Live Lagos Traffic Nigerian website eNowNow has launched what I think is the first African Google Maps mashup to show live traffic conditions
Illustrator tip #1: Align objects to an anchor object or to a grid
Here’s a huge tip for using Illustrator. When you’re aligning objects in Illustrator, it’s easy enough to select objects and hit one of the “Align Object” icons in the Align window.
But sometimes you need a little more control than that.
If there’s one item in the layout that you want everything else to align with, here’s a neat Illustrator trick:
- InIllustrator, select all the objects that you want to align.
- Then click on the object that you want to use as the anchor object. When you click that object, you should see the selection border become a little beefier – now it’s the anchor object. (See the left-most green star above.)
- Then, when you click on the appropriate Align Object icon, all of the selected objects will align with that anchor object in your Illustrator artboard.
You can also align to a guide, which is really nice if, say, you want to make sure that everything is perfectly centered in a layout.
- First, make sure that your Illustrator guides are unlocked (View > Guides > Lock Guides).
- Select the Illustrator objects that you want to align – including the guide that you want to align them to.
- Then click on the guide again and you’ll see that beefy border appear.
- When you hit your Align Object icon, everything will be lined up beautifully to that guide.
Nigerian website eNowNow has launched what I think is the first African Google Maps mashup to show live traffic conditions. The map shows ‘live’ traffic updates for Lagos. And also, if we are talking about cross vector art, a free download vector map Central African Republic, Adobe Illustrator can be very useful. Currently the traffic conditions are updated between the hours of 6am and 8pm Monday to Friday, however the frequency of updates may vary.
eNowNow have overcome the lack of any central or government information about traffic conditions with a marvellously low-tech solution. Traffic information is collected via a team of mobile traffic monitors, who each follow a series of pre-determined routes around Lagos. At a number of pre-selected points along these routes the monitors stop and take a photograph of the current traffic conditions which is then sent via an MMS message.
Roads on the map are coloured to show the current speed of traffic. If you click on any of the map markers an information window opens with information about the speed of traffic and a recently taken photo.