11.15.05

Version 2.0!

Posted in Dashboard at 11:25 am by Kamal

Radar in Motion 2.0 is ready. Right now, a beta version is available. Please send any probably you are having to me. I don’t want to make this a final release until it has been tested by other people. I have tested it myself and have fixed the problems I have discovered. I believe version 2.0 is pretty stable at this point. The new features in 2.0 are:

  • The ability to remember several maps and rotate through them. First, select a map on the preferences side. If you want to keep the map, click on the little “+” in the lower right-hand corner. This map is now stored. If you go to the preferences and choose another map and do the same, it will store that map, too. Use the up and down buttons (or up and down arrow keys) to circulate thorugh the different maps. You can also have the widget rotate the maps for you.
  • NOAA Support. This is the second most requested feature behind the ability to remember several maps. You can now choose your source, Weather.com or NOAA. If you have several maps saved and then switch sources, the maps will be retrieved from the new source. Note, however, that NOAA does not support all of the maps found in Weather.com. In the event you use Weather.com and have map remembered that is not present at NOAA, the widget will remember the map nonetheless and display it if you ever switch back to Weather.com. Select the source under the Updating section of prefernces. Note, I will not be making the widget able to select the source on a per-map basis.
  • All new preferences, divided into categories
  • Complete information on options in preferences
  • More map not loading fixes
  • Fixed retrieval of weather alerts
  • Keyboard shortcuts for moving through animation (left and right to move within a map, up and down to switch maps)
  • Double-click to maximize (double map size)

Please let me know if you experience any problems!

7 Comments

  1. Rick said,

    November 16, 2005 at 11:11 am

    I downloaded RadarinMotion 2.0 yesterday and, although it does seem to have more functions, it uses a nearly constant 7-8% of my CPU. It is also such a resource hog that it does not allow my PowerBook to go to sleep. Some process seems to be going on in the background that keeps the CPU active and my computer will not sleep.

    I’m going back to v1.4 until you get these bugs worked out.

    Thanks,
    Rick

  2. Jim Hartneady said,

    November 16, 2005 at 11:31 am

    One thing you might consider adding is a mileage scale in the border of the map that is tied to the scale selected for viewing. Right now I can see the storm coming but unless I turn on the radio it is hard to judge the time of arrival. I’d like to be able to approximate the distance, then do it again to estimate the speed of the storm and my eyeball is just not up to it..

    Thanks,

    Jim H.

  3. Kamal said,

    November 16, 2005 at 11:53 am

    In response to Rick: The CPU usage issue seems to have to do with deactivating Dashboard while Radar in Motion is updating. The widget would start the animation whether Dashboard was active or not. In any case other than the case when it is updating, RiM goes to 0% CPU usage. I have fixed this issue in the beta, so if you download it from now on, you should not have this problem.

    As for the not sleeping, this is an issue that has come up before that seemed to be unrelated to Radar in Motion. See the last entry in the Frequently Asked Questions for a fix.

  4. Nathan said,

    November 17, 2005 at 8:22 am

    Just downloaded the new 2.0b of RiM and I love the new features but unlike the previous version it does not remember my settings after a reboot. I run 4 different RiM’s so that I can keep watch on not only my area but on the area of my Loved ones and it’s a pain to have change the settings everytime I reboot my Mac.

  5. Kamal said,

    November 17, 2005 at 8:27 am

    You must click on the “+” on the front of the widget after choosing the settings for a map if you want the widget to remember it. This will add it to the favorites, which are loaded each time the instance of the widget is restarted. I’m pondering making the widget automatically remember the last map if only one map is currently being displayed, but I’m not sure yet.

  6. Brian said,

    November 17, 2005 at 2:19 pm

    We had a Tornado watch about the day 2.0b came out and the Tornado Watch banner at the top of the window is still there. I added Africa just to see it and when it toggles back to Ohio, where I am, the Tornado watch is still there. The only way I could clear it was to close the widget and reopen it. Oh, and I think I like the interface from 1.4 better than the new but, as they say, to each their own I guess :-) I love the software though! Keep up the great work!

  7. Kamal said,

    November 17, 2005 at 2:58 pm

    Found and fixed the error Brian pointed out. The beta should not have this issue from this point forward.

    And thank you all for your input and comments. You continue to help me make Radar in Motion better!