Final Cumulus 1 version
Cumulus 1 has now been described as Legacy Software, simply because it is no longer supported, and can no longer be updated.
If you want to run Cumulus 1.9.4, there is no reason why you should not. It is a stable release, and only one bug has been identified.
The single known bug is that the original Cumulus software uses the wrong memory location for pressure for Fine Offset models. These weather stations are also considered legacy ones. There is a workaround described at FAQ#Cumulus_doesn.E2.80.99t_show_the_same_pressure_as_my_Fine_Offset_console.
This is a multi-stage process:
- First Download the Windows Installer Package, the CumulusSetup.exe file here.
- (There are two special alternatives, their download links appear later on this page)
- Choose a location where you will install the software on your Microsoft Windows device
- It is best to install to a root of whatever drive has plenty of spare space, this might be where you are using for your working files or normal documents
- Now run the installer, so it creates a large number of files and folders,
- When the installer has completed, there is another download to do.
- Now download the patch available here.
- Take the file "Cumulus.exe" from the patch, and use it to replace the file "Cumulus.exe" from whichever of the three installer packages you used earlier
- All other files from the full release, must be retained after applying the patch. The patch does not change any of the compiled code, nor its functionality.
- Start running Cumulus as instructed on Setup page.
Special Cumulus 1 versions
If you are an Instromet user, and your logger operates at 115200 baud, you should use special build 1100 at special 1.9.4 build 1100.
If you are an Instromet user, and your logger operates at 19200 baud, you should use special build 1101 at special 1.9.4 build 1101.
The patch, available in download above, can be applied after installing either of these special versions, it changes the GUI to make the drop down list cover years 2020 to 2030. As mentioned above, the patch only replaces the .exe file, all other files from special versions are retained.
- You can type any year you like into selection boxes on view month, view year, view period, and view NOAA report.
- As well as directly typing in a date including a year into the selection box, you can pick a a date from the drop down boxes that can select year, and (where relevant) month and day.
- The windows installer version of the year drop-down selection only contains years 2008 to 2020.
- The patch changes the year drop-down selection to contains the years 2020 to 2030, making it easier for the current decade (at time of typing this) as it allows you to select years up to 2030 from a drop down in the relevant screen box.
One of the attractions of the original Cumulus software is that the installer installs a detailed set of help screens, so that each screen has a button that you can click for assistance, and the Main Screen has a Help menu where you can look up more guidance, such as web tags. The 1.9.4 helpfile can also be downloaded (for viewing using Windows Help) from link in resources section below. At the time of typing, it can also be viewed at Cumulus Top Weather Sites. See below for a translation into French.
- Cumulus installation guide Instructions for installing Cumulus 1
- (this 1 June 2010 edition is now out of date,
- as it gives out of date Universal Resource locators, quoting Steve Loft's hostname for Wiki and support forum
- as it relates to Microsoft Windows Operating Systems that are no longer available)
- PERHAPS SOMEONE WILL VOLUNTEER TO UPDATE THIS PORTABLE DOCUMENT FORMAT TEXT
- (this 1 June 2010 edition is now out of date,
- Cumulus readme.txt Please read this before installing or updating Cumulus
- The "Microsoft Windows Help format" text files:
- Cumulus Realtime An obsolete Silverlight application for displaying real time Cumulus data on a web site (no longer developed or supported)
Steve Loft, as well as updating the support forum with announcements about his releases for Cumulus 1, maintained an abbreviated summary in changes.txt, find it at File:Changes.zip. It covers releases back to version 1.0, the first release on 27 January 2004, although the documentation for a small range within that was lost.
For the way dayfile.txt changed between versions, see that link.
For the logs created each month, see the example lines below:
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Date (dd/mm/yy) Time Temperature Humidity Dew point Wind speed Recent high gust Average wind bearing Rainfall rate Rainfall so far Sea level pressure Rainfall counter Inside temperature Inside humidity Current gust Wind chill Heat Index UV Index Solar Radiation Evapotranspiration Annual Evapotranspiration Apparent temperature Max Solar radiation Hours of sunshine Wind bearing RG-11 rain today rain since midnight 30-09-10 21:00 15.3 94 14.3 20.2 35.6 358 10.8 46.8 991 73.5 25.8 60 28.1 14 15.3 0 0 (version 1.9.0) 22/04/11 10:30 8.1 96 7.5 13 20 142 0 0 1013.28 215.2 20.2 53 11 4.8 8.1 0 216 0.08 171.88 3.3 673 0 (version 1.9.1) 01/10/11 04:40 18 75 13.5 5 6.7 169 0 0 1021.4 885.3 24.4 61 5.6 18 18 0 0 0 0 17.5 0 0 158 (version 1.9.2) 01/05/12 04:40 18 75 13.5 5 6.7 169 0 0 1021.4 885.3 24.4 61 5.6 18 18 0 0 0 0 17.5 0 0 158 0 (version 1.9.3) 02/10/13 22:40 14.2 99 14.1 0 0.7 207 0 0.3 29.85 961.5 119.5 53 0.7 14.2 14.2 0 0 0 0 15.5 0 0 225 0 2.4 (version 1.9.4)
Note about this article
It appears there was a bit of conflict between Downloads page and Software page. The main page previously said "We've added download links for Cumulus V1 and Cumulus MX in the new Software/Downloads page " because of this. Since then the Main Page has been updated, the legacy Cumulus and Cumulus MX links are now in separate columns of the table, and the introductory text has been revised.
- When Steve Loft was about to retire from involvement with Cumulus, he wanted to close his web server.
- His server (sandaysoft.com) had hosted the wiki, the support forum, and some of the downloads were at http://sandaysoft.com/downloads.
- The other downloads (used mostly for beta and special releases) were at http://www.nybbles.co.uk/downloads which was also closed.
- In October 2018, Ken True ("saratogaWX") offered to host the Wiki on his site.
- The Cumulus 1 software files were downloaded from the links just mentioned, and then added to this "Downloads" page by Ken as part of the migration of the Wiki.
- Ken True added links to the help file download and the Cumulus 1 special downloads for Instromet.
- On 31 October 2018, Ken True, downloaded the final Cumulus MX release made by Steve Loft (from his Support Forum post) and created a new Page called Software for this.
- Subsequently he added the source zip that Steve Loft made available (the source included some changes not in that Steve Loft
- The next month (November 2018), Steve Loft sought a new host for the support forum, as next part of closing his web server.
- When Niall Hosiene ("Freddie") took over hosting of the forum, Ken True updated the relevant Wiki pages here.
- On 7 December 2018, Mark Crossley decided to take on further development of Cumulus MX
- Mark added copies of Steve Loft's MX-beta release, and the released MX source to Marks' Github repository he created for Cumulus MX.
- As Mark has developed MX further, he has added to this Github repository, the release complied code, the supporting files, and therefore the source files
- Mark maintains the links to the Github repository for the latest release on the Software page of this Wiki.
- The early releases by Mark continued to be labelled "beta release", but soon Mark brought MX out of beta, so links were described as "current release"
- In March 2019, Niall Hosiene (Freddie) edited the new Software page to make it one destination for both the "primary product" (MX) and what he renamed "legacy software" (original Cumulus 1), in removing the original "Downloads" page, he overlooked that other pages in this Wiki were still linking to the original Downloads page.
- He was so keen to promote MX, his downgrade of Cumulus 1 to legacy, created some confusion by hiding some links that were still applicable in a MX world below Cumulus 1.
- Mark made some changes to Neil's design for the Software page in October 2019, but there was a subsequent rollback to the "Freddie" March 2019 design
In April 2020:
- this wiki page was resurrected so the links to it from elsewhere in this Wiki worked again
- this resurrection has given the chance to make this page devoted to Cumulus 1, and so much simpler and more detailed again
- the Software page has been improved by Ken True, grouping some downloads in a resources section
- David (Water01) made some further changes to the Software page re Weatherlink converter and Weather Display
- the Software page legacy section is currently a prećis of the detail available on this page, as it does have links to Cumulus 1 and the patch.