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Fleetmon :mobile chosen as Highlight in AppStore

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Our vessel tracking app “Fleetmon mobile” today got selected by Apple as a highlight, featuring it at the startpages of the iTunes AppStore. That is a nice result for the hard work on this software and the efforts to give you the really best in mobile vessel search and ship traffic monitoring.

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Update: Friday 2010-09-24

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[+] new AIS antenna: Newcastle, GB – thanks Ian!
[+] new AIS antenna: Rijeka, Croatia – thanks Ivan!

[+] new AIS antenna: Utrecht, NL

[+] new AIS antenna: Riga, Latvia

[+] new AIS antenna: Dover, GB!

[*] Fleetmon mobile was checked in to the AppStore – expected to be released this weekend!


Fleetmon :mobile v.1.3 checked in

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fleetmon-mobile_v1-3_list-viewwe spend quiet some time on the complete rewrite of Fleetmon :mobile for the iPhone and iPad over the last month. During development of the client we also changed the database schemata to decrease the delay of position info down to 2secs and opened an API for most of the services.
We believe there is no other software available for mobile devices, which shows more current information of vessel positions and better images :-) (thanks to the help of all of you!)
Yes, the improvements will be visible on the DS platform also and especcially in the new Version 2 of Fleetmon, coming soon.

General:
– Complete rewrite of Fleetmon :mobile for multi device support
– iPad-Support (incl. rotation, one version of app for iPhone and iPad: do not pay twice when using your iPad)
– Retina-Support, new icons and images for the high resolution screens
– New default: first start geopos is Germany, W’muende :-)
– Storage of all App-Settings for multitasking use
– reducing delay of vessel position view to 2secs !!
– New Fleetmon API on digital-seas.com server
– cleaning minor bugs, glitches in App
– New “start” and “about” screens

Spotter:
– New  automatic MapReloadSwitch in config settings (default = off)
– New reload control visualizing the Pinchdelay (automatic reload after map move)
– New colored type icons for list views
– New  verbal location info in Spotter Mode (useful when browsing pure SAT maps)

VesselSearch:
– Faster Search, reducing position delay to < 3sec
– New thumbnail images of vessels

PortList:
– New reload/update button in port lists
– New map view in port section

GERMAN translation______________
Allgemein:
– vollständig neue Umsetzung der App auf Multi-Geräteunterstützung
– iPad-Support (mit Rotation), kaufen Sie eine App und nutzen Sie Fleetmon auf iPhone und iPad
– Anpassungen für iOS 4, FastAppSwitch
– natürlich wurden neue Grafiken speziell für iPhone 4 erstellt :-)
– alle Nutzerinfos werden gespeichert, “da weitermachen, wo aufgehört”
– Echtzeit Schiffspositionen (geben Sie sich nicht mit Stundenintervallen zufrieden)
– Neue Fleetmon API des digital-seas.com Servers
– Neue Start und Info Screens
– Performance verbessert, Glitches beseitigt

Spotter:
– Neue automatische Reload-Funktion wählbar
– Neue Status-Anzeigen für Hafeninfo und Update-Intervalle
– Neue farbige Typ-Icons in Schiffslisten (konsistent mit Digital-Seas und Marinetraffic)
– Design-Anpassung im Detail-View zur besseren Lesbarkeit/Scanbarkeit

VesselSearch:
– Schnellere Suche, Positionsanzeige unverzögert ab 3sec
– Neue Listen Darstellung der Schiffsbilder

PortList:
– Neue Updatemöglichkeit für die Portlisten
– Neue Mapanzeige in der Portlistung


Hanse Sail opening today, sailers arriving at Rostock!

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From today on, Rostock, the proud Digital Seas home town, has the pleasure to host the 20th Hanse Sail festival and with it more than 200 sailing ships of all types and sizes from a variety of countries. Many tall ships already arrived and where captured by our automatic AIS Live Cam at the Rostock Port entrance. Follow the event and the tracks of the sailing ships from anywhere in the world when they leave for day trips, for parades or squadron journeys on Fleetmon Hanse Sail, our superior vessel tracker!


Our Latest feature: Live Reports

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Do you know where a vessel is, or do you want to tell us where you saw one? Then use our new feature Live Reports – it’s easy!
Just go to the detail page of the vessel you are interested, scroll down to the Live Reports section (Vessel Status – What’s going on?) and click into the entry box. A drop down list will appear. Now just select Port Report, Position Report or Position Request and type in your information.
This is the best place to put your reports or requests as they are archived on the vessels detail page and you can view your favourite vessel any time you like.
So, please use

  • Live Reports for vessel position reports or requests
  • the Wiki for enduring information such as vessel build details, ownership, etc
  • the Forum for discussion topics

Update: Friday, 2010-07-30

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[+] new AIS antenna: Maledives, Malé
[+] new AIS antenna: Portugal, Lisbon
[+] new AIS antenna: USA, Jacksonville, Florida
[*] stronger, more reliable AIS stations in Antwerp, Rotterdam and Hamburg

… and many more to come in the next weeks, watch out!

[+] new Live Reports feature: Quickly report on ship accidents, irregularities and events of common interest! Let the world now what’s going on in just a second. Report positions outside AIS coverage. It’s twittering for Digital Seas!
[+] new “DS Vessel Search” plugin for Firefox: search for vessels like you do on Google!
[*] improved overall image quality, sorting out wrongly assigned images with the help of our tirelessly working Image Admin team
[*] improved member profile page: all contributions in a single compact view


Update: Friday, 2010-06-04

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[+] added new AIS antenna: UK, Strait of Dover
[+] added new AIS antenna: UK, around Ramsgate, (mobile)
[+] added new AIS antenna: NL, Terschelling
[+] added new AIS antenna: SP, Tenerife Island
[+] added new AIS antenna network: DK, North Sea, west of Denmark

[+] added search box for browser integration (get it from the start page)
[+] added color coding and list style for vessel search (cool, we think: got copied by VT in only a week :-) )
[+] added last Tracking, Vessels, Ports, Images list for logged in user, faster changing of section
[+] added thumbs up function, replacing image voting with stars
[+] added master image flag for vessel (available to ImageAdmins, 3min update time), representing image is shown with ‘star’
[-] removed pager on VesselDetailPage

[*] cleared up site structure
[*] fixed mobile api, still showing deleted images
[*] started coding on vessel data editor


Check out the new search layout

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We thought it was a good idea when Stevo wished for a better markup of search results.
So please find the new layout enabled for the search field and give us some feedback. Hope this will make your daily lookup a bit faster and more fun :-)

Update, 2010-06-04:
– new colorcoding system to distinct searchresults even better :-)
– checkout the search vessel browser integration

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THANKS to all commenters!

ps. we really enjoy pushing the development of all vessel tracking sites :-) let’s see how fast we get copied this time


Server downtime this Sunday resolved

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A major DOS (denial of service) attack happened this morning around eight a clock and made the DS server unavailable for almost the complete day.
Whoever brought our servers on to its knees, it wasn’t appreciated at all and killed Thomas and Andres sunday.  Attacks happened over the last week in a regular matter, but today they where quiet hard.
Now we are back and will still have to spend some time with analyzing logs and checking the system.

We will anyway release  the long awaited user-message system tommorrow, so you all can get in touch with each other via Digital-Seas. We lost some time with this and a sunny day here in Rostock, but…


Who killed the voting star…?

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…Youtube did it and we’ve done it also.

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Using the rainy day here in Rostock for some programming I decided to get rid of the two years of voting on our great images. People and their beloved photos are a very emotional and personell subject.
I always disliked the idea of taking images and getting in some kind of contest, due to the rating system. So why not simplify our lives and transform it into a way of still having the chance to express my “Favs” and leave all other images alone.

Almost 30.000 votes got converted to a more simplier system of: “like it, or leave it”. The vessels image thumbnail now has only one star left to honor the photographer. Show, that you are a fan of the photo. Thanks to the help of our friend Marcus and a little bit of AJAX you can also decide later on about your decision :-)
It will take another day of hacking to count the results and display them inside the stats icon, so hang on.

Let us know, if you like the new way here:

UPDATE: we replaced the STAR with a THUMBS UP icon (Stevos suggestion)