AresCal: a Martian calendar

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Cerebrate Cerebrate's picture
AresCal: a Martian calendar
'Evening, folks, and hello for the first time. Sorry to open with crass commercialism, but then, I am an anarchocapitalist, after all... *cough* So, yeah. For various and sundry reasons I've been working on a Martian calendar app (for iPhone), which has just now gone live on the App Store. And having got done coding that to handle the regular Darian calendar and Airy Mean Time, it occurred to me - being a transhumanist and a gamer and a fan of this here game, consequentially - that'd it'd be pretty simple to throw in support for the slightly variant Darian calendar that Eclipse Phase uses, as a sort of free bonus. (And also the one Transhuman Space uses, if you happen to play both.) Anyway, here it is: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arescal/id387799631 Alas, the app itself isn't free - a man's got to make a living somehow, don't'ch'know, and like I said, I am an anarchocapitalist - but I like to think it's pretty reasonable. Have fun with it! If you have any ideas for enhancements, feel free to drop me a line. (Time zone support is already on the list for 1.1, FWIW, so I've already got that one on the list.) -C
nezumi.hebereke nezumi.hebereke's picture
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That's awesome! Now I just need an iphone...
TBRMInsanity TBRMInsanity's picture
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Cerebrate wrote:
'Evening, folks, and hello for the first time. Sorry to open with crass commercialism, but then, I am an anarchocapitalist, after all... *cough* So, yeah. For various and sundry reasons I've been working on a Martian calendar app (for iPhone), which has just now gone live on the App Store. And having got done coding that to handle the regular Darian calendar and Airy Mean Time, it occurred to me - being a transhumanist and a gamer and a fan of this here game, consequentially - that'd it'd be pretty simple to throw in support for the slightly variant Darian calendar that Eclipse Phase uses, as a sort of free bonus. (And also the one Transhuman Space uses, if you happen to play both.) Anyway, here it is: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arescal/id387799631 Alas, the app itself isn't free - a man's got to make a living somehow, don't'ch'know, and like I said, I am an anarchocapitalist - but I like to think it's pretty reasonable. Have fun with it! If you have any ideas for enhancements, feel free to drop me a line. (Time zone support is already on the list for 1.1, FWIW, so I've already got that one on the list.) -C
You should port your app to Android and further your marketplace.
Jovian Motto: Your mind is original. Preserve it. Your body is a temple. Maintain it. Immortality is an illusion. Forget it.
Cerebrate Cerebrate's picture
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Well, while I'd be happy to in principle, in practice, an Android development platform isn't in any time soon's budget, I'm afraid. But in the non-indefinite future, if anyone wants to do an Android port, drop me a line and I'll gladly share the algorithms. -C
TBRMInsanity TBRMInsanity's picture
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It's only a one time cost of $25 to post to the Android marketplace.
Jovian Motto: Your mind is original. Preserve it. Your body is a temple. Maintain it. Immortality is an illusion. Forget it.
Cerebrate Cerebrate's picture
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Yeah, but first I need an Android 'phone to develop/test it on...
mds mds's picture
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The SDK comes with an emulator. It's not perfect, but I suspect it would suffice in this case. When I was writing my dice roller, I'd only load it on my real phone when I was at a milestone, or when I was testing the shake feature, something trickier to do on the emulator.
TBRMInsanity TBRMInsanity's picture
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mds wrote:
The SDK comes with an emulator. It's not perfect, but I suspect it would suffice in this case. When I was writing my dice roller, I'd only load it on my real phone when I was at a milestone, or when I was testing the shake feature, something trickier to do on the emulator.
I currently don't have an android phone as well and I use the emulators. This is a good idea anyway as it lets you test your app on various android devices at once. The same goes with Blackberry (though their hosting costs are a lot higher). The more platforms you design for, the larger of an audience you will hit and the more money you can make off your app.
Jovian Motto: Your mind is original. Preserve it. Your body is a temple. Maintain it. Immortality is an illusion. Forget it.
Cerebrate Cerebrate's picture
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Just to let you know - y'all have convinced me. So, seeing as there's evidently demand, an Android port will be coming soon. I hope to get it ready in the next few days, but I'm not promising a firm release date, seeing as it's been a long time since I last did anything in Java and the platform's new to me, but it is definitely in the works. Which is to say, no need to rush out and buy an iPhone just to run AresCal. Heh. -C
Jay Dugger Jay Dugger's picture
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How goes the Android port of AresCal?
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mrobfire mrobfire's picture
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Semi on topic, how exactly does one translate between a date in the gregorian calendar and the darian one? I'm curious as to when my martian birthday is.
Cerebrate Cerebrate's picture
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Sorry about that, the day job came up in a very dramatic and time-consuming way, and it kind of got nudged off the schedule for a while. More news as soon as I have it...