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Welcome Cyclists! - Lacuna + Google Maps

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Hello everyone,

I'm proud to share our latest work:
www.welcomecyclists.ca

welcomecyclists_cartanova.jpg


This not-for-profit site is a resource for Cycle-Friendly places to stay, eat and visit here in Ontario, Canada. On this project we worked with Sam Lewis (Moxie Maps) to implement a structure as follows:

- Joomla 1.5 with..
- Mosets Tree Directory --> Populating --->
- Google Maps Icons and Data via Moxie Maps -->
- ..extended to include category icons and ACL in the frontend with...
- JB Laucuna as the template layer.



The ultimate result: a platform that can render Google Maps and icons on-the-fly from directory categories, tags, search results, zip codes, etc. Really fun stuff and a lot of new code.

A nice flip side to this approach: by extending and hacking Mosets Tree a bit, we were also able to make mosets directory work as a frontend CRM (constituent resource management) tool; e.g, the not-for-profit organization can view 'unpublished' and 'published' listings on the fly, for specific locales, filters, keywords, etc.

I actually started out using Cultivate, which looked lovely and had a nice narrow vertical display ability (for mobile) but eventually moved to Lacuna to expand the horizontal feel and 'brighten' things up a bit with larger background imagery.

Both templates were a huge benefit over the Kinabalu option at Mosets - forms, for one thing, were much better styled here at Joomla Bamboo.

The platform had it's challenges but was pretty fun to work with. We're tentatively due to write up the case study for Joomla! Magazine next month.

Hope you like it!

- Andrew H.
www.cartanova.ca
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Hi

Andrew looks very nice - Two things I noticed if I can be so cheeky

A A bit I thought was a text resize option :) - I'm a bit Thick
The super large photo was a bit large for me with the horizontal scroll bars

Love the map :)

Cheers
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Hi Paul,

Thanks! The text-resize option (in the translucent side-panes to the blog articles) isn't really working yet - some sort of javascript issue, nothing big, it's in queue.

I'm not sure what you meant by the photo - did you mean the background image?

Thanks,
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Hi Andrew

Me Being double thick :)

www.welcomecyclists.ca/featured-cycling/item/3-explore-niagara#itemImageGalleryAnchor

Its the left photo

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Paul
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Ah, you can blame the client for that, somehow :)

I'll have to write in a little rule into K2 to prevent lightbox image display from going too big. What, you don't like double-monitor-size photos? :)
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Ha-ha, yes a client favourite that one.

Maybe consider a plugin like this? www.imnotplayinganymore.com/Joomla/imgResize-plugin.html
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I think I should just be able to write that behaviour into K2 or the server-image-upload conditions without too much trouble...

Nice link though; I could actually get a lot of use out the SIG Edit (Simple Image Gallery Caption-Editing Widget) plugin - nifty and quite a bit more client-friendly!

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Hi Andrew,

Had a quick look for the extension in the brackets it seems like its been removed from JED?

Cheers
Paul
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I've never used it - but I like the idea - editing SIG captions directly could be quite useful for non-technical editors in particular.

That said, if it's got some sort of security or GPL issue, its out, of course.
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Very functional and attractive site - will give it a " Very Good " grade!
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Thanks Marret!

Nice note on this - we're bringing this functionality into 'Weever Apps' now. We've set things up so that a user can 'tag' any article in Joomla! with a location, and then display that info on a GPS-->Map, in their app. The user sees the map and markers, and can select and swipe a marker to view the full article, video, images, etc.

So instead of using moxie/mosets, in this method we're just tagging Joomla! content. For starters, K2 because I know it best, but JSeblod and more soon as well..

Both methods have their advantages; Moxie/Mosets is very strong on search, but Weever is of course, mobile- based with GPS options. I'm hoping to make both ways of setting up these kind of maps more easily available and a little easier to do without hacks soon.

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Okay, big update!

1 - Weever Apps is now *free* for Joomla! (& Wordpress) :)
weeverapps.com/free

Announcement here:
us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=c8b4ec0d2c228de32a5feb25a&id=f8d7e8a13c

2 - For this thread: We solved the 'mobile maps' question - here's how it works:

In Joomla! & K2, create an extra field for 'location' and add it to your posts. That's it! With Weever Apps installed you can create a GPS-enabled mobile map of any articles in your Joomla! site, displaying custom map makers by tag, category, individual article, etc.

As you update the articles, the map updates in real time. Choose a maker on the mobile map and the view slides over to read the article.

Right now, this is only out for our 'premium/pro' tiers and Joomla! + K2 (1.5, 1.7) - but I am working on a way to extend it to more cck's and hopefully, Joomla!'s native content-management.

If anyone is interested in helping out, I'm also looking to find some open-source methods to post to Joomla! *from* mobile and record GPS at the same time. We've got that working for Wordpress now, and it's pretty cool -

You can just walk around, take a photo, post to your site and the mobile/GPS map updates in real-time.

Best,
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Thanks for letting us know Andrew.
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Nice website guys.

I wonder if it is possible for Joomla 1.7....


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Thanks Mike,

For 1.7, I don't see any reason the moxie/mosets mashup wouldn't work, with some potential tweaking of the hacks we used for ACL.

In terms of Weever Maps; that works for 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 out of the box.

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Andrew
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Small update to this thread - we're releasing a 'nearest to me' feature for Joomla! & K2 & Weever Apps soon.

How it works: The mobile visitor opens the app, and the 'nearest' location-tagged K2 items display by proximity, automatically. Fun stuff :)

We've also setup developers.weeverapps.com - in theory any public-facing extension can be produced in 'mobile app format' using our new API now; including Moxie Maps.
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sounds nifthty :)

Thanks for the update

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