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Orbis (Formerly MenuWeather)

By Evan Coleman

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MenuWeather is back with version 5.0 and is now called Orbis.

Orbis is a simple, yet powerful, menu bar weather client.

▶ Super-accurate weather data from which provides weather to Fortune 100 and 500 companies
▶ Automatically determines your location
▶ Quick access to the weather right in your menu bar
▶ 15 day forecast
▶ 7 day hourly forecast
▶ Radar maps
▶ Severe weather alerts
▶ See the weather for multiple locations
▶ Many customization options
▶ Notification Center support

What's New in Version 5.0

MenuWeather is back with version 5.0 and is now called Orbis.

* 100% rewrite with an all new UI


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Customer Reviews

Not Bad, Needs UI Work

Not a bad reincarnation of MenuWeather (if you forgive the cryptic name change). Biggest objection is that the font size is almost unreadably small, especially in the flyout windows when you mose over a particular day to view details of the extended forecast. Preferences need to include some color/contrast options as well as a way to include extended forecast details inline at the main window level rather than in a flyout or odd crawler text. Lost in translation: selectable icon sets, and the highly useful option to customize displayed forecast items. Also: We now have Facebook and Twitter icons adding clutter to the otherwise nicely minimalist interface (fix: you can delete these in package contents/resources if you know what you’re doing). These social icons serve no weather function and should be hidable in the preferences. MenuWeather users waited a long time for this promised new version. I’m glad it’s out and seems to be working, but it's still not up to speed. That said, not a bad start—assuming we don’t have to wait months for the next version release and that that release addresses the issues cited here. FOR THOSE GETTING RED EXCLAMATION MARK IN THE MENU BAR AND CRASHES: Make sure you don’t have Little Snitch, firewall, or other network filter denying Orbis access to the weather server.

Not bad, but it’s lost some options

Overall, the new “look” of the app isn’t bad as it seems clean and somewhat reminiscent of an iOS feel. However, the interface is a bit goofy and not intuitive. For example, to go back to the daily view from the hourly, there’s no arrow or indication that you click the forecast. Also, the cloud and gear icons to bring up the submenus strikes me as a bit odd. My biggest complaint, though, is the removal of some of the more granular settings that allowed me to control what information was displayed in the current, daily, and hourly forecast. You can also no longer choose how many days to include in the forecast.

Oh, and I too agree with others that the new name is mystifying. If you want to use a Latin word, it would seem more logical to use one somewhat more connected with the point of the software. “MenuWeather” may not have been very creative, but it’s the principal reason I found the old program in the first place.

If it doesn’t work, why?

I tried at least five different menuweather apps before finding the original “MenuWeather” app. It was the only one that worked consistently, never crashed, and gave me the simplicity that I desired.

This new version? None of that. Now this app is just a knock-off of so many of the other menuweather apps out there, and works just as well as they do, in that it doesn’t work reliably at all. Since the update I have seen that stupid red exclamation point in my menu WAY too often without any way to trouble shoot the problem. Restarting the app does nothing, hitting retry does nothing. Oh, when it -does- work? Yeah, sure it looks cool, but like I said, I could’ve gotten the fancy UI with the other weathermenu apps that, as I said, DO NOT WORK RELIABLY.

If you want to make a brand new UI and everything, fine, then sell it as another app. Don’t get rid of one that was already working fine, and by fine I mean perfect. Now I’m back on the search for a menuweather app that will work.

Orbis (Formerly MenuWeather)
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  • $1.99
  • Category: Weather
  • Updated:
  • Version: 5.0
  • Size: 15.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor

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