Temps: beautiful but demanding cross-platform weather program
Temps is a cross-platform weather program for Windows, Linux and Mac that is beautiful, but eats more RAM in Megabyte than there are rainy days in England.
So, if RAM is not an issue on your device, you may read on if you are interested in a new weather application.
You may notice that Temps is a demanding application right when you start the 50 Megabyte download from the developer site. The 64-bit version for Windows has a size of more than 130 Megabytes unpacked which is gargantuan for a weather app.
The application is portable, and you may run it from any location though; so that is good and useful.
When you run Temps, you may notice two things. First, it requires an Internet connection to download weather information, and that it won't necessarily identify your current location correctly.
The data is pulled from OpenWeatherMap, and it uses a default API key on first start. The author notes that you may want to grab your own API key from the service -- the free version is sufficient -- so that you don't run into situations where too many users of the program try to download data from the service at once.
Next thing you may want to do is open the Settings of the program to change the location. Most cities and countries are identified correctly, so enter London, UK for instance to set the location to London, and have Temps download weather information for that location.
There are a couple of additional options available there. If you are from the US, you may switch from Celsius to Fahrenheit, and from the default 24 hour format to the 12 hour format.
Also, you may disable auto-start with the operating system, and disable showing the current weather as the program icon by default.
Weather information is limited to the current day, and the next four days. The app displays the temperature, and weather conditions (sunny, light rain, light intensity drizzle rain..), and a temperature graph for any of the four next days.
That's all there is to it right now.
As far as memory usage is concerned, it is quite high. Temps ran three processes on a Windows 10 64-bit test system on start which used more than 230 Megabytes of memory.
Alternative: check out our overview of the best weather programs for Windows.
Temps uses Electron which explains its size and memory hunger.
Temps is a beautiful minimalist weather application. It is resource hungry on the other hand, and it lacks information such as wind speed, humidity, or sunrise/sunset information that other weather apps offer.
Again, it is a beautiful program, but its resource requirements probably make it unattractive for the majority of users.
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