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Last post Author Topic: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)  (Read 334613 times)

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Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« Reply #750 on: July 17, 2021, 08:55 PM »
I had been using WeatherMate for years until I discovered sWeather which is the best weather program I have ever used. When I noticed that sWeather had stopped working I came back to WeatherMate only to discover that it was no longer working either. I contacted the developer- Ravi Bhavnani, who responded that he was working on a fix. So being deprived of my two weather programs which had been for the most part reliable, I started searching for alternatives. I came upon Tray Weather, which is open source and written in C++ but not portable and without reading the description I installed it only to find out that one needed to get an API key from OpenWeatherMap. After having a look at their Privacy Policy I decided that I didn't want their key and that Tray Weather was not for me so I uninstalled it without even testing it (at first glance I saw that it was bulky, it was not portable, it was limited). After researching some other alternatives which are not even worth mentioning I concluded that for the time being there is no real good alternative to sWeather and that I would have to rely on the inconvenience of web services like wttr.in (GitHub) which at least seamingly do not abuse user privacy (if such a beast has ever existed). If sWeather adopts OpenWeatherMap API I will have to ditch it. If someone has discovered a decent alternative to sWeather I would be grateful if they share their finding. On a side note I want to mention that Yahoo is really fabulous and proverbial- it ruined, burned and destroyed all the assets it once had.

I found this tray-based weather program called Weather Bar:

https://weatherbarapp.com/

It's free and doesn't need anything else to work. The only thing I don't like about it that weather conditions there are displayed in white letters in the tray, and because of it it's almost impossible to see it in my light grey taskbar.


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Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« Reply #751 on: July 18, 2021, 03:52 AM »
Yes, very nice program. Thank you. Can be used portable as well.

I very much like the bird flying over the forecast display.
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Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« Reply #752 on: July 18, 2021, 04:04 AM »
Now if only they could fix the white color. They have a website where suggestions can be added, but it requires registration.
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Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« Reply #753 on: July 18, 2021, 04:39 AM »
May be one can change the colors in Win itself?
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Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« Reply #754 on: July 18, 2021, 12:37 PM »
I like my color as it is, I don't want to change it...

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Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« Reply #755 on: July 18, 2021, 12:55 PM »
Yes, of course, I understand.
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Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« Reply #756 on: July 18, 2021, 01:38 PM »
Yes, this is a good option!

I agree that the text colour should be customisable, it is very hard to see. That said, you can see the space where it lives, and, if you hover over it, you immediately get a tooltip with the temperature and current condition. Clicking here also opens up the whole app with more detail.

I don't think that feature requests will do much good, since this hasn't been worked on for about three years. However, it is open source, the source code is available on GitHub, and someone could revive this project and make it more user friendly. Even this one change would be a step forward! Any takers?

Also the source code might be a roadmap for the sWeather devs to (more) quickly get their app back up and running, since whatever API Weather Bar uses clearly works.

Just my $0.02....
« Last Edit: July 19, 2021, 01:36 PM by gmusgrave »

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Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« Reply #757 on: July 18, 2021, 06:48 PM »
looks like Weather Bar is calling an API located at https://api.weatherb...weather/forecast/geo

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Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« Reply #758 on: July 19, 2021, 12:50 PM »
WeatherBar uses OpenWeatherMap (click on Menu, bottom of page)

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Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« Reply #759 on: July 19, 2021, 02:37 PM »
Yes, Weather Bar is a good stop-gap measure, but it hasn't been updated in quite a bit.

I want my sWeather back. I miss the features, the details and the look. PLEASE bring it back!


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Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« Reply #760 on: July 19, 2021, 09:51 PM »
WeatherBar uses OpenWeatherMap (click on Menu, bottom of page)

Looks like local temperatures there are not very accurate... the most accurate I found is Weather Underground, but it doesn't have a desktop app.

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Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« Reply #761 on: July 20, 2021, 12:56 PM »
Weather Bar is throwing some error dialogs big time for me today "A JavaScript error occurred in the main process"   :down:

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Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« Reply #762 on: July 20, 2021, 01:47 PM »
Working fine today for me.

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Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« Reply #763 on: July 21, 2021, 11:38 AM »
Looks like local temperatures there are not very accurate... the most accurate I found is Weather Underground, but it doesn't have a desktop app.

What means accurate? The weather station in my town is 20km outside, near the airport. So it would never be the exact weather in my street. I went past a pharmacy the other day, on a street corner, each side with a bit thermometer, with 2°C difference just a street side away. Shadow, less sun, etc. Under trees, it's quite fresher than in plain street. It's accurate for the airport, yes!

And I still prefer sWeather...

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Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« Reply #764 on: July 21, 2021, 12:33 PM »
I mean that temperatures in my town according to Weather Bar differ with real-world ones by 5F or more, and they're always lower, according to it. It does make a difference, Weather Underground is more accurate. I noticed that before with other weather apps that are based in Europe, they always underestimate US weather :))

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Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« Reply #765 on: July 21, 2021, 05:41 PM »
@comp

I checked Weather Bar and its Source Code and it turned out that the program is JavaScript/Electron and I do not use such stuff.