Alternative Interface

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An Alternative (additional) Interface

Overview

Following the release of the responsive default website for CumulusMX, I have now developed an alternative interface pack so that both your live site and your CumulusMX Console site look similar. The general layout is the same but without a sidebar. The header and footer are static by default but both can be made to scroll if preferred.

Like the default website, you can change the theme with impacts all elements on the pages including tooltips and calendars. Unlike the default site, you get nearly 30 colour themes included which can also be used with the default site.

How it fits with the existing inteface

It has been developed to run in tandem with the existing Interface, has the same pages (plus one to manage the themes), and each page does the same as the Interface. This is a deliberate choice so that you don't need to do anything differently. The menu is however organised a little differently; I have grouped together pages that just show you your weather data and those that enable you to configure or edit it. My reasoning is simply to reduce the width of the menu for smaller screens.

One other alteration is on the main dashboard. I have moved the alarms panel to just underneath the sun and moon times. When using the Interface I like to be made aware of any alarms without scrolling; especially ones about the system. This page is already being modified to improve its layout - I am keen to also get the weather record set LEDs displayed.

Overview

Below are a number screenshots of various aspects of the alternative interface.

Screenshot Information
AI Theme Selector.png
The included theme selector page. You can select a theme
(lots included) and set it active for the current session or make it permanent.
You can also reset to the original theme. At the
bottom of the page are the email settings for sending emails.
AI Weather Records.png
Weather view pages

The 'view records' page. Note that you can select the same sub-sets as
in the normal interface. The only difference is the selectors are actually buttons, not lists.
AI NOAA Month Reports.png
There are some small changes to the way that this page works.
The date selector now automatically closes when you select a date and the report is loaded.
AI Extra Sensors.png
If you have extra sensors on your weather station this is where the readings will
be displayed. It uses an HTML table as in the normal interface but these have all been made
responsive.
AI Compare Charts.png
The new 'choose your own date' charts are included.
The only difference is that ALL charts can now be zoomed to show more detail.
On a tablet this is done with two fingers, but with the mouse just press and drag.
AI Dashboard.png
This is the alternative dashboard. I have made some
changes to this page as I always like to see any
alarms that have been set as soon as the page
loads.

This page is also on my main list for future development.
I want to include LEDs for Records Set and probably add
extra Almanac data but as a popup so that it
doesn't interfere with the main page data.
AI Data Log Editor.png
The first screenshots of the 'Edit/Configure' pages.
All 'Edit' pages with a date selector modified have had it modified.
The date selector will now disappear as soon as you select a date
and the data loaded. The page also automatically loads the
first set of data on load so you don't need
to click any buttons to start.
AI Dayfile Viewer-Editor.png
The Day File Viewer/Editor has been forced to fit within the page layout.
However, it still scrolls sideways so that you can
view all the data.

You can still edit it as this is still done within a popup window.
AI Diary Editor.png
This page has been restructured to improve its design.

The calendar has also been themed so that when you choose a new
theme, the calendar colours change as well.

Future versions of this page may be combined with the
Current Conditions editor.
AI Extra Sensor Settings.png
This is an example of the Extra Sensor Settings page.

Many of the 'Settings' pages use the 'Alpaca' library to generate the required forms.

None of these have been changed except for the page framework. In action there is no difference.
AI Records Editor.png
The Records Editor pages all use standard HTML tables and a library to enable you to edit them.

The only changes made to these pages was to make the buttons work with the new themes and the use a
'splash' screen when you load data. This makes it more obvious that the system is busy.

Where the above screenshots vary in colour, it is because I temporarily loaded alternate themes. You get 30 themes included that can also be used with the default website.

You can download the Alternative Interface using this link Alternative Interface for CumulusMX. This upload has been updated to correct an issue with the buttons on the MySQLSettings page not creating the database tables. It is also available on the Forum under CumulusMX ~ Alternative Interfaces.

Installation

Once you have downloaded the zip file, extract it somewhere other than your CumulusMX installation. This will avoid accidentally overwriting your existing Interface contents.

The Extracted package should consist of a single folder - ai.cmx, which can then be copied into the existing Interface folder so it shows as a sub-folder.

You are there ready to start using it. If you use the url: http://localhost:8998/ to run your normal interface, you can simply add the folder name to the end like so: http://localhost:8998/ai.cmx/.

Of course localhost can be replaced with the IP address of the machine running CumulusMX.

You still have access to the default interface if you want. It can also be run from the alternative interface - there is a menu item at the right end to do this.