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Sol 2.0

We have launched Sol 2.0 … newly improved iPhone 5 graphics, bug fixes, features.  I designed a new ‘how to use this’ intro for new users and helped refine features with Juggleware.

It’s been really great to work with Alec Vance and co. to create something we all use and enjoy.  Our love is definitely shown in the reviews that keep coming in!  mostly 4.5 – 5 star reviews.  We’re blushing.

The last ten –

AMAZING LITTLE APP — I do a lot of photography, so this app is a great resource to have on hand. Whether I need to know how much daylight is left, when the golden hour starts, or even planning in advance for a future sunrise, all the information is right there at my fingertips. On top of that, it’s so easy to use, and is visually stunning in its simplicity. All in all, an amazing little app. —Danial79, Australia

[APPLAUSE] —Ottima app con un bel design. —Cypol, Italy

TIME KEEPS ON SLIPPING — Fun app to keep you aware of most precious thing, time! I like to use it when the golden hour begins to ask myself did I laugh, cry, move and learn today? —Ccampagna, United States

VERY USEFUL & FUNCTIONAL APP — Helps to alert users of sunrise & sundown times with accuracy & style. I simply love the alarm feature. Awesome app… especially for Sabbath keepers. —Gabelho, Canada

CAN’T DO WITHOUT IT — Best app in the appstore to get a nice overview of the “golden hours”! A must have app for every photographer! —Jafu66, Netherlands

BRILLIANT APP — Excellent app, does what it’s made to do. Detailed and easy to use. Great interface. As an amateur photographer I love it. —Grrrrrrrrodi, United Kingdom

EXCELLENT APP – A brilliant little app that I use regularly. It works flawlessly every time (all app writers take note!). —Andy Keeble, United Kingdom

NICE APP — I have been using this app to plan my runs to coincide with the twilights. I love it. Visually this app is nice too. — AtticusBdG, United States

I LOVE THIS APP! — This is one of my top ten apps. So much of the day is determined with the sun. The temperature in the house, when I get up. It is also fun to see the various times in the day visually I set the alarm prior to the sunrise, and I only have that with SOL. This is a very well thought out app, and is easy to use. Thank you! —4bot, United States

GOLDEN HOUR PHOTOGRAPHY — I use this app to remind me when the sun is setting. It’s customizable, easy to use, and well designed. I use it multiple times a week. —Perfectance, United States.

There are 116 more 5-star ratings with great reviews that preceded those. Out of 160 ratings total—not too shabby. Most apps with 160 ratings and 116 reviews have 10 or 100 times as many downloads as our little app.

Mantis

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I launched a Mantis server to track the launch and bugs of the Pacific Science Center ‘Wellbody Academy’ exhibit components.  We were using Basecamp during development and production but it isn’t an easy way to track problems and launch issues.  Basecamp thread turns into email thread turns into lost in your inbox thread.

After working with a variety of PM and tracker options – including a test install of RT – Mantis came out ahead.  Mantis allows for multiple teams, team members and independents to be on one system.  The system is easy to pickup and manage – the members of your team that are fans of Excel (and not webapps) will find some of their comforts as well.  Oh yeh, it’s also open source and easily transferable to another server or backed up.  Basecamp?  Not so much.

Check it out at http://www.mantisbt.org.