Wikimapia 3.70 released
I’m happy to inform that version 3.70 of WikiPlaces has been released. This update brings several important changes and new features:
New sharing feature allows to share links to specific place or location. Will share a link to open WikiPlaces application as well as a link to Wikimapia or mapping website for devices without WikiPlaces installed. Of course it’s also possible to manually compose links utilising the new wikiplaces:// scheme.
Bookmarks improved with ability to rename existing bookmarks and specify custom name when adding bookmarks, and with support for bookmarking arbitrary map locations as well as Wikimapia places.
New details view is available for arbitrary map locations (ie., when you long-touch any point on the map) with options to view address, copy coordinates, add bookmark and share - just as for Wikimapia places.
Other changes include improved user interface, especially on iPad, ability to navigate to Wikimapia place by specifying its ID in the search field, and various bug fixes.
Media keys support in omPlayer 2.0
Many of you have noticed that the recently released omPlayer 2.0 does not support media keys to control playback. That’s because of stupid MAS sandboxing requirements that the new version has to follow and that are preventing access to media keys.
But there’s a solution. I will provide separate component that brings back support for media keys to omPlayer. Just download and install omPlayer Helper package, relaunch omPlayer, and you will have media keys checkbox again on its usual place in omPlayer preferences.
Unfortunately, it seems that you will have to reinstall this package every time you update omPlayer. I don’t know of a better way to implement media keys support until Apple provides a way to access them from sandboxed environment (and I doubt it will happen).
On WikiPlaces, Wikimapia and API usage limits
Wikimapia.org is a great community project providing information about places all over the world you won’t find anywhere else. And for many years WikiPlaces has been the first and only native application to access Wikimapia on iOS devices. Unfortunately, Wikimapia API was very unstable and many times users were not getting any information in WikiPlaces and blamed me for problems I can not fix.
During these years I had several discussions with different Wikimapia. team members about WikiPlaces, their API, and possible cooperation. Many things were promised to me but always those people just disappeared.
This wasn’t that important until recently particularly because things like API usage limits didn’t work either.
With the release of new Wikimapia API that allowed to add support for viewing comments and photos to WikiPlaces, they also started to enforce API usage limits for “unverified” applications. I contacted Wikimapia team once again to discuss how to verify WikiPlaces but after couple emails they just stopped responding to my messages, as usual.
In WikiPlaces 3.0 users now can specify their own Wikimapia API key to be used instead of the shared one, and I encourage all users getting just a blank map in WikiPlaces to do this.
Just go to http://wikimapia.org/api?action=my_keys and create your own API key (Wikimapia account is required), and then enter it on advanced settings screen in WikiPlaces.
Самка кошенили в молодости присасывается хоботком к растению, сосёт сок и никогда не двигается с места; здесь же она оплодотворяется и кладет яйца; этим резюмируется вся история её жизни.
Fix for Google Music support in omPlayer
Support for Google Music in omPlayer has been fixed. Please reload GM page twice in omPlayer giving it some time between reloads to download updated script.
If that doesn’t work, you may need to close omPlayer, remove folder ~/Library/Caches/com.mifki.omplayer and try again. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Also, it seems that at least GM All Access now requires Flash being installed and enabled. If you see a message that you need to update Flash Player, go to omPlayer preferences, Advanced tab and check Enable Flash for Google Music.
Great changes coming to WikiPlaces
WikiPlaces is the only native application to access Wikimapia.org on the go on your iOS devices.
In version 3.0 you will see updated UI, bug fixes and improved stability, direction you’re facing on the map, and most important, long-awaited full support for viewing comments and images!
Regarding recent WikiPlaces problems
Wikimapia.org is having problems with their API server (and seems with the website as well) once again, so WikiPlaces doesn’t show any places on the map. Please do not report this as a WikiPlaces bug in your reviews - I can not do anything. I hope Wikimapia.org team will fix this problem soon.
UPD 28 Feb: Seems Wikimapia.org finished moving to new servers and so WikiPlaces app works again.
omPlayer for Mac released
omPlayer is a special minimalist web browser to comfortably listen to music from online music services. For supported services it lets you control playback from menu bar or from any application with global shortcuts and media keys, supports Growl notifications and Last.fm scrobbling. For other services these functions will not be available but you will still enjoy its unobtrusive behavior.
Currently supported services: Google Play / Music, Grooveshark, Pandora, Deezer
Planito 1.20 is out!
Planito is your browser for planet Earth (and others). It is lightweight yet powerful highly extensible online and offline multi-layered viewer for aerial imagery, maps, placemarks and other geospatial data layers for Earth, Moon and other planets. Version 1.20 released today and here is the list of changes:
- New modern UI
- World now wraps horizontally
- Two types of grids: coordinate-based and distance-based
- Better detection and rendering of selected feature (under mouse pointer)
- Overall progress of all Tile Downloader operations now is shown in dock icon
- In layers panel number of currently active layers is shown for each active layer set
- New search field, support for multiple search services (use search field menu to switch services)
- Info about selected feature will now open on left click too
- Chinese (Simplified) localization
- Option to copy links to locations with http:// protocol prefix instead of planito:// so that they will be recognized as links on forums, etc.
- Support for loading data in JSON format
- Ability to select and show info about features with 3D mouse
- Option to show marker/accuracy circle for current user location and center on current location (Alt+click location button)
- List of web mapping services to open selected location in is now loaded from datasource configuration
- Support for loading compressed datasource configuration
Under the hood
- Many optimizations and bug fixes
- Number of displayed placemarks/polygons/strings is not limited anymore (was 20000 limit), large number of placemarks now renders faster
- Better support for links from various services in Paste & Go feature
- Fixed minor problems with 3D mouse