We have been working hard, and we are super-proud to announce that the DMMapp 3.0 is out there and available for everyone to explore and enjoy!
“It’s the best DMMapp yet!”
“It just works!”
“10/10 would DMMapp again”
No they don’t, but we like to imagine they do! Let’s go and see what has happened in the past months.
What has Changed in the DMMapp? And Why?
What we wanted to address in this release were two things: maintainability and usability of the DMMapp.
We’ll start with the latter: the DMMapp 2.0 worked fine; but “fine” was not good enough in our opinion.
We believed that there was no need for two different tabs [ 1 ]“Data” tab, and the actual “map”, but rather we thought that there should be a single tab where the user could choose what to see and explore. In our vision, the data and the map should have been in a single page, interacting with each other. Furthermore, we considered the filtering tool inadequate and rather clunky.
With these two problems in mind, we went to work: we implemented an omni-search box that replaced the old, clunky, filtering method: just type any text in the search box, and the app will start filtering instantaneously the results as you type: Searching for libraries in “London”? Type it in, and magically the list will display only the libraries from that city. Want to know which libraries are from Italy? Type “Italy”, and ta-daah! – only the libraries in Italy are displayed.
That took care of the filtering, but what about the “Single tab” dream? We addressed that too: The table interacts with the map now! [ 2 ]Datatable and Google Maps simply didn’t like each other. Google Fusion Tables is also a non-Mobile Friendly solution. A good 15% of the traffic ...continue After you find the library you want to browse in the table, you tap on the table and you will be taken to the map. The link to your library will appear, zoomed in and highlighted, on the map. All that is left to do is tap the button and off you go to the manuscripts from the institutions you chose!
If you simply want to browse the map you can still do that too!
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|1.||↟||“Data” tab, and the actual “map”|
|2.||↟||Datatable and Google Maps simply didn’t like each other. Google Fusion Tables is also a non-Mobile Friendly solution. A good 15% of the traffic to the app happens via mobile devices|