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How do I set up and use MML?
« on: July 03, 2005, 10:03:05 PM »
Follow these steps to setup the full MML software:

1) Download the MML software from here...

2) Unzip the installation package and read the installation/setup instructions.

3) Install the Flash software onto your website in evaluation mode. Edit the MML configuration file as described in the setup instructions. Make sure MML is working correctly in evaluation mode before paying for a data feed subscription or buying a licence for the full MML software program with data feed subscription.

4) When you are happy that the software is working correctly in evaluation mode, create and install a map for MML to use and edit the MML configuration file to include the URL of the map image. Make sure that you know the latitudes of the top and bottom edges of the map and the longitudes of the left and right edges of the map. You will need to enter these onto the server so that it knows which stations are available to display on your map. The map image must be in JPG format (non-progressive) it must be a Mercator Projection map (although rectangular coordinate maps may be suitable for smaller areas up to approximately 50 deg N or S).

5) Go to the MML Management Centre at If you're not already a user, click on the Sign-up link and subscribe to either the 'Annual MesoMap Live Data Feed Subscription' or (if you want to use the full MML product) 'Standalone MML Licence & Data subscription'. If you are already registered as a user, log in and then add a subscription to whichever product you want to use. The subscription process will guide you through setting up your account and paying for your subscription. During the registration process you will receive an email message which contains instructions on how to confirm your email address. There will be a delay before you can move on to the next stage whilst the server confirms that your payment has been received. This could be as little as a few minutes, or up to a few hours depending on how you have chosen to pay.

6) At the main index page, click on the Maps button, or click on the 'Maintain Maps' link.

7) As you're adding your first map, make sure the 'Add a New Map' option is selected and click the Submit button.

8 ) Enter the requested details onto the Map Details screen. It is important that you enter accurate data for the latitude and longitude values (although on some maps it isn't necessary to add values for seconds). If you enter the wrong values, even slightly, you'll find that the stations don't appear in the correct place on your map. Select the country or continent your map covers and add the URL that will display this MML map. These two values are used to automatically generate a MML map index on the main site.

9) After entering your map details, don't click the 'Add Map' button just yet. You will see some XML text displayed at the bottom of the page. Cut this text out and paste it into the relevant section in your MML configuration file, replacing any matching tags that are already in the file. Make sure you change the URL of the map image to match the image file you want to use. Now you can click the 'Add Map' button in the MML Management Console.

10) A screen will now be displayed where you can select the stations that will be displayed on your map. On the right hand side is the list of stations are available for display. Select the stations you want to display (maximum of 50) from the right hand pane and then click the '<' button to move these stations to the left hand pane. Double clicking the button moves all the stations. You can use the '>' button to move any unwanted stations back to the right hand pane. When you've got the list of stations set up correctly, click on the 'Update Visible Stations List' button. Don't worry if you get the stations wrong, you can come back and change this at any time. The age of the last data seen for each station is also displayed. It's probably not worth choosing stations that haven't provided data recently, otherwise they'll probably never appear on your map.

11) On the next screen you can select 'Priority' stations. Where two stations would display close together on your map, you can select which one will display over the other by making one a priority station. A Priority station will overwrite other non-priority stations. Select priority stations in the same way as you selected the visible stations. When you've got the list as you want it, click on the 'Update Priority Stations List'.

12) That's all there is to it! If you now go to your MML URL you should see the map displayed with current data from any stations that have reported in the last three hours.
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