We just launched the second phase of journal mapping features: the ability to upload and import GPS tracks to your journals. You can upload as many as you like. You can label them, change the colours, set fine-grained visibility permissions, and more...
One of the ways Outsideways excels beyond a traditional paper journal is that it has community, social, and sharing facets. We recognize however that there are often things that you would never want anyone to see or read. In order to give journallers the confidence they need to use Outsideways for storing all their data, we have released a number of security and privacy enhancements that make journals a powerful data collection and sharing platform.
I have just released the first, of potentially many phases of mapping features at Outsideways. This has been a long time coming, and is just the beginning. As they say, you have to start somewhere! If a journal entry has a photo with location data attached to it, that location information can now be seen on a map.
In a few months thousands of thru-hikers will begin their long journeys along the Appalachian Trail (AT), Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and Continental Divide Trail (CDT). We are elated that some of those hikers have decided to use Outsideways as their journalling platform of choice for their treks, and look forward to supporting them in any way we can so they can share there stories. Thanks to the valuable feedback of one of those members, I am pleased to announce that Outsideways now supports a limited subset of Markdown for formatting journal entries.
In 2014 our family thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and did a video series of the trip, as we went. By the time it was complete we had a 24 part video series documenting the trip, with its highs, lows, and everything in between. Up until recently, the only way to watch the series was to purchase or rent it on Vimeo. I am very pleased to announce that the entire series is now being released for free on YouTube.
Do you have a personal blog, or website? Do you ever wish you could share content from Outsideways on your blog? You can now embed journal entries, journals, and member profiles on websites that you own and/or manage.
We are on a roll. First it was hashtags, and now it is search. It probably has you on the edge of your seat wondering what crazy feature we plan on adding next.
Outsideways is moving up in the ranks with big-boy features. Since some of you have already started to use them, we decided it was finally time to add #hashtags to our feature list. Honestly, I don't know what else there is to say on this subject. If you know what they are, then you know how they work.
Yesterday, as some of you probably noticed, we launched a new feature: daily email updates of what is new in your feed since your last visit. Since the people/places/activities you follow may receive sporadic journal entries (let's face it, we can't always be out on an adventure), I thought it would be helpful to be notified when there is something new to see. It is a feature I wanted, so I figured I can't be the only one who sees value in this.
Not everyone has constant access to phone service or WiFi when out on and adventure. Not only that, but you probably have better things to do (like steering your kayak) than to be live posting a photo as you are floating down a river. You might, however, have enough time to snap the odd photo (or rapid fire a hundred of them) to capture the moment as you go. When you get home and want to upload a photo stream to an Outsideways journal, you now have the option to upload a bunch at once, creating a new journal entry for each.