Help with the new Skipr.net

admin | April 15th, 2014 - 09:41

We’re doing a major revision to Skipr.net to make it more compatible with, and easy to use on, today’s phones and tablets.

Bummer, the maps stopped working…

admin | November 20th, 2013 - 14:43

[Update 2030hrs] – We’re pretty much on top of things, the site behaves as normal again. Sigh… Thanks for everyone’s understanding!

[Update 1630hrs] – we’re in the process of updating all maps. The basic Currently Cruising and individual boat maps are back up. We’ll work our way through all the other maps in the next 24 hours. I apologise for the interruption of service. Marius.

Today (Wednesday afternoon in Sydney) Google terminated support for version 2.0 of their maps.  The software library we use to deploy most maps on Skipr.net uses that version of Google maps and it crept up on us unexpectedly. Lots of egg on various faces. We’re working hard to restore maps to Skipr, please be patient, it could take a little while… We’ll post updates here.

By the way, reporting a position works fine and so does the mobile version (which you can use on the desktop as well).

New Position Reporting

admin | April 21st, 2013 - 15:15

We have just introduced a more convenient position reporting page. It takes advantage of the built-in GPS in many of todays tablets such as the iPad and provides instant feedback about the position you enter, even when reporting manually.

It’s use is mostly self-explanatory, but to get the most out of its features, below are a some of its highlights:

updateThe Update button appears when an automatic position is available, tap it to transfer that position to the Lat-Lon form.

markerThe Green Marker represents the position in the Lat-Lon form. The marker may be moved manually to refine the Lat-Lon form values.

arrowThe Geo (Arrow) button appears when an automatic position is available. Tap it to zoom and centre on that position (marked by a blue dot)./skp/

marker zoomThe Marker button appears when there is a Lat-Lon value in the form. Tap it to zoom and centre the marker.

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Newsletter February 2013

admin | February 4th, 2013 - 07:40
In this newsletter:
Hobart Skipr Meetup 
New Reporting page
Alternative ways to report your position
Off the beaten track
Support Skipr.net
For those of you on the East Coast of Australia, I hope you and your boat survived some terrible weather over the past few weeks – it’s a good time to head South, speaking of which…

Newsletter April 2012

admin | April 27th, 2012 - 11:16

It’s been a while since we’ve had a newsletter for users of Skipr.net. A bunch of things have happened since we “spoke” last. For most of you, this will be the first newsletter, as we’ve more than doubled the number of boats on Skipr.net since the last one!

In this Newsletter:

Skipr Plus
New Features
Boat Photo competition
Notable Tracks
Island Cruising

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Skipr changes

admin | July 25th, 2010 - 19:03

This weekend we launched a re-design of the skipr.net website.  We’ve overhauled its user interface and laid the foundations for a range of new features to help cruising sailors and everyone else  interested in the tracking the movement of recreational vessels. This post describes a few of the new features. [...]

Keeping up with cruising sites

admin | March 27th, 2008 - 16:50

email.jpgThe observant among visitors to this site will have seen the email subscription option in the right hand column.

Every day the system sends an email which lists newly posted items on a number of relevant Australian cruising sites. It makes for a very convenient way of keeping up with local cruising news.

If you know of other sites which should be included, leave a comment with the site details.

Here are the sites currently “monitored”:

as well as the following weblogs of Cruising boats and their owners

For those “in the know”, this is a “mashup” of Feedburner‘s email subscription service, the Planet aggregator and the sites listed above which all provide”feeds”.

Going Public

admin | March 11th, 2006 - 18:38

I just “opened the front door” to Skipr.net. There is still some more testing to do, but I thought I’d make the site public while we’re doing some more testing. Beta testers will get their log-ins on Monday.
There is still much to do. My current priorities are:

  • Implementing the new design across the site.
  • Giving boats the ability to define a cruise or cruise leg.
  • Improving error trapping and reporting.

Anyway, here we go….!

Here we go

admin | March 3rd, 2006 - 09:16

I need to produce some documentation for Skipr.net and have a way for users to be able to provide feedback. So here I go with another Blog!