Way back when . . .
I started work on this map, maybe 10 years ago, to be used as a static map on the braggcreek.ca website. I set it aside several times as it was a lot of work and I got bored drawing contour lines. I stitched together several maps so I could include the entire territory from the hamlet down to Banded Peak. When I started, West Bragg Creek, Kananaskis was very much unloved – intended for cross-country skiing in the winter and cows in the summer. I had almost finished the map when the Greater Bragg Creek Trails Association and the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance started building their awesome trail network. Then the 2013 flood cut off access to the Elbow Valley and a different kind of flood, a flood of people, discovered West Bragg Creek, Kananaskis. Now they’re expanding the parking lot from 100 cars to almost 500. I’ve been told that 150,000 people visit West Bragg Creek annually and another 500,000 visit the Elbow Valley.
As we all know tech can be enabling, but it can also be frustrating. Once I had the map drawn and revised and revised in Adobe Illustrator, I discovered Adobe Flash. I first used Flash to make rollover buttons. The map uses the same UP, Over and Down function to highlight the trail and pop-up the text box. Very cool. But, about the time I got all that working, Steve Jobs said Flash is poison and it would never run on an Apple computer, iPad or iPhone. Ahh, sh*t. But, PC desktops could still use it, if people wanted to take a risk. Jobs said there were vulnerabilities in Flash that hackers could exploit.
Flash is a very powerful tool. It’s used to encode video, create animations, ad banners, games and interactive applications. Many smartphone apps are built using Flash. But, no one wants to drink the cool-aid, so Adobe and the Gods of the web went back to the drawing board, building a new program, called Animate, that uses HTML5 and Canvas technology which operates natively in modern browsers. No need to install a plugin. Also, when I installed an SSL Security Certificate on the site, during the rebuild, it blocked uploading Flash files. I guess, because they are insecure.