Tag Archives: geo:truc

Is Google inspired by geo:truc? Probably not, but…

geo:truc, as taken from Google previewWhen I made the new version of geo:truc a few weeks ago, I kept the palette of colors that geo:truc has had before: a lot of dark greys, red links and red logo (here is a picture giving you an idea).
But after some time, I began to dislike it and the last week-end I started to work on the new design: I kept the dark toolbar, the red links and I added a horizontal grey stripe under the toolbar and change the background color to white (very very light grey). I released that last night.

And guess what? At the same time, Google is rolling out a new interface for its products, with a dark toolbar, red links, a grey stripe under the toolbar and a white background. Mmm…

Well it’s so funny (and a little bit frustrating) that I couldn’t not blogging that :-)

geo:truc generates microdata (geocoordinates)

A small update on geo:truc, but it will hopefully help webmasters. Following the announcement of the creation of schema.org, it is possible to get an address and/or coordinates as a snippet of HTML code enriched with GeoCoordinates.

As usual, simply find a place you like, go to the combo box titled Code, and choose GeoCoordinates (microdata) and a pop-up window will appear with the code you need.

geo:truc generates web pages with Google Maps code

For a while now, geo:truc has provided a snippet of code for embedding a map as an image in a web document.

As of today, it generates a complete web page with a dynamic map embedded in it. Simply find a place you like, go to the combo box titled Code, and choose Google Maps. A pop-up window will appear with the code you need. Copy it, save it in a file and off you go! You can of course edit it and add/change what you want.

Update 2011-05-15 10:31: Here is an example of a web page with a map created with geo:truc: http://www.geotruc.net/gmapexample.html

Short URLs in geo:truc

A small and quick post to announce that now geo:truc now works with short URLs (in the link section) instead of long and unreadable ones.

It means that instead of providing users with an URL  such as http://www.geotruc.net/?ll=47.787926,4.680176&z=7&mt=3, geo:truc provides users with http://www.geotruc.net/a549k9.

The complete URL is still displayed in the address bar once the user has landed on the home page.


geo:truc v3 is here

A new version of geo:truc has been released today. It has so far the same functionality as the previous version, but now geo:truc uses Google Maps API v3 (finally).

The new version has a better use of the screen estate, but the use of jQuery should make it feel a little bit slower than before. Bug reports and suggestions are welcomed at my usual email address.

The old version is still available at http://www.geotruc.net/v2/.


Facebook everywhere…

Apparently Facebook found a smart way to make users choose www.facebook.com as their home page (the one when the browser starts, not the one stored on some obscure server somewhere on the Internet).

Why not? Facebook needs traffic, it needs to grow, and asking people to put it as home page will improve figures.

People are already spending too much time on Facebook, in my opinion (at least here in Sweden, where it’s very big). And on Facebook, you’re not really relaxing, and you’re not productive either. I don’t think it’s a very positive move (I’m not alone, Tim Berners-Lee isn’t either).

I would suggest you to put www.geotruc.net as you’re home page. You can relax watching beautiful maps, satellite pictures, and you can be productive by using it to geotag your photos on Flickr (use the machine tags for that purpose), quickly enter your destination in your GPS device…