YWeather Update 0.4.1

First off I would like to note that YWeather was listed as one of the best BlackBerry weather applications by BBGeeks. Thanks everyone for making it a successful, simple weather application. In an effort to keep YWeather a top notch program, I have just made some updates to it today.

The updates include:

  • Home screen icon and name update based on current conditions.
  • More information on the current conditions.
  • Automatically update while running in the background.
  • Smaller application size.

The home screen icon and name updates was probably one of the top requested features. One note about this feature is that the home screen name updates will only work with OS 4.2 or greater. This is due to a limitation of the BlackBerry API. Automatic updates were kind of necessary for the home screen updates to really be useful. If you don’t want to use the bandwidth for automatic updates this can be disabled in the options and is disabled by default. You can also choose how often you would like the updates to occur, from 15 minutes to 120 minutes in 15 minute increments, however, Yahoo! Weather usually only updates their weather feed every hour or so. When an update occurs, it will automatically update the home screen icon and name. When YWeather is closed, the name and icon will return to the original icon and the name “YWeather!” To leave YWeather running in the background, just make sure press the end phone call button and not the escape key. The options for the automatic updates can be found on the options screen as seen below as well as the home screen name and icon updated with the current conditions.

a screenshot of the options screen


As far as more information on the current conditions, I have added wind speed, direction, and chill; humidity; visibility; barometric pressure and its state; sunrise and sunset times. This additional data can be seen in the screen shot below.

The application is now 50% smaller than the first. Instead of using the original GIF images from Yahoo! Weather, I converted them all to PNG files which make the total size of the application around 94KB, down from around 200KB. That should make it a little better on your memory starved BlackBerry.

So what’s up next for YWeather? Well the next most requested feature would have to be support for multiple locations so that will most likely be next. I am also looking into adding more weather forecast data as this was highly requested. The tough part is finding a good, free source of weather data that supports international users as well. I am looking at combining both Google and Yahoo!’s weather data to provide for more forecast data but we will see.

You can install YWeather via OTA or download from here: http://bbrtm.org/yweather/

As always, if you have any feedback for YWeather, feel free to leave a comment here or send me an email.

./Jason

13 Comments so far

  1. blog.emerick.org » YWeather on June 7th, 2008

    [...] UPDATE: YWeather 0.4.1 has been released.  More details here: http://blog.emerick.org/2008/06/07/yweather-update-041/ [...]

  2. Steve on June 18th, 2008

    I’ve tried the both the OTA and desktop download of YWeather 0.4.1 from http://bbrtm.org/yweather/ for 4.2 on my 8120, but the about screen reports version 0.3

    ??

  3. Jason on June 18th, 2008

    @Steve

    That would be because I forgot to update the About screen before releasing… Whoops! I will get that fixed for the next release when I get around to it.

    Sorry about that… If you have the background update option in your options screen, then you have the latest version.

    Jason

  4. Kyle on August 7th, 2008

    2 months later… we need an update!! lol i know ur busy, but i want this app to get better cuz its simple and its got great potential.

  5. Jason on August 26th, 2008

    @kyle – A big update is coming. Mainly just another weather source as well as another developer to help me work on it…

  6. Steve on October 15th, 2008

    Jason –

    Just found your program yesterday and it is great…and quickly took over for both weathereye and the weather channel icon. One question – for any future version, do you have plans on increasing the forecast days and forecast information? For example, giving an option to see 5 days in advance, and maybe chance of precip for future days?

  7. Jason on October 19th, 2008

    @Steve – The next version of YWeather (or possibly a newly named app) will contain a better forecast and data. It is still in development now but should be released soon hopefully.

  8. Steve on December 9th, 2008

    Brilliant app. This is by far, the best BlackBerry weather application I have found (and you can’t beat the price). Thanks for international city support.

  9. JazzLord on December 15th, 2008

    Finally a decent weather service. If you ever get a chance, include the URL for your site in the about box and a check for app update. It would be also good to be able to send a link to the app to a friend – as everyone I have shown it to wants it!

  10. good_doctor on January 4th, 2009

    Nice BB tool. Small bug, barometric pressure reports as 0. Otherwise great.

  11. Jason on January 4th, 2009

    Thanks for the bug report. I will look into it.

  12. Kyle on January 15th, 2009

    Are we EVER going to see an update for this app? Weather on the BB is an area that is severely lacking. Yweather was considered the favorite to dominate, yet lack of updates has caused it to fall off of many people’s radar. I’m still holding out for a significant update.

  13. good_doctor on January 18th, 2009

    Just an update on that barometric pressure bug – it only occurs if you’re using metric scale measurements. Hope this helps!