Release Notes V2.9

Version 2.9 released  12-25-2005  


1.      Removed the date/time display in the menu bar.  This was causing a problem with Internet Explorer.  The Alt text associated with images would not display when the time was displayed in the menu bar.

2.      The Server IP address box will now display a red background when the program is not connected.

3.      Added a Show Detail menu option under the file menu.  This option will expand the window to show the connection details and text received window.

     Weather Message Server  

1.      Will properly process file names ending in txt, gif, jpg, zis, zip, bmp, png and tif.  All others will default to txt.

2.      The debug screens for WxPost, WxFtp, and WxFax remember their last screen positions.

3.      Changed the delimiter used to send multiple vtec lines to the client.

4.      Added code to distinguish between P-Vtec and H-Vtec.

5.      Will no longer show a button in the task bar when the server is displayed.  There was no need, since it appears in the system tray.

6.      Now verifies the VTEC ending date.  If it is before the message issue date, the UGC expire date/time is used.  (This gets around a problem with the TCV product – which has no VTEC expiration.)

7.      The $Issued$ and $Issued24$ variables will no longer be changed to the VTEC event start time.  They will work as they did prior to VTEC.  New variables have been added to handle the VTEC event beginning time.

8.      When VTEC options are used with “No State” specified, the program will use the first UGC group and VTEC line that matches the VTEC options.

9.      When VTEC options are used with “State Only” specified, the program will use the first UGC group that matches the state and the first VTEC line that matches from that group.

      Weather Message Setup

1.      The archive option now allows you to specify the variables $FileName$ and $FileExt$ to use the original emwin file name.  This allows for wildcard alarms for archiving to a ftp site.  Note:  Archiving to a local directory already stores files with the emwin file name.

2.      The pager group setup screen now has a button labeled Services.  The button is used to setup Service Providers.  Instead of having to repeat static information on each group, the pager group setup screen now has an option to select a service provider.  A conversion program creates the services based on the current user configuration.

3.      The setup program will now verify that pager, email and fax groups are not used on an alarm before allowing the respective group to be deleted.

4.      The Paging Services setup now supports Http posts for paging scripts.  The posted variables are entered in the http post data text box.  They are entered in the format variable=value.  Two replacement variables can be used to insert the pager pin and message.  Use $Pin$ to insert the pager pin.  Use $Message$ to insert the pager message.

5.      The Email Groups setup screen now has a button for email options.  Several of the items on the main screen have been moved to the email options screen.

6.      Added backup server information to the Email Options screen.

7.      Added TIB - Tsunami Information Bulletin to the Product.dat.

8.      The Options screen now has an option to select a comport for a X10 device.  It also has an option to select the type of X10 device (CM11 or CM17).

9.      Updated the Wfo file with the new prefix KEY for Key West.

10.  Updated the VTEC Phenomena with the latest information.

11.  The Alarm Setup screen now allows you to enter X10 settings.

12.  The Paging Services setup screen now validates the service for invalid characters.

13.  Updated the zone file with the latest marine information.

14.  Updated the zone file with the latest county information.

15.  Updated the fips file with the latest county information.

16.  Added the product EQI, Earthquake Information Bulletin, to the product.dat file.

17.  The Options screen now allows you to set a timeout value for the TCP/IP subsystem.  This is the system that sends data to the connected clients.  The default value is zero (0) for no timeout.  The minimum value that can be entered is 30 seconds.  

18.  The Options window now has a field to record the server name.

19.  A new variable has been added to the Short Message VTEC tab.  $vEventStart$ and $vEventStart24$ can be used to include the VTEC event beginning time.  $vEventStart$ is start 12 hour time format, while $vEventStart24$ is in 24 hour format.

20.  Revised the VTEC flags in the product.dat file.  Available for download on the website.  Will be included in the final 2.9 release.

21.  The VTEC Phenomena selection list will no longer sort the list while you are making selections.  The list will sort initially and when you click in other fields.

22.  The Email Options window now has the option “Append Time”.  This option will append the current time to the email subject, when a subject is associated with the message.  This assists customers that need a unique subject to activate forwarding with Outlook.

23.  The Short Message variable $vEventStart$ and $vEventStart24$ will be blank if the event start time is zero.

24.  Corrected a problem in the Print Alarm routine that prevented the report from being completely printed.

25.  Removed the requirement to have a state and county for VTEC.  When VTEC options are used the message must have VTEC in order to be alarmed.  This is the same requirement as state and county alarms.

26.  Inactive alarms will display with a yellow background in the main alarm grid.

27.  The Short Message setup now has the variable $Action$.  This variable can be used to insert the word “Issued” or the appropriate VTEC action into the short message.  This variable will be normally used to replace the word “issued” in the short message.

28.  Added the following short message variables for Vtec: (*)

(*) For non-VTEC messages, these variables will be the same as the issued date / time.  For VTEC messages they will contain the event starting date / time.

      WxMcli Message Client

1.      The Request text box no longer has a limit on message size.  It will now display any length message up to the maximum memory installed in the computer.

2.      The main scroll text box now has a 125,000 character limit.  It was previously 32K.

3.      When the client connects, it displays the server name in the status bar.

4.      The Settings tab has been split into the “Server” and “Settings” tab.  The server setup information is on the server tab.  The remaining setup information is on the settings tab.

5.      The Settings tab now has an option to specify the size of the main scrolling text buffer.  The minimum size is 64,000 characters.

6.      The Settings tab now has an option to play the startup wave file.


1.      The program now recognizes all VTEC actions.  It will now cancel messages when a properly coded cancellation is received.  For a cancellation to occur, you must alarm the proper cancellation product to the map.

2.      Updated the map files to the 8-19-2005 NWS release.  Existing users will need to download the map base install from the miscellaneous downloads page.

3.      The internal routines now view each product as a VTEC product.

4.      References to AWIPS identifiers, used internally, have been changed to VTEC phenomena and significance.

5.      The Other Colors setup screen will now all you to enter a VTEC phenomena plus Significance for coloring other products.  The map will now evaluate the VTEC information first, then AWIPS product identifiers.

6.      The active county list box will now remember the last size and position.

7.      When the client connects, it displays the server name in the status bar.

8.      The program will now evaluate the VTEC start time to see if it is in the future.  If it is in the future, it is reset to be current.  This is necessary to correct a problem with the outlines showing until the phenomena start time occurs.

9.      Changed the Other Colors tab to include VTEC wording.

10.  The Settings tab has been split into the “Server” and “Settings” tab.  The server setup information is on the server tab.  The remaining setup information is on the settings tab.  (This makes the map and message client setup the same.)

11.  The other colors tab now has a button to display the vtec phenomena and significance.


1.      The program has been updated to use data from the new NWS RIDGE radar servers.  You can now select the layers that you want included in the image: Topo, Radar, Counties, Rivers, Highways, Cities, Warnings, and Legend.   These radar images are available:  Base Reflectivity - 124 nmi range, Base Reflectivity - 248 nmi range, Composite Reflectivity - 124 nmi range, Base Radial Volocity - 124 nmi range, Storm Relative Mean Radio Velocity - 124 nmi range, Surface Rainfall Accumulation One Hour, and Surface Rainfall Accumulation Storm Total.

2.      All references to the FTP protocol have been removed.  The RIDGE servers only support HTTP.

3.      The program now runs from the system tray.


            1.  The program now remembers the last screen position.

2.      Added support for SNPP version 3.

3.      Increased the DDE link timeout value.  This may help with a “unable to link” error.

4.      Changed the unload event to set the cancel flag.


1.      Added support for a backup SMTP (email) server.  The program will automatically switch to the backup server when any errors occur when sending email to the primary server.  The program will automatically switch back to the primary email for the next email.

2.      When the primary email server fails, the program will record the error in the emaillog.txt along with a message indicating that the program has switched to the backup server.


1.      Corrected an error 13 that occurred when you right clicked a scheduled item and selected Send Now.


1.      Added a new background support program to interface with X10 controllers.  It supports the CM17a and CM11a.