Friday, January 29th, 2010

Addmap.js – automatically analyse a text for geo locations and add a map

Category: Examples, Geo, Google, JavaScript, Mapping, Yahoo!

As part of an upcoming article on geo location I am putting together a few Geo Toys for myself and here is the first one. Addmap.js is a JavaScript that analyses an elements text content, finds geographical locations and links them to Google Maps. It also adds a map preview and a list of the Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Heilmann at 10:17 am
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3.1 rating from 19 votes

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Cartagen: Rich mapping on the client side

Category: Canvas, Mapping

Ben Weissmann is one of the researchers at the MIT Media Lab’s Design Ecology group who’s working on Cartagen, a vector-based, client-side framework for rendering maps in native HTML 5. It’s impressive. Here he explains more: Using JavaScript and HTML5’s canvas element, Cartagen takes data (including OpenStreetMap data) and renders it in the browser. This Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:15 am

3.9 rating from 54 votes

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Custom info windows with jQuery and Google Maps

Category: JavaScript, Mapping

Ben Nolan has a writeup on a new feature in his Weheartplaces application that tweaks the info popup that comes with Google Maps by using a custom overlay. He walks us through an example that ends up with an Infowin class like this: < View plain text > javascript // Infowin class for displaying a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:11 am

3.2 rating from 54 votes

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Seadragon: zoom deeply in the world of Ajax

Category: Mapping, UI

Bertrand Le Roy pointed me to Seadragon Ajax, a JavaScript client that gives you deep zoom (think: Google Maps) ability in short order. To build the thing itself you use Deep Zoom Composer and then you choose whether you want the Silverlight version or this Ajax one. The embed viewer is easy to use too.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:28 am

4.3 rating from 50 votes

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Google Maps Utilities for Creating Markers and Loading KML

Category: Mapping

I know, I know, this is a bit niche but, given the ubiquity of embedded Google Maps (and having done my fair share of Google Maps hacking), I found two utilities from CloudSync interesting. The first is a web-based interface for playing around with putting custom markers on a map (i.e., the GIcon and GMarker Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 7:00 am
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3.7 rating from 16 votes

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Chess Diagram Builder and Maps Library via GWT

Category: GWT, Mapping

Alexander (aka Sasha) Maryanovsky has been hacking away with GWT, and has some come up with a couple of interesting project. The first, is a fun chess diagram builder that lets you build out a chess diagram and export it out: Also, he has created Sasha Maps, an API that abstracts mapping implementations allowing you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:26 am
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2.9 rating from 10 votes

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Google Maps JavaScript API on the iPhone

Category: Mapping

When you link to Google Maps on the iPhone, it opens up the naive application to give you the full iPhone experience. Alastair James wanted to use the Google Maps JavaScript API on the iPhone, and wrote up his thoughts: Before the newest version of mobile Safari, this would not have been possible. Fundamentally you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:48 am

1.9 rating from 82 votes

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

navigator.geolocation: Using the W3C Geolocation API today

Category: Gears, Google, JavaScript, Mapping, Standards

Last week I wrote a simple WhereAreYou? application that used the Google Ajax APIs ClientLocation API to access your location via your IP address. At the same time, we announced support for the Gears Geolocation API that can calculate your address using a GPS device, WiFi info, cell tower ids, and IP address lookups. Add Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:14 am

3.6 rating from 30 votes

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Unobtrusively Mapping Microformats with jQuery

Category: Articles, jQuery, Mapping, Microformat

Simon Willison just doesn’t stop. This time he has added a way that details the technique of unobtrusively mapping microformats with jQuery. Simon puts together jQuery, microformats, and the Google Maps API to grok hCard and show maps of any hCard data that is found, ending up with: < View plain text > javascript jQuery(function() Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:01 am

3.6 rating from 32 votes

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Placeshout: New Rails based Geo-cool site

Category: Mapping, Ruby, Showcase

Andre Lewis has a new site out there, Placeshout which offers a way to quickly call out your favourites place in various locations. You could argue that we have other places for this… Yelp for example, or My Maps themselves. So, why Placeshout? Sometimes, you just want a quick suggestion When Andre and I are Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:05 am

2.8 rating from 18 votes

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Craigslist Tibco GI Remix

Category: Dojo, Google, Mapping, Offline, TIBCO

Luke Birdeau has remixed Craigslist to produce a desktop-esque Ajax application view on the data that adds features such as being able to save your favorites, add notes to them, and even use the app offline (e.g. take your laptop on the road to go see the stuff for sale of meet that blind date). Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:02 am

3.8 rating from 40 votes

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Prague 360: Maps with quality

Category: Mapping, Showcase

I don’t normally post many “mashups” but Prague 360 is to beautiful to pass up. Jeffrey Martin and his brother David have created some high quality views on some of the cities, and they use the Google Maps API as the platform to show the content. If you head over to Prague, you will see Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:06 am

4.2 rating from 36 votes

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Google Maps: Street View and Mapplets

Category: Google, Mapping, Showcase

When I first saw the new Street View functionality that has appeared in the Google Maps preview I was obviously impressed. We have seen other companies taking photos of the content, but being able to walk around the Map was very cool. If I am visiting a new building, or area, I find myself checking Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:30 am

4.5 rating from 41 votes

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Overlay Pictures on Yahoo! Travel Maps

Category: Mapping, Showcase

Yahoo! Travel has added a new Map on Map feature which allows you to overlay maps, and set the opacity. For example, this example has the forum in Rome overlayed on top of the city. You can also check out the Grand Canyon and the National Mall.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:17 am
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3.6 rating from 25 votes

Friday, March 30th, 2007

InfiView: Interactive Ajax Graphical Maps and Diagrams

Category: Mapping, Toolkit

InfiView is a mapping development tool that empowers engineers to build infinite-sized Web 2.0 mind maps, network topologies, organization charts, LDAP tools and technical diagrams. InfiView uses Ajax technology and its own unique dynamic memory management to enable developers to systematically create graphical web applications using any amount of data (from very small all the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:47 am

4.5 rating from 118 votes

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Click2Map: Ajax Map Editor

Category: Mapping, Showcase

Antony Zanetti of HylioSoft have created Click2Map, an Ajax map editor. The application is based on Bindows, the .NET Ajax framework, and it allows you to create maps, add markers, and build out the Google Map. I was a bit surprised at the startup time (loading X/Y), but to be fair this is an early Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:54 am

3.7 rating from 39 votes