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By NRGZ28, Retired Senior Mod & Senior RD - (old) King of WinMo on 13th June 2008, 09:39 AM
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Here's Chome Weather 3.0 with a 10 day forecast. Download the cab and enjoy.

1) Install the cab in the link at the bottom of the post.

2) It should ask to reboot ! Press "Ok"

3) Go to your Start Menu and find "Weather Options", or go down to the Settings slide on your homescreen and the second slide will be the CHome Weather options slide.

Set your Zip / Location Code to your zip code if you're in the US or a "location code" if you're anywhere else (ex: ROXX003 for Bucharest). More info on finding your specific code is here http://developer.yahoo.com/weather/#req . Set the "Fahrenheit / Celsius" option. This will only affect the reading of the current conditions panels, not the text descriptions in the forecast panels. Those will always be in Fahrenheit.

Specify whether you would like the application to attempt to connect your default GPRS connection first, before updating. If you have a constant data connection on, leave this on "N". Finally you can turn off the autoupdate feature with the last option #7.

4) Now it might be a good idea to go to Start and find "Update Weather" and run it to update the weather data! Alternatively you can click the center button while you're on any of the forecast panels.

5) The cab should set your Home Screen to "Sliding Panel + Weather!" automatically.

6) Enjoy and report any bugs you might encounter, please.



New features:

- New 6 day forecast layout (layout #7)

- Autoupdate using Yahoo's server time. No manual control over update interval anymore.

- Revised layouts to ensure correct wrapping

- HomeScreen update feature. No need to reboot to see forecast or layout changes. This option is turned off by default because it doesn't work for everybody. If you turn it on and you see problems with your phone's radio turning off, phone becoming very slow etc... turn it off. (it's option #10)

- Added new panel to the Settings panel at the bottom for easy access to the weather updates and settings.

- "Stardock icons" are default for forecast and regular panels.


Screenshot descriptions:

1- IPhone Layout (this is the default layout)
2- Forecast Panels screenshot
3- Slim Panels Layout with the background options enabled
4- HTC Slim Layout while updating
5- HTC Slim Layout in normal mode
6- The HomeScreen with the weather plugin in its "condensed" state at the bottom, showing current conditions
7- Regular Panel Layout with no background.
8- IPhone Slim Layout


Download link > http://www.sendspace.com/file/4mh11j

Vox Version (Currently still at 3.0.1) > http://www.sendspace.com/file/0bie7d


Current Version: 3.1

Changes in 3.1

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Rearranged the order the various subroutines run.
- Fixed autoupdate issue.
- Removed HTC icons and background PNGs from the cab. Please download them separately from the addons post if you plan to use those layouts.
- Added option to show extended forecast panels on the homescreen or not.
- Added detection routine to detect if your phone's keypad is locked and NOT to update the homescreen is that's the case. Should help with the "Phone - Incoming" message problem that's been reported
- Edited some CPRs for better alignment
- More verbose status messages
- Etc...

More to come soon. The next version will update your clock panel with current conditions info. Just wanted to get this update out of the way first.

Changes in 3.0.1:

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Added 6 day forecast layout.

- Autoupdate feature based on Yahoo server's time.

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Small bugfixes, revised Options panel.

- Compressed PNGs.

- Complete portrait support for the new 6 day layout.

- Background used in screenshots included in .cab.

Changes to 2.0.3:

- completely redesigned Options panel. Hopefully things will be easier to get around. Now it tell you what the current layout used is.
- Fixed HTC Layout (5) text not wrapping down issue.
- Added option NOT to check for internet connection before connecting.
- Options panel keeps track of what layout you're running.
- added blue, purple, WM7 style or original glass panel selection to options panel.
- updated portrait CPRs.
- forecast panels should now display "N/A" icons when a forecast is not available instead of a red x.
- ability to choose between european ("rest of the world pretty much...) or american style dates on the forecast panels.


If you like this application and feel the need to support my work, here's a link to donate to me via PayPal.

PayPal Donate Link


DO NOT install this to the storage card. It will not work that way!

p.s. Portrait support is included for the new 6 day layout.
p.s.s. The cab seems to take a few minutes to install, especially if you're installing over 2.0.3. So just be patient I guess...
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13th June 2008, 09:40 AM |#2  
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Update to 3.1

Only install this if you have 3.0.1 or 3.0.2 installed. Otherwise, download the cab in the sendspace link above and install the whole app.
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13th June 2008, 09:41 AM |#3  
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This is the "addons" post.

Added "NRG Power Key..... .cab This will add three options to the menu that comes up when you hit the power key on the side of your Excalibur. "Power off", "Reboot" and "Weather Update". I hope they're self explanatory Have fun. Take note your wireless manager might be gone, or might act erracticaly. If you have problems, just install the cab. Don't post in the thread about it, there's nothing I can do about it.

Download the Calibri font mod if you want your system font to look like the one in the screenshots.

The Yahoo, Spil, Novaweather and 7Degree icon sets are alternative icons sets for most of your layouts and extended forecast panels

Most of the icons sets install as a one time installation application. Which means you will not see it in the "uninstallable" list of program under "Settings". Once you run the cab, it will overwrite whatever icons are installed and that's it...
13th June 2008, 09:42 AM |#4  
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Reserved... the last one.. I promise
13th June 2008, 11:10 AM |#5  
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Looks niiice i will be testing on Portrait (tornado)
Good Job
13th June 2008, 12:45 PM |#6  
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So far so good on my Q9c. Last version had to be uninstalled due to a couple of crashes. The worst being when I plugged into the computer the home screen crashed and would not recover after a reboot.

Like the new layout.
13th June 2008, 01:37 PM |#7  
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Formatting on QVGA
Incredible progress!

I've attached two SS's from my QVGA, using your layout #9 (Standard 6 day which is only 4 day by the way). As you can see, the bottom Temps are not lined up in either F or C and I looked at the CPR, but it is like Greek to me... I see "Bottom Temps" but fiddling and restarting gives me either to the Right or Left - I don't suppose there is a GUI for modding these CPRs is there?

Can you assist in getting it all lined up?

Thanks and keep up the GREAT work! Expect some more PayPal coming your way!
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13th June 2008, 01:39 PM |#8  
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The new layout looks beautiful. The one thing i might suggest: You may want to add an option in advanced options to turn off the 10 day forecast. Since it appears that im going to be using this 6 day testpluginui ( and several others will be too) they may not want or need the additional 10 day forecast panel.
I personally know how to disable it via the registry, but others may not. Secondly, If that option is de-selected, if you can also put in the weather.mscr file to not update that panel, so that way the weather updater runs a little faster.

Edit: I also think that today's Hi/Lo under the city needs to be removed. Its kind of redundant info, since the same info is located in the 6 day forecast located in the first day of the 6 day forecast.
This will also allow more room for lengthier weather condition names.
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Damn,

Free service is at full capacity, hope someone can mirror it later.....
I'm anxious to try it
13th June 2008, 02:44 PM |#10  
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I installed on my Q9c and I still get that font issue with large text boxes in PIE, however, I'm willing to put up with it at this point since the 6-day layout means I don't have to reboot the phone to see the latest forecast.

Any idea what might be causing the font issue? Since this weather panel is basically just scripts reading XML files and making registry changes, I can't imagine that it'd be too hard to figure out what's causing the PIE font issue. The font issue isn't a huge deal and I'd completely ignore it if it weren't for the fact that the digital font makes no differentiation between upper and lower case and many special characters just show up as boxes.

I dumped the 10-day panel and added a link to the Weather Update in my links panel if I ever decide to manually update the weather.
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Originally Posted by Dees_Troy

I installed on my Q9c and I still get that font issue with large text boxes in PIE, however, I'm willing to put up with it at this point since the 6-day layout means I don't have to reboot the phone to see the latest forecast.

Any idea what might be causing the font issue? Since this weather panel is basically just scripts reading XML files and making registry changes, I can't imagine that it'd be too hard to figure out what's causing the PIE font issue. The font issue isn't a huge deal and I'd completely ignore it if it weren't for the fact that the digital font makes no differentiation between upper and lower case and many special characters just show up as boxes.

I dumped the 10-day panel and added a link to the Weather Update in my links panel if I ever decide to manually update the weather.


It may be the chome_320X240.cpr file in your /windows directory. When you load a layout. his program pulls .cprs from the chomeweather directory and replaces your original chome_320X240.cpr file ... you may uninstall. copy over your chome320X240.cpr file do your PC's desktop and open it and whatever .cpr file you use for the weather layout and compare the differences.
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