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 7/31/2014 11:30:36 AM
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Basics - Please take the WeatherBug Tour
  1. Q: How does WeatherBug work?

  2. Q: How do I configure WeatherBug (Preferences)?

  3. Q: How do I start WeatherBug?

  4. Q. How do I stop the WeatherBug program?

  5. Q. How do I keep WeatherBug from starting when I start Windows?

  6. Q. Where are the WeatherBug menus?

  7. Q. Can I use WeatherBug outside of the U.S.?

  8. Q. Is there a Macintosh version of WeatherBug?



    1. How does WeatherBug work?

    By default, WeatherBug will start when you start Windows. The program may also be found in the Windows START menu. Please keep in mind that WeatherBug must access the Internet to get data. By default, WeatherBug is designed to dial your Internet connection periodically to get updates (this feature may be turned off in the WeatherBug SETUP/OPTIONS menu).

    WeatherBug will start minimized as an icon in your system tray (lower, right corner of computer screen). This icon will be a current temperature reading if WeatherBug has been able to access data. If WeatherBug cannot access data, the icon will appear as a green ladybug (or other symbol as determined by the sponsor). Clicking this icon will bring up the WeatherBug in full screen.

    The WeatherBug menu may be found by either right clicking the icon in the system tray or by clicking the arrow in the top, left corner of the full WeatherBug screen.

    You may change zip codes and weather stations by clicking WeatherBug SETUP. User options are under the PREFERENCES tab.

    For an overview of WeatherBug, please take a TOUR!

    2. How do I configure WeatherBug (Preferences)?

    In the SETUP window, the user may change the zip code to monitor different locations. Please ensure that you are connected to the Internet and click the REFRESH… button.

    Under the PREFERENCES tab, accessible through the WeatherBug SETUP window, the user may select starting functions, the auto-dialing function, the serial port for the optional AWS Weather Digital Display, the startup feature, open to full display or minimized to tray, and customizing the Tray Temperature icon.

    At this time, WeatherBug users do not have a choice over default radar or InstaCam locations. Also, WeatherBug freeware does not allow the user to change the WeatherBug custom background or overall appearance.

    The WeatherBug menu, found by right clicking the WeatherBug icon in the System Tray (lower, right corner of computer screen), allows the user to terminate (close) the WeatherBug program, enable or disable real-time access, find the WeatherBug registration number (under "About WeatherBug"), access WeatherBug SETUP/OPTIONS as well as several other items of interest to the user.

    3. How do I start WeatherBug?

    Click Windows START and then "WeatherBug."

    4. How do I stop the WeatherBug program?

    Please right click the WeatherBug icon in your System Tray (lower, right of computer screen near the clock) and select TERMINATE.

    5. How do I keep WeatherBug from starting when I start Windows?

    CLick WeatherBug SETUP and then the PREFERENCES tab. Un-check the box: "Enable WeatherBug, on startup..."

    6. Where are the WeatherBug menus?

    The WeatherBug menu may be found by right clicking the WeatherBug icon in the System Tray or by clicking the arrow at the top, left corner of the full WeatherBug screen.

    7. Can I use WeatherBug outside of the U.S.?

    WeatherBug freeware accesses U.S. weather stations only.

    8. Is there a Macintosh version of WeatherBug?

    There currently is no Macintosh version of WeatherBug available. While we do hope to be able to produce a Macintosh version in the future, we do not currently have a specific time frame for this project.

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