Event Manager and WP FullCalendar

I want to implement a bike ride event calendar for MooreAboutScottsdale.com and have been working with the Events Manager plugin and it’s companion plugin WP FullCalendar. Together they’ll make a nice event management facility.

However since I have been using the javascript FullCalendar in other projects I noticed that the WP FullCalendar plugin was still using the older version of FullCalendar. The latest version of FullCalendar solves a lot of issues that the older version had and altogether is a much nicer and cleaner implementation.

So I set out to upgrade the WP FullCalendar to use FullCalendar version 2.1.1 and in the process eliminated the need for handling “too many events” and localization outside of FullCalendar. And I upgraded the jQuery.qtips  to version 2.

Added the option to show the Google Holiday calendar feed using FullCalendar’s gcal.js.

Da Brim

In Paradise in Sunday best.

 

Note this post was made via my IBS-Mail plugin from an email sharing the photo taken and sent my Droid Maxx smartphone

Dreamy Draw

Today rode over Dreamy Draw,

  1. down 19th Street to Campbell,
  2. on to Orange Cafe at Campbell and 40th,
  3. Lafayette to 66th,

and finally on home for a 29 mile ride.

Dreamy Draw Ride

New WordPress map viewer

Completing this development cycle is the implementation of a new WordPress map viewer plugin.

This example the map to view has been defined in the shortcode;

IBS Map Viewer 2

 

This example is for a general purpose map viewer where the user loads the map file to be viewed.

IBS Map Viewer 3

 

IBS-Map Updated

Development of IBS-Map involved removing a fair amount of logic and functionality from the original source. The resulting user interface of the new IBS-Map was more appealing to me and I was motivated to to restore much of the logic and features that had been removed.

IBS-Map is still a single map file where other map files can be imported and added. With this approach the ability to copy and paste across multiple map files is lost but the user interface is much simpler.

The next step is to re-develop the WordPress map viewer as its own discrete package.

Getting ready for Utah 2014

Added another bicycle tour, Utah 2014, where I’ll be providing support rather than riding. (see Utah 2014)

It looks like it will be mostly a camping trip, for me, as there are campgrounds except for the Hanksville stop.

It also looks like there are plenty of restaurants and cafes as not to worry about getting meals. Maybe a couple of exceptions.

 

Standalone map editor done!

At least for the time being.

Unlike many map editors this map editor does not attempt to manage map files. It can import any number of existing kml, kmz and gpx map files by uploading from the user’s computer. And it saves the user’s work by exporting as a download to the user’s computer. This eliminates any questions about a licence to use map files like Adventure Cycling Association has as a provider of this service.

It has features comparable to other editors like Ride With GPS (RWGPS) and in many cases is more robust in terms of pure map editing for the touring cyclist, its intended audience.

For user Adventure Cycling Association’s GPX files the map editor solves a few common issues.

  •  changing the direction of travel.
  •  converting the <rte> route to <trk> tracks. This is an export option.
  •  use Google Direction Service to render a “follow the road” tracking with cue sheet generation.

The IBS Map Editor  can be accessed using this link.

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Development Update

Just to keep the skills current I have, over the last few years, worked at developing a map editor for bicycle touring. The concept was to take the Adventure Cycling Associations’ GPX files of their routes and load any number of the files on a Google Map. Then be able to build a custom route using pieces of different ACA routes.

Google Map

ACA route 1

………… multiple files per route (Roughly one file for every paper map)

……………… multiple segments per file. (Each segment roughly 30 miles)

………………. multiple placemarks/waypoints.

ACA route 2

…………. multiple files per route (Roughly one file for every paper map)

………………. multiple segments per file. (Each segment roughly 30 miles)

……………….. multiple placemarks/waypoints.

……………………………………………….

ACA route N

…………. multiple files per route (Roughly one file for every paper map)

………………. multiple segments per file. (Each segment roughly 30 miles)

……………….. multiple placemarks/waypoints.

Further complicated by having the capability to have multiple copies of the editor on a single web page.

Largely that editor has been completed and is part of this website’s admin functions. Having made several attempts to have others use it and provide feedback I relented to the fact that few really need the capabilities offered and it was far too different than anything else out there. It was also very difficult to use because of accommodating the internal complexities made the user interface less than intuitive.

There are any number of bicycling map editors and maybe five or so very good ones. A common characteristic most of the editors have is that they are oriented to day rides and not multi day bicycle tours. Functionally they all seem to have a set of common features. This should be expected as most use Google Maps API V3.+ So what one can do most everyone else can do as well. Many of the mapping sites have turned to being workout oriented and tracking the users training progress. But none seem to be oriented towards the bicycle tourist who probably doesn’t care about training logs but is more interested in road conditions and facilities along a route.

Google Maps used to be the goto place where you would plan your bicycle tours. But Google has made Google Maps a less friendly and more awkward place to do this. And many of the better and more popular sites are turning to premium fees for the advanced features.

With that back story I am now working on a map editor that has less complexity than my current map editor but will retain the ability to do multiple segments or routes in a single map file like ACA files have. And unlike the popular map editors there will be no registration because map files will be loaded (imported) and saved (exported) to the users machine. To share the maps they can be imported into another website that provides sharing storage. The goal is to provide a free tool that bicycle tourist can use and that matches much of the functionality offered by the other editors.

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