Dark Sky Journal

…things we learn, as we make and sell Dark Sky for iPhone & iPad.

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Announcing Forecast

Posted on by The Dark Sky Company

We’re extremely excited to announce the launch of Forecast, a new global weather service.

Check it out the announcement on our Forecast blog.

It’s Crazy How Disruptive We Are

Posted on by Jack Turner

Our friends at Fast Company just posted this video they made where Adam and I say words and only come off as moderately strange.

Open Source

Posted on by Jason LaPorte

At Dark Sky, we believe strongly in open source. Without some of the wonderful libraries out there, both the Dark Sky app and the Dark Sky API would have been utterly impossible to write. (Unless, maybe, you’re some kind of super-human cross-disciplinary programming savant.) Unfortunately, some of the tools we needed, we couldn’t find in the open-source toolbox. So we wrote them, and today we’re officially releasing some of them into the wild.

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Jason LaPorte for Dark Sky

Posted on by Jason LaPorte

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App Store “Optimization”

Posted on by Adam Grossman

App Store OptimizationApp Store Optimization... The act of fiddling with two arbitrary strings of text in order to rank higher in searches in the Apple App Store.

Here is a history of Dark Sky’s rankings for three search terms. Can you spot when we “engaged in search optimization”?

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Notifications

Posted on by Jason LaPorte

It seems there’s been a lot of confusion regarding notifications, so we wanted to take a moment to clear some of it up regarding two facets of the feature: battery life, and privacy.

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Version 2.0

Posted on by Jason LaPorte

In the life of a software product, each major version upgrade is considered a major milestone in that product’s life. Today, Dark Sky 2.0 is available in the App Store, and as a celebration of it’s first “birthday,” we thought it would be nice to take a brief look at the app’s past, present, and future.

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How Dark Sky Calculates Temperature

Posted on by Jason LaPorte

When we set out to build Dark Sky, our plan was to focus exclusively on precipitation for the next hour. It’s what we do differently, and it’s what we do well: we wanted to leave the longer-term prediction to other apps. Our users have asked us repeatedly for more, though: it’s frustrating to have to use multiple apps just to get a single picture of the day.

Really, we find it flattering that our users want to spend more time in Dark Sky. So, you may have noticed that version 1.2 (from last week) included the current temperature, and Dark Sky 1.3 (out today!) includes 24-hour forecasts of both precipitation and temperature. We’ve talked previously about how Dark Sky finds the precipitation down to your exact location; we thought we’d shed a little light on how we do the same for the temperature.

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Kickstarting an iOS App, Part 2: Physical Rewards

Posted on by Jason LaPorte

Previously in our Kickstarting series, we looked at how we got our backers their digital rewards; in this second part of the series, we’ll be talking about the process of getting our backers their physical rewards.

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Dark Sky for Developers

Posted on by Jack Turner

Dark Sky for DevelopersPeople see Dark Sky and they see an app, but that's only half the story. Not even half. What you hold in your hand when you use our app is a mere visualization of an entirely unique weather prediction system. This Dark Sky Net — for lack of a better term — provides us with minute-by-minute predictions for exact locations, as well as human-readable descriptions of what's about to happen. We developed this system to be incredibly easy to communicate with over the Internet, resulting in a very powerful API. And when you make something powerful you want to share it with the world.

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