YoWindow

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 163 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0.429
File Size:
11.64MB
Date Added:
December 09, 2010
Price:
Free to try (3-day forecast trial, limited functionality); $19.98 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
908,984
Downloads Last Week:
322
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Sometimes applications are practical, sometimes they're fun, and sometimes they manage to be both. YoWindow is a weather application that manages to deliver weather data in what may be the most fun interface we've ever seen.

The program is easy to set up. Enter a city anywhere in the world, and the program's background image, a quaint village landscape, will reflect the current conditions. The sun rises and sets just as it does in real time, and precipitation and other weather phenomena are depicted with animations. Our first thought was that though the village scene looked nice, it didn't seem right to view conditions for, say, New York City, against such a bucolic backdrop. The program's online Help file advises that the creators are working on more backgrounds, but for now the village is the only one. Users can, however, add their own images, which work surprisingly well; use a photo of yourself and see the sun rise and set on you, or watch as you get caught in the rain. In addition to the snazzy graphics, the program displays detailed information about the current conditions, as well as a brief overview of the next several days. The program can be used on its own or set as the default screensaver, which is both cool and useful. Overall, we found YoWindow to be a unique and attractive way to check the forecast, and we're looking forward to keeping it around and watching the weather conditions change.

YoWindow is free to try, but the trial version limits users to a three-day forecast and two favorite locations. The program installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program to all users.

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  • All Versions:

    4.1

    out of 163 votes

    • 5 star: 71
    • 4 star: 64
    • 3 star: 9
    • 2 star: 10
    • 1 star: 9
  • Current Version:

    4.3

    out of 20 votes

    • 5 star: 11
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2 stars

    "Wrong temperatures. Showed full sun on fully rainy day"

    June 09, 2014   |   By cassimg

    Version: YoWindow 3S build 166

    Pros

    Nice graphical presentation of weather when it does work properly even if the temperatures are wrong.

    Cons

    Temperatures for Sydney are always wrong. All over the place for LIVE weather and incorrectly stated on forecasts. LIVE weather showed full sunshine one day when it was fully overcast and raining! They cant even get the current weather right@#$%! Cant read "local" weather web site or RSS feed. Using full unlimited version 4. Uninstalled it promptly.

    Summary

    Since the weather is sourced from either a Norwegian weather site or open weather map it is chronically inaccurate. Probably OK for Europe but useless for Australia.

    Updated on Jun 9, 2014

    Version 3 gives reasonably accurate weather even if the temperatures aren't quite right. Version 4 is one that showed LIVE sunny weather when in fact is was raining all morning. Hence stay away from version 4.

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