Weather Vane
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Weather Vane is a Mac OS X utility that retrieves your local weather forecast and displays it in the menubar (both U.S. and international locations). Place it in your Login Items, and it will launch when you log in. The current temperature and conditions are displayed in the menu bar. Its menu displays the forecast and the tooltip displays the more detail on current conditions is your area. Weather Vane will fetch your forecast in intervals that you decide (15min.- 6hrs). Runs on both 32 bit and 64 bit systems. Localized for several languages.
What's New
Version 2.3.2:
  • More Bug fixes
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Weather Vane User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Macatak reviewed on 25 May 2012
Oh drat, just when it was looking good. Great tool when it works. Unfortunately, Weather Vane hangs the whole startup if it cannot connect to a server, and that is proving to be highly unreliable. So, again, goodbye Weather Vane.
[Version 2.3.2]


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Macatak commented on 21 May 2012
Miracles...after a few months of being weatherless and checking back here on a whim and seeing Weather Vane still listed, I've tried it again and it's working! For now? Thank you.
[Version 2.3.2]


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Dejmac reviewed on 16 Nov 2011
There is a problem with download page (doesn't work), as well as with Weather Vane v. 2.3.2 itself. Suddenly, app doesn't work any more?!
Did the Developer quit? I doubt because home web page is still there! But every other link from that page is not working. Is there a way to find out what is going on?
Weather Vane was a very good and reliable app.
[Version 2.3.2]

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MacUpdate---Ryan replied on 16 Nov 2011
This is from the devs page: "My apologies. I guess success isnt always a good thing. Accuweather says that Weather Vane is hitting their server too often. They receive over 100,000 hits a day for all of the users out there. Assholes! I'll find a new feed and release a new version this weekend. Sorry for the inconvenience." I'm not sure how long that's been there, if it's recent though, that should imply he'll be fixing the issue soon :)
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Randyn reviewed on 13 Nov 2011
Yep, I think it's DOA...I sent Spike a note too but haven't heard back either.
[Version 2.3.2]


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Ericf reviewed on 13 Nov 2011
Weather Vane suddenly no longer works for me (on three different Macs). Problem started in 2.3.1 and persists with 2.3.2. Where the usual weather report/temperature appears in the menu there is only a continuous scrolling of "Weather Vane... fetching weather" that never ends. I e-mailed Spike Software about it a week ago and haven't heard a peep :(
[Version 2.3.2]


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Macatak commented on 12 Nov 2011
Goodbye Weather Vane. Thanks Spike.
[Version 2.3.2]


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safrev reviewed on 06 Jun 2011
I've tried a few similar applications, and this is my favorite so far. The menubar display is clean, simple, and easily customizable, and the drop-down menu provides a lot of information without having to dig through submenus. My only complaints are that the UI isn't as attractive as it could be (of course, that's just a matter of preference), the drop-down menu can seem a bit cluttered (it would be nice to have the option to choose how much info it displays), and a few customization options I'd like to see are missing, such as the ability to choose where the weather data comes from, display the temperature only, without an icon, and choose smaller refresh increments. Those are mostly minor complaints though, and overall, Weather Vane is an excellent application.
[Version 2.3.2]


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Iliketrash commented on 07 Feb 2011
The download link and web site are not working.
[Version 2.3.2]

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Malacca73 replied on 22 Feb 2011
Just visit the site directly - www.spikesoft.net - I got that from the referring web address when I tried to visit the developer's site from the link above.
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Arthur Battram replied on 26 Apr 2011
download link is fine and forecast for my location came up straightaway, a lovely Mac status menubar app.

and free!
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+9

Avinator reviewed on 05 Dec 2010
Excellent application ! It has an excellent interface....
[Version 2.3.2]


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Penguirl commented on 23 Nov 2010
Weather Vane has a concise, easy to read display that makes for quick checks of the weather. I compared it to WeatherDock in Activity Monitor, WeatherDock used 0.2% CPU and Weather Vane used 0.0% (obviously these readings were inbetween weather updates).

And as an added bonus, it runs as a 64 bit app on my PPC Mac which means we won't have to listen to LIBERTYFORALL1776 complain about it not yet being 64 bit. Thank goodness for small favors!
[Version 2.3.1]


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Kohoutek had trouble on 20 Dec 2011
If Spike is looking for a new server, he might look into BBC's met service. It's used by many Linux apps.

He could also develop this app in such a way that it doesn't depend on one server.

I wonder why he hasn't implemented a feature in which users may designate a server. Along with this, it would be better if the app didn't freeze up if it can't connect to a server. Meteorologist, for example, just shows the app icon if it can't connect.

Meteorologist, btw, has also had this server problem many times. I switched to Weathervane because, up to now, the weather server there has been reliable.
[Version 2.3.2]


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Jonathan Best had trouble on 08 Dec 2011
Anybody know how to deinstall this software that doesn't apparently work anymore. It just keeps saying that it's fetching forecast.
[Version 2.3.2]


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Macman8 had trouble on 16 Nov 2011
I'm having the same issue. Weather Vane has stopped working for me as well. I use it on my G4 laptop. I also hope it will be fixed soon.
[Version 2.3.2]


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Macatak had trouble on 06 Nov 2011
WV has pooched, again. Displaying "Fetching forecast" and "null,null", the same as last time the feed was disabled by a data provider. Deleting preferences had no effect, and issue exists on three different networks, so assuming it is not a localised issue.
[Version 2.3.2]

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Tim Newton replied on 10 Nov 2011
same here.
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Ericf replied on 13 Nov 2011
And here, on three different Macs
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Macatak had trouble on 17 Dec 2010
2.3.2 - hover details is not working, and clicking on a day's weather is not loading the Web page, as I believe it used to on versions prior to the change to The Weather Channel feed. Intel iMac, Snow Leopard.
[Version 2.3.2]


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Ijack33 had trouble on 09 Nov 2010
I received this email from the developer this morning.

"Weather Vane's adoption by Mac users has been a very successful over the last four years. So successful that AccuWeather can't handle the load. They receive over 100,000 hits a day from it. They wanted me to pay for the feed, which I cannot/will not do. There are other feeds available and I'll have to retool Weather Vane to use one of them. I hope to have this done by this Sunday, so please be patient and sorry for the inconvenience."
[Version 2.2.6]

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Macatak replied on 10 Nov 2010
Sent a note to AccuWeather to comment about pulling the plug, suggesting that perhaps a better option would have been to force WV's developer to increase the interval times of pinging their servers, to lessen the loads. If someone needs up-to-minute weather, then maybe pay for that. I wouldn't care if it only got it once or twice a day. I would gladly trade that for the convenience of its nice menubar design. I can use other tools (widgets) to get more timely weather data if I really need it. Hope it gets fixed soon. Thanks Spike!
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Ijack33 commented on 11 Nov 2010
Latest email from Spike:

"It will likely be a few days. Retooling is taking much more time than I expected. Hopefully it will be ready by the end of this coming weekend."
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Weaselboy had trouble on 07 Nov 2010
Accuweather shut down access for this program and it no longer works. I corresponded with the dev, and he is working on an update that will use another source for weather data.
[Version 2.2.6]


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Macman8 had trouble on 05 Nov 2010
Hi... no, I have not received a response. I wrote an e-mail on their web site, but have not heard anything. This is what I have done on my Mac:

In the menu bar, I chose quit. I then deleted both the application and the preferences for Weather Vane. I then installed a fresh version of it; however, it still reads "Null Null" in the menu bar. I don't know what is happening with them.

I then downloaded another application called "Weather Dock" and installed it. It's a little tricky to set up the preferences on it, but I worked it out. Thus far, it is working fine on my Mac. I set it up to put a desktop icon in the lower right corner of my screen, giving me the weather icon and current temp. Since I have a large monitor, it also appears in my menu bar. You may want to check it out as a possible replacement for Weather Vane, which I still like. If you have any other questions about setting up Weather Dock, should you decide to go with it, I'd be happy to help.
[Version 2.2.6]

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Ijack33 commented on 05 Nov 2010
I wrote to the developer a couple of days ago and received this reply yesterday:

"Yes, accuweather killed the feed due to overuse. I'll find a new feed and release a new version this weekend."

Hope that clears thins up.
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Uburoibob had trouble on 26 Oct 2010
To quit any running applications that you can't see just go to APPLICATIONS/UTILITIES/ACTIVITY MONITOR.

Run that program and use it to QUIT the process in question.
[Version 2.2.6]


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Macman8 had trouble on 10 Jul 2010
I still love this application; however, today, for some unknown reason, Weather Vane just vanished from my menu bar. I downloaded a fresh update again, but can't install it because I'm unable to quit the application, and can't do this because it's not in the menu bar. Any ideas for me here?
[Version 2.2.6]

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Lynnep commented on 05 Nov 2010
Did you ever get an answer to your issue? I have (null)*(null) on my menu bar and cannot quit it to reload a new copy.

peterng rated on 23 Nov 2011

[Version 2.3.2]



David Scott rated on 22 May 2011

[Version 2.3.2]



marcocaccin rated on 19 Feb 2011

[Version 2.3.2]


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Version Downloads:11,968
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Free
Date:28 Nov 2010
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Weather Vane is a Mac OS X utility that retrieves your local weather forecast and displays it in the menubar (both U.S. and international locations). Place it in your Login Items, and it will launch when you log in. The current temperature and conditions are displayed in the menu bar. Its menu displays the forecast and the tooltip displays the more detail on current conditions is your area. Weather Vane will fetch your forecast in intervals that you decide (15min.- 6hrs). Runs on both 32 bit and 64 bit systems. Localized for several languages.


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