Alpha release

The site has reached a halfway point where I’ve implemented enough features for it to be useful so I’m tentatively releasing a alpha of the site.  This is by no means the final product or anywhere near beta stage but I think that what is there will give you enough of an appetizer to want more of the full thing.  The new site can be accessed at http://dev.staticmapper.com/index.html.

I’d be really interested on those of you using smaller devices like smartphones or tablets on how the responsive features work.  Please let me know any problems you have or suggestions on things that I’ve missed/excluded etc.

A list of working features are :

Home page

  • Git logs (list of added features and bug fixes)
  • (IGB only) Current system and route cache – Displays current system name, probable static and recent kill statistics.
    – Caches last viewed systems for the session only.  You can navigate to other pages and when you return to the home, it will remember and display the list in the correct order
    – If you move into a previously cached system it moves the system to the top of the list
    – Removing the system from the list removes from cache
    – Remove all systems, rescans for the current

Regions

  • Index page displays all regions along with regional sum of kill statistics.  All kills follow the same colour throughout the site. :
    – Red = Ships
    – Orange = pods
    – Purple = faction
  • Each region shows current systems grouped by constellation.  Shows jump (if applicable) and kill stats for the past 2 hours
  • Mouseover static for information
  • Click system name to go to solarsystem page
  • Each k-space region shows what the w-space side wh may look like.  There are a couple missing (but I’m sure someone out there may oblige me with an image at some point)

Solarsystems

  • Displays relevant information on celestial bodies
  • Mouse over icons for further information
  • Station mousovers show station services available
  • Mouse over planets for PIable resources
  • Recent scans will be YOUR scans or corporation/alliance scans that have been shared.
  • Kill statistics for past 48 hour and also historical kills going back to 2008.  Also jumps for kspace where appropriate

Statics

  • Index page shows visual images of class to class statics as well as table of full static names
  • Click through to static page for full information and big image.
  • Class colour is related to the WH colour.

At the current state, the site is simply a lookup tool so if you want to continue logging your journeys and sigmaps, use the current site.  I will be migrating all that data over to the new site when I’ve added those features.

There is no account management yet so it won’t recognize your character name or remember anything you do outside of the current session.  It displays my name at the top but there is no functionality to it yet.  It’s merely a placeholder for the moment and I will be adding account related features within the next couple of feature sprints.

You’ll see a couple of navigation options that have not functionality to them yet.  I’ll briefly outline them for you :

Features to add

Route Finder

Same as Navigation on the current site.  Will allow you to enter waypoints and it will calculate the best route for you.  Will also (as with the current site) include w-space routes you’ve discovered.  The map will be completely rewritten so it’s not so slow and clunky as the current implementation.

Sig Map

Same as the current site, allows you to enter details about the scanned signatures you’ve found.  It will include the cut and paste feature you’ve all been asking for.  Included in this section will be look ups and further information on the sites with a hook to the DRK tracker’s price feed so it can give you an approximate value of the site.

Chain

A graphical representation of the w-space systems you’ve uncovered showing how they link together.  Will allow you to save chains for historical purposes.  It will be tied into the front page’s auto scan feature so you won’t really need to do anything for this.  In fact, it will simply be another representation of the data you’ll see on the front page anyway but something that has been asked for a number of times.

JumpbridgePlanner

Completely rewritten.  Lets you enter the current jump bridge network so when you pop out into nullsec, you can see if you can get close to somewhere safe (if you’re in an alliance).  This feature will be one of the last to do as it’s not technically fully w-space related, but I found it useful when I was w-spacing as part of a large alliance.  Saved my skin many times.

Misc features

  • Home system – lets you specify your home system name.  Most route related sections will use this setting as it’s start point
  • Log visit – same as the current site, lets you log a scan of the system you are currently in.
  • Content admin – a little admin widget allowing you to change settings such as who can see the data you add to the site, how long to keep the data for and a few other things.
  • Activity notification – Front page information pod that lets you specify systems you want to keep your eye on.
  • Probable resident – Parsing the zkillboard api, it will calculate who the probably current resident is from the api-verified killmails.

Site revamp underway

Just a quick heads up that I’m currently, right now, this very minute… well up until the point when I took a breather to write this, working on a complete site revamp for your pleasure.

A number of reasons for this.  Firstly, it’s way over due.  The old HTML style was fine for the time but things have evolved and so have your needs.  I’m seeing a lot more phondleslabs and smart-phones being used to lookup data and in order to take advantage of this growing trend, I need to make the site more responsive.  Secondly the old legacy code-base is an embarrassment.  Honestly, I shudder at the Frankensite code every time I try and track down any bugs reported to me.  And lastly I’m a nerd who loves to tweak and make things better.  New web standards and widgets is more toys for me to play with which in turn means more toys for you to play with.  It’s a viscous circle but one I know you can all live with.

The kindest thing to do is to start again so I’ve already began the reboot.  The new site is based on a twitter bootstrap theme so nice and responsive for smaller screens (and IGB minimized viewing as well) with the back end being developed on the fuelphp MVC framework which will make my life a whole lot easier to add new features and trouble shoot.  I might even throw in a spot of unit testing and TDD that’s all the rage these days.

In the pipeline will be :

  • a complete overhaul of the sigmap including the much requested cut and paste scan results
  • more detailed information on scanned anomalies and a tie into the market data on the industry tracker to give you a guide on how much it could potentially be worth.
  • Some form of visual representation of scanned routes to tie into the current route finding feature.
  • Better search functions
  • More information on the current system and laid out a whole lot neater
  • A more intuitive way of adding to the database with better filters of sharing the data with corp, alliance and “friends”
  • WH images!!!  With the help of Penny Ibramovic of the tigerears.org blog, I’ll be adding to the static information images of the statics so you can visually identify them.  In particular this will be most effective when finding K-space target WHs.  When you enter the static code for the K-space lead into search, images of potential empire statics will be filtered by the target class and displayed allowing you to pick the one that looks like what’s in front of you so you’ll have an idea where you’ll come out before you even jump.

To wet your appetite, here’s a sneak peak of a responsive regional view

Regional revamp full screen Responseive regional view


Navigation planning updates

I’d decided that I’d put some time and love into the old girl at the start of the year and I’ve just pushed up and merged the latest offering for you dark denizens to enjoy.  Planning your route to jita is one of the most important things you need when you finally spring into k-space and not only that, being able to see how far that jumpfreighter has to travel is a must so after the initial layout tweak I’ve revamped the navigation tool.

The layout is this.  Left is the tools, map onthe right and for those of a literate persuasion a table below with further info such as number of kills etc.  In the previous update I added WH routes to the mix (providing you updated the sig map correctly) and the bottom option allows you to see graphically where your systems lead to.  The routes back to empire need improvement.  I have on the cards a clickable icon to zoom you from W-space to K-space map and back again instead of the great big orange lines stretching accross the cosmos.

Word of note : the capital planner is not optomised so will  not always bring back the most optimum route as dotlon’s does, but the capital planner is more of a guide so you can see how far that JF has to go before you decide to close the static again for a more prefered system.  I may at some point optimise it but for now, use it as an indicator.

As it stands atm the jumpbridge section is broken and I will be updating it next.  Some folks wonder why I included a JB map into a W-space site, well as most of us will be members of some nullsec alliance with access to JBs,  it makes sense you should be able to plan your routes using those handy gateways.  you can find some pretty good routes if things are done right.  My most interesting route so far was from a C5 to nullsec, over 2 JBs into a C3 to a hisec 6 jumps from jita.

As usual, find any bugs hit me up with a message.


A Picture paints a thousand words

There is a bunch of new updates coming to a popular system information website near you…. A sneak peak of what’s coming to you and also a nice visual representation of the place most of you guys call home.

Starting off on the bottom left, region 30, the regions continue in an anti clockwise spiral pattern to the middle regions.

The statistics dropdown option will display your connections from one system to another…… providing you updated the sigmap widget correctly.

Enjoy


Mini Revamp

Just because I love you guys and think you’re awesome I put some love into the site with a quick revamp.  I thought the old style was looking a little fraid round the edges so I put some time in tonight to try and give you some eye candy.

Yes that header image is a generated php file because there are times when I am just that awesome 🙂

Route planner has more love.  Better styled and some new tweaks for better useability.  Map displays by default and route appears above it.  This is not the end.  Working on a capital jump calculator so when you pop up in some back water place, be handy to know how many hops to get the JF out there with supplies.


Navigation – WH routes added to planner

This has been on the cards for a while but just didn’t have the time to get done properly.  So I’ve been tweaking a few features on the site and this was definately one I wanted to get done.

so you’re in your C4 WH with your static C5 and one of your corpies says they’ve scanned a route 4 deep which comes out 8 jumps from jita.  Awesome.  only problem is they’ve already head on ahead to get those skillbooks from that university station 2 jumps out but they say they’ve updated the sigmap for each system and put the destination in for each system.

now the navigation planner works for you as well as those in nullsec with JBs.  Plug in your system, enter jita as the destination and the route will tell you systems you’ll pass through, which statics you’re going through and most importantly the time since they were recorded as well as the sig ID incase someone forgot to copy into corp bookmarks and logged.  Information older than 24 hours will be disregarded as no W-space WH lives longer than 24 hours.

Also works for those wanting to find a way in through reverse routing.  Even if the K162 on the otherside isn’t recorded, if one side is recorded it will find that route for you.

http://staticmapper.com/index.php?routefinder


Galaxy map touched with love

Lets face it, the way I’d implimented the galaxy map seen when finding a route was pants.  It was hard to read, didn’t really give the info that you wanted and was well in need of a rewrite.  Which is what I’ve done.

Took the whole thing back to structure and built up again from the ground.  It should be a lot faster in OOG browsers.   Chrome and firefox both love it.  And with new features to help you guys navigate yourselves back to jita when you find that awesome hisec exit.

New features in this release are :

  • Colours changed and easier to read
  • System name population based on what’s on screen, not which region you hover over
  • Colour coded system dots
  • Squares for stations and circles for none
  • turn off the dots and lables if screen is too cluttered
  • Lables disapear at medium zoon and dots at far zoom
  • region names font replaced with Arial.
  •  Lots of you didn’t like the old hard to read font without your reading glasses.

Performance is still poor in the IGB but that’s more to do with the IGB it’s self than the page.  Check out the other well known eve database sites which also have galaxy maps for comparison and you’ll see what I mean.  I’ve tried to optimise it best I can but I can’t bend the laws of physics.  At least not yet

That should keep you entertained for a while.