The new little update contains especially two improvements: The map key finally got repaired. And as usual updates to the localization were made, including Dutch as a new language!
Again there's a small update to OpenStreetBrowser, raising the version number to 2.0.3. Updates include a fix to the update function of the boundaries (they should no longer vanish) and updates to the translation (including a new language: 'Asturian').
I just published a minor upgrade, version 2.0.2. Check the ChangeLog for details.
Sorry guys, but there was a power outage on August 5th at my university and the servers didn't cleanly boot. As I was busy moving to a new place I was not able to care of this situation before August 6th around noon. Now everything should be back to normal. I hope you enjoy :)
The OpenStreetBrowser can now also be accessed via a much shorter domain: http://osb.cc
Finally, after 1 1/2 years of work, OpenStreetBrowser 2.0 is ready for use. Thanks to DerStefan who not only contributed some code but also helped by discussing stuff and motivation. Also a big 'Thank you!' to all Translators - OpenStreetBrowser is now available in ten languages (though support for some languages is still limited). There are some features in the queue for release, which didn't make into the current version, hopefully they will make it into version 2.1.
(Btw, if items on the web page appear misplaced, please force a page reload, e.g. by pressing Shift or Ctrl and the Reload button)
The most important improvements:
- A complete rewrite of the "Category"-system: It's now possible to create custom categories and changes are available very soon (usually after a couple of seconds).
- New database: The database has a new structure which is able to import changes from OpenStreetMap. These should appear in OpenStreetBrowser after a couple of minutes.
- OpenStreetBrowser is now available worldwide.
Wow, I'm really impressed, OpenStreetBrowser got its 10th translation - Hungarian! It's now available in English, German, French, Japanese, Ukrainian, Italian, Russian, Hungarian, Czech and Spanish (in order by completeness of translation).
My work is currently focusing on the release of the new version (available on dev.openstreetbrowser.org), which will launch as main page around time of the SOTM-EU-conference in Vienna, Austria in the middle of July.
This weekend I had a little code sprint, using the additional time during the holidays. I want to get ready to publish version 2.0 at the SOTM-EU in Vienna in July this year. You can already check it out on dev.openstreetbrowser.org. The first little improvement is the little box showing the newest entries on the blog. As the blog is more prominent now, I think I (we?) will post more often. Feel free to comment on the blog posts! It's always nice to have some feedback.
Other changes from this weekend (in the OSB 2.0 version):
Although the database is already quite old, it dates back to September 12, 2010, at least a new version of the frontend is online. Most noteable is the toolbox system above the categories. I and derstefan invested quite some time to implement a new plugin-system I announced in the last post on this blog. There are some new translations available (Italian, Ukrainian and Japanese) and the Permalink handling has changed. With a right-click you can set markers on the map (which will be added to the permalink).
Lately I was thinking about a plugin system for OpenStreetBrowser. I thought, wouldn't it be nice to have a infrastructure to write plugins which can be disabled/enabled when needed? The plugins should talk with the main infrastructure via defined APIs and functions, but shouldn't need any changes in the main code (maybe some well-thought additional hooks and functions).