Earth Alerts

Earth Alerts

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 97 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2014.1.184
  • Total Downloads:
    97,624
  • Date Added:
    October 14, 2014
  • File Size:
    5.88MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    198
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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Earth Alerts lets you monitor extreme weather and other natural occurrences from all over the world through its streamlined interface. Once you configure this tool, you'll always know ahead of time when a hurricane may be on its way or when there's a good chance of a tornado in your area.

Pros

Extensive information: Through this app, you can find out all about what's going on in the world, as well as that's going on right in your neighborhood. You can add specific locations to monitor, and you can also browse the list of warnings from other areas around the world. Selecting an alert brings up a detailed explanation of what's going on at the moment, and you can also follow links at the bottom of the page to the Web sites of the National Hurricane Center, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center, and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Types of alerts: When you've entered a location or locations that you'd like to monitor, you can also configure alerts, so you'll be notified when something is going on in your area. Options include Visual and Sound alerts for the computer, or you can choose to send the alerts straight to your mobile device.

Cons

Locators: The Zip Code and City locator didn't always work during our tests. The program is set up in such a way that, if these search features don't work, you can't enter the location you wanted to. There is no option to manually add a location to your list.

Automatic start: Earth Alerts automatically starts when your computer turns on. While you may want this some of the time, it would be nice if you had the ability to turn this feature off.

Bottom Line

Earth Alerts is an innovative free program that brings up all sorts of data on weather and other natural phenomena and consolidates it. Especially if you live in an area prone to some of the weather and other events tracked through the app, this is a nice program to have on hand.

 
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User Reviews
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3 stars

"Does what it aims to do"

October 02, 2014  |  By aigphoto

 |  Version: Earth Alerts 2014.1.32

Pros

The program does what it claims to do. None of its rough edges are deal breakers and it does provide a single point of access to weather, earthquake, fire and other alerts. It's also in active development, which means it will continue to evolve and improve.

Cons

It's a one-man effort, and that shows. But that's also a plus, because it's being worked on by someone who actually cares about it.

Summary

The UI is a bit inscrutable, and it's not obvious that the various panels take several minutes before they populate with information, probably leading some less patient users to conclude it "doesn't work." It does. You just have to wait a bit.

THERE IS NO MALWARE OR "CRAPWARE" in the application. None. It comes from this website, download.com, which hides several adware-type add-ons in plain sight in the "Secure Download" sequence you have to click through before you get your actual download. The various complaints about malware are from people who can't or don't read what's on the screen, don't realize what they're agreeing to, and aren't paying attention. I read up on stuff here, but download it from other sites to avoid the extra work and careful scrutiny the Secure Download utility requires.

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5 stars

"One of the better weather monitoring software packages"

January 17, 2014  |  By davejyd

 |  Version: Earth Alerts 2013.2.28

Pros

Earth Alerts allows you to monitor multiple areas by zip code, city, county, etc. But, unlike other weather monitors that also do this, Earth Alerts is the only one I have found that will sound an alert for All monitored sites. It will not only monitor severe weather, but also earthquakes, hurricanes, fires - basically anything "natural". Starts with my PC, opens to an icon, sounds alerts - all in all a pretty versatile program to have

Cons

It does have a slightly difficult user interface, and, if not careful you can undo all of your settings by clicking on the wrong selection. It sometimes will not look up by zip code. It also updates multiple times (sometimes 2-3 times in a week) - however the updates are all free, and do keep the software running smoothly.

Summary

All in all a pretty versatile software, especially if you need to monitor weather in multiple areas - great for home and business, and is always free. They also have a Google Earth version in preliminary beta - would like to see that working fully (imagine - LIVE weather on your screen!)

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1 stars

"I WILL NOT RUN IT BECAUSE OF MALWARE!!!"

July 17, 2013  |  By Stan002

 |  Version: Earth Alerts 2013.1.148

Pros

I WILL NOT RUN IT BECAUSE OF MALWARE!!!

Cons

LOTS OF MALWARE WITH THIS DOWNLOAD. DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!!

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1 stars

"Horrific application"

June 24, 2013  |  By   

 |  Version: Earth Alerts 2013.1.142

Pros

* Absolutely none

Cons

* Horrible--and I mean a truly horrible and idiotic--interface
* Error messages generated by the .NET compiler abound
* Forces you to download alerts for the entire planet
* Leaves garbage behind after "uninstall"

Summary

A horror show; the worst application I've encountered in years.

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5 stars

"Very, very good for traveler."

February 02, 2013  |  By kriddle1

 |  Version: Earth Alerts 2013.1.14

Pros

Gives timely information for locations all over the world.

Cons

No "cons" to report.

Summary

Highly recommended for people who travel far and often.

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5 stars

"IT's Great and I use it on all of my Windows PC's."

January 17, 2013  |  By hokester

 |  Version: Earth Alerts 2013.1.12

Pros

Keeps me up to date on what is happening here close and around the World.

Cons

Slow on start up.

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1 stars

"I cancelled it"

December 25, 2012  |  By g-fon

 |  Version: Earth Alerts 2012.1.174

Pros

only good for world conditions or big city

Cons

Does nothing for the area I live and gives no info, no need for this when there are others that are more usefull

Summary

no need

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3 stars

"Not Bad program BUT............"

December 23, 2012  |  By Terry-Dawe

 |  Version: Earth Alerts 2012.1.174

Pros

It's nice to check the weather map and see what is happening around the rest of the world.

Cons

I would have given this five stars if it didn't try to sneak in a bunch of other programs on install. I know this is how they get compensated but give us fair warning! IT WAS HORRIBLE! IF YOU ARE INSTALLING FOR THE FIRST TIME BEWARE OF ALL THE "EXTRAS" THEY TRY AND PUSH ON YOU!

Summary

This is a nifty program that gives you your local weather and you can even program weather areas for where your family and friends live. The HUGE downside is as what I have stated. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME. I would rather donate $5.00-$10.00 then go through all that crap during installation.

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1 stars

"Annoying & Invasive"

December 12, 2012  |  By BenMacIT

 |  Version: Earth Alerts 2012.1.158

Pros

Not many as I try to kill it as soon as it starts (almost Impossible)

Cons

A most annoying program that is hard to kill off. There is nowhere that you can instruct the program not to load. Obviously the programmer thinks his program is the most important program anyone could possibly want! Such conceit! It doesn't even highlight the fires which are threatening property and homes where I live or around it within 1000 miles. Totally useless!

Summary

I am an Emergency Services Worker in Fire, and I have several programs which are far more important than this crap. But they don't try to take over my computer as this one does.

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1 stars

"DOES NOT WORK"

December 02, 2012  |  By kc0zvr

 |  Version: Earth Alerts 2012.1.130

Pros

it's neat looking

Cons

it doesn't update, when you miniminize it you can not bring it back to fullscreen and it won't update.

Summary

Wait for updates, this looks like a VERY good program, but right now it's not a good one. Wait for a few updates and try it again'

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2014.1.184
Version 2014.1.184 includes numerous bug fixes and updates.
General
Publisher South Wind Technologies
Publisher web site http://earthalerts.manyjourneys.com/
Release Date October 06, 2014
Date Added October 14, 2014
Version 2014.1.184
Category
Category Home Software
Subcategory Weather Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
Download Information
File Size 5.88MB
File Name Setup_EarthAlerts.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 97,624
Downloads Last Week 198
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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