it has long been in the making, a bit more than two months, but we hope this was worth the wait:
- Complete overhaul of all maps - we are now using free and open source OpenStreetMap as our default map, with the option to switch back to a Google Maps view
- Many, many bug fixes in map and city searches along the way
- Group membership management improvements
There are a few more smaller changes and improvements. Read more details in the complete changelog, if you are interested.
With this release we are taking another step towards supporting the non-profit world by including work from other volunteer-run projects into our site. We feel this is worth a press release, which will be sent out shortly. Stay tuned.
Thanks fly out to abyssin, beatnickgr, crumbking, lantti, James_Oder_Dave, jsfan, mahoun200000, matthias, midsch, pablobd, sanderr, shevek and toub for making this release possible by testing, commenting and contributing code. We would also like to thank Cloudmade for supplying their fantastic free API service to embed OpenStreetMap material into any website.
Let us know what you think about these changes in the comments below!
May non-profit hospitality exchange prevail! :)