Getting Started

RadarScope offers a full suite of professional-grade features for viewing and interacting with radar data, but you can learn the basics in just a few minutes. Here’s what you need to know to start using the most common features of the app.

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1. Radar Selection - RadarScope is designed to view data from a single radar at a time. On first launch, you’ll see a map with buttons marking radar locations. To select a radar to view, simply tap its button on the map and you’re ready to get started.


2. Map Interaction - You can use tap, pan, and pinch gestures to interact with the map in much the same way you use the standard iOS Maps app. Drag your finger on the map to scroll. Use a two-finger pinching gesture to zoom in and out, or double-tap to zoom in and two-finger tap to zoom out.

3. Finding My Location - To quickly find your current location and select the nearest radar, tap the location button in the lower left corner of the screen.

4. Changing Radars - Tap the second button from the left in the toolbar to enter radar selection mode and reveal the radar selection buttons on the map. Tap any radar button to select it, then tap the toolbar button again to exit radar selection mode. You can also tap the radar ID at the top of the screen to show a list of all available radars. Tap a radar in the list to view it.

5. Looping - To animate the radar data over the past several minutes, tap the third button from the left in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. Tap it again to stop the loop and show the most recent image.

6. Changing Products - RadarScope offers a full suite of single-site radar products, from the most commonly used reflectivity to doppler velocity, precipitation estimates, dual-polarization products, and other derived products. To change the product you’re viewing, tap the product name in the lower left corner of the screen just above the color legend, then select the product you wish to view from the list.

7. Dual-Pane Button - The dual-pane button toggles between dual-pane and single-pane mode. In dual-pane mode, the map area is split in two with each map showing a different product from the currently selected radar. Dual-pane mode requires a RadarScope Pro subscription.

8. Share Button - The share button opens the standard iOS interface for sharing content to other apps and services. You can use this to save images and post them to social media services. iOS includes some standard sharing options and more can be provided via sharing extensions in popular third party apps such as X and Facebook. You can also use this to submit weather reports to mPING and Spotter Network. Details are explained in the Sharing section.

9. Settings Button - The settings button accesses the full suite of RadarScope preferences and settings, including map display layers, data providers, account credentials, and optional subscriptions. These settings are described elsewhere in detail. The Settings tab also includes a Help section with links for contacting our support staff and learning more about the app.

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