Inspired in part by Five Great Styled Maps Examples, I decided to write up an article, Styled Maps Using Google Maps API Version 3. In my article, I explore some of the power of Styled Maps, and some things to avoid in order to make your maps beautiful and powerful. I also link to the code for each style I used. From an example in the article, you can make a map that looks like this:
And even this...
It may not look it, but, trust me, these are all Google Maps. And now you make maps like these, too!
So check out my latest post “Styled Maps Using Google Maps API V3”. Your mashups will never be the same.
Posted by Justin O’Beirne of 41latitude.com
Since then we have seen particular interest from the creative arts community, and from news organizations who use Flash because it enables rapid development in response to unfolding events, and who would value a simplified base map to quickly focus the reader's attention on the relevant facts of the story.
It therefore became quickly apparent that we should bring Styled Maps to the Maps API for Flash, and I'm happy to announce that today we are doing just that. To use Styled Maps, download the Maps API for Flash SDK 1.20 or later, and refer to the Styled Maps section of the Maps API for Flash documentation.
If you would like to experiment with Styled Maps in a Flash application take a look at ScribbleMaps, which allows you to draw on top of a map generated using the Maps API for Flash, and now offers the full set of map styling options. Just click Menu to access the Style Map option.
Posted by Thor Mitchell, Maps API Product Manager
63% of people like Polls
According to Wikipedia, the first known example of an opinion poll was a local straw poll conducted by The Harrisburg Pennsylvanian in 1824, showing Andrew Jackson leading John Quincy Adams by 335 votes to 169 in the contest for the United States Presidency.
Polling has become a lot more popular since then, and these days any major election will have many polls covering it. Most of the time, a news article will mention just one or two, and it can be hard to see the differences between one poll and another. So we’re happy to be providing a comprehensive Election Ratings Tracker for the 2010 U.S. Senate, Congressional, and Governor races.
This interactive map visualizes the latest data from a variety of the major national polling institutions, color-coding the polygons by projected winner, and letting you quickly see details for any jurisdiction.
We used the App Engine Cron Service to parse the data feeds into thirty separate Fusion Tables, styled the data with Fusion Tables' new styling options, and then built the interactive app you see in App Engine to call them all using the FusionTablesLayer class in the Maps V3 API. For the gory details on how to do this yourself, see our article on Election Ratings and Spatial Data with Fusion Tables.
Posted by Josh Livni, Geo APIs Team
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