12 April 2014
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Solar Explorer HD – can I download Lite?

Unfortunately a few people have been experiencing problems with the new version of Solar Explorer. The Unity rewrite looks a lot better because it makes extensive use of GPU shaders. The side effect is that it might not work properly on as many devices as the old version of Solar Explorer Lite. The problem is […]


5 April 2014
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Solar Explorer HD released!

It took a week longer than expected, but Solar Explorer HD has now been released. The primary reason for the delay was that I added in the low resolution mode that was present in the old version. This involved a fair amount of work as I had to find work-arounds for some minor bugs in […]


3 April 2014
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Exoplanet Explorer Updated to 2.4.0

After a lot of work, I’ve finally been able to get a working build out of my old Shiva virtual machine. This version should alleviate the problems people have been having with data downloads stalling because it includes all the data currently present on the server. Please note that you’ll need to uninstall the app, […]


26 March 2014
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Solar Explorer HD: nearly ready

The new version of Solar Explorer is starting to look like a finished product now… but there’s still a bit of work to do. At this stage I’ve re-implemented most of what is currently in Solar Explorer Lite. Rather than upgrade the former Lite edition, I’m going to release this as a completely new app […]


7 March 2014
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Development
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Exoplanet Explorer: big planet update

I’ve just discovered that data importing in Exoplanet Explorer “got stuck” in early January so there’s been no new planets added until today. The culprit was record #734 in the PHL data that my server reads to generate the data files used by Exoplanet Explorer. Kepler-46 c featured a new discovery method, “TTV” or Transit […]


20 February 2013
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Solar Explorer: Black screen of doom

Occasionally, despite the best of intentions, things can go wrong. I released an update to Solar Explorer for all markets on the weekend, both paid and free versions. As a special bonus, it came free with a limited edition bug that that basically caused the app to start up with a black screen and do […]


15 December 2012
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Solar Explorer 2.5.1: A whole lot of work

I have spent a significant amount of time this week compiling and updating and testing and uploading and submitting the latest update for Solar Explorer. Every time I got close to being able to release it I spotted some little bug or other minor issue. Most of the problems were indirectly caused by the latest […]


29 October 2012
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Solar Explore 2.4.9: Catching up

The latest update for Solar Explorer is out, introducing a lot of minor code changes and improvements aimed at making it easier for me to port it to different markets and devices. Probably the most noticeable change will be that when you quit the app, it’ll save what you were looking at, and put you […]


27 October 2012
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Exoplanet Explorer V2.3.4: Tweakfest

Another week, another update, this time with lots of little tweaks. The biggest change is that the phantom planets that made an guest appearance in the last update have been identified and eradicated. This was caused by a few of the binary system data files from the old database sneaking into the folder for the […]


22 July 2012
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Solar Explorer: What’s new

Some of you may have noticed a second Solar Explorer update rolled out following the one earlier this month. The reason for it was a tiny little bug that caused the Moon to cease orbiting the Earth, and after all the hard work I did updating the code so that the Moon’s position would be […]