I am very happy to let you know that Radar In Motion is back and working just like before! Both weather.com and NOAA maps have been fixed. I’m sorry it took so long to investigate and fix. I had figured it was hopeless but then managed to find a way to get the maps back and running.
Here is Radar In Motion 2.6.4!
Some people have asked about the possibility of contributing a little money for Radar In Motion. I am blown away by the sentiment and do appreciate the fact that people find the widget worthy of spending some money. I have therefore added a donation link to the right that you can use if you want to send some money for the widget. Please don’t feel obligated to and know that the widget will always remain available for free!
I recently noticed that the regional radar data from The Weather Channel has stopped working. You probably have noticed the same thing; you get an error at the top of the widget that says “Warning: Map could not be loaded.” Unfortunately, this has seemed like an inevitability for awhile. If you have visited The Weather Channel’s website anytime within the last several months, you noticed that they changed to an entirely new interactive weather map. Up until now, they have kept links to the “classic” maps on their local weather pages. This meant that Radar In Motion continued to work despite their website’s own change.
As of a couple of weeks ago, those links have now disappeared. Consequently, Radar In Motion can no longer fetch the maps it displayed for seven years. I’m not optimistic about finding a way to retrieve those maps. I could look into switching to the new maps, but they are a radically different design that do not have the same simplicity as the old maps.
I may endeavor to investigate getting NOAA maps working again; I see that they are not really functioning, either. However, I believe that will be the only map option available from this point on. I appreciate the fact that the maps from The Weather Channel were much clearer and easier to read, but it seems those maps have been abandoned in favor of more interactive maps.
Thanks for all of your support over these years. If I do manage to fix the NOAA maps or come up with some other alternative to The Weather Channel maps, I will certainly post updates here and let everyone know.
Note: Someone pointed out that the latest link for the new version of Radar In Motion was actually to an extremely old version! I have corrected this. So if you downloaded it from this post, try it again and it should work.
I finally found a little bit of time to fix Radar In Motion! As a result, I have released Radar In Motion 2.6.2. The version fixes weather alerts, which have apparently been broken for some time, and also fixes access to National Weather Service maps. Enjoy!
I know it has been a very long time since I’ve made any updates. I’ve also been horrible at responding to emails sent. At this point, I have basically stopped work on Radar In Motion. It comes down to the fact that I don’t have time because of many other things I’m involved in. Radar In Motion continues to work for me and I hope it is working for you. If not, please check out the FAQ link as it does have answers to a lot of common issues. Thank you everyone for your continued support of the Dashboard widget, the short-lived Yahoo! Widgets widget, and the iPhone app (which is no longer available; I don’t want to be selling the app if I’m not actually working on it). If I ever get the time to start work on Radar In Motion again, I will certainly let all of you know!
UPDATE: All should be well now. Just download the 1.3 update to Radar In Motion and the maps will work again. Plus, you’ll get all of the features mentioned in the post below. Enjoy and let me know if you have any problems!
The National Weather Service’s server subtly changed something about their website, resulting in Radar In Motion no longer working. I have already submitted the fix as a part of Version 1.3 of the application, which is awaiting approval from Apple. As soon as it is approved, Radar In Motion will work again (and have a lot of new features, too). You will need to download the update when it becomes available. Apologies for the inconvenience.
I have made Radar In Motion 2.6.1 available for download. It fixes some graphical errors including the inability to click on “Show Border.”
Also, thanks to all of you who have sent me encouraging messages in response to my earlier post about negative reviews. I have been trying to reply to each of you individually, but time spent at work has prevented me from being able to reply to everyone. Know that I am trying, though! But thank for all of your positive feedback, it is very much appreciated.
Watch for Radar In Motion 1.3 for iPhone just around the corner. It adds a huge list of new features that I will mention when it is available in the app store, hopefully later this week!
I know many people have had questions about the iPhone app and I’m trying to collect them in one place. Here is a list of frequently asked questions about Radar In Motion for iPhone. If it does not answer your question or you have problems, please contact me. When you do, make sure you answer the following questions:
- Are you using the Dashboard widget or the iPhone app?
- What version of the widget/app are you using?
- What is your version of Mac OS X (widget) or the iPhone OS (iPhone)?
- What map are you trying to load?
Answering those questions will make it easier for me to solve any problems you are having.
Now available is Radar In Motion 2.6. It finally fixes the NOAA maps and makes them completely available again. It also fixes some issues with international and US maps from Weather.com. Thanks to Jon Steuernagle for finding and fixing the Weather.com issues before I even knew they were there!
The Weather Channel changed some things in the format of their pages, meaning Radar in Motion broke if you tried to access a new map or load the widget for the first time. I’ve compensated with Radar In Motion 2.5.3. I know that I’m rather unresponsive to emails and for that I apologize. Work and life in general keeps me very busy. Please know that I do plan to keep working on the widget for the foreseeable future, so when major issues like that come up, I will certainly fix them as soon as I have time. Apologies to those for whom the widget didn’t work for the last few days. I think all should be well now!
I have been getting many messages that Radar In Motion is no longer working. Unfortunately, I won’t be back in front of my Mac until tomorrow evening to see what is going on. If Radar in Motion isn’t working for you at all, don’t worry, I’m hoping to look into it this weekend and get it back to a working state. I suspect weather.com changed their format or something like that.
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