Swackett and macOS Mojave Dark Mode (explained)

In macOS Mojave in Dark Mode, dark colors are used in place of light colors throughout the user interface. In Dark Mode the menu bar at the top of your Mac is inverted — so the bar is a dark color and the the text is white. That dark theme is carried throughout the UI.

Dark Mode may not seem like a big deal, but it has many benefits including reduced eye strain, higher contrast for easier reading — and it just plain looks cool. It’s also perfectly suited to control rooms where Swackett apps run 24-hours a day.

Swackett for macOS full supports Dark Mode — and is macOS Mojave savvy — fully supporting dynamic Light- and Dark-Mode switching by the operating system.

Swackett will honor Dark Mode as set by the operating system (requires macOS 10.14 Mohave). You can override the operating system below — forcing Swackett’s user interface to appear in light or dark mode (requires PRO version of Swackett).

Full Dark Mode support requires Swackett version 5.2.0 or greater.

User Testimonials

Leighsacarole (Oct 2018)

Swackatoomie: Now Supporting Siri Shortcuts

iOS 12 Siri Shortcut Support

  • New “Take It With Me” Siri Shortcut
  • Just ask Siri to “Swackettoomie” and instantly view weather-appropriate items you’ll need if going outside.
  • Works from any iPhone screen — including the Lock Screen.
  • The Siri trigger phrase is customizable.

Special Weather Information

  • Today’s High and Low temperature appear with timestamps.
  • Recommended weather-appropriate accessories are presented along with pertinent forecast details for the day — in Musselman Report format.

A Very Swackett Response to “Apped Out”

A Very Swackett Response to “Apped Out”, an Editorial Appearing in the St. John Telegram, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

”You can open the front door, check the weather and decide whether you need a sweater, a jacket or a coat, or you can spend $13.99 on Swackett — The Telegram

A delightful article! Thank you for including Swackett.  😃

We definitely get what you mean about “common sense” — or a lack thereof — in today’s world. It seems our world could benefit in numerous ways by a healthy application of common sense to the lives of so many people. That said, we respectfully submit that you’ve might have cast Swackett in an over-simplistic light.  It happens a lot, actually.

We’re so enthusiastic about Swackett we’ve prepared a response. 😉

A Very Swackett Response to “Apped Out”

Yes, you can open your front door and get a feel for the weather around you — at that moment in time.  But a useful weather forecast is SO much more.  And what a casual poke out the front door cannot tell us is what kind — or what severity — of weather is coming an hour from now. Or within 48 hours. Or over the next 7 days.

Swackett does that — and so much more — from the comfort of your bed, couch, or (humbly) the bathroom.

We each ask ourselves a series of core questions when we ponder the weather in our area.  Swackett was built to help you answer these questions — before you open the front door — and in less time that it would take to walk to the front door.  Sometimes that simple convenience feels SO nice.

These are the questions that Swackett can answer for you:

  • Will it rain later today?  Or in the next 60 minutes?
  • What will be the coldest — and the very warmest — I can expect the temperature to reach today?  (What clothing do I need to leave the house with today?  How do I dress my kid for the school bus?)
  • Will I need a coat later today — or an umbrella?
  • How windy will it be later today? (Do I need to bring in the house plants off of my porch?)
  • Which way is precipitation moving through my area?  (Swackett answers this question with animated imagery.)
  • Will it be sunny this weekend?

The list of questions goes on and on.

A Very Swackett Response to “Apped Out”, an Editorial Appearing in the St. John Telegram, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

You can’t truly answer any of these questions by opening your front door — and sometimes — you need an accurate answers. Properly dressing a child for the elements, or a pet, or ourselves — to keep those we love warm, cool, or dry — is a big responsibility. Weather is a serious subject — even though our Swackett “peeps” help to make it fun.

Yes there are a lot of apps out there — and maybe there are too many apps.  The trick — we believe — is to find the right mix of apps that give you the information you need to make your life better — in the shortest amount of time — and with the smallest amount of effort.  Find those apps you can’t live without. Love them. And when you make those apps part of your morning scroll — take note that some of their graphic elements — like our beloved Swackett peeps — are trying to bring a smile to your face.  ☺️

Thanks again for including Swackett in your story.

Our very best to you and to the St. John community,

Team Swackett

Read the Telegram’s full story — recommended by Team Swackett:


Version 5.1.0 Available Now

  • New 6-Panel Layout : A new 6-panel display option to better present PRO weather gauges on small screens. View the Tech Note here.
  • METRO Maps : New high-definition radar maps for metropolitan areas (where available, requires PRO Subscription).
  • Settings : The Personalization Center has been moved to the Settings menu for a more “Mac-like” user experience.
  • The Musselman Algorithm : Just the facts, Ma’am. A new, simplified weather report presenting only vital details.
  • Easter Eggs : They’re back! Social commentary and humor in peep art form.

Download on the Mac App Store