LookingGlass Weather Suite
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LookingGlass Weather Suite

Updated Oct 13, 2004 by Will Rose

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Comment #1 Thursday, August 26, 2004 4:47 PM
Thankie kindly. I sure am tickled with all the good work y'all been a doin'!
Will Rose
Comment #2 Thursday, August 26, 2004 4:48 PM
I expect exclamations of delight when you get it downloaded and see that moon, Tex.
Comment #3 Thursday, August 26, 2004 5:23 PM
Awesome weather object Works great , well worth the download IMO ...Thanks for putting this together and sharing and thanks to Martin for him helping you He is an incredible asset to the desktopX community and can't be thanked enough for his continuous contributions Again thanks to both of you
Comment #4 Friday, August 27, 2004 11:36 AM
I did I gave you a 9 great job.
Will Rose
Comment #5 Sunday, August 29, 2004 2:31 AM
Mannlister: either the background has moved in front of everything else, or you've lost some objects. Make a list of the objects that are loaded (in object navigator) when you first load lookingglass. When your problem recurs, see if any are missing. If not, right click on FrameGlass and change its z-order to bottom. Also try double-clicking on the background to make sure you haven't set a background image. If that doesn't cause the frame to re-appear, double click the current conditions or the moon. The other thing you have to understand is that there is absolutely no communication between the satellite/radar object and the forecaster, other than the the satellite being made visible or not. So configuring the satellite can NOT have any effect whatsoever on the forecaster unless there is some kind of DX glitch. I too am using DX 2.2 and Nvidia, and have done the procedure you describe literally hundreds of times, and have never seen anything remotely like you describe, nor is there any way programatically for it to occur as a result of configuring the radar object.
Will Rose
Comment #6 Sunday, August 29, 2004 2:35 AM
Mannlister: also, the configuration of the objects is saved, so you should have to configure it once and only once, unless you like to keep changing locations. You make it sound like you have to do this every time you start up. If that is so, then DX's persistant storage is not working for you, and you may need to delete your theme or reinstall DX. From your comments, it obviously did not exhibit this problem the first time you used it, so that makes me suspect some corruption.
Will Rose
Comment #7 Sunday, August 29, 2004 2:45 AM
Carpe: Thank you very much! It seemed like except for the graphic design (some of which are admittedly phenomenal) most of the weather objects were pretty much the same. My graphic talents are by no means comparable with some of the people out there, like Tiggz for one, but I wanted to make something that would show people what was possible. The capability is there to go a lot further than people have gone before we just need to push the envelope. Thats what the features in LookingGlass are all about bringing new things to the table. Most of those features are easy to see, but what people won't get unless they take apart the code is the concept of the Layered Weather Effects and local intelligence. Those are totally new concepts for weather objects.
Comment #8 Sunday, August 29, 2004 12:26 PM
Awesome Object! Thank you Will Rose!
Is there a version without the radar map? I exported it as a Widget and when I run it, the taskmanager shows, that it uses 49 MB Memory and 298 MB(!) virtual memory (swap file). As the objects filesize is less than 20 MB, I guess, it must be the images, that it downloads from the web, that make it so memory intensive.

Keep up the good work, I'm looking foreward to see more from you.
Will Rose
Comment #9 Sunday, August 29, 2004 1:18 PM
There may be issues with the way DX allocates memory. I have seen DX memory usage, when running this object, vary widely from one machine to another. Yours is at the high end.
Will Rose
Comment #10 Sunday, August 29, 2004 1:55 PM
Joe, keep your eye on http://www.wincustomize.com/skins.asp?authorid=47869 for versions with the animated moon but without the satellite. The Ultra-Lite forecaster, which is already available, has no satellite but the moon is not animated. Wincustomize is having upload issues, so a couple of versions that you're interested in are stuck in the queue.
Comment #11 Sunday, August 29, 2004 2:26 PM
Will: Thanx for the quick reply. I'm not sure what's causing it. I have a few things on my desktop that use transparency and they overlapped w/LookingGlass so I'm wondering if that had anything to do w/it. I'm letting it run again to see if it happens again and then will try the troubleshooting tips you suggested such as checking the z-order.

Also, I hate to keep making requests but this is nearly perfect so I'll ask anyway. How about a little link within the 5 day extended or better yet by clickign on one of the extended days it opens your browser and takes you to your local weather.com extended forecast page? I like having the link in there so I can click and get more details if I want them. LOL

Incredible work! Thanx very much and keep it up!!
Comment #12 Sunday, August 29, 2004 8:24 PM
Thanks for the answer. I will wait for the version with the animated weater and moon without the radar.

By the way: I had that empty extended view once too (after wildly clicking on the object, I have to admit).
Will Rose
Comment #13 Sunday, August 29, 2004 9:23 PM
Mannlister, when it's in the state you picture, what happens when you doubleclick on the sun, clouds, or temp as I suggested? Also, regarding making it a shortcut to your browser: it's an object. Right-click on the part you want to modify and select properties, then change the type of object to shortcut and make it a shortcut to anything you want. I won't be doing those types of mods I made it an object instead of a widget so people can do that for themselves. (See the DX docs on configuring objects) But if you break it, you've bought it!
Comment #14 Monday, August 30, 2004 12:51 PM

The work you have done here is plain incredible. Functional and awesome looking...you can't ask for much more. Thank you.
Will Rose
Comment #15 Monday, August 30, 2004 3:15 PM
Still only at a 9???
Will Rose
Comment #16 Monday, August 30, 2004 3:16 PM
(can't believe his eyes)
Will Rose
Comment #17 Monday, August 30, 2004 3:19 PM
Roger, thanks very much! I'm glad you like it.

I'd love to know what people's favorite feature is. I know a lot of people are partial to the customizable background (or "skinning" feature) but for me it's the animation and the moon.
Comment #18 Thursday, September 02, 2004 8:30 PM
One Word.. WOW. Exactly what I wanted someone to create. Excellent work!!!!!
Will Rose
Comment #19 Sunday, September 05, 2004 3:32 PM
I just heard from Stardock about a solution to performance problems with LookingGlass.

You should use Regedit and set HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Stardock\DesktopX\DynBitmapCaching=1

This turns on Dynamic Bitmap Caching. On the machines I have tested this on that had "memory allocation issues" with LookingGlass before, setting this value to 1 reduced DX memory usage by 60-85%. It makes a HUGE difference. One machine went from allocating 317MB to 46MB. If you are not having any such problems, it is probably because this is already set properly in your version of DX. I am told it will be turned on by default in the next release.
Comment #20 Wednesday, September 08, 2004 11:58 PM
Hi Will,

Love the wx suite. I have a problem, though. When I first import it, it arrives on my DX desktop with a z-order of "Desktop". If I change the z-order to "Normal" so that I can use the F9/F10 overlay keys, then I lose the ability to change the target city zip code. After a z-order change, I can't highlight the city in the frame, and changing the zip in the script has no effect. To restore functionality, I have to delete the suite and re-import. But then I'm stuck with "Desktop" z-order again. Any ideas?



PS - I give this a 10 for animation, ease of background changing and overall usefulness. Best weather object I've seen yet.

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