Pocket Weather Au, our very first serious app in the Apple App Store was released in September of 2008. Since then it’s been an amazing journey for us and we’re really glad that you came along for the ride. We went straight to the #1 spot in the store, and stayed there for well over 3 weeks. The thank you and suggestions have flooded our inbox ever since. Overall we couldn’t be more proud of what we built back then, and the many, many updates we’ve issued for it since (25 updates, over 4 years: view graphical history).
The astute among you will note that in January of this year the updates stopped. That was when we decided, after 4 years and so much hard work that poor old Pocket Weather Au was starting to look a bit tired. We have learnt an amazing amount since 2008, about development, weather and had so many great suggestions from you, our fans and customers.
So today we present to you, Pocket Weather Australia, version 3.0!
Now we know some of you well, and instead of reading the rest you’re just looking for the buy link, HERE YOU GO!
Finally, we’d like to answer a few common questions that our current customers will no doubt have:
Is this a free update?
No, it’s a brand new app that costs $1.99 and runs on your iPhone and iPad. We’ve released 4 years worth of free updates to the previous version, and when making such a drastic change we decided to build a brand new application. One of the main reasons for this was to not force an entirely new app onto people who might not want it.
I’ve been waiting for ages to give you guys more money, why only $1.99?
We get offers all the time from people wanting to donate to us, or get us to charge more for our applications. We feel that for now $1.99 is fair price for an app you use everyday, and we don’t take additional donations. If you really feel strongly about giving us more money, convince a friend or family member to buy our application instead :)
I like the current version, do I have to update?
No. We intend to keep the weather servers that these are connected to running for at least another year, probably much longer. We have no way to update the app itself though, so should it break in future versions of iOS then there’s not a lot we can do about that.
I bought your app just recently…
We removed our old app for sale before posting this one, so there should be very, very few of you that fall into this category. If however you did buy our app within the last few weeks, and feel like you’ve been wronged, please email us, we’ll look after you :)
I have an Android phone, don’t you guys love us?
Of course we do, Pocket Weather Australia 3 is also available from Google Play here.
We are very proud and excited here in the office today, and we hope you are too. Our goal (we always set one of these before releasing a new app) is to reach the #1 spot in the App Store. We’re not bothered by whether that’s for 2 seconds or 2 years…we just want to show Apple, Australia and everyone that apps still matter, and it’s not all about games! So come on Australia, get into the Olympic spirit, and let’s get Pocket Weather Australia to that #1 gold medal winning position!
We’re stoked to announce that our shiny new Pocket Weather HD 2.0 update has been approved by Apple. What’s new? Retina graphics. That’s what.
Pocket Weather HD looks absolutely stunning on the new iPad’s retina display. The high resolution Sky and Dark themes look so good, you’ll want to show off the weather to your friends.
… And show it off to your friends you should, because Pocket Weather HD only utilises trusted weather data from Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology.
Pocket Weather HD is still the best way to check Australia’s weather conditions on your iPad. This version contains all the best features from the iPhone, enhanced and tweaked to look great on your iPad.
Get it from the app store today!
It’s the last day of the week (yay!) and the last update about the features coming in Pocket Weather AU 2.0. Today we cover some more mundane (but very important) tweaks:
- Tweaks to all of the skins, including skinning of the location list screen
- 3 new icons for heavy rain, fog and wind.
- Realtime UV support for some locations (from ARPANSA, more coming later)
- Radar updates improved to always get the most recent radars
- Option to disable rotation (eg: portrait only mode)
- Option to disable load on startup (useful for iPod touches)
- Many more bug fixes and server tweaks (there are literally too many to mention here, we re-wrote a large chunk of the code).
So what next you say? Rest we say! Then it’s straight on to the Pocket Weather World v1.1 upgrade!
Our designer also wants to completely overhaul Pocket Weather…but that’s a story for another day ;)
Apple finally approved version 1.5 of Pocket Weather AU yesterday, so go grab it and let us know what you think. The main features included are:
- The Settings have been moved into the application. Since the emails we keep getting seem to indicate that most people didn’t know they existed, they should now be a lot easier to find. Thanks go to the guys from the IconFactory for publishing a very nice library that helped us do this very easily.
- Animated icons are now available (you can turn them on from the settings mentioned above)
- We added the backup Melbourne Airport radar, since the main one in Melbourne is still having problems.
- We also tweaked the application loading time, and response time in a few of the screens.
We hope you like it, and we hope to bring you many more free updates in the future. We’re still deciding on the features of 1.6 but we already have a few like custom naming of locations, adding tide offsets to the tide display, the ability to cache tides so you can view them offline and a setting for locking the screen rotation for those of you that only want to see it in landscape or portrait. Feel free to leave comments with any additional features you want, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other news we’re still working away in the background on a few other projects, which we hope to release weeks ago, but such is life, we’re going to hold onto them until they are fully baked and ready to go.
Some quick updates for you, starting with the main Melbourne Rain Radar. It went offline about 72 hours ago, and at the time of writing this is still not back up. This means that those of you living in Melbourne will not be able to access the rain radar from Pocket Weather (or the BOM site for that matter). We have implemented the changes required to incorporate the backup Melbourne Airport Radar into our application, and will submit that as an update to the App Store shortly. I wouldn’t hold my breath on seeing it anytime soon, as Apple are frantically testing thousands of applications that have been submitted to comply with the new 3.0 firmware update at the moment. At least you can sleep soundly knowing that once the update comes out, you will never have to go outside to find out if it’s actually raining or not!
We also have one other cool feature that we are testing for the next release, which we’ll keep a secret until it actually comes out.
Just a quick post to let you know that Pocket Weather AU 1.4.1 is now available. It fixes some weirdness and crashing that can happen if you keep opening the radar, and should also fix the issue where you couldn’t play music/listen to podcasts while checking the radar. We also tweaked the look of the days being displayed in the High Visibility skin so that the day name stands out a bit more.
Thanks go to Alex S and the fine people at Mactalk Australia for identifying and helping to diagnose the issues:
So go grab the new release, and if you like it please leave us some feedback on iTunes. Unfortunately for every new release the feedback gets (effectively) wiped and we are at the mercy of the first few people that leave reviews! There’s at least one Troll who has decided that it’s their personal mission in life to leave us one star reviews that say nothing about the application but just criticise me personally instead. At the same time they leave glowing reviews for Oz Weather. I doubt that it’s Graham himself, but you get people like this sometimes, it’s just par for the course. Perhaps they have self-esteem issues, perhaps they just have no life, either way I just feel sorry for anyone that gets enjoyment out of doing that. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind people leaving one star reviews if they hate our application and say why, more power to them. It’s my intention not to feed the trolls and just trust that you guys, our loyal fans, will leave us a few positive reviews :)
Just a quick post for today. We had a question sent to us via email about what the blue arrow and associated numbers mean on the rain radar:
- Green number : rainfall for that area in mm since 9am this morning
- Red number: current temperature in celcius
- Blue number: wind speed
- Blue Arrow: wind direction
You can turn this overlay off in the Settings application of your iPhone if you find it annoying.
And who says that you don’t learn something new every day?