Animated Weather Satellite and Radar v2.1a Widget
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Animated Weather Satellite and Radar v2.1a Widget

Updated Aug 05, 2004 by Will Rose

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Will Rose
Comment #21 Wednesday, August 4, 2004 1:37 PM
Martin, thanks for the suggestion I'll look into it.

That control only showed up for me in the 2.19m build, however. Interesting.

If I make a item longer than the control is wide, it puts "..." at the right side of the control as a runover indicator, which kind of spoils the appearance for my purpose, but I'll play aroud with it. (That's why I wanted the tabs: formatting)
Will Rose
Comment #22 Wednesday, August 4, 2004 1:42 PM
jjjansen, that's a mistake on my part! Thanks for spotting it.

The Widget stores its prefs in a file in your DesktopX theme directory, but that's getting deleted when you unload DX as part of the reboot process. I'll move it in the next release. Look for it in a day or two it'll mention it in the description.
Will Rose
Comment #23 Wednesday, August 4, 2004 3:00 PM
jjjansen, regarding the updates: the widget does not cache any images. it gets the most recent image available when you click a button, and it auto-refreshes every 15 min.

Unfortunately, the satellite image provider does not update their images on a stringent schedule. Most updates are every 15 min, although IR+Radar is every 30 min. However, sometimes they miss an update entirely, and sometimes the images can be 45-60min old. There's nothing I can do about this.

The ground based images seem to be updated more diligently, and the Metro image can even go to 6 minute updates during storms.
Comment #24 Wednesday, August 4, 2004 6:34 PM
this is great!!

i'm curious how others have it configured. i don't want it constantly running in the background. does anyone have some sort of shortcut for it so when you want to check weather you run the widget? is there any way to build a link to this inside of the basic weather objects so you could get a 5 day forcast and then click on this to open and see the realtime radar? i wish i knew more about objects so i could put soemthing together like what i want.
Will Rose
Comment #25 Thursday, August 5, 2004 12:30 AM
I'm really glad everyone is enjoying this so much. Thanks for your very kind comments! (I see my rating went to a 10 today! )

Sometime next week (more or less ) I plan to come out with a combination weather forecaster/Animated satellite widget that will do everything. The forecaster will sit there on your desktop, and the satellite will pop up or disappear when you want it.

I would have made this v2.1 widget minimizeable, but for some reason Widget.Minimize is non-function in my copy of DesktopX. It just does nothing at all, but gives no error. If that changes, I'll add that functionality as well.
Comment #26 Thursday, August 5, 2004 1:32 AM
will rose: great to hear about what's coming up. this is an awesome widget! if you combine something like martin's Animated weather forecaster or his basic weather object that would be PERFECT. have a link to the weather radar in the extended(more) forecast section. one request when you do that though...can you please make it an object as well so we can edit and play around w/it? i like to remove the city name from the basic object so it's nice and clean on the desktop plus i know what area i'm looking at weather for so it's not needed.
Comment #27 Thursday, August 5, 2004 2:02 AM
Will, if you want to use any of my weather objects then go ahead.
Will Rose
Comment #28 Thursday, August 5, 2004 2:29 AM
Martin, thanks a lot! I've got my eye on that nifty animated rain, but I'm still waiting to hear back from Mormegil on something. Has he vanished?
Will Rose
Comment #29 Thursday, August 5, 2004 2:30 AM
I've just posted an update to the widget that allows hiding/restoring via a systray icon. This should tide over the people who don't want to see it up there all the time!

Get your new version now!
Comment #30 Thursday, August 5, 2004 6:55 AM
A lightning strike indicator might be cool, but what do I know.
Comment #31 Thursday, August 5, 2004 7:12 AM
If ya ever find yerself at the Dew Drop Inn in Dime Box, I'm buyin'!
Comment #32 Friday, August 6, 2004 3:26 PM
Looks awesome!
Can it be used for Canadian cities as well? Ie.- Montreal, Quebec, Canada?
Will Rose
Comment #33 Friday, August 6, 2004 4:09 PM
Sorry, I only have access to US images.
Will Rose
Comment #34 Friday, August 6, 2004 4:11 PM
If someone can provide a link to a suitable source of data for Canada or Europe, I'd be happy to look at integrating it.
Comment #35 Saturday, August 7, 2004 11:21 AM
Thanks for considering it. Where do you currently get your data and what type of feed is it?
Comment #36 Sunday, August 15, 2004 6:01 PM
I just need to know what to look for. Can ya help me out a bit? Thanks.
Comment #37 Monday, August 16, 2004 10:30 AM
Here is a link to Environment Canada Satellite Imagery:
Comment #38 Wednesday, August 18, 2004 5:37 PM
Awesome weather radar. I can't get it to save the configuation for my city. Do I need to have DesktopX loaded or is there a way to do it just running the widget?
Will Rose
Comment #39 Wednesday, August 18, 2004 9:28 PM
Slagny: It saves prefs to a file "animatedsatprefs.cfg" in your DesktopX directory. Either something is deleting the file, or you're being bitten by the DX bug whereby sometimes Object_OnScriptExit doesn't get called when an object terminates. Don't pay attention to what's listed in the dialog box (the control has default-value "issues") Whatever is running as the ed locations when the widget is closed via a RightClick->Close is what gets saved. If you terminate the process, don't plan on anything getting saved. That's about all I can tell you.

DQuixote: That Canadian data appears to be GOES imagery, but formatted quite differently than what I'm currently using. I'll have to look further at it. I'm working on a different project right now.
Comment #40 Thursday, August 19, 2004 7:50 PM
"Whatever is running as the ed locations when the widget is closed via a RightClick->Close is what gets saved"

That's how I'm closing it, but my settings are not being saved.

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