AeroRadar, the popular weather radar app that ‘took the world by storm’ by offering over 30 advanced weather overlays, has received a large update to version 1.1. This update is the first of two large updates to both of my popular apps, Atmosphere Weather and AeroRadar, and includes an array of new features and improvements over 1.0. We added more layers – 4 new ones, to be exact, a new icon was created, and we launched a new free developer service which we believe will become an integral part of many other popular apps. Additionally, we dropped the price from 1.99 to 0.99 in order to cater to and support the larger Windows Phone community – not just ‘weather geeks’ and meteorologists.
Here is the full list of new layers included in Update 1.1:
- Enhanced Cloud Cover is a free upgrade to the existing cloud cover feature. It is a better-quality image which is free of the ‘grey space’ which made the old image harder to read. Also included are color-coded clouds to indicate cloud density.
- Lightning is a free layer that displays the most recent lightning strikes.
- Added a ‘SuperHD’ radar layer which displays higher-quality radar images. It is slightly outdated and is non-animatable. While we recommend basic HD radar as it is updated and animatable in most situations, SuperHD is useful for seeing a higher quality image.
- Composite Reflectivity, used to identify storm structure and trends.
The second new feature included in AeroRadar is a new logo. We designed the logo to be simplistic and to be extremely similar to Atmosphere’s design paradigm, but still be identifiable as a weather radar product. The logo was designed by Appfinity’s graphic designer, @legitgamed9x (Twitter).
Lastly, the primary reason for AeroRadar 1.1’s launch is to prepare for Atmosphere ‘Reentry’, which supports AeroRadar integration. However, while we were working on this integration feature, we stumbled upon an interesting idea – we thought that if we made these integration features public for other developers to use, it would benefit the wider Windows community and inspire innovation – after all, what developer of a weather product wouldn’t want to give their users access to top-quality radar data?
Being that we couldn’t think of any reasons, we decided to make the AeroRadar URI Scheme public for all developers to use. Even better, access is absolutely free and requires no payment, contracts, royalties, or anything. Just go to our website, read about the details and get the code. Then, just email us at [email protected] with a paragraph explaining how you will use our app in your project. We will probably accept it, and if we do, you will be able to open and integrate with AeroRadar in your application.
AeroRadar is available for download in the Windows Phone Store here, and Atmosphere is available here, which will get an update in the coming days, is available here. As always, you can go to appfinity.net or follow us on twitter @appfinityWP for the latest announcements.