$2.99 / iTunes Store

Okay, here is a bit of a departure from my normal reviews.  This is an iOS app for both the iPhone and iPod.  I haven't done a review like this before so hopefully someone finds it helpful.

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About two weeks ago the program creator, Kevin, emailed me and asked me to review his latest creation.  It is a nixie clock app and the reason that I really like this one is his attention to detail.  Below is his description:

From Kevin:

The graphics used for the clock were entirely hand-designed by myself in 3D. The tubes are a mix of features from a National NL-5025 and a RFT Z5660M with a whole bunch of inspiration from just about every other nixie tube I could get good reference images on. Every single component required to create a physically viable nixie tube is present and proper mechanically- the tubes are even accurately wired up, the cathodes are insulated from each other and the anode, etc. There is no reason why they wouldn't work if they were real (part of the reason why I created Numatron 2 was to see just how accurate I could make everything).

Likewise, the lighting effects required a fair bit of research into gas discharge tubes and the theory behind them. Most of my research eventually made its way into a set of 3D shaders that I used to create (what I believe to be) the first accurate 3D simulation of a volumetric discharge glow ever created.

From start to finish, the project took about 3 months. I refused to release the application until all of my (rather excessive) expectations were met. It wasn't good enough to "look like" a nixie tube. Numatron 2 had to be instantly recognizable as a nixie clock to anyone who was previously familiar with them, and in that regard, I believe I succeeded.





#1 Guest 2011-06-29 23:27
There's quite a few nixie clock apps for iOS, I have them all, am buying this one now based on your review of it. If you haven't see the others, go hunting them down, some are really good (and some aren't.)
#2 Brian Stuckey 2011-06-29 23:35
It's a cool app - I think you'll like it!

Sadly, I don't have an iPhone; I borrowed this one from my girlfriend for the review. Not many great ones that I can find for my Android....
#3 Keith 2013-02-17 21:46
Anyone know where I can get a copy of this app? His website is no longer up and it's no longer in the app store :sad:
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