AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast)

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    3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast) commented  · 

    Okay, I have a fix for this, the times are waaay better than before. Let me know if this resolves it for what you were seeing. Thanks!

    Daniel

    AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast) commented  · 

    Okay, so I found the problem, but I haven't come up with a solution as of yet. I believe the sunrise/sunset times are off only way off for Honolulu. Its doing this because its the largest city in the world, nearly 1500 miles across (thanks to the fact that any island in Hawaii not named is automatically in Honolulu). GetOutCast is more or less picking the wrong island and providing the forecast based on that spot.

    I need to figure out how to encourage the platform to select the right lat/long to use. Hopefully my diagnosis matches what you were seeing.

    Thanks for your patience.

    Daniel

    AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast) commented  · 

    Hmmm, yeah, its not even close - what the heck did I do wrong. Thanks, I will look into this.

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    3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I’d love to expand beyond the United States, but getting detailed weather data is expensive (I have zero revenue coming from this). Are you aware of any free sources of weather data for the UK?

    Thanks,

    Daniel

    AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast) commented  · 

    The openweathermap is an interesting option and at least gives partial forecasts through the day (every 3 hours) ... which I can interpolate to hourly.

    The free tier is painfully restrictive and I would (and probably need to) rearchitect how GetOutCast handles weather data; right now I am retrieving ALL weather data at once for the entire US so that when users request forecasts, I have no dependency nor latency on external APIs. Great for speed and resiliency (and makes the site able to withstand a bot index from Google and others), stinks for getting data outside of the US.

    Let me ponder on this. Thanks for the link!

    Daniel

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    planned  ·  5 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast) commented  · 

    So my current attempts at this have sucked - this is a bit trickier than I expected. I feel the way I have the system setup prevents me from doing a particularly good job at this. The problem lies in that I make forecasts looking at an hour at a time (without visibility in say the hour before or the hour after) whereas that is really what I need to be doing - seeing that say it was clear two hours ago, and suddenly the clouds have rolled in and the winds have picked up.

    This is unfortunately a pretty big refactoring, so I am going to have to table this for now. But this will absolutely get done, eventually.

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    AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast) commented  · 

    A new forecast is certainly the easiest way to do it. I'll post back here when it's ready. I would love to get your feedback. If that doesn't work out, we can look at doing it a different way.

    (Another idea I considering putting together is a way for anyone to create their own forecast - for whatever you like. Essentially you'd say the conditions right now are perfect for what I am after on your phone, then do it again whenever that happens again ... after a couple of times, I should be able to give you a pretty accurate forecast [the more it is trained, the better the results]). Would you find this useful?

    As for why you haven't seen it on photography blogs, I haven't been able to get them to post about it. I've been pretty much ignored. The only luck I have had is that I also wrote a Windows Phone app, and I've gotten great coverage and reviews from that.

    Speaking of apps, yes, we plan to eventually be in the app store for both Android and iPhone. I believe that will be my next project after completing alerts.

    AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast) commented  · 

    That is a great idea. What do you think if I made it a new forecast, looking explicitly for severe weather? Essentially it'd be good whenever there were thunderstorms, strong winds, or heavy rain?

    Thinking the alerting part would simply be a part of the alert system I am working on this very instant during my lunch break - you'd simply sign up to get notified when the forecast was good for the severe weather.

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    2 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast) commented  · 

    Sorry this has taken so long, you can now enter the name of a state to get the cities in that state to find a location. Here is an example search for "vermont" that used to return three cities outside of the state of vermont, that now includes every city in Vermont:

    https://www.getoutcast.com/location/search/?q=vermont&f=photo-sunrise-sunset&country=USA

    I hope this helps you find what you are after. If not, could you send me a sample search and explain what I have goofed up?

    AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast) commented  · 

    Sorry, I responded in the wrong spot in Uservoice (the internal notes). Anyways, I need to update the text on the site, either searching by zip code or city name are the only supported ways of searching (state used to work, but I broke that in preparation for international support and bringing it back is rather difficult but on the todo list). Here's an example of searching for a city in New England that works:

    https://www.getoutcast.com/location/search/?q=augusta&f=photo-sunrise-sunset&country=USA#JumpNav

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    3 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Interesting idea. Is the goal with this to compare different places to see where you have the best bet? Or is the goal to simply quickly find a forecast for wherever you are right now? Or am I completely misunderstanding (if so, please forgive me).

    Thanks for the feedback!

    Daniel

    AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast) commented  · 

    That makes sense, I've always been looking at single locations and never needed to compare two to see which gives me the best bet.

    I think I am going to have difficult generating a map at the moment because of how the calculations are run. (But something that I think may make sense to change so that I could do this in the future).

    However, perhaps I could get you what you are after an easier way and relatively soon. First, a release that should be going out any day now will show a high level summary for a single location - letting you quickly discover how each day compares to the other and when the absolute best time is.

    Here is a screenshot that hopefully makes sense:
    https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=7F07097CE1962B86&id=7F07097CE1962B86!64210&v=3&authkey=!AOaDflFZY1ut-Ys

    Would it help if this same high level overview allowed you to select multiple locations (how many do you need?) and get the same output? Letting you know the best hour, best time each day along with which location was best?

    This would be something I believe I could make for your relatively easily.

    Thank you so much for your help,

    Daniel

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    7 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I am actively developing the iOS app now and hope to have a beta out this summer. I will post back here when I will be looking for beta testers. Please vote for this idea if you’d like to receive an invite to beta test.

    AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast) supported this idea  · 
    AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast) commented  · 

    Awesome, glad to hear you find it so useful. Be sure to get others to vote for iOS to ensure its the next platform we target.

    Thanks,

    Daniel

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    AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast) commented  · 

    Some of my zip codes may have the wrong time zone. Which zip code are you looking at and I will be happy to fix it.

    Thanks for the feedback!

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    AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast) commented  · 

    I completely agree. So far I've had trouble locating sufficient data to make a worthwhile forecast for all places outside of the U.S. (Rarely am I able to get much more than the conditions 'partly cloudy' and a temperature). However, I have been looking for a solution for every country - perhaps I could look at them individually. Is there a country you'd most want to see and I can work on seeing if I can get that one added?

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