A lot of users around the world are satisfied by Shadows, either with the freeware level or the advanced levels Shadows Expert and Shadows Pro. You may also look at the pictures of their home-made sundials.
- Patrick, Australia
Dear Francois, Thanks for producing such a fantastic and easy to use programme. I have already told one of my friends about it and we intend to make a couple of sundials for our back yards. I have access to a CNC milling machine so I can’t wait to produce the hour plate. I’ll send you a picture when they are done. So much information on your web site that really interests me. Great job !
- Bruce, California
Your program was the easiest to use from the 4 that I have tried.
I made this sundial from the waste of a cut out from a corian counter top sink cut out, and the genomen is a piece of copper that I scuffed up so it will have a petina with time.
- B.S., Germany
I just got the new version of shadows. many thanks for your great work. it is such a great success, to work with your application. Many, many thanks. It is really unbelievable!
- from G.R., South Africa.
Thanks for making Shadows available. I am a professional astronomer and we frequently have requests from the public re the design of sundials. Hopefully your program will prove useful in answering these questions.
I have just now installed the license file into your outstanding software. Your software is very complete and extremely user friendly. You obviously spent a tremendous amount of time and effort developing it. I will enjoy using it and am looking forward to any future updates, although I cannot see how it can be improved on very much!
- D.H., USA
I must commend you for developing such a magnificent tool for the dialist and dial-minded among us. Shadows is surely a major contribution to the field, and I am looking forward to exploring the software's capabilities. Thank you for your dedication in bringing such a magnificent idea to fruition.
- S.H., USA
I purchased your Shadows Expert a couple of years ago and recently upgraded to the most recent version of the Expert level. Very nice software and while I would hardly say that I am proficient at sundial design, some number of years ago (before PCs existed) I did a couple of declining vertical dial designs with pencil and calculator. What a difference. Tonight I will order the Pro upgrade.
A good man at my school installed an emulation program on my Macintosh that happily allows me to activate your sundial program. I am most pleased with what I have discovered. Now, it would seem, measure is a given and creative intent may hopefully shine forth.
As a child I loved the sundial in my grandmother's garden. When I grew older in the library I found a book on how to make a sundial, graphically. I am very thankful to you and your program for making it so easy to teach children to make a sundial, and fun at the same time. Several people I know wanted to know where I got the program. I gave them the email address and they are producing sundials for there grandchildren. I have downloaded every one of the programs you have released in the last year, and look foward to the next version.. Keep up the good work.
- R.E., Autralia
I'm writing to thank you for writing such an excellent piece of software for making sundials. I've tried a number of free/shareware programs and yours is the easiest and best to use. I'm presently making two sundials for my back garden and I used your program to do them. I also learned the traditional graphical method and drew the sundials using the graphical methods too and the two results matched. This made me very happy as it meant that I had done the graphical method correctly and that your programming was correct.
- A.R., Spain
Muchas gracias por la actualización del magnífico programa de los relojes de sol. Gracias a páginas y programas tan bien configuradas como el suyo estoy seguro que muchos aficionados a los relojes de sol harán de esta aficición una pasión. Un saludo.
- from H.S., Bogota, Colombia
I have been designing and building small sundials for about five years, I am an amateur painter and sculptor so my main interest was the beauty of the sundial as an artistic piece that can only be beatiful if it is accurate, otherwise it is just a decorated object, so I used to spend an enormous amount of time calculating and tracing the dial plates with the aid of Autocad in order to achieve the desired accuracy, that meant that 90% of the effort was spent just getting to the basic drawing, so every project was a matter of several months as I could not dedicate my full effort just to it, now thanks to you I can create a beautiful, useful ornament for all my friend's houses in one day, and make people understand and enjoy the wonders of celestial mechanics, which is not something that people notice here since we are so close to the equator that we have no seasons and everybody thinks that the sun rises and sets everyday at exacltly 6 o'clock, they are amazed to learn that you can tell the date and a lot of other things just with the shadow of a stick on the ground
I just can't thank you enough for your effort and generosity, they say that those who give selflessly end up getting more in return, so I sincerely hope that happens to you in all aspects of your life.
- from T.S., England
Having a large piece of brass which I had promised myself would be a sundial for my girlfriend's birthday, I thought to seek advice on the net and found your program by chance at 10 in the morning. It is now 16 hours later and I have made a beautiful sundial calibrated to her house and birthday (14/7 so a French program is very appropriate!) which is far better than I ever would have imagined. The scalable printout, made to fit the material made the job so very easy.
I thank you very much for the joy it has given me and for the pleasure that it will give her.
This will not be the last time I use Shadows. What an inspiring program!
- from R.A., USA
I have been using Shadows for many years now. The new version is very nice. I am writing code to draw a horizontal dial in DeltaCad. I can now see how much work you have put into Shadows. You deserve the highest praise for you efforts.
- from P.P., Melbourne, Australia
What a brilliant program! You must be very passionate about sundials to develop such an in-depth program and to photograph all those different sundials around France. When I came across your program I thought it would build just a horizontal sundial. I did not know that all those other types existed.
- from T.P., Los Angeles, CA.
I have been interested in sundials for years so when I found and downloaded your version 1.5 tonight I was very pleased with the quality of the program, many thanks, I plan to start a sundial next week.
- from Bob Riddle, USA.
I have really enjoyed using your sundial program in making the various types of sundials. In an Astronomy class for grade 4-8 science teachers I am currently teaching we have used your program. The teachers were very happy to see an easy to use program and also one that is free. Very much appreciated. I am also the editor of an online newsletter "Que tal in the Current Skies" at http://currentsky.com. Each month I feature a web site or computer program that I feel is particularly useful or unique in its capability to be used in a teaching situation. Your sundial program will be the feature for the March issue of Que tal as one of the 'Things That GOSUB In The Night'.
- from R.L.
François, you are to be complimented on the excellent job with the Shadows software for Windows that I recently downloaded. It is very intuitive to use and the output is of a very high quality. I have started making sundials and the software has greatly simplified the layout.
- from J.C., Camberra city, Australia
Thank you for your program Shadows, which I am downloading as I write. I have a basic undertanding of the principles of a sundial, but I know nothing of the mathematics and design principles involved, so I'm looking forward to using the tool you've made. I intend to build a sundial for the garden of my house in Camberra.
- from R.P., Edenvale, South Africa.
I have just found your beautifully designed Shadows program which I downloaded from the Sundials on the Internet site. Some 13 years ago I designed and built a horizontal dial for my father's 80th birthday. [...] My father is still around but has moved and I want to make him another sundial for his 95th birthday. May be this time, I'll use analemma curves abd get the computer to design and draw it.
- from F.M., Italy
E' un programma molto bello e facile da usare. Complimenti !
- from J.L., Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
I am very exiting about this program. Thank you. It is a great and interesting hobby for several years, already.
- from A.B., Italy
I have installed your Shadows on my computer. I have compared the results in calculating a sundial, with the ones obtained according to my traditional way. It's an excellent, easy-to-use, nice looking program. It gives in a short time pratically everything I need to build up a sundial.