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iPhone App Review: DeluxeMoon

iPhone App Review: DeluxeMoon

January 29th, 2011 by

The Moon is our closest astronomical neighbor, a satellite that influences the tides and, some believe, our moods and even our destiny. If you believe in lunar astrology, or are simply curious about the Moon and its place in the heavens, then Deluxe Moon is an app that may be worth a look. Developer Lifeware Solutions asks “Are there any relationships between the moon and plants, human emotions, relationships, blood pressure or finance?” This app may not have the answers, but it can help you progress in your journey to better understand the questions.

What You Get

Deluxe Moon is one of the most beautiful and baffling apps I’ve ever installed.

The initial screen is crammed full of information, but still somehow looks elegant and simple. Tapping almost anywhere brings up another screen that includes more detailed information: a moon phase calendar, sidereal and tropical zodiacs, a moon compass, and tons more.

I think at this point a list of features would be more effective, since describing the workings of the app itself would be impractical. Suffice it to say, Deluxe Moon has tons of screens of lunar information, and lends itself well to simply tapping and exploring.

  • Drag and turn the Moon to change the date.
  • Place moon phase colors and notes on the calendar, to track the Moon’s effect on your life.
  • Moon compass shows current moon azimuth as well as moonrise and moonset azimuths.
  • Moonrise and moonset times for your location.
  • Phase scan tells you when the next phase will be.
  • Plus much more, like Moon timers showing the amount of time since moonrise and until moonset, the full names of all moon phases, percent of illuminated moon area… it simply goes on and on.

Pros And Cons

Deluxe Moon is overall a fantastic app: it covers one topic and covers it in-depth, the presentation is gorgeous and elegant, and it even includes little touches (like being able to spin the Moon in order to advance the date) that set it apart from being just a standard “Moon phase” reference guide. The developers have even included a thorough guide for the app on their website.

My only critique of the app is that… I really have no idea what any of it means. That is not really the developer’s fault, I just have no knowledge of lunar astrology, so I suppose I’m not the target audience for an app like this. My real point is that it would be nice to include some reference material on the subject matter itself, to try and introduce people to the concepts that are being presented. As the app stands now it is a beautiful app with lunar astrological information that would be utterly meaningless to anyone that doesn’t already understand the subject.

Overall

The basic gist of this is that if you’re looking for a lunar astrology app, Deluxe Moon should definitely be at the top of your list. It’s stable, attractive, and contains a deep treasure-trove of Moon data that you would probably take you triple the time to look up on a standard website.

If you’re not looking for a lunar astrology app… then you probably stopped reading this review several paragraphs ago. BUT, if you didn’t, then maybe check out the lite version and see if this is something you would be interested in.

  • Madelyn

    I am a fan of thecrashapp also! its a little new but i like the concept! But I do like this one for sure too!

  • Mike

    Decent app for sure. It has a very nice interface, tons of features. Great job.

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