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Autocompleting Forms with Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | May 15, 2012


Ubilabs has released Geocomplete a jQuery plugin that wraps the Google Maps API’s Geocoding and Places Autocomplete services. Using the plugin you can simply add a search box to a Google Map which will autocomplete suggestions as the user types.

You can also use the plugin to autocomplete a form with the user’s address details. The plugin has an option to include a form that will be populated with the address details. Once the user selects a location from the autocomplete search their details will automatically be added to the form.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/4Xoa0kkQwFE/autocompleting-forms-with-google-maps.html

Street View Arrives in Estonia and Latvia

Category: Google Maps | May 14, 2012


Raekoja Plats, Tallinn

Street View has arrived in Estonia and Latvia. Both countries seem to now have almost blanket Street View coverage on Google Maps.


House of Blackheads, Riga


Tartu Townhall


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/qxMSCYjSZGI/street-view-arrives-in-estonia-and.html

An Open Source Fusion Tables Map Template

Category: Google Maps | May 14, 2012


Derek Eder’s Searchable Map Template with Google Fusion Tables is a free, open source tool that helps you create a searchable, filterable Google Map from a Fusion Table.

The template can create a Google Map pulling in data from any Fusion Table. It includes a number of features, including, an address search (with variable radius), geolocation (automatically center the map on the user’s location), results count (using the Google’s Fusion Tables API) and the ability to easily add additional search filters (checkboxes, sliders, etc).

Derek Eder’s website includes a number of maps created with the template. These include Derek’s own maps, mainly centred on Chicago and lots of maps created by others with the template,


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/Wbk-_RIKMqI/open-source-fusion-tables-map-template.html

A Personalised Trip Itinerary on Your Phone

Category: Google Maps | May 14, 2012

Tripomatic is a great Google Maps based website that can help you create a personalised trip itinerary for a number of major destinations around the world. It is now also available as a free iPhone app.

The app is a great resource for finding nearby points of interest when you are out and about. Once the app is launched you just need to shake your phone and all the interesting places around you are displayed on a Google Map.

Alternatively you can use Tripomatic to prepare your trip in advance from the comfort of your desktop computer. You can prepare a custom itinerary before setting out on your trip and then use the iPhone app, when you arrive at your destination, as your personal travel guide.

The app synchs with your Tripomatic account so you can even add locations to your personal itinerary directly from your phone.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/NxXfbGgHeZE/personalised-trip-itinerary-on-your.html

The Eurozone Crisis on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | May 14, 2012

In Spain the unemployment rate is a staggering 25%. Geografia Operativa has created a Google Map to show the areas that have the lowest rates of unemployment.

The map acts as a guide to where unemployed Spaniards are most likely to be able to find work.

The map shows that Andalusia is resisting the downturn, with an unemployment rate lower than in Norway, as are cities such as Bilbao, San Sebastián, Majadahonda, Alcala la Real, and Palma del Río.

Via: Blog Idee

In the UK the Guardian has created a Google Map of Repossessions in England and Wales. This map shows which local authorities in the two countries have the highest repossession rates of people’s homes.

CNN has created (a fairly ugly but still useful)  map that allows users to view a number of different economic indicators for the Eurozone countries.

The map allows the user to explore Unemployment Rates, Youth Unemployment Rates, GDP, Growth and the Debt of each of the Eurozone countries.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/m3lyI15mehw/eurozone-crisis-on-google-maps.html

Create Google Maps Apps With Your Phone

Category: Google Maps | May 13, 2012

My Fusion Tables is a new smart phone application, available for both the iPhone and Android phones, that allows users to browse, view, and map data from Google Fusion Tables on a smart phone or tablet.

The new application has been developed by Build-A-Map, the Google Maps creation tool that helps users build visually
appealing, interactive maps. The app allows users to browse, view, and map data from Google Fusion Tables. It includes an interactive query builder with support for field selection, order and filters.

The application also includes the ability to visualise your data and query results on a Google Map.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/COv_cEfDW8A/create-google-maps-apps-with-your-phone.html

The Google Maps of the Week

Category: Google Maps | May 13, 2012

One of my favorite Google Maps based applications this week was from the Nature Conservacny charity.

TNC Maps
is a collection of Google Maps from Nature Conservancy scientists, in
collaboration with governments, scientists and conservation
organizations around the world. The site includes over 80 global maps
describing the state of terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats
worldwide.

For some reason a lot of musicians seem compelled to release Street View applications in order to promote their latest songs. Shadow Days is one of the more impressive ones, designed to promote John Mayer’s new song Born and Raised.

Shadow Days allows you to watch an animated Street View movie of any
journey within the USA. To create your own movie you just need to set a
starting point and choose a destination. You can then choose to watch as
the application animates through selected Street Views from your
journey route or view Street View thumbnail images moving along the
route on a Google Map.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/EYFJgWgt8f0/google-maps-of-week.html

The Eurovision Song Contest Map

Category: Google Maps | May 12, 2012

It has become a bit of a tradition on Google Maps Mania that each year, when the Eurovision Song Contest rears its ugly head, Soren of
microformats.dk creates a Google Map of videos of the entries.

This year Soren tells me his ears have been saved from the aural torture of endless Europop thanks to Danmark Radio’s Kort og Videor. That’s right some brave soul at the Danish national broadcasting station has volunteered to create this year’s video map.

Using the map you can select any of the countries that have reached the final of the competition and watch a video of that country’s song.

Now my patriotism may be colouring my judgement but this year I think the UK has a good chance of winning with Engelbert Humperdinck’s entry ‘Love Will Set You Free’. I haven’t heard such an awful song for many a year. Therefore it must be the odds on favourite to win this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/ZFc5ZVjhg1U/eurovision-song-contest-map.html

Born and Raised on Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | May 11, 2012

Shadow Days is an impressive Google Maps based application designed to promote John Mayer’s new song Born and Raised.

Shadow Days allows you to watch an animated Street View movie of any journey within the USA. To create your own movie you just need to set a starting point and choose a destination. You can then choose to watch as the application animates through selected Street Views from your journey route or view Street View thumbnail images moving along the route on a Google Map.

As the movie plays you can listen to Mayer’s new single Born and Raised.

Hat-tip: Street View Funny


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/SCt5n-k_ygc/born-and-raised-on-google-maps.html

Friday Fun with Google Maps

Category: Google Maps | May 11, 2012

Google Indoor Street View appears to have caught a snap of theoretical physicist Michio Kaku on a break from shooting another physics documentary in Katz Deli in New York.

Whilst on the subject of famous people being spotted in New York, I hear that the celebrity spotting map Gawker Stalker is planning a relaunch soon with some new features.



In other news Google Maps also seems to have caught the CIA’s secret Ghost Plane Tracking Plane in action. Even more excitingly it appears to have caught the Ghost Plane Tracking Plane just at the moment it is actually about to catch a Ghost Plane. Now what are the chances of that?



Google Sightseeing this week found this Street View image of two polar suited Norwegians arguing about who was responsible for packing the wrong clothes.

Google Sightseeing believe that it is probably these two guys again -


I think that they are probably right.


From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/qVKHIjxP4ko/friday-fun-with-google-maps.html