Yeah, I noticed something was different last night. I’m using Firefox. Let me tell you how it looks.
Only a few of the blips appeared, and most of them were white. The info tags showed up in many locations that had no blips. Most of them had altitude and airspeed not showing, only “estimated.”
Rotating the tags every couple of seconds makes it very difficult (nearly impossible) to read them all, and everything is jumping around. The way things were a few years ago before you started the cursor rollover feature was much easier. If you can keep it the way it is with rotating tags just on the blue blips, and let the green ones have it the way they were, that would simplify it. Back then, they were randomly selected and had their tags until the next refresh. That’s fine –– tagging all of them would really clutter up the screen.
I don’t doubt a lot of people like things the way they are with no change, so that’s why I suggested making this optional so that any user can choose which way.
Last night, some of those white blips and their tags were frozen in place. Like, for example, one was hanging over central Massachusetts and was supposed to be something from White Plains to Lebanon, New Hampshire, and probably arrived there more than an hour earlier in the real world. Another one that was a little further to the east was something that was labeled Bradley to Albany, but it’s dotted line was zigzagging all over the place, and it had already arrived.
Are you the one who mainly designs these pages? I have been watching them ever since that day whenever it was that Avweb Flash wrote it up –– what was it? Seven years ago? This is great stuff.
A couple of years ago you added in marking spots for all major airports within a viewing area. That gave me a couple of ideas to bounce off of you.
•Assign each airport within a viewing area a color. Instead of all traffic going to other places just being green, can you color code each one to the origin or destination within the viewing area? For instance, if I’m watching Albany in blue, LaGuardia can be turquoise, Kennedy can be purple, Newark can be pine green, White Plains can be burnt umbra, etc.
•For any traffic that is going to or coming from any place that is not normally displayed, it can be on the map temporarily while the trip is in progress. And it also gets its own dedicated color for the time being. Then I would be able to see what’s going on for Schenectady, Saratoga, Pittsfield, Stewart, Utica, Syracuse, Islip, Farmingdale, Providence, and everything else.
All those colors would paint a very interesting picture with all of those extended inbound and outbound patterns around New York, Boston, and Philadelphia.