This is my first test with a google map. I got paths and pictures, can click on them, they are embedded in my blog and everything basically works. In this example it's only 20 pictures and it might not be possible to use more than 50 pictures and they are all off place and there are two paths from two days in the map, but this is just some quite random test data I didn't prepare well.
Well there are some problems left like the way I upload the pictures wherefor I have to create a nice workflow which integrates well with the software I use and the way I manage my photos. Right now it's just too much work and I create duplicate pictures and so on. And after puting the iframe for the map into an article of this serendipity blog I can't edit this article anymore. Just goes crazy and doesn't save any changes anymore.
Probably within the neyt week I will be able to show some maps with my entries. Then I will explain how I produced them and all the details. Not too exciting actually.
btw: this entry might not work anymore after I cleaned up my webserver and have a proper workflow for my maps.
Since I had problems with the built-in gallery of serendipity, like the thumbnails were square and thus stretched or the UTF8 encoded comments were not shown properly, I switched to gallery2. This gallery works fine and is even integrateable into serendipity. Plus it has a remote plugin which allows other programs to upload pictures directly. Like for example f-spot which I use to organize my photos. Pretty nifty just to click something like "upload" and a moment later all the pictures you had marked are uploaded in your photo gallery. OTOH I had to break the sophisticated security features of gallery2 in order to present the pictures in the right way as needed by the google maps overlays I generate for my travel routes with integrated pictures.
Unfortunately the usergallery plugin for serendipity which I use doesn't handle Unicode User Comments of EXIF headers properly. So the comments are pretty much unreadable (have a look on any picture in the gallery) but I filed a bug report. Hopefully there will be some solution. If so you'll be informed about that here and advised to go through the pictures again to read all the nice comments .