Stellarium Mobile Sky Map - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

Yes, I have been a programmer for more than 10 years. I worked with different companies in the past doing embedded and mobile applications.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

Designing a user interface system that works on touch screen devices like phones and tablets. The challenge was to achieve the proper balance between too few options and a too complicated interface.

After graduating in 2006, Guillaume has been working as a software engineer for 4 years in Taiwan on various software development projects for the Taiwan Astrophysics Institute the OpenMoko project and in the French startup Toro. He is now the founder of Noctua Software Limited and still lives in Taiwan.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

I mostly use productivity apps to help with my daily life and work,
like emails, messaging apps, etc.

How long have you been working on this app?

Stellarium Mobile is a port of the desktop version that was created by my brother in 2001. We have been working on the mobile version together for several years.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

We wanted to present the most realistic view of the night sky.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

We try to make sure Stellarium Mobile offers the most realistic rendering of the sky, without compromising its usability as a star map. The plus version of the app is also able to access additional data online when the network is available, which allows seeing more than a billion stars.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

The next updates will bring a lot of improvements to the user interface. We are also going to introduce some educational materials to explore the constellations and solar system.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

I hope you enjoy our app and find it useful. Don't hesitate to contact us for any suggestion or problem, as we are always interested to hear from you.

Stellarium Mobile Sky Map

About App: Stellarium Mobile Sky Map is a planetarium app that shows exactly what you see when you look up at the stars.
This award-winning astronomy application will let you explore the sky and identify stars, constellations, planets, comets, satellites such as the ISS, and other deep sky objects in real-time in the sky above you in just a few seconds, just by pointing the phone at the sky!
Stellarium Mobile Sky Map has an easy to use and minimalist user interface that makes it one of the best astronomical applications for children and adults who want to discover the night sky.
It features:
★ a catalog of over 600,000 stars displayed as a real-time zoomable sky map
★ a catalog of many nebulas, galaxies, star clusters, and other deep sky objects
★ asterisms and illustrations of the constellations for several sky cultures: discover how people see the stars in other parts of the planet
★ artificial satellites, including the International Space Station
★ realistic Milky Way and Deep Sky Objects images
★ realistic landscape and atmosphere with sunrise, sunset and light pollution simulation
★ accurate simulation of stars extinction, and atmosphere refraction
★ 3D rendering of the major solar system planets and their satellites
★ night mode (red) protecting your eyes when doing sky observation at night time
★ view a night sky map of stars and planets for any date, time and location
Stellarium Mobile Sky Map is created by two of the original developers of Stellarium, one of the best astronomy applications on Desktop PC.

Categories: Education

Date: October 30, 2019

Developer: Guillaume Chéreau - Cofounder- Noctua Software

About developer: After graduating in 2006, Guillaume has been working as a software engineer ... Read more

Website: https://www.stellarium-labs.com/

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