UPDATE: Tony Ruscoe points out that he saw this feature months ago when Google Apps Premier was released. So it's more of a case of rolling a feature out to more users rather than a new feature. Add a comment if you're seeing this feature and if it's new for you.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Luckily the County Championship kicks off today and I've updated my English domestic cricket calendars with the full fixtures for 2007.
- The County Championship (Domestic First class championship)
- Pro40 (Limited overs championship)
- Pro20 (Twenty20 competition)
- Friends Providence Trophy (50 over competition -- last year's C&G Trophy)
As usual CricInfo's
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
[ Latest Version: 1.0.3 (10/04/2007) ]
Improvements in version 1.0.3:
- Support for offline time entry support.
- Remembers your default time entry calendar.
- Minimises to the system tray with a global hotkey for time entry.
- Dramatically improved speed.
- Single application for time entry and reporting.
- Visual 'day bar' shows you how long you've worked.
- Lets you customise your start and end of day times.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Two new zoom levels are now available in 'Map' view that extend the existing 'pseudo 3D' effect to full fledged to scale building outlines. So far 3D building support seems limited to US cities. I've been able to view the enhanced building outlines in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and Chicago.
With any luck they'll extend this to every building available in Google Earth -- and then every building available via public Sketchup models. Then all we need is textures on the models.The biggest zoom level is quite impressive -- here's the Chrysler building in New York
Google Maps isn't the first to offer the 3D view, Live Local has been offering it for a while, but it's a welcome addition to the increasingly impressive Google Maps service.
Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors, penning such incredible novels as 'Mother Night' (adapted into a hugely underrated film) and the incomparable 'Slaughterhouse 5'.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Using Google Map's new 'My Maps' feature, I've published a Google 'My Maps' hosted mashup of World Cup 2007 venues.
For mashup developers, the process of porting the data from an existing mashup into a 'My Maps' mashup took about an hour. The main thing I missed was the ability to change the alignment of text within the description balloon -- otherwise the process was quick and straightforward.
Google have just released 'My Maps', a service that lets you create your own Google mashups on the fly within the Google Maps interface. The interface lets you add markers, lines, and draw polygons. Each marker can have a full HTML description including full text, images, and videos.
Once you've finished creating your mashup you can publish it for others to search and find, or share it privately with friends, family, or workmates. There's even an option to export to KML for use in Google Earth.
The interface provides the same 'get directions to / from here' options you get with Google Maps, so the resulting mashups are even more useful than before.
Here's an example I've started for Test Cricket Venues that will eventually replace my existing cricket stadium mashup.
This service is amazing.
- Use it at home with Picasaweb to share your holiday pictures with your family and friends. Draw lines across the world to demonstrate where you've been and where you're going.
- Office based Google users can map their clients and projects.
- Plan your next holiday. Put markers in possible destination along with details and links for each hotel / country / beach you plan on visiting.
- Integrate with Google Calendar to show exactly where events are taking place, with annotations describing venue features, possible parking locations and detailed directions.
My call: Best Google innovation of 2007 so far.
- Sub folders for markers / lines / polygons to add some structure.
- Ability to 'hide' lines / polygons so they're on the map but don't appear in the left hand list.
- Custom marker images. Need to be able to add markers using uploaded / linked images.
- Being able to measure distances.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
It will be interesting to see how their TV ads business works following the relative failure of their attempts to move in to radio via their dMarc acquisition last year.