01.03.06

Version 2.2.1: NOAA Works

Posted in Dashboard at 2:59 pm by Kamal

Well, the National Weather Service changed to a new format, as detailed in my last post. The latest version of Radar In Motion now supports the new format. The new format slows the widget down if you use NOAA. This cannot be helped, as there are five times as many image files being displayed at any given time. Moreover, the map now requires that two images be downloaded for each single image that used to be downloaded, because the radar and the legend (with the time) are two separate pictures. If you are using the Save Maps feature, you are going to find the widget has slowed down. If you use Weather.com, you should see no changes.

I will say that some exciting new things are in the works for Radar In Motion that I will discuss as I know more details. That is cryptic perhaps, but trust me, it should be pretty cool!

Finally, a heartfelt thanks to those of you who have donated to the project. I have been grateful and humbled by your support. I certainly plan to continue developing this widget in hopes of making it the best experience for the users!

12 Comments

  1. Frungi said,

    January 5, 2006 at 2:17 pm

    Is it at all possible to save the multiple selected maps between updates instead of resetting to just the regional map?

  2. Frungi said,

    January 5, 2006 at 2:18 pm

    Oh, and preferences too?

  3. Kamal said,

    January 5, 2006 at 3:59 pm

    I’m experimented with this on a few occasions. The main problem is figuring out which instance of the widget to remember if one has multiple copies open. I’ll continue to see what kind of options exist for remembering preferences between updates.

  4. Lyndi said,

    January 5, 2006 at 5:18 pm

    i have downloaded the 2.2.1 version of radar in motion and it consistantly doesn’t work…. map could not be loaded… i even tried using the 2.2 version aggain and it doens;t work either… is there a bug, or is it just really spaztic?

  5. Kamal said,

    January 5, 2006 at 5:22 pm

    Well, I believe the widget is currently working. However, changes in web page formats for the sources, slow internet connections, etc., can cause it to be unable to load maps.

    For future reference, if you post a message saying the widget doesn’t work, please specify which map you are trying to load, what source you are using (NOAA or Weather.com), and whether or not you have the widget set to save maps. That way, I can recreate the conditions that likely cause the widget to not load a map.

  6. Bud Willner said,

    January 10, 2006 at 6:14 pm

    I have a 23 inch flat screen Mac but your Weather Widget 2.2.1 is to small. How do I make it larger?

  7. peter low said,

    January 11, 2006 at 5:28 am

    get is free

  8. Bogdan Asciu said,

    January 11, 2006 at 11:29 pm

    You should really add a functons to save stills over the course of say (ie) months, so later the stills can be imported into a video editor and assembled into a Quicktime movie of the Radar In Motion over the past say (ie) months.

  9. Stephen Woods said,

    January 13, 2006 at 3:43 am

    I do like the changes in this version. I do miss the click to enlarge feature. good for the poor vision types and you just want to look at it quick, not drag the corner…made the process seem smoother

  10. Kamal said,

    January 13, 2006 at 11:37 am

    Double click to enlarge still works for me. You might try downloading it again, as I seem to recall its disappearance was an error that crept in for an hour or so.

  11. Andrew Rodney said,

    January 19, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    For some reason, I find an empty Radar in Motion folder in my trash from time to time. New with 2.2.1. Otherwise, works well. Love it.

  12. Kamal said,

    January 20, 2006 at 7:52 am

    Actually, that is correct behavior for the current version. The deleted folder is where images saved go once they are out of date. When I first created the ability to save maps, trying to delete maps directly caused the widget to crash in nasty ways, so I decided to move them to the trash instead. However, I have changed the widget to delete them directly and it does seem to be working. Expect a minor update pretty soon with that fix and a couple others I discovered while working on the Yahoo! Widgets version