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WP7 App Launch: ‘AU Radar’ (Live Australian Weather Radars)

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I’ve just submitted a new App to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace – ‘AU Radar’ which as the name suggests allows you to view live Australian Weather Radars (from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology) on the go. Of Note – this app brings the imagery functionality from the ‘Big Screen Weather v2’ (for Windows Media Center) product – with some enhancements to your Windows Phone 7.

The App should (hopefully) be live in the next 24-72 hours. (depending on how quickly it gets passed by the Marketplace certification team).

Here’s the wrap (taken from the Marketplace description) :

smallIcon  AU Radar


AU Radar allows you to view the latest animated Weather Radar Loops from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology ( Covering 53 locations around Australia – (where available) you can view IR Rain Radars (64km, 128km, 256km + 512km), Wind Doppler, Rainfall (since 9am, 1hr, 6hr + 24hr) – plus view the National Satellite and IR Rain Radar loops.

Usage is fast and friendly – as it remembers you last location (and radar type) – meaning you get what you want instantly on load (after latest data is downloaded). Finding your nearest radar is made simple by using your phone’s GPS lookup – which provides you a quick list of the radar locations – or you can browse all the available locations by state.

The App boasts a ton of great features – such as ability to pause/play loops, move to nearby radars (via a 8 way on screen compass), toggle display of imagery layers (such as topography, range and locations) as well as set the animation speed for the radar loop.

The App is also super bandwidth friendly (and fast) – as all static imagery such as location backgrounds, topography and location overlays are pre-loaded into the App itself (no need to download them at all). Real-time imagery (such as the actual dynamic radar image overlays) are then downloaded from BOM as needed (and only uses a small amount of bandwidth – typically 2-15k per a 8 frame loop).

Please Note : the trial version of this application will allow you to view only the 256km rain radar loop per each location – and all other radars will be available upon full purchase.

Also note – that if using the GPS location lookup (optionally used when you nominate your radar location) – your location may be sent to Microsoft as part of standard statistics collection (which is a default requirement of using GPS capabilities on your handset inside applications).

Pricing/Availability :   USD$1.29 / AUD $1.70 (Trial Version Available) /  Available soon in the ‘News + Weather’ category in Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.

see screenshots below :

rdr_National rdr_Nearby rdr_Rainfall rdr_RainLoop rdr_SelectType rdr_Settings rdrDoppler rdrSelectLocation

NB: I will likely bring out a dedicated Weather App (with BOM observation/forecast data) sometime soon. (ie. the ‘other’ functionality in Big Screen Weather v2).


Written by mobilewares

December 8, 2010 at 12:16 am

3 Responses

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  1. Hey Niall,

    Just downloaded from the marketplace. Very nice. I have one comment though, when in the Radar View pressing the back key drops you out of the application instead of back to the radar selection screen.

    That little navigation quirk feels a little weird.



    December 9, 2010 at 11:13 pm

  2. Hi Dave,
    Hey when you mean ‘Radar View’ screen – are you referring to the page where you are watching the animated radar? If it is – this is supposed to be the first page of the App (so it should exit at that point). Note that the ‘no location selected – select a radar…’ message you get on very first launch is also same screen (and just shows a different view if you’ve not chosen a radar location yet). All subsequent launches should take you into the radar loop immediately.
    Let me know if that makes sense – or I’ve misinterpreted this (happy to fix it up if theres still an issue – the certification was quite quick for this one).


    December 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm

  3. Just popping in to say nice site.


    December 30, 2010 at 6:45 am

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