We all know that the weather can be unpredictable, especially here in the Northwest US.  We have come to realize that no matter what we need to always be prepared for what is out there.  Well, along comes an app that does just that.  Outside, an iphone app, by the guys at Robo Cat, just made it into the App Store last night.  It is a beautiful looking app with a lot of potential.

There are a couple of main objectives the app aims to achieve.  The first is to give you a visual of what the weather is like outside now and what it is going to be like over the next couple of days.

The second objective is to keep you notified on different conditions so that you can be prepared for the weather outside.  For example, you can set the app to notify you if it is rainy outside, or if it is cold, or if it gets warm enough to wear a t-shirt.

Overall, this is a pretty cool app.  The first thing that stands out is the graphics.  They are very well done and very easy on the eyes.  To me, this will be their selling point.  I know for me, once I saw screenshots of the app, it looked so well done that it made me want to buy it when it came out. I like the additions of notifications as well.  I don’t know how much I will use them, but they are a nice addition to have.

There are a few things that I would like to see improve over future versions of this app.  The first is, I would like to view more than one city’s weather.  Right now you can only look at one city.  You don’t have the option to switch between more than one city.  Secondly, it would be nice to see an option for a 5 day forecast instead of having to scroll between each day.  And lastly, I am not the hugest fan of having to pay for notifications.  If you want notifications, you have to pay $.99 for them every 3 months.  So when you do the math, you have $2..99 for the app, then every 3 months you are paying $.99 for the app, so after about the first year, you are looking to pay about $7.  That may be a turn off for people, but I can understand why the guys who made the app needed to do this.  You can always choose to run the app without the notifications and not pay for it.  Outside gives you a month free of notifications.  If anything, would love to see a yearly subscription that maybe would be a little cheaper so that way you could entice more people to subscribe to notifications and you don’t have to resubscribe every 3 months.  I would possibly do a yearly subscription if this was an option.  Below are some more screenshots.

So there you have it.  Outside is a pretty good app and it is cool to look at.  Go get it on the App Store for $2.99.  Feel free to leave comments on the post or the app itself.  Also would love for you to connect with me on Twitter @theeasymac or on Facebook  at The Easy Mac.

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