Over the years, I’ve been a number of different places, and generally taken far too many photos of them. I’ve kept a log of all these photos (partly to keep my family from worrying about me and partly to help me remember all the places I’ve been and people I’ve met) over that time. This site was first called europe.lanfear.com, then travel.lanfear.com, and now marcwan.com
The last time I updated the site was in mid-2000 to handle more than just the reports from the Europe trip I did in 1999. Since then, a single XML file has been suffering under the weight of about 100 trips and some 200 more sub-trip reports.
So, a few months ago, I started a little side project to rewrite the engine entirely from scratch, moving to PHP and MySQL, and handling some of the scalability issues by moving the image serving to Amazon’s S3 service. The result is a new site that, while superficially similar to the old one, is completely new and improved and more awesomer. By using MySQL’s
FULLTEXT indexes, the site now has search capabilities, and I’ve also added support for panorama photos and YouTube-like videos that anybody can view in their browser.
The next time I get some spare time, I’ll go ahead and add in some support for comments, but for now, enjoy the new site, and the 20-odd new trip reports that just been added![Read Rest of Article]
So, after a month or so of active development, I’m almost ready with version 2.0 of JustLooking. I’m just waiting for some localisation help, and then I’ll go ahead with the release. The first releases were quite functional, but pretty ugly, I think. A few users from the internet made some suggestions on how to improve the UI and I have completely redesigned it.
In addition to a complete update to the user interface, I have added the following new features to version 2.0:
- Saving of rotated images (JPEGs, GIFs, PNGs, BMPs, and TIFFs)
- Remote Control Support in slide show mode.
- Image displaying and resizing is muuuuucchhh faster now.
- Hold down the ‘OPTION’ key on startup goes to full screen slide show.
- many bug fixes in the code, including some animated GIF problems.
I will spend the next week or so fixing the last couple of bugs in the program and waiting for the last bits of localisation help to come in, and will then release it both on this server and on the BitTorrent networks.
Please feel free to send me your requests for future versions or reports of any bugs or problems you find in the program. I’m thinking the next big features will lie in image resizing and saving of images in different formats.[Read Rest of Article]