Archive for the ‘bookmarklet’ Category
i just wanted to do a quick round up of some interesting stuff that’s been happening at multimap lately, although hopefully the announcements will keep coming…
for anyone with a short attention span here are the key things:
- flashy new multimap site (flashy as in shiny, not as in adobe)
- open street map maps on multimap via bookmarklet wizardry (wizardry as in magic, not as in ‘click here to continue’)
- and you can now use multimap’s feature packed api for free (as in gratis, not as in libre).
you may have noticed that the http://www.multimap.com site has been completely redesigned. it’s a very big deal for the company and certainly something we’re all very happy to get out there and are looking forward to developing further in future. i’d just to highlight a couple of features that probably are not easily spotted that i really love…
- right clicking on the map to add a favourite
- hold shift while clicking and dragging on the map to draw a box of where you want to zoom to
- hold control and move your mouse or whatever to fly around like superman
- for londoners, check out the draggable and zoomable tube map by clicking on the icon beside ‘tube stations’ in the useful information palette. then click on a station to select it and click the ‘show on map’ button on the bottom right. equally go from normal map to tube map by selecting ‘tube stations’, clicking on a tube marker and using the ‘show on tube map’ button. very cool.
- as andy hume pointed out, you can select from different map types available by hovering over the ‘maps’ button and choosing from the list that appears (only available where we have multiple map types, london would be a good example with three different types available at certain zoom levels)
so ok. great you say. more fancy maps, just what i wanted… ah, but wait. there’s *even more fancy maps*. you may have heard of a very interesting project called open street map. for those that haven’t, think wikipedia for maps. got it? no? think harder. ok good. anyway, john mckerrell (a multimap developer and osm fanatic) has recently posted a wonderful little bookmarklet to display open street map data on the multimap site. just drag the little piece of magic onto your toolbar, go to http://www.multimap.com/maps/ and click on it. you’ll get two extra map types for displaying open street map data. maptastic! (sorry, i’ll try to stop making up words, well, words like that anyway)
i bet you’re so impressed now that you’re just dying for some more map action. well, you’re in luck. you can make your own! the final and possibly most interesting thing is that multimap have opened up the mapping, geocoding and routing modules of the api to be used for free by developers (that’s you). richard keen has posted an excellent introduction to the open api which I’m glad to say highlights the work mapstraction have done to ease the stress of choosing between geo apis and also the fact that we’re making use of freethepostcode data. so not only can you make a great mashup, but you can make your great mashup even better by contributing postcodes to this project. i’m delighted multimap are encouraging and supporting these open data projects.
disclosure: i work for multimap as a software developer but this is, of course, my own meaningless personal opinion.