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Welcome to the Weather Defender User Manual. You will find detailed instructions on the usage of every feature of Weather Defender among the topics below.

For step-by-step tutorials of common tasks, please refer to the Tutorials section.

1 - Overview

What is Weather Defender and what can it do for me?
A brief introduction to Weather Defender, why it was created and why it can make a difference for your organization.

System Requirements
Minimum and recommend system specs needed to run Weather Defender.

Weather & Geography
Understand the 'big idea' behind Weather Defender: the integration of weather data with GIS technology.

2 - Main Features

Navigation Basics
How to pan, zoom, and query objects on your map.

Maps & Layers
Understand how Weather Defender combines Weather and Geographic data to deliver precise weather monitoring features.

Perimeter Alerts
Create and configure Perimeter Alerts that automatically detect approaching weather threats.

Screen Captures (Under Development)
Learn how to capture screenshots of weather events and archive on your hard drive or upload to your website.

Animating Maps (Under Development)
See Reference: Animation Viewer

GPS Tracking (Under Development)
Display your GPS position on the map.

Layer Effects (Under Development: See Layer Properties, Effects Tab)
Overview of how data contouring and gridding effects work in Weather Defender.

3 - Usage Tutorials

We strongly recommend that all users complete the following basic tutorials:
Getting Started
Learn basic navigation and how to start tracking the weather with your first map in Weather Defender.

Personalizing Your Map
Learn how to customize your map for your specific region by importing geographic and other reference layers.

Forecasting Severe Weather
Learn how to take advantage of Weather Defender's forecasting tools and be prepared for the next severe weather outbreak.

Monitoring Real-Time Weather Threats (Under Development)
Learn how to monitor severe weather when it is occuring. Track the location, speed, and severity of storms using tools and layers provided in Weather Defender and determine the threat posed to you.

Alerting Yourself and Others Automatically (Under Development)
Receive first alerts via audible alarm, on-screen prompts, e-mail or even cell texts using the powerful Perimeter Alerts feature.

Connecting with Fellow Weather Defenders (Under Development)
Learn how to connect with other Weather Defenders and gain enhanced situational awareness through real-time group chat and map sharing.

For more tutorials, see the Tutorials section.

4 - Interface & Dialog Reference

Reference: Main Interface
Comprehensive overview of the main interface of Weather Defender, its buttons, functions, and customization options.

Reference: Layer Properties
Overview of the configuration options for Layers in Weather Defender, including General appearance, Update frequency, and Effect/Contour options.

Reference: Palette Editor
Create and modify the color palettes used with certain layer types like Radar, Temperature, and Pressure Lines.

Reference: Animation Viewer (Under Development)
View and archive animations of weather events.

Reference: Layer Browser (Under Development)
Add new Layers to your map from our ever-expanding library of Weather and Geography layers in the Layer Browser.

Reference: GIS Display Editor (Under Development)
Fine-tune Layer display in Weather Defender using the GIS Display Editor to modify colors, lines, labels, transparency, and much more.

5 - Troubleshooting & Support

See the Troubleshooting & Support section.

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