12.20.05

Did Someone Ask for Forecasts?

Posted in Dashboard at 2:16 pm by Kamal

Version 2.2 is now complete. The major addition to this version is forecast maps for US regions, the most requested feature in recent weeks. They are available from both weather.com and NOAA. The forecast maps animate the expected precipitation, temperature, or winds over the next week. A general forecast map is available in the “United States” region. In the regions for parts of the United States (e.g., northeast, central, southwest), individual forecast, temperature, and wind maps are available. They work just as every other map with one exception: forecast maps cannot be stored locally. There are a few technical reasons for this fact. Basically, saving them might make for some strange animations with days not in sequential order and multiple maps that claim to be for “today.”

Here is the complete list of changes:

  • Added forecast maps for regions of the United States (both weather.com and NOAA)
  • Fixed animation stopping when hitting space bar when entering city name on preferences
  • Map options in preferences immediately change when switching sources
  • Return key flips to the front of the widget when on the preferences
  • Scroll wheel on mouse can be used to switch maps
  • Listing of maps for United States divided by region in preferences
  • Fixed issue with possibly displaying ? if maps are stopped and map is deleted or manually switched
  • Fixed problem with all saved maps being deleted too early, resulting in display of ?

4 Comments

  1. Graham Elsmore said,

    December 22, 2005 at 2:09 am

    Where is New Zealand gone
    I can assure you we are still here
    I cannot find us on the face of the globe
    I could on version 2.1 but we are missing on 2.2
    Any chance of putting New Zealand satellite back on
    Many thanks

    Graham Elsmore

  2. Kamal said,

    December 22, 2005 at 7:28 am

    There was an error that crept into the widget for a short time. If you download it again, it should work.

  3. Cory M said,

    December 22, 2005 at 4:22 pm

    Oh! Oh! Oh! Kamal, you rock. Seeing the forecasts is cool, but one further suggestion would be to have seperate timing for the forecast images. They go by so fast! Otherwise, RiM is super cool. I work at a hotel and I have my iBook with me, so when I’m checking people in I bring the ‘board up and RiM plays the maps. I get a lot of comment about it, and it’s been very helpful to have on screen.

  4. Merbil Gonzalez said,

    December 22, 2005 at 6:51 pm

    Would it be possible to have animation in the Current Weather (Continental US) map? If not, does anyone know a web site where such a map can be viewed?