Saturday, January 1, 2011

AeroWeather: Weather-based Aero Color

Download AeroWeather (ClickOnce installer)

Edit: Horray for LifeHacker front page, thanks, guys! I’ve updated the app to add support for international locations, as well as Celsius.
Here’s a fun utility I run all the time on my main machine… it’s called AeroWeather. It sits in the background and retrieves the temperature or current conditions for your location, and will then set the Windows Aero color based on the temperature.
This is a really neat utility if you’re the kind of person that wants to know what the temperature is just by looking at the Windows UI, or… if you’re like me, and you can’t decide on which Aero color to use, and would prefer it if it changed during the course of the day.

AeroWeather features include:
  • 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
    • Fahrenheit or Celsius can be selected.
    • 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
    • “Night Mode”
      • 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
    AeroWeather is freeware.
    AeroWeather requires Windows Vista or Windows 7 with Windows Aero enabled.This software is designed to work with the “glass” effect in Windows Vista and Windows 7, and it will not work unless Windows Aero is enabled.
    Download AeroWeather (ClickOnce installer)
    Note: AeroWeather requires the .NET Framework 3.5 to be installed. If you do not have it, you will be prompted to install it.

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