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Drop Zone Search Upgraded - Google Maps integrated

 


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Aug 7, 2007, 3:36 AM
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Heya all,

We've added some functionality to the Drop Zone Database to make it even easier to find a DZ anywhere in the world.

In the past, the primary way to search for a DZ was to browse through the continent and country categories. We've now integrated Google maps so all you need to do is move and scroll the map to position the cross-hairs over your location, select a radius and search for DZs in the area. Easy as that!

While we've had a ZIP code search feature for a while, that functionality restricted us to searches in the US and some EU countries. Now you can pick a spot anywhere on the globe and we'll show you the DZs in the area.

Drop Zone Owners - Update your location information!

If you're a DZO, webmaster or someone who maintains a DZ listing on Dropzone.com, update your latititude and longitude information today, or you will not show up on location searches. We've made it easy for you to enter your location. No need to find a GPS or lookup the lat/lng coordinates for your DZ.

  1. Login to Dropzone.com.

  2. Click on the "Modify my DZ" link on the Dropzone database page.

  3. Embedded in the form you'll see a Google map.

  4. Scroll and zoom to place the cross-hairs on the location of your DZ.

  5. The lat/lng fields will automatically be populated with those location coordinates.

  6. Click on the "Modify DZ" button at the bottom of the form.

  7. That's it!

You can of course still browse or directory, or even search for a DZ by ZIP code or address.

Handy Dandy Tips and Tricks

Once you've done a search you'll see a map with pins indicating the locations of DZs within your search radius. You'll also see a list with the names of those DZs. Click on a DZ name to visit their listing in the DZ database. Now, try this:

  • Click on any pin on the map to and you'll see a "bubble" with the name of the DZ and a link to the DZ listing in our database.

  • Scroll around the map by using the controls or "dragging" the map with your mouse.

  • As you scroll, new DZ pins will pop up on the map! You can move around the entire globe and we'll continue to dynamically place DZ pins as you move around.

  • Ooh! Look! Something shiny... Wink

And finally, a big shout-out to Ross Simpson, who has volunteered a lot of his own time to help build this application. Thanks Ross!



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