Radar In Motion for Dashbaord, Version 2.3

Posted in Dashboard at 12:00 pm by Kamal

I have released an update to Radar In Motion for Dashboard. Working on the Yahoo! Widgets version revealed several errors in the handling of NOAA maps, which I fixed. I’ve also added an “Add To Favorites” button on the back of the widget. If you enter information for a map and click on this button, it will add the map to the list of favorites without flipping the widget back to the front. You can then repeat the process for adding several maps. This way, if you like to add a bunch of maps to your widget, you can do so without having to flip back and forth. So to summarize, here are the changes:

  • Added “Add To Favorites” button on the back of the widget
  • Fixed retrieval of weather alerts for NOAA
  • Fixed display of maps for NOAA when deleting a favorite
  • Fixed rare problem with maps not being retrieved properly from NOAA

Oh, and as a final tidbit, I’d like to mention, there is a way to upgrade to the new version of the widget without having to re-add all of your maps and change the preferences. Here is the process:

  1. Download the new version of the widget
  2. If using Safari, click on “Cancel” when asked if you want to replace the old version of your widget with the new one.
  3. Move or copy the new version of the widget from your downloads folder to the Library/Widgets folder in your home directory.
  4. Activate Dashboard and click on an instance of the widget.
  5. Hit Command + R on the keyboard.

This should reload the instance of the widget, now using the latest version, but without replacing your settings. You can do this for every instance of the widget you have running.

If you have any problems with the widget, let me know!


  1. Thomas Rohde said,

    January 22, 2006 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful widget!

    Greetings from Tom in Germany

  2. Adrien Youell said,

    January 22, 2006 at 9:26 pm

    I use Rader in Motion to see what weather my cousin is getting in Rhode Island.
    I have not tried RiM for Britain.
    Adrien, Hampshire, Old England

  3. Michael Robertson said,

    January 23, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    Great widget – thanks!

    It doesn’t seem to be able to keep some preferences each time it is updated, though. Zip code, etc. are always carried over to the new version, but animation speed, border, etc. always need to be reset. Would it be possible to have it maintain these settings when a newer version is installed?

  4. Michael Robertson said,

    January 23, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    Sorry! I commented without reading your post first. My fault.

  5. Patrick Higgins said,

    January 24, 2006 at 12:20 am

    I would like to see more than just a few frames.
    Is there a way to have it play frames from several
    days? Would be great to be able to see a storm
    moving across the country for a week, ending with
    its current position.



  6. Alex Spencer said,

    January 28, 2006 at 9:45 am

    I love this widget. I have a question. I have set the preference to allow for storing the maps for 5 hours on my hard drive. Where are they stored and a related question to Patrick’s suggestion how can I replay a longer sequence of maps since they are being stored?

    Thanks, Alex

  7. Kamal said,

    January 28, 2006 at 9:49 am

    The widget will store them on the hard drive and cycle through them itself. However, the widget deletes the maps once they are out of date. Moreover, you can’t “recall” maps that were stored locally if you close the widget (manually, or, for instance, by restarting the computer) or open them in another application to animate them.

  8. Matthew said,

    January 30, 2006 at 1:52 pm

    love the widget but it needs a severe weather warning bar like they have on TV

  9. Kamal said,

    January 30, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    It already does display severe weather alerts. I do plan to add functionality at some point where the severe weather bar links to the alert itself for easy access.

  10. Greg said,

    January 31, 2006 at 8:31 am

    I’m having trouble installing this. I am using Winzip and Win. XP. How do I install once unziped? Thanks

  11. Gordon said,

    March 12, 2006 at 11:26 pm

    I,ve just downloaded the new version of R I M. Many of the maps seem to be missing particulaarly thethe west coast radar .This map gives a good veiw of incoming weather. are these maps no loger available. HoweverIlike the new NOAA forcast map

  12. Mat said,

    March 13, 2006 at 2:15 pm

    I like the new multi-view functionality, but I feel like the +/- button is a bit confusing and would be better addressed with some kind of favorites management system on the back side.

    I feel like the +/- on the front might even voilate an apple UI guideline somehere because this is the first widget I’ve seen where you can manipulate preferences from the front side.

  13. Kamal said,

    March 13, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    The issue of how to handle favorites was something I tried to figure out for a long time. At first, I did ponder a favorites management system on the back side of the widget. However, there did not seem to be an intuitive way to do this. I did not want a long list of maps that one would add to and remove from. What text would be used to represent each map? There was no uniform and elegant way to do this.

    Secondly, I wanted the transition from the single-view version to the multiple-view version to be as transparent and painless as possible for users. The +/- button served this purpose well. Users who only wanted a single map would have virtually no change in experience with the widget.

    I don’t think the +/- violates Apple’s UI guidelines. I don’t view the favorites as necessarily being a preference. It is more similar to a search-based widget that remembers your last few searches automatically and allows you to choose them. Naturally, I didn’t want all maps to be remembered, so it required some interaction from the user. There are several widgets that allow one to make changes to the content from the front: DoBeDo, DashDock. Even Unit Converter allows you to choose the to/from units on the front.

  14. Narley said,

    March 22, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    I want to be able to store the maps and replay them over the day/month/year!

  15. MacUser said,

    March 30, 2006 at 1:32 pm

    i uninstalled your widget and it is STILL running from somewhere….It is soaking up CPU power. I downloaded the new version, but the old one is still running. They are on seperate ports and i am sure i uninstalled version 2.0 the proper way can you please help me. I have done searches for Radar in Motion on the HD, but the only files there are the v.2.3.2 files.

  16. Hartono said,

    April 8, 2006 at 12:59 am

    No map displays Indonesia, the Asia map cuts it completely.

  17. CJ said,

    August 17, 2006 at 6:38 pm

    Hey Kamal…
    Love this widget… i have it installed on my system at work and it works GREAT!!!!!!!!!!! I got a Mac Mini at home and tried to install it and i keep getting it coming up with an error saying WARNING: MAP COULD NOT BE LOADED

    Do you have any suggestions?? I am using the same version from the office and i am also on the same operating system (OS X 10.4.6)
    Thanks in advance