A new version of WxFix Standard and Lite should be on the App Store soon. It incorporates several changes and improvements to WxFix, several of them based on direct customer feedback. To those customers who’ve provided this feedback (you know who you are), THANK YOU!!!
So, what’s new? First, the biggest functional improvement is faster radar image download time. Instead of waiting for the whole radar loop to download, you’ll see the initial image of the loop almost right away while the remaining images download. Along with a few other minor tweaks to the radar display, these improvement are aimed at making your user experience better by getting the radar information to you quicker.
Another major functional improvement is mainly for iPod touch users (and for iPhone users who may have access to WiFi in the absence of a cellular signal) who are tied to WiFi in order to use WxFix. Sometimes a WiFi network or router won’t give your current location (actually, the router location), which basically means you can’t get a forecast for your current location, since the app has no location input. While we can’t do anything about a given WiFi router not providing a location, we can help you work around this by letting you manually enter your location – an address, zip code, lat / lon coordinates, or place name (e.g. Disney World). This will enable you to input your current location (precisely if you have lat/lon info) and thus get a forecast for that location. This should be especially helpful, say, if your home WiFi network fails to provide your location.
The other main improvements are for the WxFix Lite. We’ve upgraded the radar display to full animation as in the Standard version, and instead of limiting you to a max of two saved favorites, you’ll be able to save as many as you want. The main difference on this versus saving favorites in the Standard version, is that only on the Standard version can you drop pins on the map and save them as favorites, and only on Standard can you save locations from your contacts list.
There are few other performance improvements plus a few minor bug fixes. These are things you won’t necessarily see in the user interface, but they should enhance the overall performance of WxFix and make for a better user experience.
We continue to solicit your direct input on WxFix and your suggestions for improvements and changes you’d like to see. While we may not be able to incorporate every idea, we will listen and keep in mind any good suggestion or idea.
And, of course, we want to know about any problems you might run into using the app. It will help a lot if you tell us what device you’re using (i.e., iPhone 3G, 3Gs, iPod touch), what type of network you’re using (cellular – 2G/Edge, 3G, or WiFi), and what OS version you have installed in your device (on your iPhone or iPod touch you’ll find this in Settings-About-Version).
Thanks so much for your input and support. Look for the new version soon on the app store. If you’ve already downloaded either WxFix Standard or Lite, or do so between now and when the new version turns up on the App Store, you’ll be able to upgrade for free to the new version.