Archive for January, 2009

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.



Release 1.7.14

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

This is a fun release, we’re quite happy with it. No huge new features, but we love the result. So here what’s new in this release:

  • The trip Cover page got a makeover (check it out here). Not only does it look better, it also makes it easier to see what a trip is about.
  • Much improved friend-finder, check it out on your Find Friends or Friends pages. You can now lookup your friends on Gmail, Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail, AOL, LinkedIn, and many others.
  • Added a picture control panel right in the Slideshow, so you can easily delete or rotate pictures without having to open the picture details dialog. Very convenient.
  • We now have a set of cute request icons right on the Home page. It makes it easier to tell what the request is all about.
  • Even faster loading pages, just when we thought we couldn’t be any faster :)
  • And as always we’ve addressed a large number of feedbacks, too long to mention here.

Eye candy

The same story in pictures:

Flashy new trip Cover page

Improved friend-finder

Slideshow picture control panel

Request icons

We’re already hard at work on the next batch of features which should hit production in about a week.

Release 1.7.12

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

This release has been in production since Jan 15, 2009, but I’ve been a bit lazy writing about it. The main reason for it is that the changes are easily visible:

  • Some major work on the Login page and it’s associated pages. This brought the Sign-up form to the front page to minimize the steps needed to sign up on Zipalong. And they look better.
  • The Welcome page got a makeover as well, to make it simpler for new users to figure out what others are doing.
  • Last but not least, we addressed some feedbacks and fixed some bugs.

More stuff is in the pipeline to hit production soon.

Release 1.7.10

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

This release has been in the works for 3 weeks, but thankfully there’s the holidays, shopping, and partying to blame it on… :)

What’s new this release:

  • Trip embeddability: build your trips on Zipalong and then include them in other web pages, such as your blog. More on this below.
  • The newsfeed is now filtered correctly based on the privacy settings of the items listed in the feed, even for news from the past.
  • You can now change your email from the account settings dialog, if you so desire.
  • We’ve added the ability to rotate a picture to the left too, as rotating a picture 3 times to obtain the same effect is sort of annoying.
  • New users can get in the site without having to first confirm their email. Instant gratification is not all that bad…
  • People with multiple accounts can now merge the accounts during the sign-up process. This is particularly handy if you created an account when you signed up using your Facebook account, and then decided to create another one using a regular email address.
  • And last but not least, quite a few feedbacks have been addressed.

Trip Embeddability

You can now embed trips that you build on Zipalong in other pages, just like you embed Youtube videos. The eye-candy should tell the rest of the story:

You click the “Embed” link:

Copy the HTML snippet:

And once you embed it in the page, you get something like so (this is what you get from clicking the “See a demo” link from the above dialog):

Default account email

You can now change it (but you can also use the old one to login to Zipalong). Here’s how to do it:


We’ve received a lot of good feedbacks lately, and we are hard at work implementing some of the good ideas that were suggested, so stay tuned!