There have been many stories in the press how many people are getting on their bikes, putting on their running shoes etc as a result of watching all the fantastic sports men and women at the Olympics. And it seems they stories are true! We really have seen a massive surge in users over the last couple of weeks with a 52% increase on the same period last year.
We are rolling out a big update to the site over the next few days. Much of the work is under the hood stuff and, for the more technically minded, involves an upgrade to Google Maps Version 3. This will enable all sorts of future functionality but there are a few features you will notice immediately.
1. iPads and iPhones will work again!! They haven’t been since Apple releasied iOS5 but they will now.
2. The Search will engine runs at lightening speed. Previously it has been a little on the slow site particularly in popular areas.
3. We’ve introduced a way to change the colour, thickness and shade of the route via My Account / Preferences.
We have tested the changes but, as with all upgrades, we would be grateful if you could email firstname.lastname@example.org if you experience any problems. Mapometer.com continues to be free and we feel this important upgrade will help in our aim to be the best site for measuring your routes and managing your training logs.
We use another website to provide us with the altitude data for our routes. This week the information has stopped being transferred for some reason. We are working to get it fixed and planning an update that would bypass the third party site anyway so please bear with us and we should have it sorted in the next few days.
We’ve fixed this.
We have some exciting news for London Marathon runners. We have teamed up with a publisher to bring you a map of the route that you can personalise with your name and time. The maps are printed on 300 gram paper with light fast inks and will be sent in a protective postal tube. This is the first marathon route we are printing but we’ll do more in the future. Good luck to everyone running on Sunday. Follow this link for more information.
Over the weekend we had a few emails from users who had problems logging in. It seems be be affecting a small percentage of users who have created more than one account and one of them is linked to Facebook.
If you have problems please email us at email@example.com and we will look into it.
We’ve just updated the site with a special new feature for users that log on through Facebook and Twitter. Now, whenever you map a new route or log a training session, you can choose to have this automatically posted on Facebook and Twitter. It is turned off by default so to turn this feature on login to Mapometer.com go to My Account and then Social Networks.
Since Apple have released iOS 5 we have had a flood of comments and emails about Mapometer not working any more on iPads or iPhones.
We are hoping Apple will release an update but we are looking into possible solutions so please bear with us.
UPDATE – It seems that it is only affecting a small amount of users now. If you are one of them or if anyone has worked out how to stop it happening please let us know.
We have made a small upgrade to Mapometer than will make a huge difference to our users. The maps on Open Street Map are continually improved by the users themselves. If you find a mistake in the map, all you have to do his head over to their site and make the change yourself! This means that the maps are much more up-to-date than the Google maps. Open Street Maps also includes footpaths, bridle paths and cycling routes which will be really useful for Mapometer users.
To access the Open Street Map layer simply click on the button on the map.
Please note that Mapometer will not auto follow paths if you have the “Follow Roads” button pressed as that information applies to the roads in the Google map only.
We have ironed quite a few bugs in the last week and many thanks for everyone who has emailed in and left comments. Please continue to do so by attaching comments to this post including any error messages you get and browser information etc. The ones we know about, are working on but haven’t quite sorted out yet are:
Sometimes when you save a route the name of the route is left blank in the “My Routes” section. Fixed we think. Can you let us know if it happens again.
When you put in a new location the site doesn’t zoom into it. Fixed
3. Importing GPX routes is temperamental. This seems only to be an issue for longer routes imported into the Safari browser
Distance markers do not print out. Fixed
Any information you have about these or anything other bugs is really useful so please continue to let us know. Thanks. James