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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Explore CommunityWalk!

The Explore Page is complete! You can now explore all the maps on CommunityWalk with ease! Try it out, it's quite fun:

CommunityWalk Explore Page
(be sure to try zooming in and out by clicking and right clicking on the map)

Unfortunately the printing enhancements had to be put on the back burner a bit so that we could finish this release. Printing will be at the very top of the list going forward, though.

Here are a few of the release highlights:

1) Explore page that lets you zoom into the map, select a category, or enter a search term to find different public maps on CommunityWalk. If you want you can even enter a search for a specific area of the map!

2) Click to zoom and right click to zoom out! This is now available on all maps and makes the experience much more dynamic. On the Explore page zooming in on the map will filter the result list, showing only maps in that area. One interesting note about the zoom. It will zoom in quickly when it is zoomed out and then slow down as it gets closer to ground level.

3) Exposed pictures. We brought the pictures out of hiding, adding the first one to the main description infowindow for each location as well as displaying the pictures on the explore page.

4) Hidden categories. If a category is not being used it won't be displayed in view mode so that the legend acurately reflects what is on the map.

5) Editing and deleting comments. Now, if you are logged in you can edit or delete a comment you've made for 10 minutes.

6) Performance Enhancements. We've put in place a few technical enhancements (GZip and caching) that should speed up CommunityWalk just a bit.

We will be cleaning up the release for the next few days so if you find any bugs or have any feedback please let me know. It is very helpful when people report bugs or let us know about something that could be done better!


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