YoWindow Free: a weather reporting toy and screensaver

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What would you do if you wanted to know what the weather is like right now? Naturally you would take a peek out the window.

YoWindow Free is a free interactive weather reporting app that takes this concept and flips it on its head;

it will show you the current weather or the weather forecast as a virtual visual representation of what the landscape would look like if you looked outside.

YoWindow Free delivers the weather forecast as well as a host of other meteorological info. It runs as a desktop app and in the system tray, but can also be set as the default screensaver.

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See this program in action in the video below:

More notes on this program as follows:

  • An interactive timeline: clicking anywhere on the timeline on top of the screen displays a visual representation of the weather at any point of the day. The virtual window will reflect the time as well, with darkness enveloping the scene at night, etc.
  • Four days of weather forecast: YoWindow Free can display the weather forecast for the current day as well as 3 days into the future. (The paid version will give the whole week).
  • Store up to two city profiles: for quick weather forecast retrieval. The paid version allows an unlimited number of cities.
  • YoWindow Free in the system trayInstant weather in the system tray: mouse over the system tray icon for a quick report (see screenshot to the right).
  • Changing the scenery: is possible, although the free version comes with the single village scene you see in the screenshots above. I am unsure as to whether other scenes are or will be available for download.
  • Memory use: 9 megs running minimized in the system tray. Which is not a lot.
  • Differences between the free and paid versions: free version restricted to reporting 4 days of weather rather than the whole week, and storing 2 city profiles only.

The verdict: a cute little app. The restrictions on the free app are somewhat annoying (and a mistake in my humble opinion), but I decided to post this program on the merits of the screensaver alone (and because I like the concept).

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Overall YoWindow offers some good entertainment value, and at 9 megs in memory it will not tax your system resources. Give it a try.

Version Tested: 2.0 build 267

Compatibility: Windows 7, XP, Vista.

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx 2.66 megs).