Map Channels Version 5 Alpha
Map Channels Version 5 alpha release is available for site supporters (who have made a Donation) to try.
Tutorials and documentation will be added soon.
A beta release available for all users will be released at the end of the February 2015.
Visit the Map Channels Version 5 Dashboard to get started
8 Feb 2015
Street Earth Maps
Street Earth Maps synchronize views of a location using Google Maps, Street View and Google Earth.
Street Earth Maps are very simple to create for any location and are free to use.
The current project will run to December 2015 since Google have recently announced the deprecation of the Google Earth API. When a replacement for the Google Earth API is available then the project code will be upgraded.
15 Dec 2014
HTML place descriptions within the new Google My Maps
There are still a number of issues with the new Google My Maps. You can view the discussion of these issues on Google's Help Forum.
There is no rich text or HTML editing option within Google My Maps. If you enter HTML within place descriptions this is displayed on My Maps as unformatted HTML.
However if you use these My Maps as a data source for Map Channels v4 the HTML will be correctly displayed. This lets you include links, images and any other HTML content you want to display.
12 Dec 2014
Map Channels v4.11 released: including support for changes to Google's My Maps service
See this guide about the recent changes to the New Google My Maps and how these affect your maps created through Map Channels.
The changes to Map Channels v4 comprise a set of additional options in the 'Categories' section.
Please check your maps to make sure that they are displaying properly. Use the new options to update your Map Channels if your maps have been affected by the recent changes.
The new code version will be applied automatically when you update your v4 Map Channels.
If you have any questions about the changes or would like an archived feed restored please contact us.
22 Nov 2014
Venue Maps is a project to display maps and street view for any location. Users who sign in with their Google accounts can save places from a Venue Map to view later on the main Google Maps site and mobile apps.
The code originated on Map Channels Events and Map Channels Hotels to map venue and hotel locations.
Venue Maps provide two maps at different zoom levels plus a street view where this is available. There are options to configure the appearance of the maps and street view and also to select specific street view co-ordinates, heading, pitch and zoom.
Visit the Venue Maps page to get started.
The code includes the new Google Maps 'signed in' feature which allows users who are signed in through their Google account to save the placemark location and URL. This feature is a great way for visitors to bookmark your placemark location and website in one go and to return later via another Google Map.
The format for Venue Maps is different to most other Map Channels projects. Rather than using a small section of iframe code,
Venue Maps provides the full source code required to implement the map inline on your web page.
Inline display of the map is the best approach since the street view section is not always displayed and can be hidden by the user.
It is recommended to log in to Map Channels before creating a Venue Map so that your map settings will be saved for future reference.
The settings for the most recent map created are saved for each user.
The code is provided with an open source Apache license. Please include a link to Map Channels on the page where the map is displayed.
A Map Channels link is helpful for us to get more visitors and also for you as a bookmark if updates are made to the code.
18 Nov 2014
Map Channels v4 Update
Changes have been made for Map Channels version 4:
1. Data from the new Google My Maps can be used as feeds.
2. KMZ feeds are now supported. KMZ files are compressed KML files which can also contain other assests such as markers.
Working With Fusion Maps
We have recently been working with the website BridgeMapper.com to create a map showing locations of bridges in their database.
The beta map for this project can be viewed at www.bridgemapper.com/wordpress and at fusionmapper.mapchannels.com.
This map makes use of regional polygons to help with navigation and filtering the map data.
There are are 2 levels of regional polygons: states and counties. Clicking a state polygon will display county polygons for that state.
The project includes a number of other new features and can be developed further.
Please Contact Us if you need a similar project developing or if you can help with the development and marketing of any Map Channels project.
29 July 2014