AOPA Weather (beta) Feedback Forum
Under forecasts/surface forecasts, and NOAA/surface forecasts
Neither of these has all the information in a unified that was easily available on the old Prog charts
a) can see either fronts or VFR/IFR, not both at the same time
b) time slider is much less useful than the old version that indicated hours and/or days in the future, it also has fewer time points
In the left (control/dashboard) panel,
you need to click OFF one selection before clicking ON another selection.
If only one is available at a time, these should be radio buttons.
If more than one is available at a time, they should be selection boxes.
The ON/OFF sliders are not appropriate
In the time slider for some entries, it seems necessary to click to change the time.
This should be a rollover, without clicking required, since there are only discrete time points available.
Being forced to switch each option on and off before clicking on the next option is extremely cumbersome and does not lend itself to a positive user experience. I do not find the app to be intuitive. Prog/surface analysis charts now only show a current snapshot, and do not have an option to show 6, 12, 24, 36, 48, etc. hrs. in advance.
I would not use this app as is, it is far too cumbersome and makes it difficult to get the data required in a reasonable amount of time. Overlaying charts is very helpful to us pilots and should be incorporated into the product.
As a programmer myself, the user interface leaves a lot to be desired as do the underlying methods. The user interface should be intuitive, flexible, be easy to use, and provide useful data quickly. Those qualities will provide a good user experience, and make the users want to use the app.
Good UX Design requires a good period of feedback and interaction. This interface needs work, but seems you've already committed to it. It shows promise, but needs work to make it fun and useful.
The NOAA surface forecast does not show fronts, systems, etc. It displays winds and precip. I find the prognosis maps on the old system much more useful as it allows one to see the weather patterns and what's forecast to happen. Having the winds is useful, but would like to see more info in the format of fronts, lows, highs, etc.
Thanks for the hard work!
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