I know it has been a very long time since I’ve made any updates. I’ve also been horrible at responding to emails sent. At this point, I have basically stopped work on Radar In Motion. It comes down to the fact that I don’t have time because of many other things I’m involved in. Radar In Motion continues to work for me and I hope it is working for you. If not, please check out the FAQ link as it does have answers to a lot of common issues. Thank you everyone for your continued support of the Dashboard widget, the short-lived Yahoo! Widgets widget, and the iPhone app (which is no longer available; I don’t want to be selling the app if I’m not actually working on it). If I ever get the time to start work on Radar In Motion again, I will certainly let all of you know!
Version 1.4 of Radar In Motion for the iPhone has hit the app store. The big news with this release is that crashes and freezes that some people were experiencing should be completely gone. This version also also adds the ability to search for maps by 3-letter airport codes.
If you use version 1.4 and find it helpful, please leave a quick review on App Store indicating such. It would help me a great deal. Thanks!
UPDATE: All should be well now. Just download the 1.3 update to Radar In Motion and the maps will work again. Plus, you’ll get all of the features mentioned in the post below. Enjoy and let me know if you have any problems!
The National Weather Service’s server subtly changed something about their website, resulting in Radar In Motion no longer working. I have already submitted the fix as a part of Version 1.3 of the application, which is awaiting approval from Apple. As soon as it is approved, Radar In Motion will work again (and have a lot of new features, too). You will need to download the update when it becomes available. Apologies for the inconvenience.
I just submitted the next version of Radar In Motion to the App Store, so hopefully it will be available later this week. The list of additions is pretty signification, so I think you’ll find the app even more worth your $0.99. Perhaps the biggest benefit of the new version: CRASHES FIXED. I found what was causing the application to quit unexpectedly and I think I’ve been able to fix it. Here is the long list of new features:
- Store favorite searches for quick access
- Access most recent searches
- Choice of maps from the National Weather Service, including Composite Reflectivity, Base Reflectivity, Storm Relative Motion, Base Velocity, One-Hour Precipitation, and Storm Total Precipitation
- Preferences for animation speed and holding the last frame of the animation longer
- Option to show the map legend
- Double-tap to zoom in add to available zooming gestures
- Double-tap to zoom out gesture fixed
- Title now appears as “RadarMotion” instead of “Radar…otion”
Look for the update soon!
I have made Radar In Motion 2.6.1 available for download. It fixes some graphical errors including the inability to click on “Show Border.”
Also, thanks to all of you who have sent me encouraging messages in response to my earlier post about negative reviews. I have been trying to reply to each of you individually, but time spent at work has prevented me from being able to reply to everyone. Know that I am trying, though! But thank for all of your positive feedback, it is very much appreciated.
Watch for Radar In Motion 1.3 for iPhone just around the corner. It adds a huge list of new features that I will mention when it is available in the app store, hopefully later this week!
I know many people have had questions about the iPhone app and I’m trying to collect them in one place. Here is a list of frequently asked questions about Radar In Motion for iPhone. If it does not answer your question or you have problems, please contact me. When you do, make sure you answer the following questions:
- Are you using the Dashboard widget or the iPhone app?
- What version of the widget/app are you using?
- What is your version of Mac OS X (widget) or the iPhone OS (iPhone)?
- What map are you trying to load?
Answering those questions will make it easier for me to solve any problems you are having.
For the most part, writing Radar In Motion has been a good experience for me. But I have to say, when I see the rude, sarcastic reviews that have been posted about the iPhone app recently, I wonder why I even bother spending my free time writing this widget and application. I have never claimed that either is perfect and I have tried my best to work within the limitations placed upon me, both technical and legal.
I’m not saying everyone should love the app. When asked, I openly admit its limitations. If you don’t like the app, fine. You want to post a negative review, fine. But in that review, stick to the facts of what you don’t like and what you think could be better. If there are problems with the app, contact me! The contact info for the app is readily available on the App Store. If the app is causing problems, particularly crashes, I want to know about it! From not one of the negative reviewers have I gotten a message indicating they had any problems and asking for solutions. Maybe that is a better way to spend your time and money than calling the app a “pos.” Trust me, reviews like that make myself and I imagine other developers like me who try to write software in there spare time wonder if it is really worth it at all. After a long day of working a full time job or a long day of classes, the last thing an independent developer wants to do is come home and see insults thrown at work he has done in his spare time.
So if you don’t like the software, that’s okay. But if you are going to sit around and write nasty reviews, don’t be surprised if you wake up one morning to find independent developers like me deciding they just don’t find it worthwhile or fulfilling to write software in their spare time anymore.
Now available is Radar In Motion 2.6. It finally fixes the NOAA maps and makes them completely available again. It also fixes some issues with international and US maps from Weather.com. Thanks to Jon Steuernagle for finding and fixing the Weather.com issues before I even knew they were there!
The next version of Radar in Motion is available in the App Store. It adds the most requested feature: zooming. Here is a complete list of the changes:
- Zooming/panning within a loaded map
- Pan to the next-nearest radar location. When zoomed out, move your finger over the map to load the next-closest radar image in that direction.
- Play/pause button. When paused, tap on the map to advance it frame by frame.
- Displays timestamp and station name
- New icon (thanks to Chris Morgan for inspiration)
- Search for radar by three-letter station ID
- Smaller current location button
- Fixes for locating nearest radar
- Fixed issues with maps images not loading and crashing for certain radar stations
Several enhancements and fixes are available in version 1.1 of Radar In Motion for iPhone. The improvements are:
- Remembers the last location you viewed the map for between application launches
- Faster loading of maps and images
- Faster lookup of locations when searched
- No need to type a comma into the search box for city/state
- Shows images from a wider range of time
- Better reporting of errors when loading maps or determining location
- Fixes for crashes when getting the map in the Louisiana/Mississippi area
If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to ask. And if you have a positive experience with the application, please leave a review on the App Store. Thanks!
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