August 22, 2011 in Software (E)
[prMac.com] Williamsburg, Virginia - Hunter Research and Technology today is pleased to announce version 6.1 of its weather app Wx, which was named a 2009 Mac Gem by Macworld magazine. Wx displays current conditions, forecasts, warnings, and radar for U.S. locations using high fidelity XML data from the National Weather Service. The app is designed for two types of customers: serious weather watchers who want detailed information and facts with no fuss, and casual users who want a fast, clean, and functional weather app. Wx was reinvented from the ground up for OS X 10.7 Lion, but brings its new design and features to OS X 10.6 as well.
Wx helps users set up locations on an embedded map, guiding them to choose nearby NWS observation sites, nearby NEXRAD radar, and nearby city- and county-based alert zones. The app sets up a 7-day summary "point" forecast customized for the specific latitude and longitude of the location, and a 7-day "pro" forecast that graphs temperature (actual and apparent), dew point, relative humidity, cloud cover, wind speed, wind direction, gust speed, 12-hour probability of precipitation, 6-hour liquid precipitation amount, and 6-hour snow amount. With their high spatial resolution, the point and pro forecasts are especially useful in coastal and mountainous regions, where typical zone forecasts can be inaccurate. These forecasts are backed up by a regional text forecast bulletin for additional information.
Wx also lets users setup weather maps for quick reference. Users can choose from over 40 default NWS maps and images, or provide the URL for any map of interest and load it right in the app. This allows users to access their favorite weather maps and images from preferred weather providers and keep them handy. Other features of Wx include a display of weather conditions in the dock icon, seven day sun and moon phase information, and a high performance multi-threaded radar display with seven types of radar.
Wx is crafted with attention to detail by an award-winning professional software developer with 20 years of experience, 6 years focused on developing weather software for Mac OS X and 3 years writing apps for iOS devices. Under the hood, Wx has all new download and processing engines, and is faster than ever. It's more reliable than ever too, offering multiple levels of redundancy to handle severe weather events that can strain NWS servers.
Pricing and Availability:
Wx 6.1 is available on the Mac App Store for $11.99 (USD). The app runs on any Intel Mac with OS X 10.6 or 10.7. More information, including screenshots, is available on the Hunter Research and Technology website.
Hunter Research and Technology is run by Dr. Craig Hunter, a practicing engineer with 20 years of experience in engineering and software development. Craig received the 2004 NASA Software of the Year Award and a 2004 Apple Design Award (Best Scientific Computing Solution on Mac OS X) for his work in software development. He founded Hunter Research and Technology in 2008 to create innovative and compelling apps that take advantage of the advanced hardware and software capabilities of iOS devices and Macs. The company has numerous apps available on the iTunes and Mac App Stores, and develops apps for a range of clients worldwide. iTunes, iPhone, iPod, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.