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WhereBlogger is a tool for Android phones, for keeping a location-based journal.

WhereBlogger can automatically collect GPS points for you, or you can add them manually. When an internet connection is available, maps will be downloaded for each logged point, and you can annotate each point with a title and a longer description. The program aims to be kind to your phone's battery and does not require a data connection or switch the GPS on at random times, as both electricity and data can be scarce while traveling.

Everything recorded by WhereBlogger can be published online (to a blog of your choice), or exported to the SD-card and copied to your PC to use as you see fit.

You can download WhereBlogger from the Android market (or just view the listing here).

Monday, October 26, 2009

WhereBlogger 0.9.5

Major update this time:

  • The app now has a fancy map, both online and offline.
  • There is now a path recording mode, for actively keeping the GPS on and recording your movements as a path.
  • Points now have a toggle for 'Path ends here', telling the path drawing algorithms to not connect this point to the next one.
  • Minor bugfixes.

I had plenty of fun walking up and down the trails in the Los Cedros cloud forest reserve (awesome place, go there!) here in Ecuador, testing both the map and the path recorder.

The path recorder is pretty solid, and it's reasonably kind to the battery as well. By enabling flight-mode and keeping the screen off most of the time I was able to collect almost 7 hours worth of paths today, without emptying my droid's battery.

The map is also pretty well tested, points can be added, edited and deleted and the offline mode is usable. The latter still needs some work, primarily to do with how the map cache is populated, maintained and kept up to date. Also needed are better features for editing paths, and I want to add a visual map-based method for moving points around. Those features should all appear in future releases.

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