New Nomadlens Website Functionality

As detailed in ‘Pixelpost is Dead‘ and ‘Nomadlens is Back in Business‘, I have migrated this blog from running on Pixelpost to WordPress.

Pixelpost, although moribund now, was an incredible piece of software with a plugin architecture and straightforward API; this encouraged many small developers to create plugins for it to enhance its functionality.

Since moving to WordPress I have been slowly trying to replicate some of the functionality that Pixelpost provided and to this end I have added some functionality (back) into the site over the last week or so, as well as reorganising the menus.

To begin with I have renamed the ‘Daily’ section to ‘Single’, which better reflects the fact that, unfortunately, there is unlikely to be an image posted every day, rather every 2 or 3 days. These images have full descriptions, processing details and location data.

This Daily/Single navigation heading has now been moved under a new menu header, ‘Images’, along with ‘Gallery’ (collections of images with a single theme), and there is now a new page/feature ‘Mosaic’. This enhances a feature I had on my old Pixelpost blog and lays out all the images from the ‘Single’ and ‘Gallery’ sections in a grid that is randomly generated each time you visit it. Built on top of this is full screen functionality (or rather, full browser screen functionality, as this is HTML5 not Flash based). Click on an image to have it fill your browser window and then press the play button, bottom right, to get a slideshow of the mosaic images.

Text blog posts (such as this one) now have their own menu heading (‘Words’), and the ‘Sitemap’ page has now been moved under a new menu heading ‘Explore’, along with two other new methods of navigating to particular images. ‘Keywords’ provides an alphabetically ordered list of keywords (‘tags’ in modern parlance) applied to images. I have never been a fan of tag clouds and prefer this way of organising things. The other new functionality is a little more sexy, and is a geo mashup of all the ‘Single’ posts since I began featuring Google map functionality (17/01/14). The most recent post is highlighted. Note that you can toggle between roadmap and satellite view and also, under satellite view, turn ‘labels’ on to see towns and villages, roads and names of some geographical features.

Even with these added features there is still a little way to go on replicating the functionality the old Pixelpost blog used to have and I will get to it as soon as I can.