Maps not updating

Posted in Dashboard at 8:40 am by Kamal

You might have noticed that the regional maps from weather.com have been stuck on November 30. It looks like The Weather Channel has stopped updating the maps. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do to fix this issue. It has happened once or twice before. In previous instances, they have started updating at some point. Hopefully the same will happen here. It looks like the national maps and maps of different parts of the country, e.g., the northeast, are still updating so hopefully those will provide what you need until the point at which the regional maps start updating again, if that happens. I’m sorry I’m not able to do more to correct the issue.

Update: As of December 7th, this problem has also extended to national maps and maps of different parts of the country. Only option for now is to switch to the NOAA maps.


Small fix in 2.8.1

Posted in Dashboard at 8:01 am by Kamal

Created Radar In Motion 2.8.1, which has a small fix that would prevent the map from displaying when certain weather alerts were present. In particular, it affected those of you in Florida with Tropical Depression Nine on its way to you!


Version 2.8 Released

Posted in Dashboard at 6:06 pm by Kamal

You might have noticed that radars other than regional radars for individual zip codes stopped working again. I have fixed this issue in Radar In Motion 2.8 and made it so fixing it in the future will be much easier, i.e., if the maps move around, it shouldn’t require you to install a new version of the widget. I also realized that alerts stopped working, so I have fixed those, too! They should work better than ever now. As always, thanks for your continued support of Radar In Motion!


The outage

Posted in Dashboard at 9:45 am by Kamal

You might have noticed that Radar In Motion stopped working last Saturday and did not return for several days. I apologize, as that was at least partially my fault. I accidentally let the domain that Radar In Motion uses to retrieve map location information that translates ZIP codes and city names to map identities expire. I renewed it Saturday morning and thought all would be fine, but my domain registrar messed the process up and I was not able to get it resolved for several days. Everything should be working now and I have initiated a transfer of the domain away from that registrar so hopefully this kind of thing won’t happen again!


Maps move again!

Posted in Dashboard at 8:31 pm by Kamal

Just when you thought everything was working again, The Weather Channel moves maps locations. In the future, I will probably make some changes so that you don’t need to update the widget when this happens, but in the meantime, enjoy Radar In Motion 2.7.2, which fixes the problem again. Also, if you have problems even after upgrading, please follow these steps. They will likely take care of any problems you still experience.


Radar In Motion 2.7.1

Posted in Dashboard at 6:10 am by Kamal

You might have noticed that the non-regional weather.com maps stopped working recently. Some files moved around at weather.com, but I found them! So here is Radar In Motion 2.7.1 to fix all the problems. Download, install, and continue to enjoy your animated weather maps in Dashboard, nearing 11 years in existence!


Problems with weather.com maps

Posted in Dashboard at 6:04 am by Kamal

UPDATE: It looks like weather.com maps are slowly being put back into place! I see updates starting at 1:45PM EDT on 8/13/2015! Hopefully all of the maps will continue to come back. Below is my original message about the outage.

You might have noticed that maps from weather.com are stuck on an image from Wednesday, August 11th at around 12:45PM EDT. I am aware of the issue, but unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about it. It seems that weather.com no longer updates the actual images used in Radar In Motion anymore. I’m not sure if this is a temporary change or something more permanent. The maps on weather.com changed to a more interactive version a few years ago, so the maps used in Radar In Motion have just kind of been working even though they aren’t presented on the page. That seems to have stopped yesterday. The National Weather Service maps should continue to work, though. I will update if the situation changes!


Radar In Motion 2.7.0: Return of Working Maps

Posted in Dashboard at 2:41 pm by Kamal

As promised, here is a new version with fixes to compensate for weather.com’s changes! Radar In Motion 2.7.0 should fix the problem for you. I had to get a little creative in how I fixed it, so if you see anything unexpected in your maps, please email radarinmotion@gmail.com with the specific location for which you are trying to load the map. It is most likely a missing map link that I can fix relatively easily.

I also fixed severe weather alerts and some small UI bugs.


***NOTE: It seems that this version of Radar In Motion manages to get installed in addition to the current version instead of replacing it. When this happens, it’s possible that when you create an instance of Radar In Motion, it will be the old broken version instead of the new fixed one. I’m not exactly sure why that is happening. To fix it, I recommend removing all versions of Radar In Motion using the following steps:

  1. Open Dashboard
  2. Click on the “+” in the lower lefthand corner.
  3. Look to see how many copies of Radar In Motion are in the set of icons.
  4. Hold down the option key on the keyboard. When you do so, a small “x” should appear in the upper lefthand corner of each icon.
  5. While still holding down the option key, click on the little “x” on the Radar In Motion icon.
  6. Click on “Delete” in the box that comes up.

Repeat these steps for every copy of Radar In Motion you see in the list of installed widgets. Once you have done that, delete the preferences files:

  1. Delete the file Library/Preferences/widget-com.kamalaboulhosn.radarinmotion2.plist. In order to access this file, you may need to open Finder, hold down the “option” key, click on the “Go” menu, and then click on “Library.”
  2. Restart your computer.

Now, try installing the widget again and see if it now works.


Radar in Motion broken again

Posted in Dashboard at 12:44 pm by Kamal

Hi, everyone. Long time no update. Just to let you know, weather.com changed their format again and the maps are broken again. I am currently in the middle of writing a fix that I hope will be out by weekend’s end. I’ll let you know as soon as I have something working!


Radar In Motion is BACK!

Posted in Dashboard at 10:31 pm by Kamal

Hi, everyone!

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!

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