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21. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting dadmin

The comment about the photos popped up under the map when I had finished mapping it. I hope to add some photos later.

Hmm, you'll have to show this to me next time I'm over as I can't replicate this at all in the trip view :) Sander?

22. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Quoting Sam I Am

Hmm, you'll have to show this to me next time I'm over as I can't replicate this at all in the trip view :) Sander?

As far as I recall - or can find with some quick code inspection - the only place we ever say "You haven't mapped any of your photos" or anything similar is on the overall management page.

I also found the little drop-sideways box of the departure date (I think it was that one) running right across the list of names in the drop down window.

I suddenly realized what this is - the "leaving by" selectbox showing through the locationname autocomplete. Which happens in IE6 because selects were a windowed control there. Argh! (At least it's finally fixed in IE7.) I knew this problem existed when developing, but deemed it acceptable because we were hiding the input fields by default at that point, and then when we then changed them to show, I didn't recall that this issue existed. Guess I'll have to go put in the iframe hack fix for IE6 now... :/

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 29, 2006, at 4:51 PM by Sander ]

23. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Quoting Sam I Am

Your map can also be inserted in your blog, which looks fantastic and makes for great showing off Blog entries will also automatically be plotted out on your map, based on the date range the blog entry is about.

I just mapped out my Japan trip, and updated the entries in my blog for Japan. ROCKIN'!!!

A couple of small comments.

In the country view (http://gregwtravels.travellerspoint.com/co/104/, I see a link at the top of each entry to View Japan July 2006 on GregW's travel map. If I look at the single entry view (http://gregwtravels.travellerspoint.com/83/, however, that link does not appear. It would be great if it would appear in the single entry view as well.

If I click on the link to View Japan July 2006 on GregW's travel map, it takes me to a map close up on Japan. However, when I inserted into my blog as a map, the map appears with the entire world displayed (http://gregwtravels.travellerspoint.com/84/. Any chance the view inserted into the blog could get as close up on the destinations as possible?

I do really like the maps, just in case my picky comments would seem to suggest otherwise.

Another question, where did you get the list of all the LATs and LONGs for every place? Did you send Sander out with a GPS on a monster RTW? ;)

24. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

I just mapped out my Japan trip, and updated the entries in my blog for Japan. ROCKIN'!!!

Glad you like it; I know we've kept you waiting a long time! :)

Quoting GregW

In the country view (http://gregwtravels.travellerspoint.com/co/104/, I see a link at the top of each entry to View Japan July 2006 on GregW's travel map. If I look at the single entry view (http://gregwtravels.travellerspoint.com/83/, however, that link does not appear. It would be great if it would appear in the single entry view as well.

Just noticed this myself and couldn't agree more. This should be done.

Quoting GregW

If I click on the link to View Japan July 2006 on GregW's travel map, it takes me to a map close up on Japan. However, when I inserted into my blog as a map, the map appears with the entire world displayed (http://gregwtravels.travellerspoint.com/84/. Any chance the view inserted into the blog could get as close up on the destinations as possible?

Another thing I was just looking at myself. I'll see what can be done, but this is a somewhat more complicated change :)

Quoting GregW

Another question, where did you get the list of all the LATs and LONGs for every place? Did you send Sander out with a GPS on a monster RTW? ;)

Yep, we paid for him to travel to 2 million locations and plot them in. That's one reason it took so long.... :) Hehehe

25. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

In the country view (http://gregwtravels.travellerspoint.com/co/104/, I see a link at the top of each entry to View Japan July 2006 on GregW's travel map. If I look at the single entry view (http://gregwtravels.travellerspoint.com/83/, however, that link does not appear. It would be great if it would appear in the single entry view as well.

Oh, duh! Stupid mistake on my part. The idea was to put the link in the sidebar in single entry view, but I never got around to doing that. For now, I just committed the fix to always show the link (so that could be live as soon as Sam or Peter sees this), and we might do the sidebar thing yet in a day or two.

If I click on the link to View Japan July 2006 on GregW's travel map, it takes me to a map close up on Japan. However, when I inserted into my blog as a map, the map appears with the entire world displayed (http://gregwtravels.travellerspoint.com/84/. Any chance the view inserted into the blog could get as close up on the destinations as possible?

Not easily, I'm afraid. It's a pretty costly operation to figure out how far and where to zoom in on the map, and since there could be quite a few maps present in the blog view, that'd all get too costly. I might be doing more work with automatically zooming in and always showing the right things on the map, though, so perhaps I can generalize and simplify things for that, and let this come to the blogs as well, yet.

Another question, where did you get the list of all the LATs and LONGs for every place? Did you send Sander out with a GPS on a monster RTW? ;)

Heh, near enough. Sam and Peter bought a commercial DB of geo information (commercial meaning that it's slightly less incomplete and inaccurate than what's freely available), and I then spent forever massaging that data and merging with other databases to get it to actually be "good enough".
It's very possible that there's one or more countries out there which are missing major cities, or for which major cities don't show unless you zoom in all the way. If anyone comes across cases like that, please tell us about it (with exact city names) so we can fix that! (I already added two dozen major New Zealand cities manually because they were missing, but there I had the benefit that I know the country very well; something which sadly isn't the case yet for 200+ other countries.) :)

26. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

The maps don't seem to handle trips which include multiple visits to the same city very well; I plotted one which had Amsterdam as start and finish, but two dots appear on the map (one at a considerable distance from Amsterdam...). Any chance this could be repaired?

Also, I haven't figured out yet how to delete a stop from an itinerary. Not modifying, that works well, but just deleting it altogether.

27. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Quoting bentivogli

The maps don't seem to handle trips which include multiple visits to the same city very well; I plotted one which had Amsterdam as start and finish, but two dots appear on the map (one at a considerable distance from Amsterdam...).

This is a very frustrating intermittent bug inside the flash where clicks randomly aren't registered until you've already moved the mouse away. The same location being visited multiple times definitely is handled okay otherwise. Just reassign that stray location back to the real Amsterdam (click on the "select on map" 'button' first, or use the locationname autocomplete).

Also, I haven't figured out yet how to delete a stop from an itinerary.

In the itinerary list underneath the form, click on the little square minus before the destination name.

28. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Sam I Am

Quoting GregW

Another question, where did you get the list of all the LATs and LONGs for every place? Did you send Sander out with a GPS on a monster RTW? ;)

Yep, we paid for him to travel to 2 million locations and plot them in. That's one reason it took so long.... :) Hehehe

Next time you send Sander out on a plotting expedition - please have him plot Playa Barqueta on the Pacific coast of Panama - just south of David. Thanks! (Or, I could just hunt down the coordinates myself and enter them in...) But, I'm just trying to get Sander out of the dungeon for awhile!!

29. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Thanks for the travel map. It is fun, though I have not got around to inserting it into my blog or planning future trips.

Wonder, if I can have a map of all the trips done to-date in one single map and not separate maps of each trip.. Is there such a feature included?

/Ahila.

30. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Yes, just follow the "all trips by Ahila" link from your profile, or select "all trips & photos" from the selectbox just above the map.

For performance reasons it's unfortunately not possible to include such a map in the blogs as well, but we figure a blog entry will almost always be about a single trip.