS app "Sun Seeker" has already been featured in numerous high-profile blogs, websites, and publications, including Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Sydney Morning Herald etc. "Truly amazing", "Incredible", "Brilliant" - the most genuinely useful application of augmented reality - ever!
* Flat compass view showing current solar position, diurnal solar angle and elevation
* 3D Photo Sphere viewer showing the sun's path, current position, its path with hour points marked
* Map view showing solar direction arrows and elevations for each hour of the day
* Ability to choose any date and view solar path for that day, as well as the animate the date
NEW - Now has a graph module to display the annual variation in sunlight duration, maximum solar elevation, rise and set times incidental solar energy and solar energy from panels of various types
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Love the mobile app, desktop app is lacking
First off, support team is awesome so hoping they see this and make some changes.
Big fan of this app for mobile, the desktop app is still lacking. The map doesn't have a compass overlay which is a very important part for me when using the app to location scout. Paying $30 for an app I'd hope it would function better than the cheaper mobile alternative. I'll update this to 5 stars once the app is up to snuff. But $30 and lacking features is dissapointing. I also can't paste in GPS coordinates.
Developer Response ,
Sorry to hear you aren't happy. However the app does effectively does have all the same overlay capabilities of the iOS app (with the obvious exception of a live 3D View, which on a Mac is impossible although the app does have an analogous overlay on a Photosphere), and on many ways is much more powerful / comprehensive than the iOS app. So I'm not clear what you mean by "doesn't have a compass overlay" - which on the face it if is meaningless and therefore irrelevant on a Mac which has no built in compass itself. If you contact tech support I'd be happy to discuss further with you to clear up any misunderstanding, and explain the purpose of the Mac app, which is different in various ways from the simpler app which runs on mobile devices.
Architectural photography tool
So happy to finally have a Mac App rather than an iOS app. Much more convenient to use. This app works great! Well worth the money.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.