FAQ - Dashboard

Questions:

  1. I still get errors about maps not being able to load. How do I fix it?
  2. When I try to install, I get a message that Radar In Motion “can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer.” What do I do?
  3. Can you add city-level maps for the country of …?
  4. Why can’t I enter my ZIP code?
  5. Can you add feature….?
  6. I don’t live in upstate New York! How do I change the ZIP code?
  7. The widget is way to big. Can you shrink it?
  8. Why is the timestamp in GMT and EDT? I’m not in either of those time zones!
  9. Why does the widget not remember my map choice when I close the widget itself and then open it again?
  10. Can you make the zoom feature move the widget so it does not go off the screen when I use it?
  11. The map does not display; I get only a black screen. How do I fix this?
  12. My computer will no longer go to sleep when I use the Radar in Motion widget. Why is this happening?


I still get errors about maps not being able to load. How do I fix it?

Try the following steps:

  1. Close all instances of Radar In Motion on Dashboard.
  2. Delete Radar In Motion entirely from your computer.
  3. Delete the file Library/Preferences/widget-com.kamalaboulhosn.radarinmotion2.plist. In order to access this file, you may need to open Finder, hold down the “option” key, click on the “Go” menu, and then click on “Library.”
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Re-install Radar In Motion.

See if it works at that point.


When I try to install, I get a message that Radar In Motion “can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer.” What do I do?

This error message comes from new security settings in Mac OS X. By default, it only allows signed software to be installed. You can turn this off by going to System Preferences, then to Security & Privacy, and on the General tab changing “Allow application downloaded from:” to “Anywhere.” That should do the trick!


Can you add city-level maps for the country of …?

Weather.com does not support detailed maps for any regions except in the United States. While it is technically feasible to add other sources, I do not plan to do so. Adding other sources for every country would be an incredible amount of work, as each weather page would have a different format that would have to be parsed in a different way. Moreover, the weather maps from weather.com have a consistent look; choosing maps from multiple sources would mean every region could have a map that looks different. If you are a programmer and wish to alter the widget to get weather maps from your area, you should feel free to do so.


Why can’t I enter my ZIP code?

To set a specific ZIP code, make sure “United States” is selected from Region and “Regional Radar (enter city)” is selected from Map.


Can you add feature….?

I am certainly open to adding new features to Radar in Motion and have gotten several great suggestions from users. Here is a list of features I do not plan to add anytime soon. These are features that can already be found in other widgets and I do not want to clutter the function of Radar In Motion:

  • Still weather maps
  • Text weather forecast


I don’t live in upstate New York! How do I change the ZIP code?

To change the ZIP code or any of the widget’s other preferences, click on the “i” in the upper right-hand corner that appears whenever your mouse is over the widget. The “i” on widgets can be a bit stubborn, so if clicking on it takes you out of Dashboard, reactivate Dashboard and try again. In order to be able to enter a city or ZIP code, you must have “United States” selected from Region and “Regional Radar (enter city)” selected from Map.


The widget is way to big. Can you shrink it?

If the widget seems to big, it is likely that you have activated the double click to resize, which doubles the size of the map. Double click on the map again and it will shrink it back to regular size.


Why is the timestamp in GMT and EDT? I’m not in either of those time zones!

The timestamp you see on the maps is not placed there by the widget, but is in fact imprinted directly on the image from weather.com. Therefore, it is not possible to change.


Why does the widget not remember my map choice when I close the widget itself and then open it again?

This question is not referring to stopping Dashboard as a whole or restarting the computer, but specifically to closing the Radar in Motion widget and then dragging a new instance of it from the shelf. The fact that it gives you the default map is a side effect of a feature, not a bug. As of version 0.7, the widget allows one to have different instances displaying different maps. You will note that Apple’s Weather widget works in the same way; it always defaults to the same city when dragging a new instance from the shelf.


Can you make the zoom feature move the widget so it does not go off the screen when I use it?

As far as I can tell, this is not possible. Dashboard seems to have the functions to move a window disabled so that a widget cannot move itself. I suppose this makes sense, as having widgets that would decide their own positioning could be frustrating.


The map does not display; I get only a black screen. How do I fix this?

This seems to be a rare problem, but shows up on occasion. One thing to do is reload the widget by hitting Cmd + R after having clicked on the widget to give it focus. This should reset the widget for loading. If this does not work, you might try emptying your cookies, as it seems some have found issues with cookies and the widget. Here are steps to remove the cookies (thanks MacJeff):

  1. Load Safari and delete choose SHOW COOKIES in preferences
  2. Delete all cookies that start with .weather (dot weather)
  3. Reboot(or restart Dashboard)
  4. Open the dashboard and see if the map works. If it does not then switch
    to any map OTHER then US Regional.
  5. That map should work now switch back. If it still does not work make
    sure the HOLD MAP button is not checked.


My computer will no longer go to sleep when I use the Radar in Motion widget. Why is this happening?

This is actually not a problem with Radar in Motion; it seems, however, that the widget’s being active preventing sleep is a symptom of a problem with certain 10.4.2 installs. To correct this problem, you should:

  1. Unplug all USB and Firewire devices except KB and Mouse
  2. Fix permissions
  3. Download the 10.4.2 COMBO updater (do not use software update)
  4. Update system (if it already had 10.4.2, reinstall anyway it)
  5. Fix permissions