Windfinder: Wind & Weather map - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

I have some experience in development, but as a product manager I do not code myself.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

It is a challenge to provide a balanced feature set. Technically, it is probably the consistent appearance and performance on so many different devices.

The interviewee, Mr. Kay R. Sörnsen, looks over Marketing and Product Management at Windfinder, a company that offers the latest updates on "wind, waves, and weather. For kitesurfers, windsurfers, surfers, sailors, paragliders and everyone waiting for the perfect breeze."

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

Komoot is well done due to a lot of user-generated ideas and suggestions in routing. Strava is great for some analytics. And Windfinder of course, for its ease of use and benefits in risk control.

How long have you been working on this app?

The app launched 13 years ago. I have been working on this app for the last three years.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

Windfinder was initially started for people that are looking for wind, like sailors, windsurfers, kite surfers, and so on. A reliable wind forecast is indispensable if you are driving for hours to the coast or if you are looking for the best spot for your sport.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

Windfinder is perfect for a quick and easy overview of the wind and weather situation. Your favorite spots at a glance bring you right into the action - depending on what you are looking for. Ease of use and reliability are the best combination.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

We are planning to add some layers to the wind map, like waves for example. And we will add custom spots, so if you need your private cliff or grandma’s garden as a favorite spot, you will be able to create that. That’s some of the improvements to come.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

Try the app and let us know what you miss the most. And it motivates us so much to hear why, where, and for what you use our wind forecasting tool. Thank you so much!

Windfinder: Wind & Weather map

About App:
Wind, weather, waves and tides anywhere in the world for sports like kitesurfing, sailing, windsurfing, surfing, wing foiling, fishing, cycling, paragliding, hiking and for all who are interested in detailed wind and weather forecasts and reports.

Precise and reliable wind and weather forecasts assure that you will always find the location with the best wind, wave and weather conditions. Windfinder also displays the current wind measurements and weather observations for your real time understanding of the weather conditions. Easy to use and free of charge.

❖ Detailed wind and weather forecasts for more than 160,000 locations worldwide
❖ Animated wind map (wind radar) for your regional and global wind overview
❖ Displays current wind measurements and weather observations in real-time from 21,000 weather stations worldwide
❖ Tide forecasts for high and low tides for over 20,000 locations around the world
❖ Wave height, wave period and wave direction
❖ Save your favorites: Collect nearby or interesting spots and monitor travel weather for your vacation destinations
❖ Wind widgets
❖ New: Severe weather warnings for the US and Europe
❖ Wind speed measurements in knots, Beaufort, mph, km/h and m/s
❖ Parameters: Wind speed & gusts, wind direction, air temperature, felt temperature, clouds,precipitation, air pressure, wave parameters, tidal water levels and severe weather warnings
❖ Webcams worldwide
❖ Topographic maps and satellite images serve as a navigational aid (weather routing)
❖ Optimized display of forecasts and reports for best readability on any mobile device
❖ Optimized data transfer that enables a quicker loading speed, ideal for data usage restrictions
❖ Easy to use interface - even with wet or cold hands

Categories: Weather

Date: December 14, 2022

Developer: Windfinder

About developer: The interviewee, Mr. Kay R. Sörnsen, looks over Marketing and Product Manage ... Read more



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