Sun Seeker Pro 4+

Analyse Sunlight & Energy

ozPDA

    • 3.5 • 2 Ratings
    • $29.99

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Description

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!

Main Features
* 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

What’s New

Version 1.5

v1.5
* Is now a Universal binary fully supporting Apple Silicon
* Fixes possible crash when browsing map while picking a landmark
* Some other minor fixes and tweaks

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

GraphxPwr ,

Want to love this but having crash issues...

Want to LOVE this app. Here’s the experience…. 1. New Map by Search -> Enter Address (Can’t paste it for some reason) 2. Map displays 3. Zoom in. 4. If I click the screen (to pan or move the map) at all, it crashes. Repeat process. Multiple crashes.

Also, I’m not able to slide the months the way I am on the mobile app. It’s seems clunkier.

I use this app on my iOS devices and it's become a critial tool for my business. I was hoping to have this for virtual presentations, but I can't have it crashing on basic functionality.

Developer Response ,

Sorry to hear you are experiencing crashes. Please use the app's Help / Email Us item to contact me - I can very likely fix or resolve these issues.

Ling Long TIme ,

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.

App Privacy

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Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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Supports

  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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