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New site features

You may have noticed some new features rolled out over the last few weeks:

  • County pages now have filters for hiding or showing different classes of bridges (lost, modern and covered). The system remembers your settings from page to page.

  • Likewise, the Updates page has filters to hide/show different kinds of changes. This way you can filter out minor updates, but highlight major status changes (such as a bridge being demolished).

  • On bridge pages, the major tools (Photo gallery, Google Map and Google Street View) are customizable. Just look for the "Preference" pulldown menu to see the options. All of these settings are remembered via cookies, so they apply to each computer or device separately, and no login is required. So, you could allow Street View on your desktop computer, but hide it on your smartphone.

  • The new "Reports" tab in the main navigation bar includes various kinds of statistics about bridges listed on the site.

  • By popular demand, photos are now automatically enhanced with a special color-balance tool. The idea is to match the style popularized by one of our regular contributors. He claims that the unique colors in his photos are the result of busted camera settings, but we all know that he was ahead of his time in using an Instagram-like style long before Instagram was a thing. For now, this feature only applies to thumbnails, but I plan to roll it out to all photos.

Comments  (10)

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Posted April 6, 2013, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

I still have the pole mount but haven't dug it out in awhile. For awhile there, I had a car that the pole wouldn't fit into and I got out of the habit of using it. (The original of the pink covered bridge from 2010 was shot with the pole.)

Actually, there hasn't really been call for it. It's not really tall enough to shoot the tops of through trusses. It can, however, give an interesting perspective to a bridge, especially if there isn't a hill or a convenient tree to climb to get an aerial shot.

There have been a couple of times I've wished I had it with me when I was shooting sites for over on the landmark site. Maybe I should start carrying it with me again.

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Posted April 6, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Oh now J.R.

Nothing but a little good natured jostling here! I see you as nothing less than a visionary with your uniquely tinted photos and your pole-mounted aerial cam! (Whatever happened to that one anyway?) ;-)

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Posted April 6, 2013, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

I remember that one well! You are STILL a good sport JR. I don't care what Tony says about you. :-)

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Posted April 5, 2013, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

Note to Tony:

|-p~

You (especially you, Wayne) might just want to revisit James' gag from 2010:

http://bridgehunter.com/story/1121/

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Posted April 2, 2013, by The Colonel (monty [at] python [dot] com)

Now, I've noticed a tendency for this website to get rather silly. Now I do my best to keep things moving along, but I'm not having things getting silly. It compromises the integrity of what we're doing here.

Now, nobody likes a good laugh more than I do... except perhaps my wife and some of her friends... oh yes and Captain Johnston. Come to think of it most people like a good laugh more than I do. But that's beside the point.

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Posted April 1, 2013, by Carolyn Susor (susorcar [at] yahoo [dot] com)

OK, I got the 2nd joke-the Kukin Run Fruitcake Bridge!

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Posted April 1, 2013, by James Baughn (webmaster [at] bridgehunter [dot] com)

I'm surprised nobody has found the other April Fools gag. Look at the recent updates closely.

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Posted April 1, 2013, by Wayne Kizziar (wayne1701 [at] cableone [dot] net)

Poor J.R, he will never live that pink tinting camera down!

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Posted April 1, 2013, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

Hahahaha!!!

Life as seen through J.R. Manning's "Rose-colored perspective"...How could anybody not want that!

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Posted April 1, 2013, by Mike Goff (michael [dot] goff [at] hotmail [dot] com)

James,

You give me a reason to look forward to April 1st each year. This one is classic, well played.

MG