Google Maps Static Image API
Small, but relevant news this morning (and I’m not talking about that second Asus Eee PC I’ve seen in the wild on the Subway today – but that’s pretty cool too): Read on my feeds that Google has released the Static Maps API last week. It’s a very simple API that delivers a statically rendered Google Map (complete with differently colored markers if you want them) as an image file in response to an HTTP request.
Yahoo has had their Yahoo Map Image API for years (erm… for more than one year at least) and I used it extensively for work and play. About time Google provided the same service! Nice: as an acceptable excuse (I guess) for their delay they provided a “mobile” option in their API which contains larger features and text fonts for easier reading on small screens.
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