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Title: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on July 18, 2018, 04:50:33 AM
Hi All,

Hopefully it's okay to post this here as we're not selling anything (yet).

We're nearing the completion of a new weather map service and are seeking beta testers. We're not ready to announce many details but I've attached a handful of images and animations to show what our service will produce. This isn't going to be another weather API with ridiculous starting prices and it's not going to be the best thing since sliced bread and win awards. It's going to be a solid weather maps API with plans affordable for hobbyists.

We're looking for a maximum of ten beta testers to help us test and finalize the features we'll offer. Each beta tester will receive free access until the end of September and possibly longer if testing is extended.

The requirements are simple:
1) Be able to actually use the service (have a website or similar that could use weather maps).
2) Be proficient enough with coding to add the maps to your site. We recommend retrieving images in the background, storing them locally and then serving them on your site.
3) Be willing to provide regular feedback via a private forum. Daily feedback is not required. Once a week or so, etc.

Note: We're currently only generating data for the continental US. We plan on expanding to other regions later this year.

If you're interested, please leave a reply on this thread claiming a spot and we'll PM you with details within 24 hours.

Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on July 18, 2018, 04:51:27 AM
Another animation example
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: bettsr67 on July 18, 2018, 07:44:52 PM
Maps in SouthWest US? ie. CA

Ill give it a go.
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on July 18, 2018, 09:33:38 PM
We definitely have coverage in CA. I've attached another example map that is zoomed out to show our current coverage area. Again, we'll be extending coverage to other areas later this year.

I'm sending you a PM with the beta tester details.
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: PaulMy on July 26, 2018, 02:44:50 PM
Have been playing working with the maps.  Even I got a basic understanding of how and what map to display.

This is still in the early beta period and they are actively resolving issues as they occur, but looking very good.

Enjoy,
Paul
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: UpstateWeather.com on August 13, 2018, 04:40:22 PM
If you still need / want Beta testers, I'm interested!
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on August 15, 2018, 03:47:05 AM
Absolutely. I'm sending you a PM now with the details!
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: PaulMy on September 04, 2018, 09:13:11 AM
Development is actively ongoing and they are very responsive to comments and suggestions.
Very impressed,Paul
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: Brientim on September 06, 2018, 03:35:47 AM
Hello,

If you are needing additional beta tester from different regions, AU I could assist
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on September 07, 2018, 05:01:51 PM
Sorry for the delay. I'm out of town at the moment.

We're currently working on upgrading to custom servers that will allow us to offer more global data. We expect to have some global coverage in place by the end of the month. I'll send you a PM once we have coverage in Australia :)
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: Brientim on September 08, 2018, 10:59:01 AM
No worries. I appreciate the response and whenever it occurs feel free to notify me.
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: ea1hmy on September 08, 2018, 12:25:22 PM
There will be coverage for Europe, I would be interested
a greeting
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on September 11, 2018, 10:33:23 AM
We'll be adding coverage for Europe in 3-4 weeks. At the moment we're transitioning to a new server architecture and then we'll be adding global coverage.
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: ea1hmy on September 12, 2018, 05:01:07 AM
Thanks, I hope to be on the list to do the tests
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: PaulMy on February 05, 2019, 11:23:34 AM
Still coming...
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on February 06, 2019, 04:54:57 AM
Yes, it's been a very long process getting this put together. The good news is that we plan on opening up the doors and launching a public beta sometime next week. Everything will be 100% free during the public beta period. Feedback and suggestions are more valuable to us than $ at this stage.
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on February 15, 2019, 01:44:55 AM
Our (100% free) public beta is now live: https://meteomaps.com

It literally is 100% free. No gimmicks. Feedback is what we're most interested in at the moment.
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on February 17, 2019, 03:32:47 AM
For those of you that signed up and didn't receive a verification email, that problem is now resolved and your accounts have been activated. Sorry for the hassle.
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: PaulMy on February 18, 2019, 09:57:35 AM
I've built several maps and quite easy once you get a feel for it.  Most difficult for me is understanding the many Data Layer content.

Enjoy,
Paul
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on February 18, 2019, 04:23:07 PM
That's unfortunately one of the drawbacks of having as many data layers as we do. We've added presets to the map builder that (hopefully) will help with this. If you haven't already, give the presets a try. The "Precipitation Type" is a favorite of mine.
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on February 28, 2019, 12:39:48 AM
For those that haven't stopped by in a while, we've added a new feature: Meteograms

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Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: PaulMy on February 28, 2019, 10:46:41 AM
This worked well when I first tried it.  But seems that selecting some elements, like Dew point (c), needs to be looked at.

Enjoy,
Paul
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on February 28, 2019, 02:54:09 PM
That should be fixed now. Thanks for pointing out that bug.
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: blizzardof78 on June 20, 2019, 05:29:20 PM
So your maps are clickable when I visit your web site under Features, but nothing comes up when I click them? Can you show me some real time screen shots, such as radar, a temperature map, a surface map with fronts and pressures, etc?


https://screenshots.firefox.com/cuTek0C831WRuwci/meteomaps.com (https://screenshots.firefox.com/cuTek0C831WRuwci/meteomaps.com)
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on June 20, 2019, 05:48:13 PM
Hi Don,

There's a demo video on the front page. We'll improve the front site as we get closer to launching. For now, we're still in beta and everything is 100% free. So feel free to sign up and build a few maps. If you signup you'll find our map builder tool under the "builders" menu item.

As for some of the features you mentioned, the following are still on our to-do list:

Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: lightmaster on June 20, 2019, 08:05:33 PM
Little bit of feedback, signing up now and don't like that passwords have to be alphanumerical and can't contain symbols.
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on June 20, 2019, 08:08:51 PM
Thanks for the feedback. I wasn't aware of that limitation and I can't really think of a valid reason for it. I'll make sure that gets fixed.
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: Jasiu on June 20, 2019, 09:25:02 PM
I had the same reaction as lightmaster. Let us know when we can change our passwords.
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: txweather.org on June 20, 2019, 09:38:56 PM
I would like to beta test
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on June 21, 2019, 12:16:57 AM
Little bit of feedback, signing up now and don't like that passwords have to be alphanumerical and can't contain symbols.
I had the same reaction as lightmaster. Let us know when we can change our passwords.
This is now fixed. Passwords can be changed here if you've already signed up:
https://admin.meteomaps.com/index.php?page=profile

I'm still not 100% sure why this limitation was in place but I went ahead and removed it myself instead of waiting on someone to get to it tomorrow or on Monday.

I would like to beta test
Sure thing. Just visit the site and signup for an account. It's all free at the moment. No credit card or anything like that required.
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: blizzardof78 on June 21, 2019, 07:38:23 AM
The biggest thing I'd like to see are the fronts and pressure systems on a surface map. This would sell me faster than most anything. I need that on a map when presenting to the public. Thanks.
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on June 21, 2019, 03:22:08 PM
Those two features are definitely on our list. At the moment we're working on custom city labels and storm tracks as those have been requested the most. After those two are complete we'll likely start on fronts and then keep moving down our to-do list.
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: blizzardof78 on June 21, 2019, 04:13:52 PM
 =D> \:D/
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on June 28, 2019, 01:19:34 AM
I haven't been posting feature updates here for a while but we've had numerous people request this one and I know some are following this thread.

After a lots of testing we have finally enabled storm data for everyone. There's a more detailed post on the Meteo Maps forum but this is what the new feature looks like:


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Next on our list is "overlay layers" which will include items like fronts, pressure lines, etc. This one will likely take a couple of weeks due to the complexity.
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: PaulMy on June 28, 2019, 08:38:04 AM
Thanks,
Always kind of exciting when you add something new...

Enjoy,
Paul
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: halifax on July 01, 2019, 06:51:33 AM
I'm liking this site. Well done!
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on July 01, 2019, 10:49:23 PM
I'm liking this site. Well done!

Thanks!
Title: Re: Looking for Beta Testers
Post by: doubleohwhatever on July 01, 2019, 11:49:45 PM
Hi All,

Our surface analysis data layer is now available. While this is a map that we wanted to offer, it's apparently not a map that is hugely popular. Even AccuWeather did away with theirs:
https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/weathermatrix/the-demise-of-the-surface-weather-frontal-map/70000589

We talked with a few of the people we consult with and the general consensus was that traditional surface maps can be too complex for "at a glance" viewing. With this in mind, we decided to create a less complex surface analysis map that will hopefully be more inviting.  As always, we love feedback. We also know that this map might need to be tweaked. So consider this "version 1".

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