We have finished upgrading the skipr.net website to use “https”. It makes it more secure and what’s more, position reporting when using the Chrome browser works again!
We’re doing a major revision to Skipr.net to make it more compatible with, and easy to use on, today’s phones and tablets.
[Update 2030hrs] – We’re pretty much on top of things, the site behaves as normal again. Sigh… Thanks for everyone’s understanding!
[Update 1630hrs] – we’re in the process of updating all maps. The basic Currently Cruising and individual boat maps are back up. We’ll work our way through all the other maps in the next 24 hours. I apologise for the interruption of service. Marius.
Today (Wednesday afternoon in Sydney) Google terminated support for version 2.0 of their maps. The software library we use to deploy most maps on Skipr.net uses that version of Google maps and it crept up on us unexpectedly. Lots of egg on various faces. We’re working hard to restore maps to Skipr, please be patient, it could take a little while… We’ll post updates here.
We have just introduced a more convenient position reporting page. It takes advantage of the built-in GPS in many of todays tablets such as the iPad and provides instant feedback about the position you enter, even when reporting manually.
It’s use is mostly self-explanatory, but to get the most out of its features, below are a some of its highlights:
The Update button appears when an automatic position is available, tap it to transfer that position to the Lat-Lon form.
The Green Marker represents the position in the Lat-Lon form. The marker may be moved manually to refine the Lat-Lon form values.
The Geo (Arrow) button appears when an automatic position is available. Tap it to zoom and centre on that position (marked by a blue dot)./skp/
The Marker button appears when there is a Lat-Lon value in the form. Tap it to zoom and centre the marker.
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It’s been a while since we’ve had a newsletter for users of Skipr.net. A bunch of things have happened since we “spoke” last. For most of you, this will be the first newsletter, as we’ve more than doubled the number of boats on Skipr.net since the last one!
In this Newsletter:
Boat Photo competition
This weekend we launched a re-design of the skipr.net website. We’ve overhauled its user interface and laid the foundations for a range of new features to help cruising sailors and everyone else interested in the tracking the movement of recreational vessels. This post describes a few of the new features. Continue reading “Skipr changes”
Every day the system sends an email which lists newly posted items on a number of relevant Australian cruising sites. It makes for a very convenient way of keeping up with local cruising news.
If you know of other sites which should be included, leave a comment with the site details.
Here are the sites currently “monitored”:
- Alfreds Cruising
- Sail-World.com Cruising Australia News
- Skipr’s Notebook (this weblog)
- My Sailing – articles from Cruising Helsman etc.[added March 09]
as well as the following weblogs of Cruising boats and their owners
I just “opened the front door” to Skipr.net. There is still some more testing to do, but I thought I’d make the site public while we’re doing some more testing. Beta testers will get their log-ins on Monday.
There is still much to do. My current priorities are:
- Implementing the new design across the site.
- Giving boats the ability to define a cruise or cruise leg.
- Improving error trapping and reporting.
Anyway, here we go….!
I need to produce some documentation for Skipr.net and have a way for users to be able to provide feedback. So here I go with another Blog!