UI suggestion - highlight the Isochrone for the current forecast timestep
Post by iconPost by JohnT | 2016-12-23 | 00:50:41

Hi Zezo,
Congrats and many thanks for an awesome product - I sent you a small donation today. There's one small change to the UI that might not be too complicated to implement, and I think would be helpful to everyone:

It is very easy to show the forecast wind at any time step; but what is not obvious is where along the route you expect to be at that time. This is especially true if you use the forward/back buttons on the UI. Less so if you click on the course change points, but they are unevenly spaced, and sometimes the very useful info box hides an interesting area (especially on a phone). Easy to hide the info box, but then you are back to the the same issue.

So would it be possible to highlight the Isochrone that corresponds to the forecast time, either as a different colour or line thickness?


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Post by iconPost by SYSeaSick | 2016-12-26 | 22:59:19
John, you can click the black dots (at least on the major isochrones) to change the wind indicators to reflect the correct wind at the corresponding time.
Post by iconPost by JohnT | 2016-12-29 | 09:51:35
Thanks, I had found that: ( I called them the 'course change points', but it's much easier to see the evolution of the wind system with time by clicking on the <> buttons - kind of like a movie frame advance; but then you have no visual reference as to where you expect to be... no matter, it appears I'm the only one that thinks it would be useful!
Post by iconPost by zezo | 2016-12-30 | 15:11:25
Now when the game itself requires a modern browser there a lot of things that can be done for the router interface. I've already dropped the support for server-side wind rendering required for old versions of IE.

In fact there is a simple solution for the isochrones that I could code in few hours BUT it will increase the page size considerably and slow down the load times and waste the data for most users most of the time, so that's not an option.

It may make sense if the entire isochrone display is switched to vector graphics so there is no server-side rendering of images at all.

Then if the scaling is also left to the browser the isochrones can be reused for the various zoom levels and that could actually improve the interactive response when zooming.
Post by iconPost by Cyann | 2016-12-30 | 21:55:08
Hi zezo?

Congratulations for your return and this great job.
Glad to see you back with the wonderful add-on in Chrome.
But, yes unfortunatly there is a bug, my way back to France makes me go across Africa, I didn't know these boats could fly over earth.

Post by iconPost by zezo | 2016-12-30 | 23:44:58
That's the closest point that you can get in 10 days.

You should place your destination point somewhere in the North Atlantic. I'd say roughly around the Azores at this point of the race.
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