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VelaClock Classic

 

VelaClock Classic is a world clock with unique features and an easily configurable user interface. VelaClock Classic divides the screen into two panes, the upper pane which contains a list of cities and a lower detail pane. A quick swipe of the finger will alternate between the three lower panels.

 

This version of VelaClock first appeared in the App Store on July 11, 2008, the day that the App Store opened. On that day, only 500 apps were in the App Store and we were honored to be there!

 

VelaClock's feature set is ideal for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts. Users can quickly display the times for sunrise, sunset and three kinds of twilight (civil, nautical, astronomical), moon phase and tilt, and much more. VelaClock is invaluable to users who travel or communicate with friends and colleagues around the world. VelaClock is an excellent tool for finding a good meeting time for cities in multiple time zones.

 

VelaClock requires iOS 3.0 or newer, and works with iPhone and iPod touch.

 

 

A New VelaClock App

A new version of VelaClock is now available. It introduces a new user interface with significantly more features as compared to VelaClock Classic. Tapping on a city row in the list view, transitions to one of the new four full screen detail views. This approach delivers much more information in a standard and easily configurable interface.

 

VelaClock Classic has a single screen design, which provides a lot of information at glance with minimal interaction with the iphone. Some users prefer VelaClock Classic. To gain an understanding of why we now have two apps, please read our blog post: VelaClock Update.

 


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rise/set times

Rise, Set and Twilight Times

 

This detail panel shows:

  • Time of sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset.
  • Azimuth of sunrise, sunset, moonrise and moonset. Azimuth (compass direction) is specified in degrees, 0 to 360, clockwise from North.
  • Time of dawn and dusk for three kinds of twilight (civil, nautical, astronomical).
  • Daylight duration in hour and minutes. Change in minutes of daylight from the previous day.
  • An image of the moon as seen in the sky above the currently selected city. This image accurately depicts the moon’s phase, and the angle at which the moon’s crescent appears to be rotated from the vertical. Because this angle can change rapidly, it is updated once a minute.

 

There are three kinds of twilight: civil, nautical and astronomical. For twilight definitions, visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twilight

 



next sun/moon rise/set

Countdown to Next Rise or Set

 

This detail panel shows:

  • Time until the next sunrise or sunset.
  • Time until the next moonrise or moonset.
  • Name of the current moon phase.
  • An image of the moon as seen in the sky above the currently selected city. This image accurately depicts the moon’s phase, and the angle at which the moon’s crescent appears to be rotated from the vertical. Because this angle can change rapidly, it is updated once a minute.
  • Time until the next moon phase (new, quarter, full).

The Daylight Bar gives the user a picture of 24 hours of natural light (bright daylight, three kinds of twilight, and night). A thin white bar indicates when the moon is visible. The daylight bar may be centered at noon or current time. A thin white bar indicates when the moon is visible.

 

Usage Tips

  • To change how the Daylight Bar is centered, tap the triangular shaped button located on the bottom bar.
  • A quick swipe of the finger will alternate between the detail panels.


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Moon Phases

The moon detail panel shows the dates and times of the next four moon phases.

 

 

Note: A quick swipe of the finger will alternate between the detail panels.

 

 

Astronomical calculations are performed internally by VelaClock, without a network connection.



prefs

Places

- Add and remove places.

- Sort places by time, name or a specify a custom order.

 

 

To add a new place, tap the Add button (located at the top left corner of the screen). Up to 50 cities may be added.

 



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Add Place

Built-in and custom locations can be added. There are over 500 built-in cities. Custom locations may be defined and added.

 

Current Location

Turn the "Current Location" switch ON to add it to your list of Places. The position of this location is re-calculated every few minutes. If network access or GPS is not avalable, the last current location will be used. This feature is compatible with iPhone 4/3GS/3G, the original iPhone, and iPod touch.

 



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Search for Built-in Places

 

Type a name to find a city.

 



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Custom Location

 

Add your own locations by specifying country, time zone, city name and latitude/longitude. The Custom Locations feature is designed for locations that are not included in the built-in list of cities.

 


Reviews

 

VelaClock 1.3 [VelaClock Classic] was reviewed by John Martellaro of iPod Observer and received a rating of "Outstanding."

Full review: www.ipodobserver.com/story/38029

 

 

User Testimonials

 

"There are apps to check the times of sun and moon rise and set, but none of the ones I've used are as slick and easy to use as VelaClock. As a busy photographer there's often not enough time to fully investigate the sun or moon rise and set times for each day before heading out on a long trip. With VelaClock in my pocket, I can leave this until the night before, when I'm figuring out what time I need to get up at.

I not only know the exact time that the sun will rise, but I know the exact location that the sun will appear on the horizon by referencing the Azimuth data in VelaClock and a compass. I can also see at a glance when Nautical and Civil Twilight starts, which is important, because the predawn light is often more beautiful than the light after the sun pops above the horizon, and I like to get to my locations and be set up by the start of Civil twilight. I've been using VelaClock as it has developed. With its recent updates, I can now specify any date and use the GPS built into my iPhone. VelaClock is a must have application for any photographer with an iPhone."

Martin Bailey, Nature Photographer based in Japan: Web site and Workshops
Interview by Scott Bourne: twipphoto.com/archives/2384

 

"A great app is now even better. VelaClock [VelaClock Classic] really helps me as a wedding photographer; I need to know when the sun sets. I'm also an almanac junkie, and it doesn't get much better than this."

David Schultz, Wedding Photographer, San Diego, CA: Web site

 

App Store Reviews

 

Great!  ★★★★★

"Beautiful presentation and highly functional. One of the best apps out there." by Peter5364

 

Great piece of software - worth every cent!  ★★★★★

"Does what it's designed to in a very intuitive manner, this app is truly worth every cent! Without a doubt the best app of it's kind in the App Store!" by klubneeka (Australia)

 

Great App!  ★★★★★

"This application presents a ton of information in a relatively clean interface. Definitely the best app I've found for showing (civil) twilight hours. I've purchased a copy for both my wife and myself." by SeanReilly

 


 

Vela Design Group's first world clock with a compact and highly user configurable interface was the VelaClock dashboard widget, released on April 29, 2005 when Mac OS X 10.4 was introduced. After more than five years on the market, the VelaClock widget continues to appear frequently in Apple's Top 50 widgets list and has users in over 80 countries.

 


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VelaClock Classic works with iPhone 4/3GS/3G, the original iPhone and iPod touch.
Requires iOS 3.0 or newer. Does not require a network connection.