[APP][10-12-08]MyWeatherForecast V0.4.1 - using Google weather

Nemo0815

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Hello,

i'm currently working on a small weather app for windows mobile.

I'm not yet ready to release a version as an important feature is still missing (configuring the city where you live ;) ).

It makes use of the Google.com weather API and also downloads the images from there.

Goal is to make it as finger friendly as possible, and support multiple resolutions (currently running in VGA) while keeping it simple feature-wise.

Developing under #develop 3.0 with .net CF 2.0 and it's my first Windows Mobile app ;)

Todo:
- add customizeable font colors (currently only background colors changeable)
- transparent icons
- add multiple cities selection

Installation:
- Just unzip anywhere on your PPC


Change history:


V0.4.1 beta:
Just a very small update:
- Fixed bug where weather "age" showed wrong time if update was longer than 24h ago (added "d" now for showing whole days if > 24h)
- changed startup time, now shows last weatherdata much quicker
- added finger scrollable settings menu (test only)
- changed customizer to finger controllable (removed trackbars, again test only)


V0.4 beta:
- changed update behavior (no update on startup, only manual)
- cached last weather settings: Program will start with last downloaded weather data and display "age" of this weather data in hours or minutes
- Update now also possible by clicking the upper panel (in addition to the large weather icon)

V0.3 beta:
- .cab installer available
- Fixed download issue: No longer partly downloaded images
- fixed settings menu layout for VGA (now scales correctly)
- added "Customize" menu: Configurable colors for the 3 main layers (Upper, middle and lower)


V0.2 beta:
- reworked GUI, now should fit VGA and QVGA devices
- added "Settings": Hold & Tap to get into settings menu - allows changing of all weather related settings
- new icons (by www.defcom.com)


V0.1.1 beta:
- fixed QVGA display
- fixed °F / °C conversion

V0.1 beta:
- very early first release, use at your own risk!
- downloads weather data on start
- refresh by pressing the big weather icon
- customizeable only via xml settings file
- language can be changed by changing path (e.g. from .com to .de) of google URL in settings XML
- 2 settings with DE and EN languages available, just copy to the same location as the exe and rename to Settings.xml

Known issues:
- none

Download V0.4.1:
- check out "Attached files" section below!
 

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Lycox

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Hello,

i'm currently working on a small weather app for windows mobile.

I'm not yet ready to release a version as an important feature is still missing (configuring the city where you live ;) ).

It makes use of the Google.com weather API and also downloads the images from there.

Goal is to make it as finger friendly as possible, and support multiple resolutions (currently running in VGA) while keeping it simple feature-wise.

Developing under #develop 3.0 with .net CF 3.5 and it's my first Windows Mobile app ;)

This is how it currently looks like:


Looks very promising. Will have an eye on it. If possible, please add the posibility to change the background so that it sticks to your favourite theme.
 

m.schmidler

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Layout looks clean, simple and nice. You say fingerfriendly - how about buttons ? Just did one quickly in Photoshop, maybe you use something like this, a bit lighter maybe to fit the big amount of white..

Maybe you could include an option to choose different icon sets as in WeatherPanel.

regards,
Martin
 

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Lycox

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Layout looks clean, simple and nice. You say fingerfriendly - how about buttons ? Just did one quickly in Photoshop, maybe you use something like this, a bit lighter maybe to fit the big amount of white..

Maybe you could include an option to choose different icon sets as in WeatherPanel.

regards,
Martin
Idea is good, but this would bloat this app. And the author wrote, that the images are directly from Google, so I guess different icon sets are not planned.
 

nonegiven

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Looks like it takes up a lot of screen space. Will you have a simple today plug-in? The best that I've ever found is Pocketweather. It even has a GPS feature where it automatically updates your location and gives you that weather forecast. TONS of different today plug-in styles too.
 

Lycox

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Looks like it takes up a lot of screen space. Will you have a simple today plug-in? The best that I've ever found is Pocketweather. It even has a GPS feature where it automatically updates your location and gives you that weather forecast. TONS of different today plug-in styles too.
Well, I like the idea of a GPS feature, too. :)
Next idea: Automatic download of weather conditions with autoclose connection when it's done.
 

Nemo0815

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Idea is good, but this would bloat this app. And the author wrote, that the images are directly from Google, so I guess different icon sets are not planned.
Well since I'm downloading those images only once (not if they already exist) one could easily replace them with other images.

However, the filenames would have to be identical and one would need a complete list of google's weather icons (which i don't have).
 

showaco

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Well since I'm downloading those images only once (not if they already exist) one could easily replace them with other images.

However, the filenames would have to be identical and one would need a complete list of google's weather icons (which i don't have).
I could be wrong, but I think that google gets its weather info from weather.com, same as yahoo does. So you should be able to use any icons with that numbering.
 

bluemetalaxe

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hallo, i tried it on my qvga device.
simple and clean,
-but the text and icons at bottom could be a little bigger
-and i have no temperature.
- i just changed the location in the xml to my hometown and it seems to work ?
 
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Lycox

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Thanks for going into public will test it right now. But why don't you upload your file to XDA-Dev? I guess there's no need for rapidshare...
 

cellfreak

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Weather

Ok Im a weather nut. If its weather software I've tried it all.

I changed to my city here in the USA. I changed the degre reading to true for Fahrenheit. But it stays Celcius.
 

Nemo0815

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I've uploaded V0.1.1 which fixes QVGA display issues and Fahrenheit / Celsius conversions.

(however it also introduces also some font display issues with VGA, so better stay with V0.1 when using VGA devices!)
 

Nemo0815

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Hi Nemo0815,

nice app.
I have some probs on my niki. some icons are damaged.
see attached screenshot
Hi,

thank you for your feedback. This tends to happen now and then and only for the lower 4 images and i still don't know why exactly (because it's the same code for all images and either the download gets interrupted or it doesn't save the images correctly to the PPC...).

The same code works fine on windows Vista however (using .NET HttpWebRequest) :confused:

Solution for now: Delete the "cache" folder and try again to update your weather.