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rory
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 4:54 pm    Post subject: Version 2.7 Reply with quote

Version 2.7 is available for download:

Release Date: 10/17/2006
Full Install: swiftwx2pro.exe
Filesize: 20 MB

Upgrade from 2.6: swx27_upgrade.exe
Filesize: 1.6 MB
NOTE: See this post about color mods

Version 2.7 is a free upgrade from 2.0 thru 2.6. To purchase a license or download a free trial, click here.

What's New in 2.7?


Surface Observations x 4
Surface observations have been completely overhauled...

Fully standardized METAR plots now display wind speeds, current weather symbols, pressure rise/fall, and more...


Aviation-coded METARS allow pilots to see at a glance the current flying conditions:

Aviation METARs on-screen:


Graphical Observations give you a quick summary of the present weather and temps:


Color-coded Wind Vectors show the current wind direction and speed:


Every facet of Surface Observations are now fully customizable:



Map Legends
I've also implemented a special request from you, the users:


..and a Velocity Radar legend:


Included radar legends:
Base Reflectivity:

Composite Reflectivity:

Storm-Relative Motion:

Base Velocity:

1-Hour Precipitation:

Storm Total Precipitation:

Winter Weather Radar:

Surface Fronts:

Hurricane Tracks:



Winter Weather Radar
A new map has been added to the Map Catalog:


more continued on next post..........


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.......continued from first post

More GIS formats for map layers
The new version supports 10 more GIS formats which can be added as custom map layers:
  • ESRI Band Interleaved By Line (*.BIL)
  • Windows Bitmap Image (*.BMP)
  • Bently MicroStation DGN (*.DGN)
  • AutoDesk Interchange File (*.DXF)
  • ESRO ArcInfo Export (*.E00)
  • JPEG Image (*.JPG)
  • MapInfo Interchange Format (*.MIF)
  • MapInfo TAB (*.TAB)
  • TIFF/GeoTIFF Image (*.TIF/*.TIFF)
  • Tiger/LINE File (*.RTQ, *.RT2, *.RTZ, *.RTC2)

Adding custom layer like this...

...Will display the new layer on your map, like this:

(new streets layer in black)


Easier Object Selection
Just hover over any on-screen object to get a brief description, and click to get full details:



Additional Enhancements
Several more enhancements that aren't cool enough to warrant their own screenshots include:
  • Download Engine enhancements
    • Can detect non-updated imagery to prevent wasting bandwidth
    • Automatic failover to secondary storm data server

  • Icons added to Download Queue
  • Fullscreen mode
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Map Layers window displays "Downloading..." status when updating data
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re:"Can detect non-updated imagery to prevent wasting bandwidth"

You read my mind Rory! About to head downstairs to my Windows machine to Download!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent!
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Paul
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:27 pm    Post subject: Re: 2.7 Reply with quote

Awsome Rory! I've been enjoying it for a few hours now.
Now, to play with the catalog again...lol
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:38 am    Post subject: Run time error on 2.7 Reply with quote

Rory,

If I leave 2.7 running, I am getting lots of Swift Wx Download Engine Icons in my task bar area. When I shotdown 2.7 to clear them, i get a "runtime error 91". Any thoughts how to correct.

Thanks,

Tom
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rory
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Run time error on 2.7 Reply with quote

txwildcat wrote:
Rory,

If I leave 2.7 running, I am getting lots of Swift Wx Download Engine Icons in my task bar area. When I shotdown 2.7 to clear them, i get a "runtime error 91". Any thoughts how to correct.

Thanks,

Tom


We're working on a fix for this. I'll try to post it tomorrow (friday)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:56 pm    Post subject: Radar legends Reply with quote

Rory,

How do you display those legends for radar?
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rory
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 3:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Radar legends Reply with quote

SACaver wrote:
Rory,

How do you display those legends for radar?


Click File > Open Catalog, select "Default_265.swx" from the \Catalogs folder.

By default the upgrade-only version does not overwrite the 2.6 catalog (in case you made any modifications).
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:35 pm    Post subject: Fantastic Reply with quote

Great to see your new upgrades and coming along!
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Thunder
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the graphic icons for the METAR data is any other format besides .bmp supported?
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rory
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 2:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Reply with quote

Thunder wrote:
On the graphic icons for the METAR data is any other format besides .bmp supported?


Off the top of my head, i can recall CGM, WMF, and BMP being supported. GIF is not supported because of the licensing issue with Unisys.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats too bad I was hoping gif was supported to allow some really neat animated icons
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 4:08 pm    Post subject: Winter Weather map Reply with quote

I was checking out the winter weather national radar for the first time today. The thing that strikes me is how _sharp_ it looks comapred to the general radar map. Whether it's the color scheme or what, it looks good. The general one looks like a blurred image.

Can I change my preferences somehow to make it look more like the winter map?
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rory
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats interesting. They should have the same "smoothness" level because that is set at the parent folder, and both are in the same folder. Must have something to do with the color palette.

You can try setting the smoothing to 0, that should sharpen both images quite a bit more. You can do this by editing the Default.swx file directly or by editing the Regional Radar folder properties, under File > Catalog Editor.
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