I realize I am entering this conversation very late (long reason for that, but I dont want to start by digressing), yet I would like to mention some of the issues that we solved
on the BlooSee maps, and that have been discussed extensively on this thread:
Displaying groups of markers at all zoom levels:
We have "clusters" of infopoints, that show clearly on the map. Even a view of the whole world on BlooSee allows to see the areas where we have information. No need to zoom in to see if one area has information. The density is displayed visually by the size of the clusters. As you zoom in, though, the blue circles (clusters) become individual points.
Ability to move on the map by name, or coordinates
: by clicking on "Go to" it is possible to specify a city or region, but also enter precise coordinates in 3 different formats. It is possible to "Go to my location", which centers the map around the current
position. Also, a search by name feature integrated on the system.
Complete taxonomy of markers
, including basic families (that can be turned on and off) and many subtypes for each, giving high precision to the type of information posted. This includes shore-based services, but also a layer for nautical history
and traditions, or another one for ocean conservation, for instance.
Ability to upload photos and videos
to any of those infopoints (markers).
Lists of markers organized by country/region
, and then by type.
NOOA (and Brazil and New Zealand) charts integrated seamlessly on our map.
More to come.
Wind forecast (data provided by NOOA) integrated on the map as well.
Ability to create routes.
Maps can be easily embedded on third party websites
(blogs, etc.) by simply copying a short HTML code snippet (which can be obtained directly on the map view).
Capability to view all of the markers on Google Earth.
(Looking into OpenCPN now).
Finally, I'd like to mention that we have our own iPhone/iPad app
with all of the above. The app is free.
And, of course, we want to keep improving!
I would like to invite everyone on this thread to give it a try on our website (I can't post a direct link in compliance of Cruisers Forum's rules, but our site is easy to find as it is like our name: BlooSee).
We're listening for feedback and suggestions. Please send them our way!