Finally! After the revision of the first version of MeteorClock turned out to be unexpectedly work-intensive and time-consuming, I can now rejoycefully proclaim the release of MeteorClock -“The Next Level”- 2.0! I have rewritten approximately 95% of the whole code. With the first version I was able to gain a complete view of the full extent of the project, and used that experience to craft a totally new basis and make the code even more straight-forward for its purpose. Man, that was some work, but it was well worth it!
So, what’s new?
- persistent saving of user settings!
- completely new, optimized light-weight code
- redesigned large-scaled settings menu
- save and display up to 5 locations
- immense possibility of customization with new backgrounds
- added info about wind, atmosphere,
times of sunrise & sunset, date display
- you can find more information on the
widget in the article for version 1.0
New Features, more and better!
As the first and only version is really quite an old one, and also because I decided to skip a milestone release of 1.5, you will barely recognize MeteorClock. As listed above, major additions are customization options with beautiful high-resolution backgrounds and a totally new Options Menu for which I made use of the full-screen possibilities of widgets. Thanks to this, navigating and interacting with the scaled-up interface is much easier and allows much more room for future options – you might also find one or another visual effect!
Moving around much? Add more more places!
One of the major additions is the possibility to add more than one location. Simply search for them, add them, or delete them! To keep everything clear, the maximum amount are 5 locations at a time. So, add your favorite places now, and see their weather within a single touch!
Your Feedback helps!
With the help of your great feedback and suggestions I also changed, and hopefully improved, things like the position of AM/PM letters and the new date display, temperature objects were slightly rearranged as well. The “Haze” icon was exchanged for a more obvious day-time independent version, and there have been countless more big and small changes – just explore the new widget!
The controls are the same as in MeteorClock 1.0, apart from the difference, that there is an additional touch zone in the clock interface to switch to the next location, if you saved more than one.
For 2.0 I finally designed a stable and concept-proof code foundation, which can be pertained in coming versions. Although I’m very pleased about the current functionality there are still plenty possibilities of addons and major improvements. One sure task on my to-do list is the implementation of non-english language support. I also need to sort out the case of unsupported non-latin characters, but couldn’t include this into this release yet. And with the customization through individual backgrounds I can create and add more background textures according to your suggestions and requests, to create an even more unique experience. I’m also really counting on your feedback on your experience, where you might still have difficulties, and where there could be potential for improvement to craft the widget and its controls even more intuitive.
Download, Upgrade, Start through!
As in the previous release, you can simply download the archive and unzip the .wgt widget file, put it anywhere on your Wave, start it through its native file explorer and install! Don’t be shocked by the size of 2.6mb, the code providing the magic is as lightweight as ever. It’s about the high-resolution backgrounds that quickly grow in size, but seldomly have to be redrawn (assuming you won’t change your background every minute, of course!).
Update Version 2.01 I made a very minor fix in the updated version 2.01. I forgot to delete the debugging option of the “3 Sec” update rate. Other than that, both 2.0 and 2.01 are completely equally functional.
License: MeteorClock is given to you completely free of charge. Please don’t distribute this widget or parts of it any further. Weather icons are published under MIT and GPL license. Enjoy!
(If you want to share it, link to this page, please!) One more thing: MeteorClock 2.0 doesn’t overwrite the old version because it uses a completely new preference saving system and otherwise would conflict the whole system, so you need to delete version 1.0 manually.
Like it? Support me!
Although I love what I’m doing and as much as I am truly happy about every single comment and suggestion here, it still is a money and especially time consuming work. I also like that my widget is to be completely free to everyone in the world – but it’s hard to solely live on that. So if you want to support me on my bada projects, my blog or simply say Thank You, you can support me with a small donation via PayPal. Perhaps worth a beer, or two?