Weather Defender Documentation

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Thank you for downloading Weather Defender. This tutorial will provide you step-by-step instructions for getting up and running with Weather Defender so you can start taking advantage of the main program benefits as quickly and painlessly as possible.

If you need help with installing the software, please read the Installation article.

Step 1 - First Run
Double-click the blue-and-white shield on your Desktop to launch Weather Defender. The first time you run the program, you will be see the following screen:


Click the Sign Up button to begin your free trial registration.

NOTE: If you are upgrading from SWIFT WX Professional, you should Sign Up as a new user. You will have the opportunity to enter your product key during registration.

Step 2 - Creating Your Account
In the window that appears, enter the your First and Last Name and click Join Now.


Complete the fields on each of the following screens until you have finished creating your account.

When you have reached the last screen and finished creating your account, close the window.

Step 3 - Signing In
Enter your newly created Username and Password in the Sign In window:


Click the Remember Me checkbox if you want the application to remember your username and password so you don't have to enter it next time.

Step 4
Wait a few moments for the main program to load. After loading, you should see a map of the United States.


The house icon represents your home address as entered during the sign up process. If you do not see a house icon, you may set your home location manually by using the Set Home tool on the toolbar.

Step 5
Now familiarize yourself with the main interface of Weather Defender:

Main Interface Components

Main Interface Components

Identify the following interface components:
  • Along the upper portion of the window you will find all the tools and functions available for interacting with your map.
  • The semi-transparent window on the left lets you interact with each of the map's layers.
  • The semi-transparent window in the upper-right is your Map Legend.

For a detailed reference of every function and window, see the Main Interface article.

Step 6 - Panning
Its time to learn basic map navigation (i.e., zooming and panning). First, hold the mouse cursor anywhere over the map. Your mouse cursor should look like an open hand.

Press and hold the left mouse button and move the mouse in any direction to scroll the map accordingly.



Practice this technique a few times.

Step 7 - Zooming
To zoom, repeat the same process, except with the right mouse button.

Press and hold the right mouse button. Your cursor should turn into a magnifying glass. Now the mouse cursor down to zoom in on the map or up to zoom out.

Scroll the mouse wheel forward to zoom in on the map. Scroll backward to zoom out.




You may also use the mousewheel to zoom in or out.

Step 8 - Map Layers
Now we will learn how to control what is displayed on your map using the Map Layers window.

Click the U.S. Radar button in the Map Layers Dialog to turn off Radar imagery on your map.


Then click it again to display Radar again. Use the Map Layers Dialog to interact with the individual layer

Step 9

Click the Add Layer button from the on the toolbar to view the layer menu:


Select the Surface Fronts option.

Step 10
You will see a new button appear in your Map Layers window, entitled Surface Fronts.


The green bar means the layer is downloading an update. Wait a moment for the Surface Fronts layer to download. When finished, your map should look something like this:


Step 11
Repeat Step 9 (Add Layer), but this time select the Temperature option from the menu.

Your map should look like this:


Step 12
Obviously, this is not a desirable configuration because the Temperature layer is obscuring the data beneath it.

To reposition the Temperature layer, left-click the Temperature button in the Map Layers window and drag it down below (behind) the U.S. Radar layer. Then release the left mouse button.


NOTE: The white triangles indicate valid drop points when dragging a layer button. Make sure you see the white triangles before releasing the left mouse button.

After repositioning the Temperature layer, it will display behind the Radar, Surface Fronts, and State outlines:



You have completed the Getting Started tutorial. You now have a basic understanding of:
  • Logging in to Weather Defender
  • Navigating the map (panning & zooming)
  • Adding Layers

We recommend continuing with the next tutorial:

Weather Defender® - Desktop Weather Software for your PC. Weather Satellite, Weather Radar, and Street-Level Weather Tracking.

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