CAVE Annotation Tool (CAT) is a graphic annotation capability designed for
AWIPS II. It provides a wide range of annotation capabilities for creating web graphics and presentation material.
It has many of the graphic capabilities of PowerPoint (TM) and additional capabilities such as the creation of animated
graphics (gif) and the export of KMZ (Google Earth) display files.
Its unique strength is its integration with AWIPS II. This allows forecastwers to display the desired data on their workstation and quickly annotate the displays. The AWIPS "bundles" can be used to call up the desired combination of weather products with a single menu selection. All of the AWIPS graphic manipulation features are available to the forecaster. After the graphic is created, a single menu selection can send the graphic to the desired web site.
CAT also supports the creation of animated images. A forecaster can annotate a series of graphic frames with such information as the movement of a storm or front and capture that directly in a gif image. The speed of animation can be slowed down, so that the user can dwell on each frame for several seconds.
Unfortunately, the restrictions on the AWIPS network makes it difficult to access external web sites for supplemental weather data. Thus, if a forecaster depends heavily on graphics created outside of AWIPS then the graphic products may be more efficiently created outside of AWIPS.
Leveraging FXC - The Forecaster's Experimetal Collaboration (FXC) tool was used
widely by NWS forecasters for over a decade. FXC contained three major components: graphic annotation, real-time
collaboration, and AWIPS weather data display and manipulation.
The graphic annotation was used heavily by the NWS Southern and Central regions to create their daily, or more frequent, graphicast products. CAT retains all of the drawing capailities in FXC and includes many additional features requested by users. Although, some new pop-up menus and other slight menu changes exist in CAT, the user interface remains basically the same, making it easy for the forecaster to transition to CAT.
Grote, U. H., 2008: Geo-Targeted Alerting System (GTAS) CIRA Magazine, Vol. 29, Spring 2008, P1-3 (PDF)
Rodgers, D. M., Pratt, G, and Osienski, J. M., 2005:Volcanic Ash Coordination Tool.Presented at the 21st International Confernce on Intractive Information and Processing Systems, January 2005, San Diego, CA. (PDF)
Grote, U. H. and Golden, C., 2003: Enhancements to FX-Collaborate to Support Operations at NWS, USAF, and NASA. This paper was presented at the 19th International Conference on Interactive Information and Processing Systems (IIPS) for Meteorology, Oceanography, and Hydrology, February 2003, Long Beach, CA (American Meteorological Society). (PDF version)
Bushong, Jack S., 2003: Operational Use of FX-Collaborate at the Southeast River Forecast Center. 19th International Conf. on Interactive Information and Processing Systems, Long Beach, CA, Amer. Meteor. Soc., P1.41 (PDF)
Grote, U. H. and Golden, C. 2002: Extending AWIPS to Support Remote Collaboration. This descriptive paper was presented at the Interactive Symposium on the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS), Orlando, January 2002, American Meteorological Society.
Rodgers, D. M., and T. Amis, 2002: Applying FX-Connect to the Prototype Aviation Collaborative Effort at the Fort Worth Air Route Traffic Control Center. 10th Conf. on Aviation, Range, and Aerospace Meteorology, Portland, OR, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 277-280.
Rodgers, D. M., 2002:Applying AWIPS Technology o the Prototype Aviation Collaboration Effort (PACE).Presented at the Interactive Symposium on the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS), Orlando, January 2002, American Meteorological Society. (PDF)
Grote, U. H., 1999: A
Java-Based Collaborative Working Environment for FX-Advanced. This
overview of the original plan and architecture was presented at the
International Conference on Interactive Information and Processing
(IIPS) for Meteorology, Oceanography, and Hydrology, Dallas, January
American Meteorological Society.
FAQ 15 April 2008
Drawing Tool Examples 22 January 2008
FXC User Guide (html) (pdf 3.1MB) Rev 6, 21 March 2005.
Operator Manual Rev 4, 11 March
VEF User Guide Provided by VEF for creating Hazardous Weather Outlook graphics for the web - 13 February 2007
Creating a geo-referenced GIS map (Courtesy of BOU) - 20 February 2008
Creating a custom GIS map (Courtesy of IWX) - 28 February 2008
FXC Run-time Options 29 September 2009
NVIDIA Driver Update in OB9.1 and FXC Performance Provided by Bryan Ruby (FSD) - 26 October 2009
CAT for AWIPS-II/CAVE
CAVE Annotation Tool Plugin
(versions available for 13.5.1, 13.5.2/13.5.3/13.5.4, and 14.1.1/14.2.1)
List of new features 5.1.2
FXC for AWIPS (Linux)
FXC 5.1.2 Download
FXC for AWIPS (Windows)
FXC 5.1.2 Download
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