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July 19, 2008

OMWeather 0.21 preview

Filed under: Medium UI improvements, Released software — Tags: , , , , — Andrew Zhilin @ 22:07

Hello there.

Today I will show you some results of real Community Collaboration. Real transcontinental developing experience. Just a few months ago I had no idea how Community works, what shall I do to participate in it’s life. Few months ago I had an honor to meet such great developers as Vlad Vasiliev, Oleg Fialko and Andrew “Personal” Olmsted. I was extremely pleased to work with them on some awesome software. I’m not a programmer at all, but they allowed me to participate in their developing process and I’m very grateful for them for doing this. I can’t describe how awesome is to watch your ideas becoming alive. Thank you all, guys!

Well, lets move on to our topic. While another great “Personal” project is in development, OMWeather 0.21 is nearcoming and I want you to have a breif look what we’ve done during this time.

First of all I want to warn you that all screenshots are “work-in-progress” so something might be changed on release. But not dramaticaly :)

So, here’s changelog:

  • Completely revamped UI, fully optimized for finger navigation
  • New home applet (semi)transparency engine (thanks a lot Andrew!)
  • Changeable home applet font style and size
  • Built-in n8x0 temperature sensor information
  • Different weather sources selection
  • 10 days forecasts are back again

The heaviest change is absolutely new user interface, so let me take you to a brief tour through it.

You click any day, as usual, and you see something like this:

As you can see, information became more readable because of using whole screen.Top row of the screen is station selector. You can easily switch between your weather stations with fingers.Then comes day-tabs, and again, they’re very easy and intuitive to navigate. You don’t need to close window and reopen another day to check detail information, it’s all available right here. Each tab is wisely designed to show you information in most readable form. And on the bottom there are four icons: settings, refresh, help and close. I think that they are so intuitive that there’s no other way to comprehend their meaning :)

Ok, we’ve done with weather, lets dig deeper into the settings menu.

So, the first tab in “settings” menu is “stations”. here you can easily manipulate with your weather stations, add them, delete, arrange or edit. Also you can enable GPS weather station selector to automaticaly set your weather station. you can see source selector, there you can choose between different forecast servers to gather appropriate info. Whole station manipulating is covered with one intuitive tab without any pop-ups.

Let’s move on to “Visuals”.

There’s whole bunch of new stuff in here. First of all new intuitive layout and iconset selection. You can already see the result of your changes in settings. Iconsets that you haven’t downloaded yet are semi-transparent but you can chose the one you like not by sensless name but by example image.

There are option to disable that “grey-gradient” theme if you have some troubles while using it (non-standard font colors for example). You can adjust semi-transparency level to what you want and also choose the background color that fits your wallpaper. And also there are options to change font style and size now.

Display tab contains options that are connected with home applet information display. You can set visible items and icon size with one flick on the bar. Other options are not so special, they have been in OMWeather for a long time so there’s nothing special to check out. Let me just show you “Update tab” as an example of finger-UI optimizations.

While making OMWeather 0.21 we have done great job on reworking UI, adding new features that you’ve requested and fixing the bugs. And this work still continues to bring you as polished product as we can make so stay tuned, release is coming!

6 Comments »

  1. Wow! Just wow. I’m quite impressed and it seems like in both of our efforts that there was a concerted effort to utilize the entire screen.

    The effort is awesome; loving communiyt effect.

    Comment by arjwdotcom — July 20, 2008 @ 02:56

  2. Flipping, cool man… Nice work everyone!

    Comment by timsamoff — July 20, 2008 @ 17:12

  3. I love the app currently, but those images really take the cake. Totally wicked! I didn’t imagine how it could be a better program. Thanks for all the efforts.

    Comment by Thor — July 21, 2008 @ 03:23

  4. Looks great.now if they could just come up with more accurate weather information. The current app usually isn’t even close

    Comment by Dave — July 21, 2008 @ 22:38

  5. I really like the mockup !

    Does it will still use GTK ? as i’m trying to do something similar for mCalendar.
    If yes, contact me by mail, i’m interested to see the glade file, or how you do gradient. Thx

    Comment by Khertan — August 1, 2008 @ 08:38

  6. Looks great.
    Finger friendly ++
    Internal Sensor information, cool.
    Can’t wait for release.

    Comment by Rainer — August 13, 2008 @ 09:12


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