New Mapping System For Hunters

Discussion in 'Maps, GPS and Google Earth' started by recurry, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. recurry

    recurry Member

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    Hi All,

    Len gave me permission to post about this on LRH, and this looks like the right forum, so here goes:

    I've been developing an online mapping system for hunters, based on the Bing mapping engine. We're just starting a beta testing period and are looking for some people who might like to play around with it and give us some feedback on whether or not we're going in the right direction.

    The goal of the system is to provide an environment not just for scouting around a map and marking some points, but for keeping detailed records about your hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Basically, we've integrated a database with a nice front-end GUI that allows you to keep all kinds of records about places around the world. You can organize all of your map edits into separate notebooks, or tag them with keywords, and then enter notes, including detailed trophy reports and so on.

    As I said, it's still at an early stage, but I think we're already providing a lot more functionality than you could get from the existing systems that are not oriented directly towards hunters. Since we're building this on top of the Bing system, you still have access to the regular satellite imagery and so on.

    If you have a chance to check it out, the site is called Mobwana.com and you can access the mapping software by clicking on the "Explorer" link in the main menu - there are also some tutorials (we just started writing these) that are in the "Articles" section of the site. Here are a couple of links to the first tutorials, and we'll have more up in a few days:

    Mobwana Basics - Part 1

    Mobwana Basics - Part 2 (Searching)

    I'd really appreciate an opportunity to get some feedback from the gang here at LRH - we're really trying to build out a large-scale system that will help hunters (in addition to people who fish and so on). As we build out the data gathering capabilities, we'll also be able to generate interesting statistics - for example, which predator calls are the most successful at certain times of year and so on.

    Thanks for your consideration, and I hope you'll get a chance to check this out.

    Thanks!

    Russ
     

  2. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

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    Russ,

    Sounds like a good idea.

    I'll mosey over there and check things out.

    But what we really need is real time imagery with live elk in 'em! Ya know with time of day, lat and lon......:D:D
     

  3. recurry

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    Now THAT would be useful. I've been trying to find a system like that for coyote hunting...
     
  4. JohnKuz

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    I like Mobwana so far. However, I can't figure out how to move a waypoint or how to delete a waypoint. I've looked at the tutorial and I have searched help topics to no avail. Where should I be looking for this information?
     
  5. Russ Hatch

    Russ Hatch Well-Known Member

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    Highlight the way point and hit the delete key on your key board. You can pm Russ from the site and he will get back to you with an answer.
    The other Russ
     
  6. recurry

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    Hi John, Russ:

    If you were trying to use the system today, that's probably why you were having some problems - we're getting ready to push a major change out to the system, so some of the changes we're making right now aren't synchronized with the client software that runs in your browser.

    Everything will be back online in a few hours - since we're still running things in a testing period, it's a good idea to check the "Announcements" section of the site just to see if we're making changes or upgrading things - my fault today, as I didn't get a post up there before we started pushing changes into the database server... sorry about that!

    Cheers,

    Russ
     
  7. JohnKuz

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    Thanks Russ & Russ!
    John
     
  8. HighKnob

    HighKnob Well-Known Member

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    So far so good, just starting to look around a bit.
     
  9. recurry

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    We just got started integrating support for external links to content that is entered into the system, here's an example URL from a record Don entered:

    Mobwana Trophy Record - Gray Fox

    This is just a start, but soon we'll be able to expose lots of different content that's been entered into the system as external links which generate regular HTML pages - this means you can do all your edits inside of Mobwana, but then create an external link to post on Facebook, LRH, twitter, or any other site.

    Cheers,

    Russ
     
  10. kyhareraiser

    kyhareraiser Active Member

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    sounds just like what i been looking for..i'll be a tester in ky and a few other places for ya
     
  11. thomo

    thomo Well-Known Member

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    I can not even get access. can not find page ???
     
  12. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

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    Looks like the website is gone.