Shadows is a CAD program for the design of sundials. It calculates and draws everything you need to realize your own precise and customized sundial for your garden.
Pros: Shadows is a program used to design sundials and astrolabes. It can be used by anybody without any required technical skills. Shadows will calculate everything and print the drawing according the user`s preferences. This application is supposed have been acclaimed by users and professional astronomers and sundial makers. It is expected to give you accurate sundial for any location on the globe.
Depending on the user preferences the program can help generate sundials that are vertical, horizontal, declining, polar, equatorial or cylindrical. It is able to generate solar time as well as mean time (clock time) and includes all the required corrections (equation of time, longitude, daylight savings). It has an extensive ephemeris of the Sun available to make accurate sundials suitable for any location on the globe. A location data base has data of latitude, longitude and time zone details for 2500 places.
The user interface is quite a simple one. A set of drawing tools are available that help set up the face of the clock. The time lines of course have to be generated automatically depending on location. The output drawing can be in BMP, JPG, EMF or DXF formats. A range of local range versions are available. There are 12 language versions, each with a complete help file.
Cons: No problematic issues observed.
Overall: As evidenced by a huge sampling of sundials created by users all over the globe and displayed at the website of the product, this is a versatile package. Out rating is 5 stars for the same.