Softpedia Editor's Review for AeroWeather
Weather-based Aero Color
Written by Bogdan Popa on June 27th, 2012
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AeroWeather is Windows freebie that can change the color of the Aero user interface according to local weather temperature.
Since it was designed to work with the Aero interface, AeroWeather perfectly integrates into Windows Vista and 7, placing an icon in the System Tray to provide one-click access to all of its options.
What’s more, moving the mouse cursor over the Tray icon shows the current weather conditions, but a dedicated option to show temperature instead of conditions would come in very handy.
The app however allows you to change the location by typing in a city name or a zip code, change the color temperature range and set the Aero color based either on temperature or conditions.
A so-called “night mode” is also available in order to dim the Aero colors at night automatically.
AeroWeather is the kind of app that can help a lot in case you’re the kind of user who likes to tweak the Windows GUI as much as possible.
It can for example turn the Windows colors to grey if it’s cloudy, blue if it’s shiny, white if it’s snowing or red in case the maximum temperature reaches the maximum defined value.
The app doesn’t affect system performance in any way and quietly sits in the Tray. It can be used only on Windows Vista and Windows 7 with the Aero UI turned on.
Overall, AeroWeather is quite an interesting project, but certain improvements are still needed. The essential options are already there so some enhancements here and there could only make it better.
Here are some key features of "AeroWeather":
Temperature-based color changes:
· Minimum and Maximum values let you define your own range of colors
· Maximum temperature (or higher) is always red
· Minimum temperature (or lower) is always purple
· Color is calculated based on minimum and maximum values
· For example, given a minimum of zero, and a maximum of 100, if the temperature is 50 degrees, the calculated color would be a shade of green
Condition-based color changes:
· UI is grey if it’s cloudy, blue if it’s sunny, white if it’s snowing, dark grey if it’s raining, etc
· Dims the Aero colors when the sun sets (retrieves sunset time from weather server). Colors appear dimmer and less vibrant
· Brightens them when the sun rises the next day
· Windows Aero Enabled
· Internet Connection
· Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Fixed instances where Aero would get disabled and then re-enabled, and AeroWeather would not update the glass color