Archive for the ‘Plans’ Category

Release 1.8.36

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

This release marks the beginning of a new way to plan itineraries. We think it’s the right way and we’re pretty hooked on making this thing very productive and easy to use for people.

We’ve released a beta version of the Itinerary page. We’re working on it as we speak, expect new features and fixes at a fast rate.

We’ve also redesigned the trip pages, the Cover and the Journal which is now called Triplog. We think the new looks and functionality will give you a much better experience.

We encourage you to try the new Itinerary and give us feedback on how you’d like to see this thing working.

Doru

We have a new logo!

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

This version is a better expression for the way Zipalong really is. Solid and simple.
The logo comes to light together with other UI updates as a first step towards a more ‘organic’ look and feel of Zipalong.

New elevation Tool coming soon

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Planning a bike trip somewhere new but would like to check out various training routes in the area before selecting your hotel?  No problem!! For all cyclists, triathletes and runners (as well as anyone else who would find this useful :-) ), we will soon be releasing the first version of an elevation profiler.  You will be able to create an itinerary and check out the elevation profile for your route!!

Badih

Facebook Camp

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

We were invited to Facebook Camp give a 5 minute presentation on our Facebook Connect implementation.

The event was organized by the folks at Refresh Partners, Roy Pereira and Colin Smillie. They put together a great event, I was impressed by how well it was put together (hey, I still remember how much work went into organizing my wedding :) ).

We’ve met a lot of fun folks as well, like Loren Norona from AppsSavvy, Faramarz Hashemi from Lookality, Natasha D’Souza from VirtualEyeSee, Majid Hashemi, Sina Amiri, and of course last but not least the organizers Roy and Colin.

The presentation on Facebook Connect was quite informative (Matt Wyndowe did a great job!), and it helped us see a lot more potential integration between Facebook and Zipalong. So expect a lot of cool stuff in this area in the next little while.

Fun stuff,
Dimi

New and improved waypoints

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

I’ve been hard at work improving the usability of waypoints for creating itineraries.  After much hard work (which required me to finally put my university calculus to good use :-p)  development is nearing completion with a completely new algorithm.  Hopefully this will be a lot easier to use.  We’ve recently promoted the code to stable level and will be testing it over the next week.  With some hope this should make it into our next release early next week.

Cheers,

Badih

Trip animation is here!

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

As some of you may have noticed a new link has been added on Trip cover pages for trips with Itineraries.

The new link (”Itinerary flyby”) takes you to the new Trip animation page.  The first time you go to any trip animation, you will be prompted to install the Google Earth plugin.  If you do (and we strongly encourage you to!!) you will get to see an animation of your trips in 3D!!  If you elect not to install the plugin, you will still be able to see an animation of the trips but only in 2D.

We have not made any official announcements about the animation feature yet as we are wrapping up a couple of Todo items for it, but it is unofficially available so enjoy!!  We’d love to hear some feedback!

If you are into cycling, you can check out some of the Cycling Tour itineraries I already setup (Tour de France 2009 , Tour Down Under 2009, Giro d’Italia 2009 ), some good training rides at some of the training camps I have gone to in the past (Georgia , Arizona ), as well as some other epic rides I have done (summitting Haleakala in my Maui, Hawaii 2007 trip ) and some notable races I participated in (Poland, 2008 )

I’ll be adding more of the big Tours in the near feature so stay tuned!!

B.

Release 1.6.4

Friday, November 7th, 2008

What’s new in this release:

  • Suggest friends to other Zipalong users (more below).
  • Improved the Find Friends page to clearly separate the users that we find based on the contacts you import from the ones we guess based on other sources.
  • We added a link called How do I look? closed to your picture profile which takes you to your own profile page, as seen by other users. We discovered that a lot of users wanted to get to it, and they had to go through hoops to do it. Now it’s just a click away.
  • User names are now abbreviated a lot nicer when they don’t fit in the alloted space (e.g. Dimi Paun will become Dimi P. or Dimi depending on the available space).
  • More work on improving the load speed, we like snappy sites as much as anybody. We already do quite a bit in terms optimizing the browsing experience, but we always try to do better.
  • Lots of feedbacks from our users where addressed.

Suggest Friends

The new feature this release is the ability to suggest friends to other users. To do so, you just select a few users from your own list of friends and send them to the other user:

How do you get to do so? There are two ways:

  • When you approve a new friend, you will be prompted automatically to suggest new friends if it makes sense. This is a great way to help others to get started and connect with other people on Zipalong.
  • You can just go to someone’s profile page, where you will find a Suggest friends link (on both the main profile page and the profile friends page).

And since we went all out with screenshots, here is a quick shot of the new link to your profile page:

Plans

So what’s next? We hope to have trip-level privacy settings and a revamped My Friends page in the next release, scheduled for the week of Nov 10, 2008.

Until next time,

Dimi

Release 1.6.0

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Just 10 short days from the previous release…

What’s new in this release:

  • Privacy control, as promised last time. We are rather excited about this feature, as it has been requested by many of our users. More on this below.
  • Importing of your contacts from other online services such as Google, or MSN, all nicely integrated in the welcome pages. We will make this feature available to existing users shortly.
  • Enhanced invite dialog, with full history of your emails (including the ones imported with your contacts) and status of already invited people (screenshot below).
  • Improved “My Friends” page for people that have not yet connected as friends with anyone on Zipalong. It makes it straightforward for the user to get started with their friends.
  • Confirmation emails are now being sent via email when your friendship invite or trip join request is approved. So that you know.
  • No longer change the map zoom level when centering the map on a picture, place, landmark, or note. It was an interesting idea to remember the zoom level the marker was placed at, but it ended up confusing people that didn’t know about it.
  • And as always, a few bugs reported by some of our users got what they deserved.


This is the new invite dialog, with a contact highlighted in yellow to denote that he/she has already been invited.

Also, we now keep track of your contacts’ name, shown here in white.

Privacy

This is the first batch of privacy-related changes. It allows (as shown in the screenshot above) to change your account settings between Friends only, Member only, and Public.

By default your account has Members only visibility, which means that only Zipalong members can view your friends and your trips. If that is too loose for your taste, change it to Friends only. If you would like Google to index your account, change the privacy setting to Public.

Your trips automatically inherit your account privacy setting, with the additional feature of always being available to the other trip participants as well (regardless if they are your friends or not).

We are working on more granular privacy controls at the trip and picture level, and hope to land these feature in the next release (fingers crossed!).

Until next time,
Dimi

Release 1.5.6

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Hot on the heels of 1.4.0, version 1.5.6 sees the light of day today. This version is aimed at tying some loose ends left over from the previous release, and addressing quite a few feedbacks we got from you.

What’s new in this release:

  • Your Friends and Trips pages have been changed to match the new icon standards that’s now used throughout the site. More to come later, as we have some really cool plans for these pages.
  • For the users that don’t have a profile picture, we now have new, gender-based place holders.
  • We have integrated this blog with the site news that are being inserted in a user’s news feed. Now you’ll see links from the site news to the relevant blog entry.
  • We have addressed a long-standing request to have a more intuitive display of dates in the itinerary summary for closed-loop itineraries. A closed loop itinerary is one where you go A->B->C>A. We now handle such cases much better.
  • Better handling of errors, we hope you’ll never get to enjoy these :-)
  • Lots of smaller improvements throughout the site.

Next is much improved privacy support and easier way to connect to your friends. If you would like other features in the next release, just use the “feedback” link at the top of the page.

Stay tuned,
Dimi

Experiencing your trips all over

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Alright folks. It’s been 6 weeks in the making but after some hard work and many sleepless nights, plus several re-writes of the code, we’re getting close to releasing a preview of a revolutionary way to plan, view and share trips!!

We won’t let the cat out of the box just yet. There is still a week or two of fine tuning to be done before we are ready to release the feature for prime time consumption but we thought we should get you ready for it!

More details will be posted soon,
B.