Tag: google maps

I want my 3D Maps (on Android) with KML

Google has been giving some sneak peaks at their new 3D / vector based maps for Android. We can only hope this will soon becoming to their HTML5 API so we can make it available to all BatchGeo / Maptive users.

There have been a lot of questions as to why Google did not include the 3D Google Earth functionality in the version 3 of their Google Maps API as they had in Google Maps version 2, this could be the reason.

Our hope is that the vector format matches the existing Google Earth KML spec, as there are a number of tools available for creating KML from a number of different formats.

The video below has a few glimses of the next version of Android “Honeycomb.” The 3D maps start about a minute and half in.

Map Printing Issues? Try this…

We recently upgraded to Google Maps API version 3. This version has a lots of advantages for access over mobile devices, and offers general performance improvements.

Unfortunately the new version also comes with some quirks around printing. Apparently some browsers will require you enable the “Print background colors and images” in order to print properly. If you are having difficulty printing maps in BatchGeo try turning on this option in your browser.

Update

This appears to be a known issue with Google Maps Version 3. The only solution I have found is to try browsers other than Internet Explorer, such as Firefox or Chrome.

BatchGeo API – How do you want it to work?

For awhile now I have considered creating an API for developers to be able to access some of the technologies in BatchGeo. Sure you could go about using the Google Maps API directly, but geocoding using their API can be slow and troublesome. For instance they don’t offer any mechanisms for caching your geocodes beyond the context of a single user. It also requires you write complex JavaScript to create maps.

I’d envision an API that really hardly resembled one. It would allow you to write basic HTML to access BatchGeo’s mechanism of geocoding and saving to a web page. Once a page is saved you’d be able to update it by changing the source HTML.

My question is: Do you think an API would be useful to you, and what would you like to see in it? Assuming this is going to put greater strain on the server and might require additional hardware dedicated… Would you be willing to pay a monthly fee to support such an API?

Let me know what you think by posting here!