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Monday, 18 February 2013

WeatherProHD - App Review

The basic (free) Weather App that comes with your iOS device is just that, basic. WeatherPro HD has much more detailed information and a much larger selection of locations.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
Just like on the 'standard' iOS application you enter your location. What is different is that there is detailed information for the weather (sun/rain/clouds etc.) but also far more with maxima and minima for temperatures, wind speeds and directions, amount of precipitation, hours of sunshine (if you're lucky), all this with very easy to understand graphics. There are also detailed maps and satellite images (in time lapse format) that all make the weather far more interesting.

Cost
There is a 'starter' App and then a plethora of in App purchases... not my preferred way of doing things. This means that you can end up spending quite a bit more than you originally bargained for.

Indispensability
Is the weather forecast indispensable? You could always look out of the window and make up your own mind on what's likely to happen next. Of course, if you want a forecast for somewhere further afield, an App is necessary.

Dependability
The App works fine. The problem is with the reliability of the feeds on which it relies for information. The previously mentioned time lapse satellite images might allow you to also make an educated guess on what is likely to happen next... without external pressures from tourist offices and the like.

Security
No issues.

ACIDS Test Rating:
Weather forecasts are not always accurate.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.
                                                         
You can get WeatherProHD here and support for the App here.

3 comments:

  1. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 3.3 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    • Weather Photo: After pressing the new camera button in the upper left corner of the weather tab the new feature will be activated. The user is free to choose between different designs and adjust the position of the overlay weather information. After he took the picture, the pic will be saved in a WeatherPro folder within the normal photo app. From there and directly via the new function the user is able to share the pic via the mail or the social media platforms he is connected to.
    • Connect to MULTIPLE Personal Weather Stations: At launch it was only possible to connect to a single Netatmo weather station but now you can connect to as many as you have in your account!
    • We’re also delighted to announce that at long last we are able to introduce radar images for Austria and Australia!
    • We’ve made some bug fixes, thanks for the feedback.

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  2. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 3.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    MeteoGroup has rebranded!
    The origins of MeteoGroup, the company behind WeatherPro, date back to 1986 with the founding of one of the world's first private weather companies in the Netherlands. Over the past 28 years MeteoGroup has grown into a leading full-service weather business with 400 employees and operations around the globe. To celebrate the company as it is today, we are excited to launch our new brand.
    Find out more about MeteoGroup at www.meteogroup.com/brand.

    Also new in WeatherPro for iPad 3.1:
    •Added to the forecast screen are a dynamic 18 hour forecast and radar preview tile (satellite view if radar unavailable). Premium subscribers can customise the new radar tile to preview any of the weather maps.
    •The Premium option also has a brief weather overview on the lockscreen which is automatically refreshed – ‘Notification Center’ must be enabled in app settings and app must run in the background. May be slight delay before data is initially displayed.
    •Europe-Radar covers Spain and Scandinavia. Various other bug fixes and improvements include, following user feedback, highlighting current selected locations in the favourites list.

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  3. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 4.0 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    MeteoGroup has rebranded!
    The origins of MeteoGroup, the company behind WeatherPro, date back to 1986 with the founding of one of the world's first private weather companies in the Netherlands. Over the past 28 years MeteoGroup has grown into a leading full-service weather business with 400 employees and operations around the globe. To celebrate the company as it is today, we are excited to launch our new brand.
    Find out more about MeteoGroup at www.meteogroup.com/brand.

    Also new in WeatherPro for iPad 3.1:
    •Added to the forecast screen are a dynamic 18 hour forecast and radar preview tile (satellite view if radar unavailable). Premium subscribers can customise the new radar tile to preview any of the weather maps.
    •The Premium option also has a brief weather overview on the lockscreen which is automatically refreshed – ‘Notification Center’ must be enabled in app settings and app must run in the background. May be slight delay before data is initially displayed.
    •Europe-Radar covers Spain and Scandinavia. Various other bug fixes and improvements include, following user feedback, highlighting current selected locations in the favourites list.

    ReplyDelete

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