Thursday, October 14, 2010

Styled Maps now available in the Maps API for Flash

One of the first questions we were asked following the Google I/O session at which we launched Styled Maps in the JavaScript Maps API earlier this year was whether the feature would also be offered in the Maps API for Flash.

Since then we have seen particular interest from the creative arts community, and from news organizations who use Flash because it enables rapid development in response to unfolding events, and who would value a simplified base map to quickly focus the reader's attention on the relevant facts of the story.

It therefore became quickly apparent that we should bring Styled Maps to the Maps API for Flash, and I'm happy to announce that today we are doing just that. To use Styled Maps, download the Maps API for Flash SDK 1.20 or later, and refer to the Styled Maps section of the Maps API for Flash documentation.

If you would like to experiment with Styled Maps in a Flash application take a look at ScribbleMaps, which allows you to draw on top of a map generated using the Maps API for Flash, and now offers the full set of map styling options. Just click Menu to access the Style Map option.

We have already seen many innovative uses of Styled Maps in the JavaScript Maps API, and look forward to seeing many more using the Maps API for Flash.