Friday, June 22, 2012

Explore Great Photo Spots

The ShutterGuides team is proud to announce the Explore feature on ShutterGuides.com. Now, if you don't have a specific destination in mind (or you do, but it's a pretty broad area) you can browse the map to find great photo spots. From there, you can click through to the photo guide that the spot is a part of to get more great spots from that guide.

Try it out today, and as always, we'd love to hear your feedback:
http://www.shutterguides.com/explore/


And by the way, we need your help filling the map with great spots! Some of the most popular areas we're looking to fill: Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, New York, Boston, San Diego, Houston... If you know some great photo spots there or anywhere, help us out by creating a photo guide for that area!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Same Great Taste, Less Waiting

Once again, we've been a bit quiet lately here, with heads down in code bringing improvements to ShutterGuides. We've got quite a few exciting changes coming shortly, but this past weekend we pushed out some new changes to make things much snappier, helping you find great photo spots faster!

Just what did we do? We trimmed down quite a few unnecessary API calls with better caching, as well as split up some of the worst-performing web requests into separate AJAX calls so they wouldn't block page loading. To give a nice visual on the effects of the changes, here's a graph from NewRelic (which we use to watch ShutterGuides) of response time for the last 7 days. Take a guess at where we made the changes :)


This is great progress, and I'm excited for more great stuff to come! If you do notice anything a bit off, have an idea, or just want to say hello, please stop on by our feedback site and let us know what's on your mind!