Archive for February, 2007

Easy Ajax Album

My easy online photo gallery software has taken another big step forward. Browse the example site to get an idea of what it looks like.

Easy Ajax Album is an open source PHP script that enables you to create an online photo album in seconds. Just copy the index.php file into the image directories on your web-server. That’s it! Download it here! [source]

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Flood Maps on your Web-Site

I’ve had loads of requests from people who want to put Flood Maps on their own web-site. Well, I’ve finally found a way to allow it, and still pay for my server.

Just place the following IFRAME code on your site, and voila!

  <iframe style="width:600px;height:600px"
   src="http://flood.firetree.net/embed.php?w=600&h=600"
   scrolling="no" frameborder="no" marginheight="0"></iframe>

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Prettier Flood Maps

I’ve been meaning to get rid of the awful chequerboard pattern on my flood tiles for ages. Today, I’ve finally done it. The flood maps should now look much better on LCD monitors, or when printed out.

Update! I reverted it.

I was overloading Google Maps’ getOpacity() to set the whole GTileLayerOverlay to 50% transparency. It did look a lot prettier, but it also ran much more slowly. I could drag the old chequerboard style maps around the screen as fast as the mouse would move. The new maps moved like molasses. The whole user experience felt awful. Only Safari bucked the trend – it managed to handle the alpha channel with ease.

I had another go. This time I changed the tiles so that they were inherently semi-transparent PNG files. That was quicker (but not as quick as before), but I couldn’t get it to work in IE6.

So, sadly, I’ve reverted the change. We’re back to the ugly chequerboard patterns, but at least it’s still quick and fun to play with.

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