Most of us have seen or used a Flash-based map on a website that allowed us to drill down by clicking on the map, with each “level” providing us with additional information. The term “flashmaps” is the term used to describe such a mapping application, and various companies provide developers with tools to create such flashmaps.
Google Maps API for Flash
When you work with the Google Maps API, you actually have access to a whole family of APIs that includes:
MapQuest Flash Maps API Using AS3/Flex
The MapQuest Flash Maps API offers functionality that is very similar to the Google Maps API, including:
- reverse geocoding
Yahoo! Maps AS3 Component
As you can see, there are plenty of options for working with flashmaps if you are interested in working with open source APIs. Many websites, including FoxNews, eBay, Adobe, Sprint and Verizon, have chosen to use the flashmaps provided by FlashMaps.com. They provide various tools and packages to fit each developer’s own particular circumstances. In our next installment, we will look at FlashMaps.com and the extensive and flexible options they provide developers for Flash mapping applications.