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Steampunk Weather Widget 1.0.8
Licence GNU/GPL
Language English
Size 1.38 MB
System Windows/Mac/Android/IOS
Author
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Created 2011-06-21
Downloads 52810

Weather reporting the steampunk way!

weather-gauge-metal.jpgThis is our steampunk contribution to weather reporting. The Steampunk weather widget is based on the Digistation widget written by: Bogdan Irimia, enhanced and steampunked by Dean Beedell with kind permission of Bogdan.

Note: This widget will continue to be supported regardless of the current state of yahoo widget engine support. It runs in XP/Vista/Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS/X.

New version 1.0.8 - The widget has been given a completely new steampunk outer skin and some new functionality.

As well as a reskin a twenty-four hour clock has been added to the circumference of the weather gauge . Other minor changes include: Changed all the calculations of the pointer angles to use simpler calculations saving cpu time; separated the .kon file and .js;  animated the pointers to count down on startup; added code to allow widget to be resized; fixed some translations ; changed the default location to London Heathrow; added 'vitality' to the dock icon, animated the temperature gauge switch-over, added sounds to the main functions.

Full instructions for the Steampunk Weather Widget are here: bookbrownishjournal.png

You will, yahoo-widgets-logo.png of course, need Yahoo widgets for this widget to run. Get Yahoo widgets here.   

and the Mac version here:

http://desktopwidgets.zenfs.com/4.5.2x10a50/yahoo_widgets_4.5.2.dmg

weather-widget.gif

Latest version includes the following changes :

// .08 added alternative tooltip to the main glass
// .08 icao code not sticking beyond the initial selection
// .08 icao code now displays in the tooltip
// .08 certain feeds do not round their temperatures, add rounding
// .08 fixed the data GET from running twice
// .08 reduced the pop up pause
// .08 help glass - left chain description corrected
// .08 Added dblclick on surround
// .08 Added tooltips option and preference

This widget works with Windows XP SP3, it has  been tested on Vista, Windows 7 / 8 and Mac OS/X as long as the Yahoo Widget runtime engine is loaded.

SOFTPEDIA "100% CLEAN" AWARD This product was last tested in the Softpedia Labs on 13th of June 2013 by Alexandru Teodorovici . Softpedia guarantees that Steampunk Weather Widget 1.0.7 is 100% Clean, which means it does not contain any form of malware, including but not limited to: spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors. 

May I please ask that if you enjoy using these widgets that you make your feelings known by leaving a positive review below. So few do so - and it is really appreciated when you do!

To view the widget in operation, click here:

 

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bill wrote on June 21, 2013
 
Title: location problem
hi

thanks for the instruction on my problem, did as you advised and it has worked, very happy.

appreciate you taking the time to reply, again thank you.

bye the way, i registered and voted as you asked, least i could do, cheers man


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bill wrote on June 19, 2013
 
Title: weather location
hi

great widget, but a problem.

i can change the icao, which is EGCC - manchester ringway and it works okay until it refreshes, then it changes back to london heathrow.

any ideas?

bill
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Hans wrote on April 08, 2012
 
Title: Hans
Thank you, this is a great & usefull WIDGET.
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anon. wrote on April 07, 2012
 
Title: Very very Cool
This is a cool widget...and a very wonderful addition to your steampunk line. Can't wait to see what you have coming next!
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Alan wrote on April 07, 2012
 
Title: ONLY WORKS IN ROMANIA - WORTHLESS IF YOU LIVE ANYWHERE ELSE
I could find NO city anywhere that it works in.

EDIT: Alan, please do some checking before leaving reviews. This widget takes it's feeds from a website that puts out hundreds of weather feeds form all around the world. If you use your noggin it is easy to get temperatures for your part of the world. I can get London heathrow or London Gatwick easily enough. As long as there is a feed near you then it will display the weather for you. As Edward said, search for major airports. They often have a weather feed.
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Edward wrote on April 07, 2012
 
Title: No Problem here...
Actually I had no problem finding a location. Many of them are at Airports so you might want to try that way. I figure that if it can find Manhatten Regional Airport in the middle of KS, it can find others elsewhere.

So far the widget has been running wonderfully.

EDIT: Edward, thanks for your assistance,
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MB wrote on April 07, 2012
 
Title: ...
Once you get past the difficulty of finding your city, the widget looks great and works like its supposed to. I kinda wish the temperature and humidity were easier to read. Unless you make the widget full size, you can't read them at all. Love the style and the glass like dome is very nicely done. Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

and a diagram of all the parts and their function would be nice too. I'm still not sure what all the parts do! Is the outside rim supposed to be a clock?

EDIT: Quite right! - I am in the process of documenting the whole thing and improving it. Hold tight - it is on the way!
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Kimlin wrote on April 07, 2012
 
Title: EASE OF USE
LOVE THE LOOK! Wasn't easy to figure out how to change location! Must click on top-center part of top field; type city only; choose from drop-down menu cities; "OK".

EDIT: I will fix the typing-in thing, it is still in beta. So please forgive the problems.
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Dean Tucker wrote on April 07, 2012
 
Title: New user
I love the look of this and your other gadgets. Please keep creating more with this theme. I just started using it so I won't leave a review. I do have a few questions though.

Would it be possible to have the temperature gauge be the largest and therefore easiest to read? That is typically what I am most interested in.

Also, is there a way to link this with more locations? My city wasn't included and I had to choose a larger city nearby, which isn't always experiencing the same weather.

EDIT: I'll have a think about allowing the different gauges to be selected as the main gauge - a lot of work though! The data is provided by Metar stations (airports and suchlike) It can only use data from such feeds.

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 MET…AR 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.

Choose a location near you that has an airport, possibly name the airport rather than the city.

By the way, a new version is on the way that will make it easier to select a city.
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Jonathon wrote on April 07, 2012
 
Title: A wonderful looking additon for my computational engine
However the weather mechanism seems to need the application of computational cards that will allow an influx of information regarding weather stations in England. Or perhaps it is my inexperience with such machines that stops the mechanism gathering information from England.

EDIT: Weather stations in England catered for in Great Britain and the world...

@Jonathon - The widget uses METAR which 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. It is available from large airports so if you have one nearby, just right click, change location and type in the airport name, for example: Gatwick or Heathrow.
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Kathleen wrote on April 07, 2012
 
Title: Awesome
Widget is Steampunk awesome. Loaded with ease. No problems at all. Great job!

EDIT: Thanks Kathleen
I'm glad you enjoy it. Please try my other widgets too.
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Karen wrote on April 07, 2012
 
Title: beutiful!
This and your clock calendar are now on my Mac. Never even saw yahoo widgets before I saw these. Goes great with my homemade steampunked Coca Cola wallpaper. will spread the word!

EDIT: @Karen - thanks for the feedback - have a look at the other widgets, I appreciate you spreading the word...
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squarepegger - wrote on April 07, 2012
 
Title: temp and humidity gauges too small
I like it but I just can't read the temp and humidity gauges. The numbers are too small on my 1280x800 display at 96 dpi.

EDIT: @squarepegger - I will test the gauge fonts in slightly bigger form and see how that works. It isn't easy as the gauge is created in big form first to look as real as possible, then shrunk down, the font naturally looks quite small but the result is very realistic. As a workaround if you hover over the gauges it will show you a pop-up that states the humidity and temperatures in text. I will also see what I can do to make the widget resize to a larger size overall in the next version.
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Californiagothgirl1981 wrote on April 07, 2012
 
Title: Thank you!
Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. smilies/smiley.gif I got it to work wonderfully. smilies/smiley.gif
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Californiagothgirl1981 wrote on April 07, 2012
 
Title: Love it but....
I love the look and feel of the widget but, however, I am having trouble getting it to recognise my city. Does this only work for places in the UK?

EDIT: @Californiagothgirl1981 - the widget gets weather information from airports, try the nearest airport to your location. Read the instructions here which will help.
http://lightquick.co.uk/instructions-for-the-steampunk-weather-gauge.html
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Erik wrote on April 07, 2012
 
Title: yahoo weather
Thanks, I'll wait for the update. If it works without that ting sound, it will be perfect.

It would be even better if it could get info from all cities that Yahoo Weather uses, too... but I imagine that could be difficult.

Erik, it currently gets the weather sources from http://vremea.meteoromania.ro/metar/EGLL/EN but the actual weather reports come from airports near you. If you find a local airport then it should reflect the weather in your area. Regarding the control for muting, I may add a little drop-down chain for you to pull.
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Erik wrote on April 07, 2012
 
Title: Very beautiful, but appears to make an annoying sound?
I love this barometer! I want to keep it on my computer but ever since installing it I hear a "Ting!" about every 15 minutes without a setting to turn it off. It doesn't even mark the full quarters but appears to go off randomly.
Is it indeed this widget that tings, and how do I mute it? Thanks!

EDIT: @erik - I have only just added the sounds to the latest version and it makes this sound when it refreshes the data, just to let you know. I haven't added the controls to turn off or mute the sounds yet but will do so when I have decided what type of front end control to add. I prefer to have a real steampunk control do the action rather than a back-end menu option so hold on a while whilst I come up with the first version.
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Zahari - wrote on April 07, 2012
 
Title: Awsome steampunk
Wish I could own one like this and mount it in my living room. It's a perfect gift, one's who moved in a new home.

EDIT: @Zahari - when I get myself a 3D printer, I might just start making them...
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OUCH! wrote on April 07, 2012
 
Title: OUCH!
that is just AWESOME.
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Kimlin wrote on April 06, 2012
 
Title: EASE OF USE
LOVE THE LOOK! Wasn't easy to figure out how to change location! Must click on top-center part of top field; type city only; choose from drop-down menu cities; "OK".
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Craig wrote on February 17, 2012
 
Title: ...
great work! Can I disable the "ding" and I cannot get data from cities in British Columbia Canada which makes it unusable. any help would be appreciated. Thanks. Craig.

EDIT: Craig, the ding happens when the widget gets data from the chosen source, it indicates that the widget is doing something. Likle all good steampunk machines, it makes a sound every now and then. The widget is in its first release and sound control has not yet been added.

If you read the instructions here: http://lightquick.co.uk/instru...gauge.html then yo'll see that you have to choose a location near you and it needs to be a location providing weather information. Try a nearby airport.
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