Outside app - the most stunning weather app with unique UI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Goldfrapp

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Holy schmoly, I bought it without even thinking and have no regrets whatsoever. Despite the lack of some basic features, it's miles better than [insert any weather app name here], which I had high hopes for but gave up waiting. In the UI department, it beats every other weather app out there (including the one from Apple). No doubt, it's gonna get better and better with updates. It's gonna be big. :D

Link: www.appshopper.com/weather/outside
Price: $2.99
Developer: Robocat
Video Preview: www.vimeo.com/7845403









 

pasipple

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Jun 12, 2009
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And this app has a superior UI? What make this app's UI truly stunning? The graphics of a window with a snow covered tree. Get real...the app is a gimick!

So where is the radar? 5-7 day forecast? Hourly forecast?

Gunk!
 
i hate to be as blunt as above buuuuutttt...... x3
"it beats every other weather app out there (including the one from Apple)"

how do you figure that statement? if you just want the temp just use the one from apple, why pay $2.99 for the "cartoonish" UI and NOT MUCH ELSE?
it's cute and all but that's about it..... as far as Pocket Weather is concerned, that one looks good but for me it doesn't have Radar (got sick of waiting for that update) and that is 80% of why I use a weather app.....

is this your app? :rolleyes:
 

FearlessFreep

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Jul 15, 2008
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This has all the hallmarks of a blatant shill post.

WTF, no forecast. No radar. No severe alerts. No map.

As the other poster put it, this is little more than a child's toy.

Weak attempt at a shill.
 

pasipple

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Jun 12, 2009
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In addition, after 3 months there is a subscription for the notifications!! Who's going to pay for that!
 

williwu

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Dec 20, 2009
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Reply from the developer of Outside app

Hi,

I am the developer of Outside. Been a long time reader of Macrumors, never posted in the forums. I saw this thread from Google Analytics and wanted to post, because there are some misinformation.

First of all, thank you PBF for posting this. Also note, PBF is not related to Robocat anyway. For more information about us, visit our website: http://robocatapps.com/

Ok, now to the comments. Thank you for all your feedbacks, but I felt compelled to reply to this thread as there are many people who might have misunderstood the app.

Yes, the UI is very different from other iPhone weather apps. We tried to be a different as we think that the current weather apps are a little boring to look at. And I think generally weather information is kind of boring too. Every time I see a weather forecast on TV, I always think "just tell me if it rains or not!" or "just tell me the temperature and so I know that I can wear t-shirt again!". So we tried to present the weather information in a fun, yet useful way, which resulted in this app. This app is targeted to people who would use it on a daily basis, without having to actively look for weather information.

It's pretty hard to judge Outside app from a few images, like you couldn't judge a person based on their looks. This is generally a problem on the App Store. So what you don't see (or failed to see) from these images are the fact that we do have a 5 days weather forecast. You have to swipe through the days to see them (notice the upper left corner, the calendar tells you the date and if it's forecast). And we do have detailed weather information above the animated weather visualization. Every weather condition is colour coded, so you will be able to tell the weather condition with a glance, and without going to the detailed view (which is just a single swipe away).

Hourly forecast is not currently available, because of the way we chose to design the app. We are considering put it in, in a future update, as this is one of the most requested feature. The other most requested feature is a forecast overview.

We do understand some advanced users want radar view. This is kind of problematic for several reasons. First, data providers for radar are often only provided to local cities. Generally it's country specific. We didn't want to exclude any users from having this feature when they see a screenshot of it in US. Second, people seem to angry about any apps that are more than $.99. We priced the app based on how much energy we put into making the app, and the costs of maintaining it. To license radar images would increase the price a great deal, as we are not a weather provider like Weather Channel or WeatherBug. We also felt that we probably won't make a much better user experience compared to other apps that do has radar. Also, more personal, I never look at those radar images. But that said, we still want to provide more useful information to the user, so we are still looking at the possibility of adding it.

Regarding the subscription part, it's only if you want to continue receiving push notification after the 30 days free service. The app still works for viewing the weather forecasts etc. It's a fee for all the notification types. Right now the fee is quarterly. The fee is to cover the costs of maintaining the servers. If Apple allowed background processing, you could have got it for free.


This post ended up being extremely long. I prefer twitter style 140 characters, so you can always catch me here: http://twitter.com/williwu


Thank you for reading.


Willi Wu
 

Doju

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Jun 16, 2008
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It's definitely a decent app, but the locations in Canada are horrible. The nearest location was 2 hours away.

Again, a good idea though. If you swipe down it has quite a bit of information. I don't need much more than that. It will never be my only weather app, but it may become my primary.

I'd recommend it. For 2.99 it's the price of a Starbucks coffee. The notification system however is stupid. We should never have to pay for that.
 

TraceyS/FL

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Jan 11, 2007
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Most of what you highlight as features - are, um, useless to me in Florida. It's either t-shirt weather or cold a few days (today, supposed to be a low this morning of 31, with a high of 67).

Push... doesn't do anything for me, and i'd never pay for it (i'm on a Touch btw). I only get wifi at home or my parents house, and the others places i go is where it might be useful.

All that said, no app is for everyone - which is why there are so many to choose from, what works for me - doesn't work for say, my dad. In my case, i love looking at a glance at what the current temps are for various friends around the world (today i'm watching: here, DC, IL, Melbourne, Dublin & London, & back "home" in CA).

I wish you luck!
 

Applepi

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Aug 15, 2007
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I would seriously consider purchasing this and giving it a fair chance if I did not have to pay for push notifications.
 

NewGenAdam

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I would seriously consider purchasing this and giving it a fair chance if I did not have to pay for push notifications.
I've downloaded the app and I think it's a great way to easily glance at the forecast. But I agree; demanding an ongoing subscription for the pushing seems a little much, particularly since the service is at the joint expense of Apple and the weather data companies, AND the app is expensive to start with.
 

anjinha

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I've downloaded the app and I think it's a great way to easily glance at the forecast. But I agree; demanding an ongoing subscription for the pushing seems a little much, particularly since the service is at the joint expense of Apple and the weather data companies, AND the app is expensive to start with.
They still have to maintain the servers for the notifications.
 

mkrishnan

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Jan 9, 2004
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Most of what you highlight as features - are, um, useless to me in Florida. It's either t-shirt weather or cold a few days (today, supposed to be a low this morning of 31, with a high of 67).
When I lived in Florida, I checked the humidity on Weather.com or my Blackberry most days to see if there was any point in straightening my hair. :eek: :D
 

jjk454ss

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Jul 10, 2008
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I like it, it looks great. Nice app to replace the stock weather app with. I still have TWC to get more in depth with, but this is great for a quick glance at current conditions and a quick forecast.