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!
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!
For the most part, writing Radar In Motion has been a good experience for me. But I have to say, when I see the rude, sarcastic reviews that have been posted about the iPhone app recently, I wonder why I even bother spending my free time writing this widget and application. I have never claimed that either is perfect and I have tried my best to work within the limitations placed upon me, both technical and legal.
I’m not saying everyone should love the app. When asked, I openly admit its limitations. If you don’t like the app, fine. You want to post a negative review, fine. But in that review, stick to the facts of what you don’t like and what you think could be better. If there are problems with the app, contact me! The contact info for the app is readily available on the App Store. If the app is causing problems, particularly crashes, I want to know about it! From not one of the negative reviewers have I gotten a message indicating they had any problems and asking for solutions. Maybe that is a better way to spend your time and money than calling the app a “pos.” Trust me, reviews like that make myself and I imagine other developers like me who try to write software in there spare time wonder if it is really worth it at all. After a long day of working a full time job or a long day of classes, the last thing an independent developer wants to do is come home and see insults thrown at work he has done in his spare time.
So if you don’t like the software, that’s okay. But if you are going to sit around and write nasty reviews, don’t be surprised if you wake up one morning to find independent developers like me deciding they just don’t find it worthwhile or fulfilling to write software in their spare time anymore.
Since the release of the new iPhone, I have received many queries about a version of Radar In Motion for it. I can certainly see where it would be helpful. Unfortunately, I have no plans to work on an iPhone version at this time. The main reason is the lack of time, especially given the larger audience an iPhone app would have. Sorry to disappoint. If my plans change, I will certainly let everyone know here. Thanks for all of your interest in Radar In Motion!
For any of you who are concert lovers, I have created a new widget called ConcertGoer, which retrieves concert information from PollStar. It’s a need I’ve had for awhile, so I finally managed to create a widget for it!
And thanks again to all of you for your continued support of Radar In Motion. Just to give you some stats, Radar In Motion has:
- been publicly available since May 2005, when it made its debut on DashboardWidgets,
- been downloaded approximately 1.53 million times,
- spent more than 1 week as the top downloaded widget on Apple’s Dashboard site, and
- never left the top 50 in Apple’s downloaded widgets since it first made the list in July 2005.
So, a happy birthday to Radar In Motion’s trip to the top. It started as nothing more than a project answering a need I had myself that I then released to the public hoping someone else might benefit from it. With all of your feedback, the widget has become so much better, in my opinion. Thank you again for helping make Radar In Motion what it is today!
Apologies for being MIA for some time now. I know that you have had to deal with some issues with the software and for that I am sorry. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was unable to work on the widget for some time. I am in the process of making fixes and enhancements as we speak.
However, I am afraid I’m going to have to announce that I no longer intend to keep up the Yahoo! Widgets version of the widget. Keeping the two in sync is just too hard given my lack of time now and I find there are enough differences in the two systems to make it annoying. I also will not be developing a version for Vista Gadgets or the Google widget engine.
I hope to be posting a new version by week’s end that addresses current problems and adds a new feature or two!
It seems NOAA is slowly changing the formats of all its map. This new format uses a much more complex system with images overlaid on top of each other to form the full radar. The widget is not currently equipped to handle maps like this. I am working on adding support for it, but it might require a complete reworking of the way maps are handled. I’ll look into what it will take to use these new maps. For now, please be patient if your NOAA maps do not work.
Several people keep emailing me asking about adding a feature to the widget where maps can be animated for longer periods of time. This feature already exists in the widget. It is the “Save Maps” feature in the “Updating” tab of the preferences. In the help part of the widget, it says “Save Maps: Store maps locally on the hard drive for the amount of time specified.” Maybe I need to edit the description so it is more clear as to what it does. You can specify the amount of time the maps are stored (and animated) using this feature.