News sum. And predicting future.

Things are speeding up a little bit - so this short summary:
  • xhtml internal browser from version 0.6: thanks to J2ME Polish and their support, we are continually exploring new possibilities
  • sample service Twitter: The Zero and Destil became fans of Twitter and especially Twitter for Locify and we're still improving the service. It is well documented so you can get inspiration!
  • location sending can run continually: since v0.62 - developers can now save your route on their server! Read more.
  • download Locify with your services preinstalled: anybody can add download link to Locify mobile application with specified preloaded applications so if you develop service for Locify, you can offer link to Locify which will contain the link to your service. More in this post.

What we want to do in one month

  • offline support: waypoints and routes can be stored on the client and then synced to the server and vice versa
  • navigation screen: you will be able to display navigation arrow and other data to navigate to a waypoint - sent by the (maybe your) service or stored on the client
  • favorite places: you don't have to take GPS device everywhere you go - you can use favorite places saved on the client to specify your location or location you are interested in

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Twitter service for Locify: Updates wherever you go

Twitter menuAlong with release of new client we created new services, which are designed to show how to get maximum (for the time being) from our client on your mobile phone.

I hope there's no need to introduce Twitter: It's a mini-blogging tool which allows you to post updates to your profile and watch what others are writing. There are also many other cool features, most notably its API, which is heavily used by many other applications, for example Twittervision.

Our new service enables you not only to post updates along with your current location (see my profile on Twittervision), but also show your profile and check what others are writing, show their profiles and more.

How to start?

First of all, you new to download Locify. You can do it from the linked page or you can point your phone to http://www.locify.com/m/.

If you choose default download, Twitter service should be preinstalled as a installation link, just open it and confirm its installation. If you can't see Twitter icon, choose Options -> Actions -> Add item -> Add service and choose Twitter from the list (check out other services as well, they're great ;-))

The rest of the show is pretty much intuitive - just select what you would like to do. For some actions your username and password for Twitter will be required. Don't worry, it's safe with us (see our privacy policy). You don't have to sign in before you do anything else, Locify will ask you for your credentials when its required.

Here I am

There are many other mobile clients. So why use Locify? The answer is simple: GPS. If you have GPS enabled mobile phone or even external GPS device, Locify can connect to it and get current coordinates. This way you can post Twitter updates with your location if you like. Twitter for Locify also generates lower network bandwith, because every request is handled by our service server and only displayed data are sent to client.

If you don't know how to use GPS device with Locify, have a look at our help.

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Locify 0.6beta is here!

We are proud to announce a new version of Locify client. Lot of improvements in functionality and design has been added.


Key improvements:
See full changelog

So don't hesitate to download our Java client and try it in your cell phone!

Locify is also a framework - we have created some example services but main work is on you - create support for your favourite service! It's simple as coding any other web service, all you need is knowledge of XHTML!

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Linking Locify from your site: Add service to Locify

I'd like to start little series targeted mainly on developers. It's called "Linking Locify from your site" and I'll try to give you some tips for connecting your site and Locify web.

Let's say you read our documentation, created shiny new service and maybe even published it on Locify. So what now? Some users may find it in our public service listing, while other people might just find your site. You can always say "Hey, check out 'My Cool Service' on Locify, it's really great", but who wants to search for it?

Wouldn't it be better to say "Hey, click on the twitter icon and you can add Twitter service to Locify"? (It really works, by the way ;-))

Well, it's really simple. All you have to do is write to your page something like

<a href="http://www.locify.com/services/info?service=welcome_url">
<img src="icon_url" alt="Add service_name to Locify" /></a>

and replace strings in bold with their values. Obviously, you are not limited to image links, you can do with the contents of <a> whatever you like ;-)

One real life example: If I wanted to promote our new Twitter service for Locify on some page, let's say our blog, I'd add this HTML code:

<a href="http://www.locify.com/services/info?service=http://labs.locify.com/twitter/welcome">
<img src="http://www.locify.com/images/icons/add_to_locify_80x15.png" alt="Add Twitter service to Locify" /></a>

And result:

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