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Back in November 2009 a mobile version (m.wikitravel.org) had been announced. Just recently I got to check it out and noticed some issues. The major one is that the search function is not working (or not set up?). Also in the footer it is still referring to the old CC 1.0 license. It is definitely helping the users to read wikitravel on a mobile device (which is not so unlikely for a traveler after all) although some pages are a pain in the a**, having to scroll half a minute to get to the desired information. So maybe after clearing the major bugs even some improvements are possible ... Who is taking care of this version or is there any way to contribute to this? --Sebindi 08:53, 27 April 2010 (EDT)
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Hi. Me again. Because Android and iPhone apps weren't enough to keep me busy, I spent today cooking up another new Wikitravel feature: page maps!
I figured since I'd already written code to convert listing addresses to lat/long coordinates, I might as well make all that useful information available. So go ahead and feast your eyes and mice at http://wetravelright.appspot.com/map, which shows the locations of 777 more-or-less-randomly selected Wikitravel pages.
You can browse around by clicking on those flags, or use the Search form to search all of Wikitravel. Here's an example of what it looks like when you zoom in from pages to listings: http://wetravelright.appspot.com/map?terms=Santa+Monica
...and, of course, you can click on the listing icons to view/edit their basic information, or get a link to the Wikitravel page they came from.
This is very much a pre-alpha release: I started it from scratch just today! So it's still a little balky, and right now the search only works on English-language pages. Also, I've only tested it on Firefox and Safari for Mac, and the address -> lat/long geocoding is imperfect. But even so, I think it's pretty useful as is, and I've got a whole bunch of new features, improvements, and tweaks in mind.
(Most of them will have to wait until June, though, 'cause next week I'm heading off to travel down the east coast of Australia. This also means you shouldn't expect much in the way of new iTravelFree Android/iPhone app releases for the next six weeks.)
Enjoy! (And let me know if and when and how it breaks.)
Rezendi 01:27, 30 April 2010 (EDT)
iTravelFree Maps, redux
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Hi. I'm back from Australia and back working on apps and maps and stuff. In particular, I've got a much more robust Wikitravel maps interface working now, over at iTravelFree.net. You can browse around by clicking on those flags, or use the Search form to search all of Wikitravel.
This new map is faster; can automatically load district and neighbourhood subpages (see this Montreal example); lets you search the listings on the map, and filter them by category (See, Do, Eat, Drink, Sleep, etc.); and lets you search by Wikitravel language.
It still has its quirks and weirdnesses - this is a beta release, at best - but I think it's pretty useful. Let me know what you think, and what needs fixing.
(Meanwhile, if I may blow my own horn, my Wikitravel-gateway app iTravelFree just passed the 10,000-download mark on the Android Market, where it boasts a four-star user rating, and the iPhone version is garnering some nice App Store reviews too. Check them out - they're both absolutely free! And I should be updating both with new tweaks and features pretty soon.)
Rezendi 14:08, 14 June 2010 (EDT)
Offline edits with iTravelFree
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So the new version of the iTravelFree app for Android/iPhone was meant to support offline Wikitravel editing as well as offline reading. And it still sorta does, but the new reCAPTCHA requirement for anonymous edits complicates matters somewhat.
How it works:
That said, it would be nice if either the reCAPTCHA was removed for anonymous edits, or Google were to fix the bug that prevents me from logging in programmatically...
Anyway, the new Android and iPhone versions of the app (v2.41 and v2.6, respectively) are now available. They're free, as ever. (There are paid versions, too, but they're basically identical; this is guiltware.)
Do bear in mind it's still very much in beta test... but it's (hopefully!) getting more polished with every release.
Hope it's helpful!
Rezendi 11:17, 28 July 2010 (EDT)
eta: Oh, yeah, and I've also tweaked the app to highlight Wikitravel's Star Articles - they're now available directly from the app's search screen, via a dedicated menu option (Android) or a very visible button (iPhone).
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I've gone and created a first draft of a Wikitravel:iTravelFree article for my iTravelFree app/service. (And before anyone objects to this as excessively promotional, let me stress that it was not my idea!) Rezendi 23:22, 19 September 2010 (EDT)
Wikitravel + OpenStreetMaps > iTravelFree
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The latest Android version of my iTravelFree app (Android Market link) allows users to download an OpenStreetMap map for later offline use (with mapped Wikitravel listings optionally superimposed on them.) I'll soon be adding this capability to the iPhone version as well. Right now only a small number of maps are available - in particular, London and Paris - but that list will grow. This feature is very much in beta test; I'd appreciate it if people would a) try it and provide feedback b) suggest other maps that should be made available. As the name suggests, the app is completely free, though a paid version with some additional features does exist. Thanks! Rezendi 21:30, 19 February 2011 (EST)
Undesirable elimination of empty fields
I just noticed this edit, and realized that iTravelFree erases all tags for fields that happen to be empty. I think this should be fixed. The tags should stay there, empty or not because they represent info that should be added and, if people happen to click on edit (section) instead using the listing editor wizard, they may not otherwise know how to add that information.
Also, not entirely sure, but on a test edit of the above, iTravelFree seemed to assume I was at the restaurant I edited, and added the coordinates in there without my telling it to, and I'm 150km away from there. Good thing I noticed-- other people maybe be inadvertently adding incorrect coordinates... texugo 21:58, 11 October 2011 (EDT)
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I've resumed work on my Wikitravel:iTravelFree Android/iOS app - the next version will include Foursquare data as well as Wikitravel and Wikipedia - and its Wikitravel maps mash-up, and it occurred to me that some of the server-side stuff I do might be useful to others. In particular, I parse out Wikitravel pages into their constituent sections and listings, work out parent/child relationships using both breadcrumbs and internal links, convert addresses into lat/long coordinates, etc. It wouldn't be that much work for me to create a API that let developers access not just individual pages but individual sections and listings within pages, and the parent/child relationships between pages.
But it wouldn't be a trivial job either. And if a bunch of people wanted to use it extensively, the bandwidth costs would quickly become nontrivial. (I'm using Google App Engine, which ain't cheap.) So would anyone out there be interested in such an API? And if so, would it be a Creative Commons terms-of-service violation to charge its users enough to defray my costs for it? Rezendi 16:34, 2 January 2012 (EST)
iTravelFree is dead; long live WikiSherpa
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A quick note: I've renamed my Android/iOS Wikitravel app from iTravelFree to Wikitravel:WikiSherpa, mostly due to an irritating trademark dispute (don't ask.) Of greater interest to most is that, thanks to ever-cheapening bandwidth, it's now possible to download a complete offline snapshot of Wikitravel, and all associated Wikipedia pages, on the free version of the app. (The only difference between the free and paid version now is that the latter is ad-free; the income covers my bandwidth and App Engine costs.) Enjoy! And, as ever, any comments or suggestions are most welcome. Rezendi 08:03, 31 March 2012 (EDT)