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PostPosted: Friday, 30.Oct.2009 16:53    Post subject: NEW for S80: SunClock   Reply with quote   

Here's one for ya. A freeware app to check which part of the world is illuminated by the Sun, and to know when the sun sets and rises. Works on all Series 80 models (9210, 9210i, 9300, 9300i, 9500).



So, what is it exactly?
It shows a map of the world with one part illuminated and one part darkened. There is also a sidebar which lets you know when the sun sets and rises, today's date, and the Moon visibility.

This was a really educative project for me to learn about Symbian C++ and chronometry. I designed and coded the program in a way which enables you to run it continuously forever without going inaccurate. Well the summer time dialog goes invalid in 2050 but drop me a line if you need it extended when the time comes Wink
The app only needs one thing before it begins to work accurately: the summer time (a.k.a daylight saving time) your country is using, if any.

Grab the SIS installer file here! - v1.02 ~750 kB

If you haven't checked out my other projects for Series 80 Communicators, here are quick links to them:
Dodgin' Diamond II - a space shooter game
Periodic Table - the chemical elements' table
Exxx - an E number food additive database app
My site devoted to Nokia 92xx


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PostPosted: Wednesday, 04.Nov.2009 11:18    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

Hi Sera,

Great to see developments still happening for S80. Great little app., which I installed last night. However, I notice this morning that according to your app we should still be in the dark in Ireland at 9.15 am when (unusually) the sun is splitting the heavens. Perhaps, you need to allow for another time zone for the UK and Ireland?

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PostPosted: Wednesday, 04.Nov.2009 11:18    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

Now it's time for an update - v1.01. The earlier version, v1.00, had a few bugs, for example the "Change region" thing didn't quite work as it works in real life Smile But now the program takes your home location (which is set in the Clock application) and centers your position right there, so no need for the region change any more. Of course when the home city changes, the map's position changes as well.
Here's a list of changes:
- the Moon visibility widget which shows the current percentage as well
- in the Menu you can now choose if you want to view the Arctic Circle, the Tropic of Cancer, the Equator, the Tropic of Capricorn and/ or the Antarctic Circle
- sunset and sunrise times corrected a bit so when the time is e.g. 8:01, it doesn't show as "8:1" any more
- menu hotkeys
- changed the sidebar's font


    NOTE: After you've installed the new version, the program may give you an KERN-EXEC 3 error. To get rid of this error, delete the file C:\System\Data\sunclock.ini. This error is due to BAD PROGRAMMING, and shouldn't happen in the next releases, if there are any Smile


Grab the installer in the first message, there's also a new screenshot.


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PostPosted: Wednesday, 04.Nov.2009 11:21    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

mongs, how can you make a post EXACTLY at the same time as me, especially when it's been days since the last post!? Shocked Wow! Very Happy

But to the subject -> As you can see, I fixed the thing you mentioned and now it's ready, so install the new version and it should be fine Smile
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PostPosted: Thursday, 05.Nov.2009 21:34    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

thanks Sera!

Nice Application!

It works fine! at least here in Spain Laughing

Long Life to S80s
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PostPosted: Thursday, 05.Nov.2009 21:56    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

Good thing to hear, reivaz. Thanks for the comment Smile
monqs, how's the app working for you?
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PostPosted: Friday, 06.Nov.2009 00:22    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

Hi Sera,

New version looks great and is very lean and mean on memory use at just 88k.

Moon illumination given seems to very between apps and other sources e.g. tonight's readings in Ireland as follows:

Sunclock = 88%
MoonCal (by Roman Keller) = 80%
timeanddate.com = 93.4%

There must be different ways of calculating it - not that I would be able to distinguish between 80% and 93.4% illmination anyway. This is just an observation.

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PostPosted: Friday, 06.Nov.2009 08:41    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

monqs, I agree very much about the varying illumination percentage - I also think there's a few ways to calculate it, and the fact that does the code take into account the different time zones makes a small difference as well. There's quite a lot of variables in the business.

My code shows the same amount in Dublin, Ireland at 12 p.m. as in Fongafale, Tuvalu at 12 a.m. - as there's a 12 hour difference in these two places Smile The same time in space but not the same clock time.

Thank you very much for the comment Smile
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PostPosted: Monday, 09.Nov.2009 21:29    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

Sera,
I've installed the three applications that you released this year (Exxx, Periodic Table and Sunclock), which work all perfectly.
Thank you very much for this, as you're probably the last active developer for S80.
I must say these applications made me want to use again my 9300i!
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PostPosted: Monday, 09.Nov.2009 22:06    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

carver, thanks a lot, I appreciate it. Good to hear my apps have a user base over here, even though it's a small one Smile
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PostPosted: Saturday, 02.Jan.2010 16:15    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

With the year's change the month changed to January, and I discovered a significant bug in the application: when the clock reached some time (e.g. 2 p.m.), the map started drawing weirdly, leaving a gap into the daylight area, like this:



The problem only occurs in January.
The new version, v1.02, is in the first post, so get it there to get rid of this bug.
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PostPosted: Sunday, 03.Jan.2010 00:37    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

yes! the gap was there!

now with new version all is working fine!

what I have checked during last month is that SunClock always gives more illumination to the moon than Roman keller's MoonCal app.

I checked via other web's and it seems that your's is more "real".

Regards

PS. new apps in mind Twisted Evil ??
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PostPosted: Sunday, 03.Jan.2010 10:05    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

Thanks a lot for the comment, reivaz! Smile

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PS. new apps in mind Twisted Evil ??


I'm currently making an app which is related to my bank account, so it's a private "quick" app, not really for public distribution Smile
I'll have to see if I come up with something after that, so keep your eye on this Series 80 forum Wink
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PostPosted: Wednesday, 03.Feb.2010 12:39    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

Thank You again - really nice application !

(Some random thoughts - not meant to be taken too seriously:

The main image - world map - and the Moon 'thumbnail' in some corner would make quite a nice background image .. colours would, though, need some readjustment, as too strong contrasts are kind of distraction in the background image - nothing white, nothing black - in fact, even darkest areas could be medium gray, so that black text is clearly discernible .. or not gray, but medium dark blue or green or brown .. Refresh can be quite slow, in order to save batt.)
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PostPosted: Sunday, 14.Feb.2010 20:02    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

ARant, thank you for the comment! And sorry for being so late on this reply as I've been having some problems with my computer. 5 pages of new messages on this forum so I've got some reading for tonight. That's 660 messages Cool

So if I got it right, this kind of view (of course refining the colors a bit more) would be the thing you described? Cool



It'd be nice to create such feature for SunClock if I had the skills Rolling Eyes
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