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7Timer Astro Weather - new server

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ecuador    173

I liked the 7Timer astro-forecast enough to make an iOS client for it (called Xasteria), mainly because it has (for me) the most intuitive visualisation and also because it is global.  However, its problem has always been service reliability, as it would go down due to various technical or even bureaucratic reasons. I thought that was a shame, so I donated a US-based server and the scientist who developed 7Timer installed the service on it, hence we now should have a reliable astronomical forecast alternative (you are supposed to look at a couple of forecasts at least - weather prediction is not very accurate with current tech anyway!).

There is an android app called astro-panel for the same service (I am not affiliated), but for iPhone/iPad you can use the aforementioned app Xasteria. A screenshot based on the display that you can find on the 7Timer website as the "ASTRO" forecast:

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Mick J    429

That's super nice, 7timer had periods of being down.

@Shibby a longtime SGL member is responsible for Astro Panel, some of the negative feedback for that app was due to 7timer being down.

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ecuador    173
4 hours ago, Mick J said:

That's super nice, 7timer had periods of being down.

@Shibby a longtime SGL member is responsible for Astro Panel, some of the negative feedback for that app was due to 7timer being down.

For me the landscape format of that app is a bit annoying (you can tell from the fact I made my app portrait - or both orientations if you have an ipad), but I'd certainly not give negative feedback to a free app for that - or for having downtime beyond its own control ;)

But, yeah, hopefully 7Timer should now be reliable with regards to uptime.

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Shibby    568

That's great! I'll be sure to point users in the direction of your app when I get asked for an iOS version :) Generous of you - and very good news - about the new server; I usually have to respond to a lot of emails whenever the old one goes down.

I think my app is long overdue an update, so I think I'll do some work on it before publishing the update.

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ecuador    173
On 09/04/2018 at 10:25, Shibby said:

That's great! I'll be sure to point users in the direction of your app when I get asked for an iOS version :) Generous of you - and very good news - about the new server; I usually have to respond to a lot of emails whenever the old one goes down.

I think my app is long overdue an update, so I think I'll do some work on it before publishing the update.

I don't suppose there is a chance for a portrait layout? :D

My main phone is an Android, so I still often use Astro Panel, even though Xasteria is designed especially for me in mind ;)

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Shibby    568
21 hours ago, ecuador said:

I don't suppose there is a chance for a portrait layout?

I'll certainly add it to the list. Who knows, it may even happen!

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