(Updated 2011-06-11: Catfood Earth 3.10 is now released. Thanks to everyone who took part in the 3.10 beta.)
I’m working on an update to Catfood Earth that will include many commonly requested features such as rotating the image to a specific longitude (something that didn’t make it over from the original Catfood Desktate) and handling corrupt cloud layer downloads better.
The beta already adds support for proxy servers, allows the cloud layer download URL to be overridden, updates the time zones layer with the latest data and fixes a few different crashes and other bugs.
If you provide feedback during the beta in the form of a comment on this blog post I’ll give you a free license for Catfood Earth. If you have a license for Catfood Earth already you can give the free one to a friend. Feedback can be positive or negative and can be about your experience with the beta or a request for Catfood Earth to do something new. All you need to do is comment below. Make sure you use an email address where I can contact you (this is not made public or included in the comment, I just need a way to get in touch to provide you with your free license). This offer will expire when Catfood Earth 3.10 is released.
With this update I’ve also hooked the Catfood bug tracking system up to twitter. Follow @CatfoodSoftware to see what’s in 3.10 and to get notified as new releases of the beta become available. You can also bookmark this post and check back, I’ll note each new release below.
I hope you enjoy the beta and I’m looking forwards to lots of great feedback!
(Updated 2011-05-28: Version 3.10.0165. Includes a screen saver that shows the current Catfood Earth image and adds support for rotating the image so that a specific longitude or solar (sidereal) time is at the center of the screen.)
(Updated 2011-06-05: Version 3.10.0222. Support for custom image size and location (i.e. for display on a monitor with portrait orientation), corrupt cloud downloads detected and skipped, option to display larger earthqukes first instead of most recent first, international date line shown on timezones layer, improved text wrapping and prevents text overlap between layers.)
(Updated 2011-06-07: Version 3.10.0236. Added volcanoes layer.)
Catfood Weather 2 is now available for download.
Version 2 is a major update that improves both performance and the look and feel of the product. Forecast location can be set by latitude and longitude as well as ZIP code. Weather alerts (watches and warnings) are not displayed in the taskbar icon and seven-day forecast window. Weather also allows you to configure a proxy server if required to access the Internet.
What hasn’t changed: Catfood Weather provides a free, compact taskbar based weather forecast for US locations. The icon indicates current conditions. Hover over the icon for the current forecast, click the icon for a detailed seven day forecast.
If you are upgrading from Catfood Weather 1.xx you should uninstall the old version before installing 2.00.