Private User - because the Geni code uses Google to dynamically look up the possible locations matching what you are typing when editing the profiles. That is apparently what 'broke'; the "lookup once" which is done while adding a profile evidently uses a different Google API call (not the 'dynamic' lookup) and so it did not apparently change (and thus still works).
I *am* just guessing ... the "Add" panel behaves somewhat differently than the "Edit" panels (e.g.: browser does not remember previous field values on "Add" panel) -- both places are 'dynamic', but the interact differently with the browsers, and so I presume they use somewhat different interfaces with Google to do so.
It seems to me that the marriage profile tab acts the same as when editing the "basic" profile tab -- I would guess they use the same "mechanism" to get location information. (Remember that behind the scenes Geni is also getting GPS long./lat. when there is a "Google match" for the location.)
The only "panel" that (to me) behaves somewhat differently is the "Add a profile" panel.
Hi Dan - You're correct. When you're adding a new person by clicking a yellow arrow in the Flash tree, we're using a special Flash API for Google maps to do the location lookup. That is the only place we're using the Flash API, which seems to still be working just the same as it always was.
In other places on the site, we're using the standard Google Maps API, though we're using what we have now discovered is an outdated version of that API, so we're busily working away to use the newest version. We're hoping that it has some better information and that some of the bugs we had filed about certain place name errors have been fixed.
I still have the ongoing problem when I try to click on a link on the profile. All I get is the flash spinner which will not go away until I mouse away from the link. If I am fast enough, I can sometimes click the link before the spinner starts but usually not. This seems to be a problem on the profiles only and on rare occasions the flash box does pop up. It is not browser specific.
Mike Stangel tagging for possible comment.
We were able to update our Google Maps code and the locations should one again be getting filled in automatically with as much information as we can.
Private User I'm not at all sure what you mean but 'It's even worse today'. Are you having trouble with locations? Or the tree?
Eldon Clark (C) and Dan Cornett Are you referring to the small boxes that should pop up when you hover your mouse over a name? We recently made a change to those so they should pop up faster. Is this giving you trouble?
Natalie MacLees Yes, that is what i was referring to, the boxes wouldn't pop up at all, just the spinner. As of 5 minutes ago, they were popping up just fine. Hope they stay that way but it seems every time you "improve" flash, it breaks something.
Any hopeful news on the time of HTML5 implementation? Flash is a PIA.
Natalie MacLees Well I spoke to soon. On a profile, It pops up on one link but not on another. Same at the bottom of the profile page.
Natalie MacLees the google API is working beautifully in "edit" and "add profile" mode - many thanks for the quick fix on that. But it didn't work for me just now in "edit document" view. As always could be just me so appreciate a test elsewhere.
Dan Cornett My configuration is FF 14 (64 bit) and Win & home premium SP1
Ah, Victor, you discovered it also, how glad to read that, for only Curatores are the people to convince Geni-staff to work in modern technical-ways and not with google-marketing-tools....
when you live in HOLLAND, Europe it is even worse to work in geni, for every province is to be a city and so forth.....
Hmmm. ... seems that the location lookup is now broken when Adding a profile. Natalie MacLees
As for the Google API, this is a temporary solution - we are intending to replace this with our own Places feature. While that's in the works, though, we can report any place name errors to Google for correcting on their side. And as we've covered before, if the Google info is giving you troubles, you can either correct the info yourself or not use the Google feature at all by clicking the 'Edit Location Details' link and correcting or entering your data there.
Mike Stangel ... Yes, the "Add" location lookup is back in operation. Thanks!
The following message has started appearing when not logged in to Geni.
If you press OK the message disappears, but it is annoying.
just checking, Eldon Clark (C) ... I presume you restarted your browser, if not the whole system. I find it a good practice to restart browsers after Java updates, even it doesn't prompt to do so....
Dan Cornett I have never had a problem with Java, only Flash. Flash is supposed to update automatically but just sends an update notice then will not update until you close the browser. In this case, when I found Geni broken. I rebooted but still the same so I downloaded Flash and reinstalled it. As I have said before, Flash is a PIA.