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Offline BrianLehan

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Don't know where to put this question, but I'm evaluating software to move my Davis based station from VWS and I was wondering if I could create my VWS Broadcast image - currently used in my signature - using either WD or CumulusMX or any third party graphics tools or scripts out there? I'm about to start testing both these packages but not sure what they offer. I think WD has something built-in to be used as a "sticker", "banner" or whatever we are calling these status placards these days. 

Anyone done this type of image creation, if so what did you use? I assume I can reference data from either an ascii file or other source for the stats as variables in some type of template. I guess I could keep VWS up and maybe if its only task is creating this image it might not need to be rebooted a couple times a day LOL

I know its large and chunky but I'm sentimentality attached to it.

Thanks in advance

Brian
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VWS 15x on Windows 7
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Re: re-create the VWS "Broadcast" display graphic with software or tools?
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2020, 02:53:59 PM »
WD does have a custcom screen
where you can use custom tags and place and move them to where you want on the screen and set to show a wind direction gauge and temperature gauge and add in custom images
and set background color etc etc
i.e very customizable
i.e so you could recreate this

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Re: re-create the VWS "Broadcast" display graphic with software or tools?
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2020, 04:26:06 PM »
Both WD and Cumulus have a wealth of 'tags' and the ability to export files.
You would need to create a php template that in turn creates the image. (Like all the 'banners' you see everywhere)

but ...
php generated images aren't optimized very well and a large physical size = large memory size
Imagine what you will KNOW tomorrow !

Offline BrianLehan

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Re: re-create the VWS "Broadcast" display graphic with software or tools?
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2020, 07:55:37 PM »
Thanks hopefully over the weekend I can install and poke around both packages and see what the options are. Thanks for the advice and insight.

Brian
Davis Vantage Pro 2 plus
VWS 15x on Windows 7
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Offline waiukuweather

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Re: re-create the VWS "Broadcast" display graphic with software or tools?
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2020, 10:09:30 PM »
there is some youtube help videos for WD , including how to create custom screens

Offline BrianLehan

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Re: re-create the VWS "Broadcast" display graphic with software or tools?
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2020, 08:58:36 PM »
I managed to get all three - VWS, WD and CumulusMX up and running on the test pc using SoftWX v-vantage Pro console so now I have to learn how to configure WD. Cumulus was easy to configure, but WD seems a bit unruly but once I get them at least receiving correct data, then I can look at the web pages and options.

Thanks for the WD youtube tip.

Brian
Davis Vantage Pro 2 plus
VWS 15x on Windows 7
Sarasota-Weather Template
Gr3 Radar

 

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