Well, I finally got some time to devote to the route planner and have made a few changes. It’s still at the usual URL (www.marengo-ltd.com/map/). The development, or “beta beta” release has been removed: it was just too broken on browsers like Safari. The new version has been tested with Firefox, Safari, Opera and IE7.
Here’s a list of what’s new:
- The pointer is now a crosshair for more accurate placement.
- The Tools menu now allows you to swap between miles and Kms.
- The Tools menu now allows toggling of the lines between waypoints. Once you’ve toggled them on, they stay on until you turn them off again, or quit. They always default to off when you start a new session to avoid unnecessary resource usage.
- You’ll notice a PayPal “donate” button and Google ads now. Please, if you use this application, show support for it!
- Hovering over a waypoint doesn’t bring up a balloon. That was just annoying! Now, the balloon appears when you click on a waypoint. There are menu options in the balloon now. One being “delete this waypoint”.
- It’s now far easier to insert waypoints into an existing route. Just click on the waypoint immediately before the one you want to insert and select the “insert” option. A new waypoint will be generated exactly halfway towards the next one.
- Hovering over a waypoint highlights the corresponding text box in the list in yellow.
- Search has arrived! Notice the “Search” box next to the “Route Name” box. Now for the bad news… it only works in some countries… and the UK ain’t one of them. So you can enter, for example, “10 Metrotech Ctr, Brooklyn, NY 11201″ into the box, press enter, and the map goes straight there. Whereas if you enter “London”, you get nothing. This is because of a some ludicrous copyright/contractual issues which prevents Google from making this work globally. So if you are in the UK, ignore this box for the time being.
- Another menu option in the waypoints’ balloons is the ability to “Centre map around here”. This is useful if you want to zoom in. Centre first, then no matter how close you zoom, you know that that waypoint will always be on screen.
Unless we find any bugs, I think this will probably suffice for the free version of this software. What I shall be working on next is a paid-for version (either subscription-based or one-time fee, not sure yet, but either will be inexpensive) which will allow much more, such as storing of routes in the database, the ability to publish read-only routes to anyone, and the ability to import a ride from your GPS and create a regular route from it. As usual, if anyone’s got any ideas for this, let me know.