Archive for the ‘New feature’ Category

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!

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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:

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.

Slideshow of your pictures

February 22, 2007

On request from a member, you can now view your pictures as a slideshow. This provides an easy way for your visitors to get a visual impression of your travels — without having to click around.

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Features:

  • Images get preloaded for smooth transitions.
  • A fading effect in between the pictures (in most browsers).
  • Adjust the speed of the slideshow with a slider control.
  • Buttons to manually control the slideshow (pause, play, previous, next).
  • View a slideshow of all pictures, or select only pictures from a specific album.
  • The displayed picture links to the picture page where people can rate / comment on it.

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You can find your picture slideshow at fuzzytravel.com/user/pictures/slideshow.html. Or you can simply follow the link to the slideshow on your picture overview pages. 😉

Travelogue search

February 16, 2007

Apart from being able to search all Fuzzies at once, you can now search in your own Fuzzy as well. When at your personal travel blog site, you’ll see that the search box in the top right corner now lists the option to either search your blog only, or all blogs.

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Searching your own blog will lead to a results page of matches in your journal entries, pictures, videos and comments.

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Videos in your travel blog!

January 18, 2007

I’m happy to announce that from now on you can publish videos on your Fuzzy Travel blog! We’ve partnered up with VideoEgg, who will take care of the uploads, storage and display of all your travel movies.

To upload videos in the Member Area, you’ll first need to download & install VideoEgg’s Publisher — a browser plugin that converts and compresses your video on your local computer. Thanks to that process, uploading times should not be more than a few minutes (depending on the length of your video and your internet connection speed of course). The Publisher accepts several sources of video: files, camcorders, webcams and even mobile phones. It also allows you to edit your movie before you upload it: you can erase portions, and change the video’s start & end points.

Because I realize that not every Fuzzy Travel member will want to make use of the video functionality, the ‘Videos’ menu item will only be displayed in your blog when you’ve actually uploaded one or more travel videos.

A live example of an uploaded travel movie can be found here: Video of Tasmanian Devils. And here’s a screenshot of the video uploading page in the Member Area.

Comments, feedback, and your video publishing experiences are more than welcome!

Adding links

January 16, 2007

In the past week I received feature requests from two members because they wanted to be able to add links to other blogs and websites in a ‘links section’ on their travel blogs. Well, good news for them, and for the rest of all Fuzzy Travel members: you can now add links to all your favorite websites.

The links will be displayed in the sidebar of your travel journal — with a maximum of five to avoid cluttering of the interface. If you add more than five links, your sidebar will also display the option to click through to your Links Page — a page in your travelogue where all of your links are listed.

Adding and managing links can be done from within the Member Area.

FuzzyMapper

December 29, 2006

The most frequent type of email I get from Fuzzy Travel users is: ‘Can you add these locations for me?’ The answer from now on is: yes I can, but so can you!! Via this blog post I’m introducing FuzzyMapper Beta, a Google Maps application that gives you visual access to the entire location database. It basically serves two functions:

The latter function is of course the most useful, and adding your own locations can be done quite easily. It works like this: fire up FuzzyMapper from within the Member Area, and zoom in to the country and region where you’d like to add a location that’s not yet in the database. Then, click on the spot where your missing location is at. Enter the location’s name and — voila! — the location has been added to the location database.

To clarify, here are some screenshots that detail the process of adding a location that was not yet in the location database, namely ‘Drochia’ in Moldova.

Step 1. Open FuzzyMapper by clicking on the colored markers (you’ll find these near every location input field in the Member Area):
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Step 2. FuzzyMapper opens in a new screen. On the initial world map select the country you want to zoom to, which in this case is Moldova:
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Step 3. Move and zoom on the country map until you’ve spotted the ‘missing location’. Then, click on the map on that spot, and a marker with an input field will pop up. Type in the location name (in this example Drochia):
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Step 4. Finally, hit the ‘Add location!’ button and the location will be added immediately to the location database.