Beta release – 21st July 2013

Happy Sunday – I hope you’re not melting in the current heatwave we’re having in the UK.

I’ve just released a bunch of new things to the beta site at http://beta.opentraintimes.com/ – mostly maps:

Remember – if you like the site and haven’t donated so far, please consider donating something to Marie Curie Cancer Care in honour of my late father who survived cancer but sadly passed away in early June. And keep your feedback emails coming in – I absolutely love reading and replying to them!

OpenTrainTimes 2.2 goes in to public beta

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m pleased to say that OpenTrainTimes 2.2 is now in public beta. I’d intended to launch this a couple of months ago, but various things – including ill health and on my part and shortly afterwards, the unexpected death of my father – delayed things somewhat.

Before I get in to what’s new and changed, I’d like to point out that I run OpenTrainTimes out of my own pocket and I’ve never accepted any donations nor put advertising on the site. If you like the site and you want to give some money, please send whatever you think is appropriate to Marie Curie Cancer Care – through the OpenTrainTimes Development page on JustGiving. You can also text “OPEN67” with either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070 to donate.

Boring bit over, here’s the exciting stuff :)

The new version is in public beta because I’ve not been able to test it as thoroughly as previous versions, and there still may be bugs. Please go check it out at http://beta.opentraintimes.com/ and report bugs to feedback@opentraintimes.com.

There are several extra maps:

…and some of the old maps have been upgraded:

…and two notable new features:

  • There’s more control over searching for schedules. You can hide passenger trains, empty passenger trains and non-passenger trains, as well as filter by schedule type and whether the train passes
  • The schedule route map is back – click “Functions” and “Show route map” on a schedule page

So, please go and test the new site and feed back any problems. If all goes well, I’ll make this live in a couple of weeks, or whenever the majority of bugs are squashed.