Streamlined Photo and Track File Uploads

March 15th, 2008

It’s been a while since we added this feature, but, just in case you haven’t noticed, we think we ought to mention it here. The add trip wizard has been redesigned and is now hopefully even easier to use. You can now add a whole folder of photos and GPS tracks through the TripTracker web interface with just one click.

Add Trip Wizard - Last Step

Adding large amounts of photos and GPS tracks to existing trips is now also possible using only your browser, without having to install an uploader application.

TripTracker Down for Maintenance

February 12th, 2008

We are planning certain technical upgrades to our servers on Tuesday, February 12th at 11PM GMT. For this reason, the TripTracker.net site may be off-line for some period of time.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience.


TripTracker Team

Embedding Trips Made Easy

November 30th, 2007

All trips now have an Embed dialog, which makes it quick and easy to add a TripTracker Map Widget with your favorite trip to your web page or blog:


Embed Trip Dialog

To embed a trip, click the Embed Link link and choose a widget type. You can also customize the size and title of the widget. To see what the widget will look like, click the Preview button. When you’re satisfied with the widget’s appearance, copy the contents of the “code” text-box, and paste the code at the position where you would like the widget to appear in your web page or blog.

More info on TripTracker map widgets, including examples, can be found in this post. Enjoy!

Tracking Athletes at the 12th Ljubljana Marathon

October 26th, 2007

On October 28th, we’ll be tracking the front-runners of the 12th International Ljubljana Marathon. You can follow the progress of the leading competitors (female and male) live on this map.


Go to the Ljubljana Marathon Tracking Page

Hint: The tracking page showcases new live tracking features which will be available to all TripTracker.net users soon.

Uploaders for Mac OS X and Linux

October 11th, 2007

We just released new uploader applications for Mac OS X and Linux to complement the existing Windows uploader. Uploader applications streamline the process of adding photos and GPS tracks to your travel journals, making such uploads easier, faster and more reliable. By using an uploader application, you can upload multiple files or even whole photo albums with a single click!

See this page for more information on how to start using an uploader application suitable for your OS.

Map Widgets for Your Web Page or Blog

September 4th, 2007

One of the cool new features that we’ve been working on is the option to add travel maps to your own web page or blog. This post is intended as a “quick start” guide for embedding travel maps, and to showcase the new functionality.

TripTracker map widgets can be used to display any publicly accessible trip. They come in three flavors:

  • Animated badge – Displays a small map which is animated to emphasize your journey.
  • Mini map – Displays your trip on a static map, linking back to your TripTracker journal.
  • Interactive map – A large, fully interactive map for viewing your travel journal.

The following sections cover each type of travel maps separately, but before we continue, a note for those of you who might find this guide just a little bit too technical… We’re working on a wizard which will make the process of embedding travel maps even easier, and will also allow basic customizations of their appearance.

Animated badge

Below is a sample badge displaying Voranc’s trip to New Zeland. By default, the size of the animated badge is 175 pixels (width) by 250 pixels (height). The full area of the badge links to your TripTracker travel journal.



To embed an animated badge, copy the code below and paste it at the desired location in your web page or blog. Replace the [TRIP_ID] tag with the numeric identifier of your trip (*).

<script type="text/javascript"
  src="http://triptracker.net/trip/[TRIP_ID]/badge">
</script>

Mini map

An example of the mini map widget displaying braco’s trip to SE Asia is shown below. The default size of the mini map is 320 pixels (width) by 240 pixels (height). The full area of the mini map links to your TripTracker travel journal.



To embed a mini map, copy the code below and paste it at the desired location in your web page or blog. Replace the [TRIP_ID] tag with the numeric identifier of your trip (*).

<script type="text/javascript"
  src="http://triptracker.net/trip/[TRIP_ID]/minimap">
</script>

Interactive map

The interactive map widget allows you to embed a large map of your trip on your web page or blog. An example of an interactive map embedded in a web page can be found here. Your visitors can use the interactive map to explore your journey, read journal entries and view photos from your trip. At 800 pixels (width) by 620 pixels (height), the interactive map requires quite a bit of real estate on your web page in order to be displayed properly.

To embed an interactive map, copy the code below and paste it at the desired location in your web page or blog. Don’t forget to replace the [TRIP_ID] tag with the numeric identifier of your trip (*).

<script type="text/javascript"
  src="http://triptracker.net/trip/[TRIP_ID]/embmap">
</script>

(*) How do I determine the numeric identifier of my trip?

You can find the numeric identifier of your trip in your browser’s address bar when viewing your trip on TripTracker.net. For example, if the address of your trip is http://triptracker.net/trip/263/, the [TRIP_ID] tag should be replaced by 263.

TripTracker.net Finally Out of Beta

September 4th, 2007

The TripTracker.net development team is proud to announce a new release of the TripTracker.net travel mapping website.

We’ve added many exciting new features to the site, including…

  • A brand new look and feel.
  • Completely redesigned and easy to use controls for editing your travel journals.
  • The ability to share your journals only with friends, and to be notified of your friends’ activity.
  • Increased detail of all travel maps, which now also show the exact location of each photo.
  • The ability to add TripTracker travel maps to your own web page or blog.
  • Many small improvements and tweaks to enhance the overall user experience.

We listened carefully to all comments and suggestions we received, and tried to address as many as we could with this new release. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your valuable feedback. As always, we look forward to hearing any future comments or suggestions you might have.

Have fun exploring the new interface. We certainly hope you’ll like it.

TripTracker Team

TripTracker Down for Maintenance

August 30th, 2007

We are planning certain technical upgrades to our servers on Tuesday, September 4th. For this reason, the TripTracker.net site may be off-line for some period of time, so that we can safely migrate all data to the new server.

We’ll also be using this opportunity to add some long awaited new features to TripTracker, so please, do come back after the upgrade.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience.


TripTracker Team

Tracking the Trans-Amazon Educational Journey

March 30th, 2007

We’ve just launched a dedicated tracking page for the Trans-Amazon Expedition, led by Dave Freemand and Eric Frost of the Wilderness Classroom Organization. The goal of the Trans-Amazon Expedition is to raise awareness about the important role the world’s forests play in controlling climate change, and to encourage people to make changes in their lives, which will help protect the world’s remaining forests and combat global warming.

Trans-Amazon Expedition Logo

We wish them the best of luck!

Tracking Martin Strel’s World Record Attempt

February 1st, 2007

Today, we started tracking Martin Strel’s 5430 kilometer swim along the Amazon River. If Strel succeeds, he will be the first man to swim the entire length of the Amazon, beating his previous world records of swimming the Mississippi (3797 km) and the Yangtze (4003 km) rivers. But this project is different to Strel’s previous achievements, as he may have to face piranhas, crocodiles, and other dangerous animals that lurk in the murky waters of the great river.

Martin’s team is equipped with two Sony GPS-CS1 receivers, which we are using to track his progress on this map. We will update his position daily for the next 70 days, which is how long this exceptional feat is expected to take… So stay tuned!

Martin Strel

Note: The embeddable map control used to track Martin is a hint of things to come on triptracker.net.