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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
|Operating System||Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), Vista, or XP|
Please note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible products.
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).
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.
Upgrade Visual Weather version 3.x to 3.1.3.
This patch requires that version 3.x exists on the computer.
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.
Number of FAQs related to VISUALWEATHER: 35
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Whether a laptop’s modem can make a good connection depends on the type of modem being called at the weather station:
More information can be found by following these steps:
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:
For those who are not Campbell Scientific customers, follow these steps:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
There is no restriction as to how many machines the PC200W software can be installed on.
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.
This is a bug caused by the Delphi development tools used to create VisualWeather. Campbell Scientific released a patch (VisualWeather 3.1.3) that added a control to turn off tool tips (Tools | Options | Show Hints) to work around this bug. To view and download software patches for VisualWeather, go to the Downloads section of the VisualWeather product page.