Improve radar and satellite animation quality
Animation is not smooth, but rather jumpy or jerky
The animated map works worse and worse. Either fix the damn thing or go back to the old one.
Animation is TOTALLY broken. It is jerky and useless. I am back to the NOAA maps and not likely to renew my membership.
The new is awful. The animation is very slow and jerky.
Keep it simple......... To much data entry. Choppy display on my tablet
I live my life by the information I get from current accurate radar. I don't know what exactly you changed in the animation, but it is very slow to load and has large jumps and gitters. The last frame is the most important frame and it seems to be blank and it quickly jumps back to the beginning of the loop. Maybe there is a setting I can tweak sometime when I have time, but right now I don't like it and will have to use one of the other environments to observe radar information.
Animation is very ragged, not smooth at all compared to the prior wundermap display
I'm using Firefox. Modifying the animation causing repainting issues in Wundermap with flashing, incomplete interfaces.
We’ve released improvements to the WunderMap animation for Radar and Satellite layers.
In particular, you’re likely to see animation improvements for shorter animations (1 hour-long for recent radar, and 10 hours for recent satellite).
To maintain animation quality for long animations, by default we’ve compressed the animations to 12 frames. However, you can disable this option if you want to run a long animation and include every data frame available. The option can be changed from within the Animation dialog.
We’ve also added a progress bar above the animation controls to indicate when the animation is loading.
You will see the best animation quality after the animation has looped once. The second time through all of the data should be fetched and the transitions more smooth.
Just a thought, but you FireFox users that are having troubles may want to try disabling your addons and extensions and see if that helps. A few months ago Wundermaps was working terribly on FireFox for me, but OK on Chrome and Internet Explorer. I then incrementally disabled my addons and found a couple that were really causing trouble with Wundermap animation. Then a major Wundermap fixed my problem. Maybe there are still some addons that are giving Wudermaps fits.
adeliepenguin - Don't be surprised, most of us have given up.
I cannot get the Layers tab to work since the change when using FireFox 21. That means I can't select the storm track and lightning options, etc. Also the Trips and Legends tabs are completely blank. I've tried uninstall and reinstall of FireFox, but no luck, and have updated all the plugins. I'm surprised to see no one else at all has mentioned this issue, as the same thing is happening on my computer at work. The basic radar map and defaults with timeline display fine, just the Layers (and other tabbed menus) come up and remain all-white (blank). What would cause this and what is the solution short of having to manually choose IE or Chrome every time I want to use Wundermap?
same thing here on firefox
@Daveymous when this particular issue occurs, do you see the white progress bar (above the timeline) stuck at about 90%? This is something we've noticed recently and are working to address it, but the more cases of it happening the faster we'll be able to fix it.
Is there something new going on with the Firefox browser version? For the past several days I cannot get the wundermap animation(s) to work correctly. It stalls after 2 or 3 frames and freezes. When it does go, it stacks all the images and the screen quickly becomes a blob. I have cleared cache and restarted Firefox (and once it crashed and required restart). I tried it on Safari and it seems to be stable there. I don't use Google Chrome. I use Firefox as my main browser and don't want to have to switch browsers to view the wundermap. What is going on?
You have to understand something. Most of us use this tool to make a decision to do or not do something and don't have much time to make it. We are not weather geeks. This new monstrosity takes so long to load that my wife is screaming at me from the front door before I can even guess what the weather is "Now" which is what I have to do anyway because I am not quick enough to catch that 1 frame in-between historical and projected. I have a link to the old map so I use it. PLEASE do not take that link down. There has to be an ego driving this. No business would stick with a product like this.
The 'new' wundermap is, quite frankly, a piece of junk.
We used to get storm tracks in the radar screen. Now we have to go to NexRad to see it. That's a huge waste of time that isn't necessary.
Used to, the Satellite imagery updated. Not anymore. It just sits there, doing nothing while the radar does its thing. For people who live in South Texas, we NEED the satellite imagery progression, because most of our weather doesn't come from the US. It comes from Mexico. It's good to know what systems are out there that can affect us before it shows up on the US radar systems.
The future progression has yet to work properly, no matter how I tinker with the preferences to get it to work. It just does what it wants to do and the heck with with I need it to do.
Used to, the map remembered if I wanted terrain or not. Not anymore. It just loads whatever it pleases, never mind the preferences.
The time scrollbar and the sidebars are hideously ugly and take up too much room unnecessarily.
It's just JUNK. Why don't you admit it?
Just bring back the old wundermap, it work great. Stop fixing things that are not broke Bring it back. Please....
Matt, did you receive the emails I sent last week with screenshots regarding the radar intensity representation?
@icerabbit: thanks for all of your feedback recently. I agree that the animation controls take up too much space by default.
PS: Regarding the new animation control bars.
Personally, I find the animation distracting and unnecessary for 99% of cases.
The bars take up valuable real estate on small screens.
I would recommend moving that stuff, and integrating the customizable bits either:
- as a top line on the right sidebar besides: layers, trips and legend
- or put the playback & date controls in the top bar where you have help beta preview video. That way everything is nicely together on top.
And/or have those bars show/hide based on a preference.
Animations have improved recently. Adjusting it to past hour and slow. The animation is now usable. Storm track does flash briefly and then remains steady for a second with the last frame. Before repeating. One might like to see storm tracks throughout the entire sequence, to see when things pop-up, fade out, change direction etc. but I guess that's a low priority.
Unsolicited call for feedback: I'd like to have video chats (skype or google+) with WunderMap users so we can talk about particular issues you're having with the map. (Video so you can share your screen and show me examples of trouble spots in the product).
If you can spare a half hour next week (May 13-17) during the daytime send me an email directly and we'll set up a time: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, if you can't do it next week but want to be able to participate in the near future, send me a note as well!
Thanks for your help. Sorry for multiple postings...
On my Windows 7 system, the new Wundermap radar animation behaves differently in different browsers (at least for me). In IE and Chrome, the default hour loop takes about 3 seconds to cycle. In Firefox (my primary browser) it takes about 8 seconds for the same loop to cycle. It's been this way since the new Wundermaps arrived (at least once they actually became somewhat usable). I have the latest versions of FireFox and Chrome. Not sure about IE.
And after I did some more checking, I found two Firefox Add-ons that cause problems on my system with the New Wundermaps:
FoxTab: Made the 3 sec loop take 6 seconds.
Ghostery: Made the 3 second loop take 8 seconds
Both Together: Made the 3 second loop take 10 seconds.
Note that I have Ghostery installed on Chrome too, but doesn't seem to be causing a problem.
@rkeyo, I'm going to merge this item with an existing feedback item we are already working on. Cheers.
@TheFranks: we're still working on improving animation quality and adding some more presets that will be useful for satellite animation (e.g., 4 hours).
Regarding the frequency with which we host sat. snapshots (1 per hour): there are some technical limitations for the one-hour frequency, though it might be possible to improve it. You may want to vote or comment on a similar feedback item: http://help.wunderground.com/forums/179836-wundermap/suggestions/3435042-satellite-layer-should-update-more-often-
Please don't forget about improving the satellite animation rate. I live in Florida and keep an eye on TDs, TSs and hurricanes as they approach across the Atlantic. I really need to know which direction they are going in, and 1 frame per hour is entirely inadequate. I don't want to have to fiddle with the time bar. Can't you animate it with the same frequency of images as you do with the radar? I know it isn't the tropical storm season, but I bet folks in the Northeast would like to have a better view of the entire storm system and its track across the continent right up until it turns into a nor'easter, and there is nothing that shows it better than satellite imagery.
Why was this topic removed from the feedback thread? When you click on 'Give WunderMap Feedback', all of the negative threads are missing, even though they are still here in the forums. Cheap way to silence productive feedback?
Regardless of how many threads you delete, the new WunderMap sucks and it needs to die.