Want to see an ISS flyover but you keep forgetting to go outside at the right time? This little application can notify you of upcoming ISS Flyovers using Growl. Just install the program, configure one XML file with your location and when you want to be notified (one hour prior, five minutes prior, etc).
After installation is complete, navigate to %APPDATA%\IssFlyoverGrowler and edit the IssFlyoverGrowler.xml file.
To get the URL, go to http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/ and navigate to the city of your choice. *IMPORTANT* After getting to the page that shows your flyover times, click on the RSS link near the top center. That is the URL that you need here. Paste that URL in your XML configuration file. Check to make sure that any ampersands (&) in the URL are properly encoded to & (including the semi-colon) as is standard for any xml file. The proper url should look something like this:
If you get a blank list after running the program, go back to the xml configuration file and double-check the URL.
You may enter as many notification times as you wish. This refers to how early before the flyover do you want to get notified. Use standard c# TimeSpan notation.
For the name, you can enter anything you want to identify that particular entry (the city name should work quite well).
That’s it. Good luck with your sightings!
Bugs with version 1.2.4:
None so far!
(If you get a window with no sightings listed, just exit the program and run it again. Don’t forget to edit the configuration file as I described above.)
ver 1.2.4 (17 August 2013) Fixes a bug where “Update available” messages were suggesting an update was available when in fact there wasn’t.
ver 1.2.3 (08 August 2013) Updated so that the program will work with the new NASA xml file location
ver 1.2.2 (30 November 2011) Fixed a bug where the app was always logging, even if the logging option was set to “false”
ver 1.2.1 (20 October 2011) Added a feature so the minimum elevation before notification could be set. Refer to the “MinimumElevation” setting in the xml configuration file (the sample has an example of the usage)
ver 1.2.0 (30 July 2011) fixed a bug where the time to go would sometimes be blank.
ver 1.1.0 (9 July 2011) Fixes a “negative time to go” bug, adds some columns to the gui (title, time to go), enable minimize to tray, added a button to refresh the display, cleaned up some code.
ver 1.0.0 (29 June 2011) Countless bug fixes and feature additions, including the ability to check a server for application updates.