Over 100,000 travel photos on Fuzzy Travel!

December 14, 2008

Since this weekend there are over 100,000 travel photos on Fuzzy Travel! To celebrate, and because we were curious about how that many photos would look if they were visualized on a map, we spent a couple of hours on that. And here’s the result:

Fuzzy Travel photo map

Each photo in the map stands for a single location, and the photo’s size is indicative for the total amount of photos that were assigned to that location. Here’s a larger version of the map.

Share your Trip in Audio: Sound Bites!

September 28, 2008

Here at Fuzzy Travel we try to provide you travelers with an online platform to share your trip in a variety of ways, such as text, photos and videos. We are happy to introduce yet another method for sharing your trip: in audio!

From today, you can upload your audio recordings to your Fuzzy and publish these “sound bites” online like a podcast, for your family & friends to enjoy.

Login to the Member Area to start uploading your audio recordings. Once you’ve published your first “sound bite”, your personal travel site will have a new menu link – titled ‘Audio’ – where you and your visitors can listen to the sound bites that you’ve captured on the road.

Your sound bites are also available in your very own podcast web feed.

We hope you like this new feature!

Improved text editor

September 24, 2008

Just a quick blog post to let you know that we’ve just replaced the text editor for adding & editing your journal entries. The new text editor looks and works a little different, but of course still allows you to publish your travel adventures, style them, insert pictures, and so on. The biggest improvement is that Fuzzy Travel’s text editor now works as it’s supposed to on all major browsers (there were some issues in e.g. Safari). If you have any questions, suggestions or problems, please let us know.

Uploading pictures just got easier…

June 5, 2008

We’ve just finished rolling out a new version of the picture uploader. Instead of assigning an album, date, location and tags for each individual picture after you’ve uploaded them, you can now do that for all of the pictures you’re going to upload beforehand. This should save you quite a bit of time on managing your travel shots. Also, we’ve done some bugfixing which should improve the upload speed, and reduce the amount of uploads that result in an error. Let us know what you think!

New Sidebar Widget: your Current Location

May 27, 2008

We’ve added a new widget that you can add to your travelogue’s sidebar: your “current location”. It displays a little map image with your current location (according to your plotted travel route). If you add it to your sidebar in the Member Area it’ll look something like this:

Relocating all videos

May 25, 2008

As announced previously, we are now relocating all videos to another video service provider: Ooyala Backlot. All video files are being downloaded from VideoEgg and uploaded to Ooyala. In addition we are also overhauling the Fuzzy Travel website, as the methods of displaying videos and uploading new videos are entirely different.

While all of this is going on behind the scenes, you cannot upload any new videos or edit any existing videos. We’ll keep you informed on the process in this blog post. We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience during this transition period.

Update: we’ve transferred all video files and it is now possible to upload & edit videos again. If you encounter anything strange, please let us know.

Videos on the move: VideoEgg quits

March 6, 2008

About a year ago we partnered up with VideoEgg, who has been providing Fuzzy Travel with their great service of uploading, storing and displaying your travel videos. Unfortunately, yesterday they informed their partners — including us — that they’ll soon be moving away from this service and focus their attention elsewhere. On May 31st to be exact. This leaves us with almost three months in which we’ll try to find a new partner who can provide us with a similar video service. We’ll do everything we can to transfer your travel videos (around 500 at the moment :)) to the new service smoothly. Nevertheless, consider this an early announcement that some changes will be happening on your video pages in the coming months. We’ll keep you informed on this blog.

(By the way, if you have any suggestions for new video hosts, be sure to let us know!)

Visitor statistics

November 5, 2007

Visitor statistics for everybody! From now on you can check the popularity of your travel blog on the statistics page in the member area. This page shows the activity of the last week: how many page views you’ve had, how many visitors, your most popular pages, and how your visitors found your site (i.e. referring links). We hope you like it!

Fuzzy Travel meets Flickr

November 2, 2007

If you already have a Flickr account, and you would rather use that service for managing your travel photos, here’s some good news: you can simply keep on using Flickr AND integrate it into your Fuzzy Travel blog. After you’ve set up the integration, your new Flickr pictures will be automatically imported into your Fuzzy Travel account without any further effort from your side. To set it up, and for more information, login to the member area and check the ‘Flickr’ page under ‘Pictures’.

Fuzzy Travel upgrade: what’s new?

October 29, 2007

In the past months we’ve been quietly working on a new release of Fuzzy Travel. This blog post introduces the new version, which has just been placed online. We’ll mention the highlights here, and we’re confident that you’ll find out the rest on your own.

Blog

WYSIWYG! Eh? What You See Is What You Get! No more inserting any codes to make your text bold or insert links. You can now style your entries just like you would when using a regular text editor.

Tagging

You can now add ‘tags’ — or descriptive keywords — to all of your blog entries, pictures and videos. This allows you to find back your stuff per tag, and to find others’ stuff that have the same tag. We’d like to encourage you to tag all of your previous blog entries, pictures and videos, and start tagging your new stuff as well.

Pictures

Quite a few changes here. First of all, the photo uploader has been replaced with a new one. The new uploader gives you feedback on the upload progress of your pictures, and allows you to select multiple files at once. This makes uploading (many) travel pictures a lot less work.

You can now add a date, a location, and tags to your pictures as well, for better organization. And to alleviate the process of adding these data, Fuzzy Travel now examines the Exif data of your uploaded pictures. If Exif data are available, we’ll use those to suggest the appropriate date and location for your pictures.

Also, you can now order your pictures by changing their dates. Not being able to order your pictures after you’ve uploaded them has been an annoyance, we know.

Finally, pictures are from now on automatically assigned to your blog entries. Previously, you could choose a blog entry where the picture would be shown. From now on, based on the dates of your blog posts and on the dates of your pictures, your pictures will show up automatically to the post it date-wise belongs to.

Map

Your map markers will no longer just show the last blog entry, but all blog entries, as well as the pictures and videos from that location. This makes your map a much cooler navigation tool through your entire travel blog!

Also, there are a few new options for displaying your map. You can now further personalize the look of your map by choosing the colors of your markers and the colors of your travel route.

And with this release we’ve switched to a different location database as well. It has about 3 times more locations than the old location database, so you should be able to find even the more exotic locations. Of course you can still manually add unknown locations using the Mapper tool (which has been improved upon as well by the way).

Sidebar

Be the boss of your own sidebar! Don’t like the ‘sign up for email notifications’? Want to show your blog’s tag cloud instead? Through an easy drag & drop page you can now manage the contents of your sidebar, and order the sidebar widgets to your own liking.

Character support

We never really realized there would be non-English Fuzzy Travelers. There are plenty though, which is great of course. To name a few nationalities: we’ve seen Dutch, German, Czech, Slovakian, French… Unfortunately, support for different alphabets other than Latin (English) has been rather poor. Cyrilic characters would show up as question marks, and so on. Well, those days are over. From now on you can use whichever characters you prefer: Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Chinese… Oh yeah, English will still be supported too! ;)

Templates

We’ve tried to make the transition to the new version as smooth as possible for everyone. However, we’ve had to drop some of the old templates, and we’ve added some new ones. So if you’re wondering why your travelogue looks so different all of a sudden, that’s why. Also, the new templates have room for a bigger header picture. So if you had already uploaded your personal header image, it’s been stretched a bit to make it fit into the new templates. Please re-upload your header image for a better-looking, non-stretched version.

Well, enough new features for one blog post. We hope you’ll enjoy the new version of Fuzzy Travel. If you have any feedback, questions, suggestions, complaints, or bug reports, please let us know! Leave a comment to this blog post, or use the contact page. We’ll be listening.


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