But before I tell you exactly what's new, I'll warn you that the new features are beta enough that they can't be found on the main OneBusAway website, phone-number, or SMS interface. I'm looking for people to try out the new features and find the bugs before we go live for everyone. If you are feeling brave, read on for more info.
So what's new?
- User accounts: you can now login to OneBusAway
- Bookmarks: manage your phone and SMS bookmarks from the web
Let's break it down. You've probably noticed the "Settings" link up on the nav bar, where you can currently set your privacy and search settings. We've added Registration and Login buttons where you can login to your account and transfer your settings between computers.
Once you've logged in, you'll notice some additional links on your settings page, including the ability to register a phone number with your account and manage your bookmarks. The best part is that once you've registered your phone number, managing your bookmarks online will also update your bookmarks on your phone and SMS.
The bookmarks feature is neat because it let's you setup bookmarks with:
- multiple stops
- custom bookmark names
- route filters
This can be especially useful for the phone and SMS interfaces, where space and bandwidth are tight and you really want to limit the information you see from OneBusAway.
Sound cool? Want to try it out? Great! The trick is to use the following: