Showing posts with label creationtools. Show all posts
Showing posts with label creationtools. Show all posts

Monday, September 20, 2010

US State Etymology on Google Maps

USA States Map

Here's a little Google Map I created today to show the meaning of the names given to each of the states in the USA. The origins of the names of U.S. states have been taken from this Wikipedia entry.

As fun as it is to read the meaning behind the names for the U.S. states the map is really a demo to show how you can use the new Styled Map option in the Google Maps API to remove the name labels from Google Maps.

Removing the labels with Styled Maps is easy enough. It is just a matter of turning off the visibility of options in the administrative layer. However once I'd removed the names from Google Maps I then had to figure out how to add my own labels. Luckily Marc Ridey has written an excellent Label class for Google Maps V3.

If you have a look at the example I've created you can see my design isn't very pretty. The next stage is to play with the font weight and font size to create something a little easier on the eye.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

100,000 Markers & No Clustering


Jonathan Wagner of Scribble Maps fame has created a demo Google Map displaying 100,000 markers on one map. As you can see from the screenshot above that is enough markers to completely obscure the map tiles beneath.

Amateur map developers should of course not try this at home without wearing safety goggles and without the supervision of a qualified Google Maps Developer.

Usually if you want to place a very large number of markers on a map you will want to use a marker clustering solution such as Mapeed. However, if you are feeling brave, Jonathan has been kind enough to provide the source code for his MillionMarkerMap.


Thursday, June 03, 2010

Heat Map Creator for Google Maps

GMap HeatMap

GMap HeatMap is a web service from Differential Enterprises for making dynamic heat maps and color contour overlays for Google Maps.

No programming is required to create a heat map using GMap HeatMap. All you require is three columns of data, the latitude, the longitude, and a value. If you paste your data in this form into the HeatMap creator your heat map will be automatically created.

Programmers can also drive HeatMap from PHP, with a POST operation, so you can include Gmap HeatMap maps in your own website.


Monday, April 05, 2010

Create Your Own Google Maps of RSS Feeds

rssmapper - Beta

rssmapper lets anyone create their own embeddable Google Maps from RSS feeds. All you have to do is get together a collection of RSS feeds and rssmapper will search the feeds for place names and display the locatable items on the map.

Being able to create a map from an RSS feed or a collection of feeds is a great idea and rssmapper's demo maps gives you some idea how the site could be used. For example, the Natural Disasters Map, tracks a number of RSS feeds, from UGSC, MODIS and GDACS to show the latest earthquakes, fires, floods and tropical cyclones around the world.

The Sports News Map tracks RSS feed from the BBC, the NFL, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Fox News etc to show you the latest sports news.

The Headlines Map tracks feeds from BBC News, CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times and Newsweek to being you the latest news on a Google Map.


Monday, January 25, 2010

Scribble Maps Goes Pro

Scribble Maps Pro

Scribble Maps, the Google Maps mashup that lets you draw directly on a Google Map, has now released a 'pro' version that has elevated the application into one of the best Google Maps creation tools.

In the past Scribble Maps allowed you to draw directly onto Google Maps and add coloured polygons. You could then save your scribblings and polygons and even export a kml or jpg or gpx file. The new pro version of scribble maps still allows you to do this but also has a host of new features.

One of the exciting new features in Pro is the ability to upload data in the form of spreadsheets. This allows you to plot points on Scribble Maps. You can even plot points within a specified range in your spreadsheet.

Other new features include the ability to add SHP files, the option to use OpenStreetMap and CloudMadePlus maps and the option to add measuring tools. As with the original Scribble Maps you can publish a finished map to your own website or blog in the form of a widget.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Javascript Library for Google Maps

Cartographer.js, is a simple javascript library for Google Maps that allows map makers to easily create thematic heat maps, area-scaled circles, and pie charts. Using the library developers are freed from worrying about how to tweak the Google Maps API to build the thematic elements they need, and can focus on more important problems like data collection and normalization.

Cartographer.js is a simple one-line include. The library comes with a number of demonstration maps showcasing what Cartographer.js can do:

Where is Twitter?

Where is Twitter? is a Google Maps mashup of 250,000 Twitter users that uses area-scaled circles to show the number of Twitter users in different locations around the world. Clicking on any of the displayed circles reveals the number of Twitter users at that location.

State Populations

This Google Maps mashup displays data from the US Census: 2008 state population estimates, rendered on a choropleth (heat map) map.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Make Your Own Google Weather Map

Global Temperature and Five Day Forecasts
Popular map creation site UMapper have unveiled two great new features that allow you to add weather temperatures and five day forecasts for anywhere in the world to your created maps.

It is extremely easy to create a weather map with UMapper in just two simple steps. This video tutorial explains how it is done:

In addition to the new weather features you can add custom icons, audio overlays, images and much more to your UMapper created Google Map.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Google Web Elements

Google Map Element

Google have just released a new service called Web Elements which allow users to cut-and-paste Google applications into their websites or blogs. The elements include real-time news, calendars, presentations, spreadsheets, YouTube videos and a simple Google Map.

To use the Google Map element you just need to define a location, choose a size and map type and add a marker title. The map element is very simple to use and is a great way to create a very simple interactive map.

If you want to create a slightly more complicated map Google also have a Get Maps web page. This page shows you how to grab the embed code from the main Google Maps site, how to create a My Map and how to add driving directions to your business website.

Via: Official Google Blog: New tools for Google Services for Websites


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Two Million Markers on One Google Map

Million Marker Map

The Million Marker Map uses 'Spatial DataBox' (SDB) to show over two million map markers on one Google Map.

The Spatial DataBox is able to perform 10,000 queries per second, and can return millions of markers per second. The 'Full Screen Map' button, situated at the top-left edge of the map, expands the map to occupy the full view of your computer's screen. is another example of a Google Maps mashup built on top of the Spatial DataBox. FindByClick is a community mapping site that lets users tag and share their favourite places.

Both the maps use the Google Maps API for Flash.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Convert My Maps to the Google Maps API

Map Channels Feed Converter

Map Channels, the popular map creation website, has released a new utility to convert map data feeds from one format to another. The utility can convert tab-delimited text to KML or KML to tab-delimited text. The application is very useful if you want, for example, to extract data from a Google My Map that you have created.

The feed converter let's you convert the data from a My Map KML to tab-delimited text which you can then edit in a spreadsheet. To grab the KML from a My Map right click on the 'View in Google Earth' button in Google Maps and copy the URL. Next paste the URL address into your browser and change the part in the address that says 'output=nl' to 'output=kml'. Then save the KML to your computer.

Now you can just paste the KML code into the Map Channels Map Feed Converter and convert it into tab-delimited text and save the data to a spreadsheet. This means you can take the data from a My Map you have created and use the same data in a Google Maps mashup using the Google Maps API. Very cool!


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Are You Safe? - iPhone Application

MapAList, the Google map creation website, has added a number of cool new features to their wizard for creating and managing customized Google maps from Google Spreadsheets. The site has written a number of interesting tutorials to explain the new features:
MapAList has also released three cool iPhone applications to let you know how safe you are at all times based on your current location within either Washington DC, Atlanta or Sacramento.

All it takes is a quick tap on your iPhone to see a threat meter of your safety level along with hyperlocal crime data broken down by type.


Saturday, June 06, 2009

Map Channels Adds Maps Ad Unit

Map Channels V3.2

Map Channels, the popular map creation website, has just released its latest update. The biggest change is that maps created with Map Channels can now use the new Google Map Ads options. Map creators now have the option to include ads on their maps and monetise their Map Channels maps.

Version 3.2 of Map Channels also now allows users to add KML Ground Overlays to their maps. There is also the option to include the Google Earth plugin as an option on created maps.

If you want to check out the kinds of maps people are creating with Map Channels then have a look at the Map Channels Library.


Monday, May 18, 2009

Google Maps Development


ThinkWrap's Google Maps Development team are experienced Google Maps developers. They use Google Maps to deliver solutions on both web and mobile platforms, and for clients in retail, entertainment, non-profit and government sectors. The team exists "to help you connect with proven developers."

The team have just released a new video showing how Google Maps Development took a static map image, used by the University of Ottowa website, and created a fully interactive online map using the Google Maps API:


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Plug & Play Google Maps

Plug and Play Maps

Plug and Play Maps is a free map creation tool that can create a Google Map from spreadsheets or similar tabulated data, from KML files, from GIS shapefiles or from data in a web database. To create a map using Plug and Play you don't need to know HTML, Javascript or the Google Maps API because Plug and Play does all the mapping work for you.

It is possible to define a number of parameters with Plug and Play to define the design of your map. You can set the map size, define the initial map type, configure the map controls and set the intitial map view. It is also possible to style the data and the map legend.

Plug and Play Maps have a demo gallery of the types of maps that are able to be created using the service.

Other Google Map Creation Sites
Via: Mapperz


Friday, April 24, 2009

Click2Map Adds New Features

The Google Map creation tool Click2Map have just unveiled a number of new features that allows users to more deeply customize the look and feel of the Google maps they create. Every element of the map is now customizable: the header, footer, fonts, sidebar, colours, driving directions and even the address finder.

The video below shows some of these new customizable features in action:

Another new feature allows users to add a URL and email to the footer of the map. This will help your created Google Map become a more effective lead and traffic generation tool.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Google Maps, Street View & Bird's Eye View

Dual Maps

Dual Maps is a map creation tool that allows anybody to make an embeddable map that includes a Google Map, a Google Maps Street View and a Virtual Earth Bird's Eye view of the same location. You can choose between the various options of either map service, which means you can have the Google satellite view alongside Virtual Earth's Bird's Eye view or the satellite/aerial View in both maps etc..

Dual Maps now comes with a couple of new features. It is possible to add a Google search bar to a Dual Map, which means users can search for local businesses from the map. It is also possible to choose from a number of marker styles in the Street View map. You can choose between the traditional pegman, a panda, a car or Gachapeg.

Bird's Eye View

This map places Bing Maps' Bird's Eye View side by side with Google Maps' new Aerial View. At the moment Google's Aerial View imagery in Google Maps Labs is limited to only a few cities in the USA.

However as Google expands their imagery this map mashup will expand to reflect the new aerial view available.


Thursday, April 09, 2009

Qype on Google Maps

Geocubes & QMapr

Geocubes is a clustering solution for developers who need to map a large number of points. Geocubes clusters geo-referenced data into squares on a Google Map showing how many points are in each square. This allows users to zoom into individual square areas and see the results for that area thus avoiding indistinct point-clouds.

Now Geocubes also offers the possibility to set attributes to a location, e.g. categories and keywords and to search by the attributes through the markers on a user's map.

QMapr is an example of a Geocubes map using the new features to categorise markers and provide a search function. QMapr is a map of Qype reviews. The map shows how markers can now be categorised by Geocubes and how a full-text search can also be integrated into a map. The map incredibly shows nearly half a million points of interest from Qype.

The points of interest are sorted into a number of categories and can be searched using a two part search box, e.g. 'pizza' in 'New York'.


Sunday, April 05, 2009

Make Your Own Google Maps


Glotter is a Google Maps creation tool that lets users easily create and share custom maps. Glotter can be used to create and publish maps that include photos, YouTube videos and Street View. The site also supports a number of different languages, including English, German, French and Italian.

Users can add new place marks manually to a custom map or upload existing KML/KMZ files created with third-party-applications (like Google Earth). One of the most impressive aspects of Glotter is the number of different features supported.

Here are some examples of the different features that can be included in Glotter maps:


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Custom Maps With the Google Maps API

Cartifact Maps
Cartifact Maps, a visually enhanced environment for custom maps, has launched today. This beta release of Cartifact Maps focuses on Los Angeles, as an example of how Cartifact Maps can be used to create stunning maps of any location.

The site uses custom map tiles of Los Angeles and includes a number of exciting features, such as historic maps that can be accessed through a very sexy lens tool, a buildings search engine and local search.

But don't take my word for it watch the introduction video below.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

StaticMap - Wrapper for the Google Maps API


StaticMap screenshot - for a demo use link below

Taylan Pince has created a very cool layer around the Google Maps API that lets you create a static map with a button that when pressed will load an interactive map. The advantage of this method is that a static map will load far more quickly than an interactive map. However with the 'Launch Interactive Map' button users can load the interactive map if they want these features.

StaticMap Demo