VISUALWEATHER Weather Station Software

Overview

Current Version: 3.1.3

VisualWeather is support software for our weather stations. Version 3.0 or higher supports custom weather stations or the ET107, ET106, and MetData1 preconfigured weather stations. The software allows you to initialize the setup, interrogate the station, display data, and generate reports from one or more weather stations.


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Benefits and Features

  • Requires no programming knowledge
  • Takes just minutes to configure weather station
  • Supports multiple weather stations
  • Allows data to be collected manually or on a schedule
  • Stand-alone software that does not require LoggerNet

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A wind rose report provides the distribution of wind directions at various wind speeds.

Detailed Description

VisualWeather software is for customers who want reliable, real-time weather data and printed reports without worrying about technical details, such as programming or maintaining databases. It allows our pre-configured or custom Campbell Scientific stations to be set up in a few minutes. Multiple weather stations are supported.

VisualWeather's functionality includes program generation, communications, and report generation for preconfigured and custom weather stations. It uses a wizard to walk you through setting up the sensors for your weather station, configuring the communications link and data logger settings, and defining reports. Based on this setup information, VisualWeather generates the data logger program for the weather station (for preconfigured stations). You can also use Short Cut (included) for programming custom weather stations.

Communications

Communication protocols supported include direct connect, short haul modem, phone modem (including TAPI), RF, phone-to-RF, and TCP/IP. While connected to a weather station with VisualWeather, you can view measurements related to overall data logger health (battery voltage, internal temperature, error counters), current conditions for the weather station, and current measurement values for each of the sensors being measured, as well as data tables stored to memory (for table-based data loggers). Data can be collected for VisualWeather's report database either manually or on a schedule.

Report Generation

Report generation offers a variety of preconfigured reports for preset or custom intervals based on what sensors are being measured. It also offers a number of calculated values, such as evapotranspiration, Growing Degree Days, etc. The reports are displayed on the screen, and the user can print them or save them as an image file. Data can also be exported to an ASCII file for further analysis (for those familiar with Campbell Scientific's data formats, it is TOACI1, which is a comma-delimited data file with heading information). Batch processing of reports is available to automate report generation.

System Requirements

  • Requires a serial port on the PC or a USB-to-serial port adapter
  • TCP/IP and Telephony services must be installed and enabled on the PC (refer to manual for more information)

License for Use

This software is protected by United States copyright law and international copyright treaty provisions. Installation of this software constitutes an agreement to abide by the provisions of its licensing agreement. The agreement grants the user a non-exclusive license to use the software in accordance with the following:

  1. The purchase of this software allows you to install and use a single instance of the software on one physical computer or one virtual machine only.

  2. This software cannot be loaded on a network server for the purposes of distribution or for access to the software by multiple operators. If the software can be used from any computer other than the computer on which it is installed, you must license a copy of the software for each additional computer from which the software may be accessed.

  3. If this copy of the software is an upgrade from a previous version, you must possess a valid license for the earlier version of software. You may continue to use the earlier copy of software only if the upgrade copy and earlier version are installed and used on the same computer. The earlier version of software may not be installed and used on a separate computer or transferred to another party.

  4. This software package is licensed as a single product. Its component parts may not be separated for use on more than one computer.

  5. You may make one (1) backup copy of this software onto media similar to the original distribution, to protect your investment in the software in case of damage or loss. This backup copy can be used only to replace an unusable copy of the original installation media.

This software may not be sold, included, or redistributed in any other software or altered in any way without prior written permission from Campbell Scientific. All copyright notices and labeling must be left intact.

Specifications

Current Version 3.1.3
Operating System Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), Vista, or XP

Compatibility

Please note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible products.

Dataloggers

Product Compatible Note
21X (retired)
CR10 (retired)
CR1000
CR10X (retired)
CR200X (retired)
CR211X (retired)
CR216X (retired)
CR23X (retired)
CR3000
CR500 (retired)
CR5000 (retired)
CR510
CR800
CR850
CR9000 (retired)
CR9000X

Additional Compatibility Information

Weather Stations Supported

Visual Weather supports ET107, Toro T107, ET106, MetData1, or custom Campbell Scientific stations. Support for custom weather stations was added in version 2 (released September 2005), and support for the ET107 and Toro T107 was added in version 3.0 (released April 2009).

Downloads

VisualWeather Patch v.2.3 (26.3 MB) 19-12-2008

Upgrade Visual Weather version 2.0, 2.1 or 2.2 to 2.3.

This patch requires that version 2.0, 2.1 or 2.2 exists on the computer.


VisualWeather Patch v.3.1.3 (45.7 MB) 03-08-2012

Upgrade Visual Weather version 3.x to 3.1.3.

This patch requires that version 3.x exists on the computer.


VisualWeather Trial v.3.1.3 (56.1 MB) 03-08-2012

A fully functional 30 day trial version of VisualWeather. 

VisualWeather is for those who want reliable, real-time weather data and printed reports without worrying about technical details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to VISUALWEATHER: 35

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  1. Whether a laptop’s modem can make a good connection depends on the type of modem being called at the weather station:

    • If the call is being made to a COM220, a software modem (sometimes called a Winmodem) should work.
    • If a COM200, COM210, or DC112 is used at the station, select an external modem that isn’t a software modem. Customers have reported success using the U.S. Robotics USR5686G and the USR 5637 series of USB dongle modem. Because the USR5686G requires a serial port, a USB-to-serial adapter may be necessary. Campbell Scientific offers the 17394 USB-to-9-Pin Male RS-232 Cable. 
  2. If the computer’s hard drive is filling up, check the C:\Campbellsci\VisualWeather\sys\bin\ogs folder. This folder contains the communication logs created by VisualWeather, which can grow quickly. All of the files in this folder can be deleted. To delete the files, it may be necessary to stop VisualWeather temporarily to prevent some files from remaining open.

    If the VisualWeather Reports folder (typically C:\Campbellsci\VisualWeather\Reports) is filling up with old reports, delete any reports that do not need to be saved.

    To prevent automatic report creation, follow these steps:

    1. On the main VisualWeather screen, click the Reports menu and select Batch Reports….
    2. The Batch Report Schedule window will open. The batches listed here can be either manually run or run on a schedule. Batch reports are often used to add additional reports to a website generated by VisualWeather.
    3. The far right column of the table is labeled Next Report Time.
      • If there is a time stamp in the cell of this column, then the report is being run automatically.
      • If Manually Generated is displayed in the column cell, then the batch is only run when the Run button is clicked.
    4. For each listed batch report that is automatically run, select the report by clicking it.
    5. Click the Edit… button.
    6. The Batch Report Selection window will open. In the middle on the bottom, there is an area labeled Output As. These are the output options for the batch reports.
      • The batch reports that have the Web option checked are transmitted to the designated website.
      • The batch reports with the .bmp or .jpg boxes checked are created in the VisualWeather Reports folder. To prevent the batch from creating these reports when it is run, clear the .bmp and .jpg checkboxes.
    7. Click the Save Batch button.

    If all the .bmp and .jpg checkboxes are cleared, no reports should be saved in the VisualWeather Reports folder unless a batch is manually run.

  3. More information can be found by following these steps:

    1. On the main VisualWeather screen, click the Tools menu and select Web Output Options….
    2. Click the Help button at the bottom of the screen.
    3. The “Web Output Options” entry in VisualWeather Help will be displayed.
  4. The method for obtaining the fully functional 30 day trial version is slightly different for current Campbell Scientific customers and for those who are currently not customers. Both methods are described below.

    For current Campbell Scientific customers, follow these steps:

    1. If not already viewing the list of VisualWeather downloads, navigate to the Downloads section of the VisualWeather product page.
    2. Click the Download Now link to the right of the title to start the download.
    3. Save the file to a location that is memorable.
    4. When the download is complete, browse to the selected location where the installation file was saved.
    5. Double-click the file to run the installation.
    6. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.

    For those who are not Campbell Scientific customers, follow these steps:

    1. If not already viewing the list of VisualWeather downloads, navigate to the Downloads section of the VisualWeather product page.
    2. Click the Add to List link to the right of the title.
    3. A new screen will open. Complete the fields in the Contact Information section, and click Submit. Note: There is no obligation associated with this process, and this information is not shared with, or sold to, third parties.
    4. An automated email message containing a link for the download, a login username, and a password will be sent to the user-provided email address. These credentials are valid for five days.   
    5. Click the download link in the email message.
    6. Type in, or copy and paste, the username and password supplied in the email message.
    7. After logging in, the download process should begin automatically.
    8. Save the file to a location that is memorable.
    9. When the download is complete, browse to the selected location where the installation file was saved.
    10. Double-click the file to run the installation.
    11. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
  5. VisualWeather uses a communications server to interact with the weather station. This server is loaded when the program is loaded. Other Campbell Scientific software uses the same communications server.

    This message most likely means that there is another Campbell Scientific program running (such as PC200W, PC400, or LoggerNet). It is also possible that another application, such as Rain Bird or Toro irrigation software, is running and using the same communications server.

    To prevent this conflict, close down the other program or application completely before starting VisualWeather. It may be necessary to check the system tray for components that continue to run when the main program is closed.

    If both applications need to be running at the same time, try assigning the VisualWeather communications server a new port. By default, the VisualWeather communications server uses port 6789. To change the port, use the command line switch
      "C:\Program Files\Campbellsci\VisualWeather\VisualWeather.exe" ipport=XXXX
    where “XXXX” is the new port number for the communications server.

    Typically, this switch would be added in the Short Cut properties. To add a switch to change the port to 6788:

    1. Bring up the Short Cut properties for VisualWeather by right-clicking the VisualWeather icon and selecting Properties.
    2. Select the Shortcut tab.
    3. In the Target field, at the end of the address, type a space and ipport=6788, creating a full line that is similar to
        "C:\Program Files\Campbellsci\VisualWeather\VisualWeather.exe" ipport=6788
  6. No. VisualWeather does not have the option of adding fields to that file. Additional components are automatically added to the files sent to the website as VisualWeather is updated, but the additional data is not added to webdata.xml.

  7. Not at this time. Customers have, however, reported using Campbell Scientific software on OSX computers using XP running in Boot Camp, as well as on other computers in a virtual environment (such as Parallels).

    To test whether VisualWeather will work in a particular environment, download the 30 day trial version in the Downloads section of the VisualWeather product page.

  8. No. The purchased version is separate from the trial version. However, any files created using the trial version are stored in the C:\Campbellsci\VisualWeather folder and will be available for use when the purchased version is installed.

  9. No. The license agreement at the beginning of the VisualWeather manual states, “The purchase of this software allows you to install and use the software on one computer only.”

    Campbell Scientific offers free PC200W software (available for download) that enables the following:

    • Connecting to a data logger through a serial port (including direct connect, short haul modems, or radios)
    • Monitoring data
    • Collecting data
    • Sending or retrieving a program

    There is no restriction as to how many machines the PC200W software can be installed on.

  10. Try the following:

    1. Verify that entries have been made in both the Name and Company fields.
    2. Check that the CD key is for the correct version. For example, the following key will not work for version 3.1 because it is for version 2.3: 1001,"VISUALW-ABCD-ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOP","2.3."
    3. Check that the CD key has been entered with the correct number of characters and in the right format.

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