Solar System for iPad
- Price: $13.99 In Apple Store
- Category: Books
- Updated: 2010-12-21
- Current Version: 1.0.0
- Size: 842.00 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Touch Press LLP
- Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later
- © 2011 Touch Press LLP
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A breakthrough electronic book about the Solar System, offering hours of interactive exploration and presenting a treasure trove of visual information. Best-selling author Marcus Chown leads us on a grand tour through the incredible diversity of…..
Rated 1/5 based on 3 customer reviews.
A solid, if somewhat clunky effort
I've spent an hour with this lavish electronic picture book, and I'm largely impressed. It's got a surprising amount of depth, the photos are lovely, and the science is unassailable.
What's missing are the user experience niceties that would make it truly feel like an iPad app. You can't swipe from page to page; instead you have to use awkward forward and back buttons. Every time you move from section to section, the entire iPad's screen blacks out for up to a full second; the first time it happened, I assumed the app had crashed. Arrows appear within text blocks, looking clickable, but they seem to serve no purpose.
And the typos, ugh. I've already found a couple, and as I said, I've only spent an hour exploring. It doesn't inspire confidence that the app was thoroughly proofed.
Add a bit more fluidity and polish -- and especially, get rid of the distracting flashes to black every time users change sections -- and this could be a five-star app.
If Encarta and Wikipedia grew up and had an attractive but simple-minded child
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Is this how content that we'd get from Wikipedia would be formatted if it was a paid service? I can not understand the glowing reviews. I really believe they must be from new computer users who missed the first wave of multimedia science content, and I don't mean to be insulting.
I paid full retail for this app and do you know what it is at the core? Encarta, maybe Wikipedia? The imagery is of good quality in some places but I expected so much more for what I paid. I promise to come back and eat crow if I am wrong - after a glut of similar apps come out that copy this style. But after experiencing this app for plenty long enough to make an intelligent comment, I can tell you that this is below the level of a grabby ebook and above the level, barely, of Encarta in terms of overall contemporary quality.
Also have to wonder if the folks coming on here giving 5 star reviews have just never seen the amount of free content and images that we have access to (by way of tax dollars) from NASA's Web sites and the documentaries that have come out in recent years like The Universe.
I wanted to love this. I can't fathom why someone would though, especially given what we already have access to and what I said regarding the Encarta + Wikipedia angle.
We've just been down this path so many times before. I feel like my intelligence is being insulted when I am shown the same renderings of Jupiter that have been around for years, literally, and expected to say 'wow' as my eyes glaze over and I hand over 13 dollars.
Needs lots of work
Love the idea, the ani ated solar system is very cool. But, hello did the app developers even sit down for 5 minutes and actually interact with it?
My main peeve so far is that in the orrery you have a slider which most of the time doesn't care that you are trying to move the slider. It is hit or miss trying to slide it with any kind of accuracy, and why exactly doesn't it START at 1 second = 1 second?
An input field for the time scale would have been nice since you can drag the slider to a given value, but when you take your finger away it is so twitchy that it bounces to a higher or slower scale. Clearly the developers have a lack of atention to detail which is astounding given the price of the app. Even more amazing considering the math involved in it.
Please fix this.
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