Cosmic Crawler
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Tour the galaxy with this planetarium software.   Commercial ($2.99)
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Cosmic Crawler... Take a tour of the galaxy on you Mac with Cosmic Crawler! Unlike most planetarium software, Cosmic Crawler doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth and is not limited to giving you maps of constellations, but rather a fully immersive cosmic exploration experience. You can travel throughout the solar system and the galaxy to any of over 100,000 stars, planets, comets, asteroids, spacecraft, extra-solar planets and more. View them in their actual positions and surroundings at any point in space and time, orbit them, travel with them, find eclipses on any body and
What's New
Version 3.1.1:
  • Bug fixes relating to crashes for some users.
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later



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Ronl commented on 26 Mar 2011
Developer does not even have this 'app' listed on their website.
And _IF_ what KarmaBogus says is true... hopefully no one will purchase this.
[Version 3.1.1]


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KarmaBogus commented on 25 Feb 2011
OK... Maybe the "developer" of this "commercial software" would be kind enough to explain why the snapshot looks exactly as if it was taken from another software called Celestia, which happen to be free and also on MacUpdate's listings?

Oh I know... the code for Celestia is open source! Right! You can get the code, compile it, add a few lines here and there (maybe or not) and then sell it? Right? On the famous ScrapStore even?

MacUpdate users, by all means, don't take my word for it. Just head to http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/7020/celestia, download the program, and run the demo. Notice the exact same visuals, interface and all?

Sadly, people relying on the AppStore will pay for this ripoff if they don't know where too look for good applications.

Now people, draw your own conclusions. Enough said already!
[Version 3.0]

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KarmaBogus replied on 25 Feb 2011
Oh... and after some research on Google (and other sources) I strongly suggest people to check out this page (to see another iCoder/Michael Latour ripoff story):

http://www.macstories.net/news/mac-app-store-developers-fall-into-open-source-rabbit-hole/

Once again, draw your own conclusions.
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Downloads:794
Version Downloads:620
Type:Education : Teaching Tools
License:Commercial
Date:26 Mar 2011
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $2.99
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Cosmic Crawler... Take a tour of the galaxy on you Mac with Cosmic Crawler! Unlike most planetarium software, Cosmic Crawler doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth and is not limited to giving you maps of constellations, but rather a fully immersive cosmic exploration experience. You can travel throughout the solar system and the galaxy to any of over 100,000 stars, planets, comets, asteroids, spacecraft, extra-solar planets and more. View them in their actual positions and surroundings at any point in space and time, orbit them, travel with them, find eclipses on any body and observe the actual workings of the solar system and galaxy. Jump to any location in the galaxy or fly through the cosmos. Orbit planets and moons illustrated with amazing skins created from NASA and ESA photography. You can even visit extra-solar planets!

All movement in Cosmic Crawler is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to a specific spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-go' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit.

Cosmic Crawler is also highly customizable with dozens of options and configurations including multiple views/screens.
  • Jump to an object or use the object browser, loaded with thousands of objects including planets, comets, asteroids, spacecraft, stars, extra-solar planets and other galaxies. You can even view specific features on objects within the solar system, such as the mountains of Mars or the frozen plains of Europa.
  • Follow an object through time or use the orbit, lock phase or chase modes at any range.
  • Use the eclipse finder to view future or past eclipses on Earth, the moon, or any planet in the solar system.
  • Fly through space using game-like controls for pitch, yaw and roll. Look forward or backward as you fly or track a space object. Fly as fast as you like, even 1 light year per second, the speed of light is not a constraint in Cosmic Crawler.
  • Accelerate or reverse time to any point and at any speed. Jump millions of years into the future or past or watch time unfold with amazing animations. You can also view and factor in light speed delays.
  • Display labels and orbits for all categories of celestial objects, constellation figures and/or boundaries, a space coordinate system and many other special features.
  • Adjust your display settings with dozens of options including star style, brightness, resolution, texture, field of view settings and more.
  • Split you screen into multiple subviews to visualize different object simultaneously or the same object from multiple view points.
  • Keep track of interesting objects by saving it and the current view via the "Favorites" menu.
  • Use the full screen mode for a fully immersive experience


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