What's this?

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, November 16, 2009

WhereBlogger 0.9.8

Major release time: WhereBlogger can now blog!

Highlights of this release:

  • New points are marked as drafts by default, so random scribblings don't get published by accident.
  • Publishing activity, publish trips online!

    • Supports any Blog/CMS which uses the MetaWeblog API, which should be most of them. Support for other platforms (Facebook, Google My Maps and Blogger) is planned, but will probably take a few more weeks.
    • HTML formatting is done using Markdown; see here for info on how to create fancy blog posts with links and lists and things.
    • Each publishing target can publish one or more trips.
    • Published blog posts include lat/long coordinates, a link to Google Maps, and a link to this page; this may break on some blogs, please let me know how it looks on yours!

  • Better handling of background processes, now you can see progress in the form of notifications in the Android status bar. Also, backgrounds threads shouldn't crash anymore.

I will be adding links to the blogs of WhereBlogger users, as soon as any of them get in touch. Hopefully we will have a nice little community growing here within a few weeks.

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