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This is the help file and full instructions for the Steampunk Weather Gauge version 1.0.8 Yahoo Widget which can be downloaded here . This Steampunk Weather Widget is loosely based on the Digistation widget written, enhanced and steampunked by Dean Beedell with kind permission of Bogdan Irimia who created the original. Displays local air pressure, temperature and humidity, as well as the general weather outlook in hundreds of cities around the world. The widget has been given a completely new steampunk skin and loads of new functionality.

weather-gauge-metal.jpgThis widget currently uses a Weather feed from : http://vremea.meteoromania.ro to obtain weather information. The default location is London Heathrow. It can be easily changed to a weather feed near you.

Why is this feed needed? The answer is that the weather information (Metar data) is provided by various organisations throughout the world by airports, weather stations &c. If there is Metar data feed near you and the widget can find it then your local weather will be displayed dynamically.

Note: If the weather feed is ever down the widget will not be able to find the weather. The providers will be alerted and it will be available in a short time. The weather feed is provided using this PHP utility link http://weather.digitair.ro/digiweather/metar_get_search.php?city=shoreham - When that link provides valid data then the widget will function, if the page is blank the feed is unavailable.

This does not occur often - For a longer term alternative I am looking at processing the metar data directly using the Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) from aviationweather.gov - I am working now on the alternative feed which will come soon, give me time, give me some cash and it will come quicker!

Installation Instructions

This Widget will install and run on Windows XP/Win7/Win8 and Mac OS/X systems. Download Yahoo widgets and install it. You must have Yahoo widgets installed in order to run the widget as that is how it has been designed. Yahoo widgets is the runtime engine that allows these widgets to be displayed.

Simply download and install the Yahoo widget engine here , run it.

When this is done, download the widget. It will know what to do with the widget and it will install automatically.

You will  need Yahoo widgets for this widget to run. Get Yahoo widgets here.  yahoo-widgets-logo.png This widget is written in Javascript and XML which is used by the Yahoo widget runtime engine. This widget is capable of running under the Yahoo widget engine only.  
 

Widget Startup

When the weather widget starts it will search via the internet for the default feed selected. If found, the Widget will display the weather information. The default location is London Heathrow. There may be a wait for 15-30 seconds whilst the widget first pulls in the weather feed. Note: if you do not have an internet connection the weather widget cannot obtain weather information.

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Instructions for use

The weather indicators and controls of your widget are as shown above. The widget has a number of graphical controls. You can identify the function of each working component by hovering the mouse over each. A pop-up will show giving you a description.

Choosing the Metar data location

When you select to change your location a pop-up will appear giving you the option to type your location. Choose a location near to you that will be providing METAR weather data. For example in the South Coast of the UK you might choose Gatwick Airport. If you choose a local airport or aerodrome you are most likely to find a METAR weather feed.  If you know your nearest ICAO code then flick the location/ICAO switch to allow you to enter the four-letter code manually. Once you are done click the SET switch to close the location selector.

Right Click Menu

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If you perform a right click on the widget it will show a pop up a menu that allows access to some extra functions that aren't available on the graphical version of the widget. For example, you can access online help from this link as well as visit other links to allow satisfied users to kindly donate...

The Change Your Location option has already been described. The refresh option simply tells the widget to go away and get the latest weather data.

The Widget Preferences link shows the preferences screen allowing you to select show more configuration options. Some of the configuration changes that can be made can be made at both the front end (graphical) and back ends (preferences).

The about us link gives you a small graphical pop-up listing the designers.

The other links are generally self-explanatory, they will open pages on my website where you can obtain new versions of the widget, obtain assistance or help from the developer &c.

 

 

 

 

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Widget Preferences  - Settings

There is code behind the steampunk thermometer that allows the yahoo widget to be resized. It can now be made significantly smaller than the standard large size and it looks rather sweet in small form. 

You can enable or disable  the 24hr clock or set the outer clock skin so that the widget's appearance suits your desktop.

The widget does make a sound or two when in operation. If you want to mute the sounds simply disable the sound. The Sound can be disabled on the front end by clicking on the sound control knob.

The widget does have a few simple animations when in operation. If you want to disable the animations simply use the drop-down to control it. The animation can also be enabled/disabled on the front end by clicking on the animation control knob.

The widget has tooltips on each object to provide a description of the item function. When you hove over the main glass a tooltip will pop up giving you a text summary of the weather. This tooltip can be configured to use the standard windows tooltips (smart but use the default font and are quite small to view) or the advanced tooltips which are bigger with a yellow post-it-style background.

When you have made the appropriate changes then click save or cancel. If you click the save button, the settings will be saved, the widget will then be restarted with the new settings.

 

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Widget Preferences  - Language

There is code behind the steampunk thermometer that allows the yahoo widget to be translated. We have supplied a Romanian translation file and when the alternative language is selected the majority of the widget will be translated into the chosen language, in this case Romanian.

The Yahoo widget engine has support for 15 languages built-in but it does not have support any more languages than the core 15. We have added support for further languages, all that is needed are the language translations for the English text contained within a file called Localizable.strings.

If you create a folder beneath \Resources with a two-digit name eg. fr and put your new language file in that folder, change the language selection code to 'fr' then that language will be displayed instead of the default language.

 

 

 

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The menus shown here show the translation file for Romanian in action. As you can see some of the menu options are not translate. These are the core widget menu options which cannot be translated except using the YWE! core languages.

All the translations have been sourced from the Google Translate service so please excuse any inaccuracies. Please feel free to amend the current Romanian language file and to provide any language files for alternative languages.

We would welcome any assistance that you have to provide especially with language translation.

 

 

 

 

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Widget Preferences  - Metar

Select the temperature unit, either fahrenheit or celsius as you require. 

You can search by ICAO code or by location. If you know the ICAO codes for your location then you will need to set the Metar search switch to ICAO to allow codes to be eneterd instead of locations. Normal operation is to search for a city/location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Widget Preferences  - Window

The window level determines whether your widget sits on the desktop beneath your apps or on top as required.

Other settings like the ignore mouse  setting should be ignored.

The prevent dragging is a useful feature if you want the widget to occupy a permament space on your desktop .

The opacity setting causes the widget to become transparent, this has the effect of reducing the widget's impact on your desktop. It is a lovely effect that can allow the widget to blend into a desktop theme.

When you have made the appropriate changes then click save or cancel. If you click the save button, the settings will be saved, the widget will then be restarted with the new settings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How does the Widget work?

The answer is that the weather information (Metar data) is provided by various organisations throughout the world by airports, weather stations &c. If there is Metar data feed near you and the widget can find it then your local weather will be displayed dynamically. 

METAR is a format for reporting weather information. A METAR weather report is predominantly used by pilots in fulfillment of a part of a pre-flight weather briefing, and by meteorologists, who use aggregated METAR information to assist in weather forecasting.

Raw METAR is the most popular format in the world for the transmission of weather data. It is highly standardized through International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which allows it to be understood throughout most of the world. 

When an aerodrome completes a weather observation it is sent via AFTN to that country's collecting point. AFTN is a elderly worldwide steampunk-weather-gauge'teleprinter' messaging system mostly with a PC front ending it but in some parts of the world it will still be a teleprinter. The system automatically sends the information so it is displayed at airfield controller positions. As an example at Luton Airport (UK) the collecting point is either Heathrow CACC or the Met Office at Exeter. Here it is put into a Global Opmet bulletin and sent out again via AFTN (this bulletin contains several aerodromes together in the same bulletin). It is only at this point that it gets put onto the internet.

The information is published on the internet at several points by different providers, some charge for this service and for some it is free. It is regularly updated and can be relied upon to provide an accurate weather report. We use one of the free feeds. The report is provided in this format:

 764.3|23|65|1cloud_norain.png|http://vremea.meteoromania.ro/metar/EGNM/%lang%|Leeds And Bradford, United Kingdom|1309087200
vals[0]    "764.3"
vals[1]    "23"
vals[2]    "65"
vals[3]    "1cloud_norain.png"
vals[4]    "http://vremea.meteoromania.ro/metar/EGNM/%lang%"
vals[5]    "Leeds And Bradford, United Kingdom"
vals[6]    "1309087200"

The widget regularly visits the feed to see if there is a new report. If there is then it downloads the information and interprets it and then displays it in the form you see above.

Reviews 

I really hope you enjoy this widget, a lot of work has gone into it and it has given me great pleasure to provide a Steampunk widget that would be usable to a lot of other people. I don't ask for donations but can I please ask you to leave some positive feedback at yahoo widgets? Tens of thousands of people have downloaded and installed this widget but only a very few can be bothered to give feedback. By doing so, you make a lonely developer very happy!

Vote for the widget here at rocketdock

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Adam wrote on January 18, 2013
 
Title: Awesome but...
Love the Weather Gauge. I also have your Steampunk Clock.

But how do I set the weather gauge to my town? Or at least nearby? It always says "City Not Found." Could it be because I'm in the USA?
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Roger H wrote on May 22, 2012
 
Title: Beautiful rendering
Bob, this is superb. Graphics slightly fuzzy, but this is only to be expected when doing such fine work on the small dials. I will certainly be looking for other examples from your creative talents. Well done. smilies/kiss.gif Ting!
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Rhissanna wrote on April 23, 2012
 
Title: Wonderful
Now I have the weather widget up and running, I'm thrilled. I love the little chime it makes, I love the animation when I change the settings and yes, like some other reviews, it's like a MYST artefact. I'd like to give a 5* rating, where do I go to do that?
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yereverluvinunclebert wrote on March 29, 2012
 
Title: Title: Future Feature
@Bob, I will do more on this widget later, creating a new face is a lot more work than you would think but I'll think about it.
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Bob wrote on March 29, 2012
 
Title: Future Feature
I'd rather have the main face display temperature, and the left small dial display the barometric pressure. Some people are bound to like things the way they are. Why not let users choose? You could add a customization feature that allows users to pick what they want on each dial.

Thanks for creating this widget!
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Dean wrote on February 27, 2012
 
Title: weather widget
Kay,

Have a read of the yahoo widget page and you'll see a conversation re: the ping, it indicates it has just acquired the latest weather information. The next version will have a control to turn off the 'ting'.
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Kay Lake wrote on February 27, 2012
 
Title: ping/ding sound?
I do like the look of this widget. But I am curious why does the widget make a ping or ding sound? what does that signify?
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