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Today is YoWindow birthday, 1 year

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:04 am
by par
Dear friends, a year ago, on the 3rd of November 2009 we have released YoWindow to the world.

Today I want to share with you the history of YoWindow project.

The work on YoWindow has began in September 2006.
The company I was working in has closed down.
By that time I was obsessed with the idea of YoWindow.
So I just started the project instead of looking for a new job.

I should say most of my friends were not so enthusiastic about the idea.
Who needs another weather software?
Go to weather.com!
What else do you need?
But I was dreaming about rabbit clouds in the sky and went on :)

It took 2 years for me to build something that resembles YoWindow of today, shame on me.
I had to learn Flash technology, server side programming and many other things the project is built upon.

When the working prototype was ready, I have shown it to Yura.
And we have started working together.
Have you noticed the huge change in YoWindow look after Yura have joined in?

By the end of 2009 the program was ready.
We have opened the site, shoot a video trailer and YoWindow was born :)

That's the story.

And now I want to say thanks to you :)

I'm happy with have a community of friends.
Thank you for making landcapes and giving them away to the project, translating YoWindow to 30+ languages, suggestions, bug reports, the warm letters we receive from around the world.

Of course, thank you for buying YoWindow :))

I promise, the next year will be a big year for YoWindow.

Taking the opportunity, I want to ask you for help.
If you have a spare 5 minutes please drop a short email to the editor of a computer magazine in your country.
Just let him/her know YoWindow is good and there is a high chance they will write about the project.
Add par@repkasoft.com to CC I will be happy to peek at these emails :)
This is the real help, you can make YoWindow famous.

A little bit of statistics.
110,000 people open YoWindow every day.
Top countries by unique user views per day
Germany: 16,000
Hungary: 10,000
Russia: 9,000
China: 9,000
Poland: 8,000
Netherlands: 6,000
US: 6,000


Below is the story about YoWindow in screen-shots.
The name of the picture reflects the date.

Stay tuned, have fun, keep watching the weather like never before!


2006, February, 4.5 years ago, text version only, C++
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We have a house!
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2007 dec.jpg
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2007 jul.jpg
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2008 mar.jpg
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2008 oct.jpg
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Re: Today is YoWindow birthday, 1 year

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:27 am
by ikarus1969
YoWindow, i wish you all the best on your first birthday!
It's always been a pleasure to wake you up in the morning and lay you down in the evening.
You provide a tremendous and fun way for a very interesting topic: the weather!

So we all can "watch our weather with pleasure"!

You are in very good hands, both of your parents, Yuri and Pavel, give a 24/7 care and support; not to forget Dima who takes care that the mac-kinship is not forgotten.

So live long and prosper!

Re: Today is YoWindow birthday, 1 year

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:38 am
by par
Thank you Reinhart :))

Yes, Dima has helped us a lot.
Besides Mac version he has also programmed our new Sky removal editor.
We will show it to you in a couple of days.

Re: Today is YoWindow birthday, 1 year

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:12 am
by Mallorca
Herzlichen Glückwunsch - Congratulations - Сердечные поздравления,

my dear friends Pasha and Yuri :!:
When I joined Yowindows on Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:59 am, it was really a "sunny day" for me :D
and at this time I could not anticipate that Yowindow will get such a beautiful part of my daily life.
I am proud to be a member of this community and meet new friends all over the world.

So again, thank for your idea, your work :D
I wish Yowindow a long long life and all the success has to earn.

Werner

Re: Today is YoWindow birthday, 1 year

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:24 am
by FvE
Wow YoWindow Team,

First of all: A very big congratulations on your first official birthday :!:

You've come a long way.
Thanks for sharing the development pictures.

Let's keep up this great project!

Thanks and goodluck with it.
Fred

Re: Today is YoWindow birthday, 1 year

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:50 am
by nico
Congratulations on your FIRST brithday.

It's a tremendous effort of everybody involved to get this far, looking at your development screenshots is showing this.
For me the PersonalWeatherStation support is really great and I know a lot of people with PWS are running YoWindow.
Now that we got Millie running in the landscape we can expect anything to happen next.

Great work and a BIG thank you to everybody,
any first years eastereggs in the sky 8-)

Re: Today is YoWindow birthday, 1 year

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 12:49 pm
by Don
Happy Birthday!
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Sometimes even the bugs were entertaining. 8-)

Re: Today is YoWindow birthday, 1 year

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 3:21 pm
by JoseNeto
Can´t pass without a few words. First of all CONGRATULATIONS.
For the happy family, and for the growing up Yowindow, I wish we can continue to be part of that happy people that loves to see the weather with another eyes, even when outside is a big storm.
Please continue taking care and leting it (Yowindow) grows up graciosly.
JN

Re: Today is YoWindow birthday, 1 year

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:56 pm
by countryroads
Happy Birthday, YoWindow! :)

I enjoy YoWindow when I get up in the morning and before retiring for the night. I enjoyed looking at the screenshots of the evolution of YoWindow. Our one year old has come a long way! ;)

Thank you YoWindow for bringing a World together into a happy community of friends. :)

Looking forward to another enjoyable year! ;)

Marty

Re: Today is YoWindow birthday, 1 year

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:39 pm
by hermanz
Congratulations and many years
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