Last week, we rolled out a new version of our iControl interactive radar and forecast application based on HTML5. This new version does not require Adobe's Flash player, so it is available on a much wider range of platforms and devices, including iPads, iPhones, and even desktops without Flash installed. This will make it easier to track the weather no matter where you are – at home, at work, on the road, or even from the beach!
Since we deployed the HTML5-based iControl, we've gotten a lot of feedback about it. While we aren't able to respond to every note, we do read them all, and we appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts. Specifically, you've told us about a couple of features you miss from the Flash-based version, including making the display full-screen and saving locations for quick reference, and you said you would like those features back. We license the technology for iControl from a third party developer, and we are working with them on adding new features to the HTML5-based version. In the meantime, we are going to make the Flash-based version available on our website for users accessing WRAL.com from a desktop or portable device with Flash enabled.
Bottom line: Starting now, if you go to iControl (either directly through the URL or by typing iControl in the keyword search box), our system will determine whether you have Flash installed. If you have Flash, you will get the Flash-based version that includes the full-screen and save-location features. If you do not have Flash – whether you have intentionally chosen to disable or not install it on your system or if you have an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad – you will get the HTML5 version, including the ability to zoom down to your back yard, track storms using radar, and see upcoming weather trends using our FutureCast computer model.
Thanks again for visiting WRAL.com, using iControl, and sending your feedback!