- Better map centering and display for larger US states.
- Better pin-point map centering for local view.
- Window position is now preserved when you quit the app.
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- Increased the target size of the Buy PRO Subscription and Manage Subscription buttons in the Swackett PRO dialog — and added a click sound to them — to better reinforce the click experience.
- Added better support for PRO features on small screens and non-standard screen resolutions.
- Corrects a problem with GPS coordinate verification.
- Added a new instant location verification button to the Personalization Center.
What’s new version 5? Everything!
Swackett has been re-imaged for modern macOS computers, small screens and large. We’ve given the famous Swackett people symbols (peeps) a new place to share their dynamic visual weather forecasts — and with the new PRO upgrade — Swackett peeps appear not only appropriately dressed for the weather, but suggesting weather-appropriate activities.
For the first time, Swackett works with the Touch Bar on your MacBook Pro. Also for the first time, Swackett now supports small screens without scrolling. And in PRO mode Swackett takes full advantage of large screens to showcase WeatherStation gauges, This Day in Weather History, and more.
There is no other weather app like Swackett. Test drive the most innovative weather app ever created today — for free!
Swackett has always been a whole new way to look at the weather. We convert complex, raw weather data into easily-understood, visual weather reports — designed for people of every age. Our unique approach is to combine raw weather data (current conditions, radar, and detailed forecasts) with thoughtfully crafted people symbols (called “peeps”) who always appear appropriately dressed for the weather.
In short, if Swackett Peeps appear sporting sunglasses, wearing a jacket, or carrying an umbrella — you probably should too.
Swackett 1.0 in the Mac App Store, Circa 2011
It’s all about to change: Soon we’ll be launching Swackett for macOS — version 5 — an even newer way to look at the weather. Redesigned from the original sketches in 2010, the original Swackett team has been working on this evolution for more than two years. Swackett for macOS will be the first new app to utilize the IQ Weather Engine — and will add a fun new dimension to Swackett peeps. We can’t wait to share it with you!
Swackett was an accident.
January 6, 2011 : Swackett was launched as a side project of Swackett’s original founder, C. Scott Gilbert, as a new initiative exploring emerging mobile app markets.
Swackett was an instant hit on launch day with 30,000 new users — 100,000 new users in the first week. After a year Swackett had garnered more than one million unique users.
It was a blessing and a curse.
Supporting a new rush of users is expensive. Infrastructure to properly service 1,000,000 users requires significant resources. Because Swackett started as a side project very little planning had gone into monetization of the brand. As often happens in situations like these, a founder of a company needs to find investors to keep a promising new enterprise operating. And just as often, a founder looses controlling interest in the company that they’ve poured their heart and soul into. Equity can be a tricky thing.
Such was the case with Swackett.
In the first few years Swackett’s unique user base grew to millions of people. Swackett partnered with major brands to promote clothing, eyewear, movies and TV Shows**. Swackett “peeps” became famous — even appearing on NBC’s TODAY Show. Swackett was ranked as the #1 weather app in 67 countries worldwide.
Sounds great, right?
It was and it wasn’t. Over time conflicting leadership ideologies and revenue generating priorities collided — and all Swackett products suffered. Eventually, after 10 different Swackett apps and tens of millions of downloads, Swackett Headquarters in Brookville, Pennsylvania closed it’s doors.
2016 : A New Beginning
Five years after it’s launch, Swackett’s original founder bought out any remaining investors and launched a brand new company: sweaterjacketorcoat.com, LLC. The company was moved to Bakery Square, the heart of Pittsburgh’s new center for technological innovation — and home to companies like Apple, Google, Uber, Carnegie Mellon University, UPMC Enterprises and Management Science Associates (MSA).
Then came the modernization of Swackett’s core technologies (apps, servers, weather logic). Each has been been carefully re-built using state-of-the-art technology — technology built with a user’s privacy as a chief concern — resulting in new Swackett tech affectionately referred to as the IQ Weather Engine.
The mission of this new Swackett endeavor is to surprise and delight our users with innovative weather forecasts: to return to what made Swackett great when it launched in 2011. With our new IQ Weather Engine and our renewed focus on innovation — we hope to surprise and delight our users for many years to come.
2018 : Swackett version 5
In 2018 Swackett will launch all new Swackett apps based on the new IQ Weather Engine. Swackett for macOS will be the first new app to utilize the IQ Weather Engine — and will add a fun new dimension to Swackett peeps. We can’t wait to share it with you! Coming soon.
**Swackett Brand Partners have included majors brands line American Eagle Outfitters, Warby Parker, and 20th Century Fox.
These charts change by the hour — but were delighted to see Atmospheric™ in the Top 10 with some other great weather apps.
Thank you so very much for supporting our apps! — Team Swackett