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August 19, 2011

Application preview: MeeCast for Harmattan

Filed under: Released software — Tags: , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 00:27


Hello everyone.

I haven’t posted updates of my work for quite a long time but now I finally have enough time to fulfill your interest by showing you some of the upcoming projects that I’ve been working on. So let’s start with something you’ve been quite familiar with all these years and that got a complete overhaul to step onto Harmattan platform. It’s OMWeather and this time it’s not just a tweak of good ol’ weather widget – it’s a completely redesigned application so we had to choose some more “marketable” name for this OMWeather successor. Let me introduce you: MeeCast.

1. Branding

MeeCast absorbed all key features that you’ve loved in OMWeather like extreme customization, detailed settings, icon sets, GPS tracking and more. But now it has evolved from just a weather widget on your home screen to full featured open source cross-platform solution for developing weather related applications all thanks to Qt and QML. Right now we’re focusing on delivering MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan application as fast as possible but we’re also cooking something really extraordinary for you and I hope we’ll soon be able to show it to the world. But that will happen later this year, right now let me give you a sneak peek on what’s coming up for Nokia N9  (and of course for N950 ninjas too :P)

2. Concept

Since Harmattan got rid of home screen widgets of all sorts ( or is it? ) we’ve decided to mimic the “instant access” experience of the widget in our stand-alone application. So we’ve designed an app that will load as fast as possible and show all necessary info without carpet bombing your eyes with fancy special effects that QML allows us to do. So here’s the home screen:

There’s nothing much to describe, everything looks pretty intuitive (for me at least :P). Your location along with basic but most valuable data right in front of you. Day temperatures are color coded along with the background to give you instant “feel” of the outside conditions. Not so representative with boring Moscow weather but still :)

The “Day details” view shows you all the info available at the moment for chosen day. We’ve decided to use text labels instead of icons for maximum readability in all languages (and we have 8 different locales. If you wish to help with adding your native language – feel free to email us at vlad[at]gas.by). Also day and night parameters are now divided in two tabs for additional comfort.

All for now, but stay tuned, there’s still landscape mode and testing package waiting to be revealed :)

Thanks for reading.

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19 Comments »

  1. Have you seen what some apps have done which is change their UI (either slightly or relatively significantly) when they’re in the multitasking dashboard?

    This might give the opportunity for an “at a glance” widget-style mode for quickly scanning things. Similarly, you could post to the news feed every morning (at a configurable time) with the day’s weather forecast.

    Comment by Andrew Flegg — August 19, 2011 @ 02:35

    • Actually yes, I’ve noticed that an app can change its UI on minimize (like Energy Profiler does), but that’s not quite the same as to have known widget in a known place like it used to be. If widgets would remain disabled for the community – then we’ll optimize thumbnail mode for widget-like behavior :)

      Comment by Andrew Zhilin — August 19, 2011 @ 23:37

  2. Nice work, can’t wait to use it!

    Comment by sony123 — August 19, 2011 @ 03:53

  3. Cant wait to use it :D Looks Awesome

    Comment by Siraj — August 19, 2011 @ 12:02

  4. It is possible to integrate widget-style information into the events-view.
    Check the weather integrations on this screenshot: http://www.developer.nokia.com/swipe/ux/images/core_ui_framework/pages/home_1.png
    More information about the events screen is here: http://www.developer.nokia.com/swipe/ux/pages/Home.html#

    Comment by Cosimo (@zehjotkah) — August 19, 2011 @ 12:37

    • Yeah, saw that too, but there’s no documentation or any examples for this so I think we should wait for newer image to check out.

      Comment by Andrew Zhilin — August 20, 2011 @ 00:24

  5. Nice work, looking forward to installing it on my N950. When will you be releasing it??

    Comment by João Luis (@joaoluisc) — August 19, 2011 @ 13:05

  6. +1 for Andrew’s comment.

    And, thank you thank you thank you for doing this!!!

    Comment by timsamoff — August 19, 2011 @ 17:46

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  8. Really nice design work! Feels great knowing my future N9 will have some really nice apps!

    Comment by Jay Peterman — August 20, 2011 @ 08:38

  9. awesome :)

    Comment by sarmad87 — August 20, 2011 @ 19:59

  10. Carpet Bombing QML Effect … <- love the term :)

    Nice looking

    Comment by Khertan — August 21, 2011 @ 21:37

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  12. will you publish it to nokia store?

    Comment by ddjd — October 6, 2011 @ 06:53

  13. Anyway to port this to N900 and release it? Thank you

    Comment by jebena_zecica — October 8, 2011 @ 15:21

  14. There are 6 weather sources at the moment, but which one is the most accurate for the UK, possibly even Europe? Which one for Lithuania? How would one add another weather source? If these questions are already answered somewhere: Where? :)

    Nevertheless, thank you very much for your excellent work! Keep it up! :)

    P.S. Where is the “Donate” button in your homepage? ;)

    Comment by Andy — June 17, 2012 @ 20:18

  15. You absolutely have a point there, I have never thought about it
    like it like that before. You make it sound so compelling.
    I am going to have to read up on this more!

    Comment by Krithinidhi Mistry — February 18, 2013 @ 04:50

  16. Wow, that’s what I was exploring for, what a information!
    present here at this webpage, thanks admin of this web site.

    Comment by Rv — November 8, 2013 @ 00:58


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