Welcome To Map Channels

Map Channels Version 5 Local Hosting

• Added local hosting. This option is only available for supporters and allows the files required for the map to be hosted on your own server.

• Start and destination address inputs within the directions services now use autocomplete, making it easier to obtain and display directions.

• KML descriptions are preformatted to convert web addresses starting with http into web links. Images defined within the 'gx_media_links' field are included within the description. These changes will help to fix the problems caused by the removal of description formatting within the new Google My Maps.

• The header bar is now full window width and is more configurable.

• The orientation can now be selected from auto, portrait or landscape.

Visit Map Channels v5 to try the new features.

20 Mar 2015

Map Channels Version 5 Beta Released

The Map Channels Version 5 Beta Release is now available for all users.

Visit the Map Channels Version 5 Dashboard to get started

There is a quick start video tutorial which shows first how to create a Google My Map and then the how to create a Map Channel which displays the data from the My Map.

The video tutorial is best viewed at 1080p

Key Features

• Display multiple data feeds on the same map.
• Support for Google My Maps, KML, Spreadsheets (CSV, TSV and Google Spreadsheets) and Google Fusion Tables.
• Powerful feed templates to define the data displayed using available feed data fields.
• Define the sort order of data.
• Support for multiple layers and filtering by layer.
• Optionally sort layers by name.
• Place categories can be defined and displayed as a legend and filter.
• Name filter to select places by name.
• Customize styling of controls using CSS.
• Use custom map styles to change the map's appearance.
• 'Print Map' option.
• Search for places by name or by place category.
• Traffic, Bicycling and Public Transit layers.
• Support for Google's new Signed In feature which allows places to be bookmarked on Google Maps.
• Integrated map and street view which can be displayed when a place marker is clicked.
• Integrated directions service with multiple options.
• Zoom controls to easily zoom into a selected place.
• Copy settings for new maps from existing template maps.
• Option to host the map using a secure https:// connection.

18 Feb 2015

See Bournemouth : An Example Version 5 Map Channel (Full Page Map)

This example demonstrates features such as the category filter, integrated street view, place search and directions service.

The data is from the mapping project at SeeBournemouth.com.

Map Channels Version 5 Alpha

Map Channels Version 5 alpha release is available for site supporters (who have made a Donation) to try. Tutorials and documentation will be added soon. A beta release available for all users will be released at the end of the February 2015.

Visit the Map Channels Version 5 Dashboard to get started

8 Feb 2015

Street Earth Maps

Street Earth Maps synchronize views of a location using Google Maps, Street View and Google Earth.

Street Earth Maps are very simple to create for any location and are free to use.

The current project will run to December 2015 since Google have recently announced the deprecation of the Google Earth API. When a replacement for the Google Earth API is available then the project code will be upgraded.

Street Earth Maps

15 Dec 2014

HTML place descriptions within the new Google My Maps

There are still a number of issues with the new Google My Maps. You can view the discussion of these issues on Google's Help Forum.

There is no rich text or HTML editing option within Google My Maps. If you enter HTML within place descriptions this is displayed on My Maps as unformatted HTML. However if you use these My Maps as a data source for Map Channels v4 the HTML will be correctly displayed. This lets you include links, images and any other HTML content you want to display.

12 Dec 2014

Map Channels v4.11 released: including support for changes to Google's My Maps service

See this guide about the recent changes to the New Google My Maps and how these affect your maps created through Map Channels.

The changes to Map Channels v4 comprise a set of additional options in the 'Categories' section. Please check your maps to make sure that they are displaying properly. Use the new options to update your Map Channels if your maps have been affected by the recent changes. The new code version will be applied automatically when you update your v4 Map Channels.

If you have any questions about the changes or would like an archived feed restored please contact us.

22 Nov 2014

Venue Maps

Venue Maps is a project to display maps and street view for any location. Users who sign in with their Google accounts can save places from a Venue Map to view later on the main Google Maps site and mobile apps.

The code originated on Map Channels Events and Map Channels Hotels to map venue and hotel locations.

Venue Maps provide two maps at different zoom levels plus a street view where this is available. There are options to configure the appearance of the maps and street view and also to select specific street view co-ordinates, heading, pitch and zoom.

Visit the Venue Maps page to get started.

Venue Maps

The code includes the new Google Maps 'signed in' feature which allows users who are signed in through their Google account to save the placemark location and URL. This feature is a great way for visitors to bookmark your placemark location and website in one go and to return later via another Google Map.

The format for Venue Maps is different to most other Map Channels projects. Rather than using a small section of iframe code, Venue Maps provides the full source code required to implement the map inline on your web page. Inline display of the map is the best approach since the street view section is not always displayed and can be hidden by the user.

It is recommended to log in to Map Channels before creating a Venue Map so that your map settings will be saved for future reference. The settings for the most recent map created are saved for each user.

The code is provided with an open source Apache license. Please include a link to Map Channels on the page where the map is displayed. A Map Channels link is helpful for us to get more visitors and also for you as a bookmark if updates are made to the code.

18 Nov 2014

Map Channels v4 Update

Changes have been made for Map Channels version 4:

1. Data from the new Google My Maps can be used as feeds.
2. KMZ feeds are now supported. KMZ files are compressed KML files which can also contain other assests such as markers.

Working With Fusion Maps

We have recently been working with the website BridgeMapper.com to create a map showing locations of bridges in their database.

The beta map for this project can be viewed at www.bridgemapper.com/wordpress and at fusionmapper.mapchannels.com.

This map makes use of regional polygons to help with navigation and filtering the map data. There are are 2 levels of regional polygons: states and counties. Clicking a state polygon will display county polygons for that state. The project includes a number of other new features and can be developed further.

Please Contact Us if you need a similar project developing or if you can help with the development and marketing of any Map Channels project.

29 July 2014

Map Channels v4.10

The Map Channels v4.10 update is complete now and includes a number of major new features. View a full change log on the v4 About Page.

Below is an example map which uses v4.10 provided by London For Free - the guide to free things to see and do in London. The site lists free events, walks, day trips and budget accommodation tips.

This map demonstrates some of the new v4.10 features such as styled map types, the geolocation button and the new info panel option.

The styled map types are provided by the shared repository at Snazzy Maps. The map below uses the Retro style.

Use Map Channels v4 to map KML, GeoRSS or Spreadsheet data feeds. Alternatively you can create an edit-enabled map which users can contribute to.

Map Channels Project Gallery

Click on an image to view the project page. Projects marked with * are located on an external website.

Map Channels v4
Map Channels v4
Local Maps
Local Maps
Dual Maps
Dual Maps
Route Maps
Animated Route Maps
Location Map
Location Maps
Team Maps
Team Maps *
Street View Safari
Street View Safari *
Directions Map
Directions Map *
Quad Maps
Quad Maps *
Trail Charts
Trail Charts *
Marker Gallery
Marker Gallery
Mars Street View
Mars Street View *

Map Channels Version 5 Improvements

Local Hosting and a few other improvements have been added for v5 this week.

20 Mar 2015

Map Channels Version 5 Beta

The Map Channels Version 5 Beta is now available for all users. There is a basic tutorial and also a quick start video tutorial. Please provide feedback on the project via the contact page.

18 Feb 2015

Map Channels Version 5 Alpha

Map Channels Version 5 alpha release is available for site supporters to try. Tutorials and documentation will be added soon. A beta release available for all users will be released at the end of the month.

8 Feb 2015

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Autocomplete Maps

Create a map to display Google Search Autocomplete results on your website. Autocomplete Maps are easy to create and have a range of options to customize the search process and display of results on the map.

View the Autocomplete Maps home page with links to a number of demo maps.

You can Create a New Autocomplete Map or manage autocomplete maps you have created using the Dashboard (login required).

Open Tour Map

Open Tour Map is a new website featuring collections of interesting places to visit around the world. Each collection is presented as a tour with an interactive map, street view, images and place information.

If you have a suitable tourism themed collection of places in KML format you can register for a free account and share your map.

Place data from Open Tour Map is combined into a Google Fusion Table and presented on the Fusion Map.

Visit www.opentourmap.com to discover more.

Open Tour Map

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About Map Channels

Map Channels has been running since 2007 providing mapping tools mostly based on the Google Maps API. The Main Map Channels version 4 control lets you embed a custom map into your website or blog without the need for coding.

The service is free. You can use the map scripts generated by this site for both commercial and non-commercial use.

Get Started

Register for a free user account.

• Read the Map Channels v4 Tutorial.

• Also read the Edit Enabled Maps Tutorial if you want to let your site users contribute places to the map.

• Create a New Map Channel to embed your map into your website in seconds.

• Edit the map display settings to enhance your map's appearance and functionality.

Donate To Support Map Channels

Edit enabled maps and the local hosting option for Map Channels v4 are available to supporters.

Users who donate 25 GBP or more are upgraded to supporter status and receive benefits listed on the Donate page.

Supporters receive these benefits for as long as the site is running, there is no subscription time limit.

10 Jul 2014

Map Channels Hotels

Find your hotel bargain using Map Channels Hotels.

Destination City

Compare hotel deals from multiple suppliers with an easy-to-use search interface.
See hotels in Street View. Filter results by name or price.

Revenue from hotel bookings helps to fund the development and running costs of Map Channels.

Map Channels Events

View maps and calendars at Map Channels Events for upcoming events around the world.

Search for performer, venue or city

Other Websites of Interest

TripGeo is a mapping resource which hosts the Directions Map embeddable control.

Mashed World - featuring Street Tours and Worldwide Webcam.

Team Maps - Mapping Tutorials and Events Guide.

Google Maps Mania - An unofficial Google Maps blog tracking the websites, mashups and tools being influenced by Google Maps.

Mapperz Blogspot - The Mapping News Blog.

Google Geo Developers Blog - Official Google Maps API Blog.

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