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What's new?

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Beside InterNews the pebble becomes a piece of daily entertainment. Sitting in boring meetings, a train or on a long trip with a bus you can watch the scenario of a snowy winter landscape. The "actors" change a little in particular during december. Due to this it remains interesting. ;)

In addition the weather of your current location or a preconfigured fixed location is always shown to you in addition to the time, the date in nearly any language.

The version of WinterWatch

  • ... runs on the pebble time, the pebble round as well as the upcoming pebble2 steel.
  • … has a fully new implemented settings layer. Settings are now stored in a DB and due to this are reused whatever pebble round, steel 2 or time you are using with your pebble app.
  • … has a much more reliable license mechanism. In case the license is unlocked the watchface only must be restarted and the watch automatically gets informed about it. If you e.g. unlocked WinterWatch on pebble time a switch to your additionally pebble round or pebble steel won't annoy you any more with any unnecessary license issue. It simple works!
  • … provides a new web based infrastructure for upcoming improvements… :)

Don't worry, this app don't drains your battery any more! A more intelligent algorithm reduces the battery consumption. Only if the watch is really visible then WinterWatch activity takes place. Also the default option adapts the activity in a more intelligent way to the current charging level of the battery.

Note: In case the watch lies on it's side or on the glas no action is taking place - no activity, no battery usage.

Note: If you don't need entertainment, have a glance to the famous sibling app InfoWatch. It provides much more InterNews but without the nice looking scenery. :(

Yes, the app will cost small money - is subject to a fee. Anyway you will get a full featured license for at least on day free of charge – so give it a try.

Note: In case you’ve still paid your fee, it remains valid! No need to do anything. :)

Be aware that it's a hard work to develop such an app and a fee is a kind of 'thank you' for hundreds of hours the developer spend.

Click here to find the app in the pebble market.

In case you lost the link to the paypal button to pay your fee, here it is. ;)

Functionality

  • Entertainment service: Watch a typical snowy winter landscape scenario. Up to 30 different skiing persons, birds, santas, animals etc. will entertain you.
  • Time and date service: The day, time, CW and date in nearly every language is shown. Currently up to 19 languages are supported.
    Note: Maybe some translations are missing. But in case you provide your translation to me I will update the corresponding language resource file. It's also possible to add new language files. Don't hesitate and tell me what is missing.
  • Current weather service: The actual weather (incl. the expected max/ min temperature) for a fixed or GPS dependent location is shown.
  • Notification service: You can be informed every 15 minutes, every 30 minutes or every hour by a short vibration.
  • Bluetooth info service: Get informed by a short vibration in case the Bluetooth connection gets lost.
    Note: If you don't like it, you can deactivate it in the settings. But sometimes it's useful because you get feedback if you are going to lose your smartphone. ;)
  • Network service: In case errors occur during data transfer between smartphone and pebble, a corresponding message will be shown. 
    Note: Have a glance at the progress bar in the bottom of your screen, In case an "error" occurs it's drawn bold.

Howto

The Panels

The BigPanel at the top provides the current weather or the date in nearly any language. It's a dynamic and fully configurable content layer. The content either changes (preconfigured) every 60 secs or by accelerator control. In later case a simple turn of your wrist will switch to the next available content.

Note: A detailed usage documentation of the accelerator control can be found in the section "InfoPanel Configuration" - press the corresponding "howto" button.

Near to the wrack at the bottom the bluetooth connection state icon and left hand side the battery charging level is shown.

The Settings

A settings dialog is provided in the pebble app. It offers a brunch of settings - nearly everything is configurable.

In particular the weather configuration should be taken into account.

You have to select a fixed weather location because it's a fallback in case GPS can't locate you. To ease the configuration of your fixed location you can search either per name token or by GPS a weather station near to you.

Per default the GPS location is used to show an individual weather/ weather forecast. This can be disabled by enabling "Only fix location" in the settings. As a result only the configured fixed location is shown - your GPS location isn't used any more.

Note: You will find GPS options. Normally there is no need to change the options! Only in case your GPS can't reliable find your location, you can adapt the properties "accuracy", "timeout" and "cache time" of your GPS device appropriate.

Screenshots

Did you see the FAQ?

Please contact us if you have questions or any issues.

Mein Profil

Ich bin seit 1999 im Java Umfeld tätiger Web-Entwickler. Von der JDK 1.1 kommend, habe ich die Entwicklung bis zur heutigen JSE 7.0 im industriellen Umfeld miterlebt.

Parallel hat mich das Potential von Typo3 fasziniert. Von der Version 3.8 kommend, habe ich die Entwicklung bis zur heutigen 6.2. mitvollzogen. Dabei hat mich zusehends immer mehr PHP als Sprache mit idealem WEB Charakter begeistert.

Android oder iOS schlägt nun die Brücke zwischen den beiden Welten und eröffnet dabei ganz neue Möglichkeiten.

Als zertifizierter SPiCE Provisional Assessor (ISO 15504) lege ich im Rahmen der Entwicklung sehr viel Wert auf qualitativ hochwertige Ergebnisse.