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Welcome To Map Channels

Updates for Dual Maps and Animated Route Maps

Dual Maps

Full screen street view now works correctly in Chrome.
See Dual Maps.

Animated Route Maps

The bookmark now replicates the current route correctly, including waypoints.
See Animated Route Maps.

26 Jul 2017


New Subscription System and Site Sponsorship

Subscriptions

The supporter system will be changed in September 2017 from a one-off donation system to an annual subscription system. Users who have supporter status before September 2017 will not be affected by the change and will continue to enjoy supporter benefits without additional payment. Donate Now to support the site and save money! Free ad-supported maps will continue to be available for all users.

Sponsorship

Map Channels needs funding to operate. We are looking for people or companies interested in sponsoring the site and/or specific projects. If you need a custom map or street view project developed please contact us.

20 Jul 2017


Improvements for Version 6 and Version 5 Map Channels

The following changes have been made to Map Channels version 6:

1. There is a new option to display a Place Information Panel within the sidebar when a place is selected. This scrollable panel displays the place description and is similar to the feature within version 5.

2. Street View can be displayed in Full Screen Mode in the Chrome browser. A bug in the Maps API was causing this but a workaround has been found.

3. The Expanded Place View mode has been improved. The two maps sync correctly and the bookmark links to the currently viewed place.

4. The 'About' Button has been moved from the map to the header bar. The 'about' panel is now larger and includes a link to the full page map.

5. Version 6 Maps can be created from pasted KML Text Data as well as from a source URL.


The Full Screen Street View change has also been added to Map Channels version 5.

There are more version 6 improvements and other new projects due for release soon. Please subscribe to the mailing list and our Twitter feed to receive notifications.

Visit the Version 6 Project Page for more information.

20 Jul 2017


Secure Map Hosting

Secure Map Hosting is available as an option for most of the the mapping tools including Version 6, Version 5, Dual Maps and Local Maps.

To enable this option find the 'Secure Hosting' option within the map settings and select 'Yes'.

The main MapChannels.com site also now has secure pages for the login, registration and user profile pages.

5 Jun 2017


Map Channels Version 6 Update

Improvements have been made to Map Channels Version 6.

1. A Google Maps API Key is no longer required to create new maps.

2. The address and business search features do require an API key to be enabled. Visit the API Key reference page for more information. The API Key is free and simple to set up.

3. The Expanded Place View mode is now optional, this mode displays a multiple panel map showing expended information, zoom map and street view.

4. The ad unit is smaller (and can be closed after 30 seconds).

5. A few bugs within the code have been fixed.

These changes require new map scripts to be created (sorry for any inconvenience). If you have created Map Channels v6 maps before 19 April 2017 please select the version 6 dashboard, update each map and copy the new embed code to the page on your website where the map is displayed.

19 Apr 2017


Map Channels Version 6

Map Channels Version 6 beta is now available. Use version 6 to create custom Google maps which can be embedded onto your website.

Version 6 includes much of the functionality of version 5 plus some new features.

The major new feature of v6 is an 'expanded view' which incorporates an interface similar to the Dual Maps project. The expanded view allow you to explore map locations from multiple angles. You can view an information panel, an area map, a zoom map (with birds eye view imagery) and street view imagery. Panels can be maximized or hidden as required. A bookmark link lets you save or email a place location within the map.

There are editor and import tools to make adding places to your map easy. The import tool can import data from lists or spreadsheets and also geocode addresses.

Explore the map features in this v6 demo map.

Version 6 is currently at the beta stage and is subject to change. More features will be added before the full release.

Find out more in the v6 Tutorial.

To use version 6 you should Register and obtain a Google Maps API key, both of which are free.

Get started here.

Map Channels Version 6

3 Feb 2017


Video Maps (Beta)

Video Maps are a new tool to display a YouTube travel video with synchronized Google Maps and Street View.

Create your own video map by supplying a YouTube video ID and the route data in GPX format.

The project is currently at the early beta stage and more features will be added over time.

Visit the Video Maps project page to get started.

22 Nov 2016


Various Updates

Bing Maps

Due to the upcoming retirement of the Bing Maps v6.3 API at the end of November the Dual Maps and Animated Route Maps projects have both been updated. Within both projects the Google Maps API is now used for the birds eye map panel, also some new features have been added. The update is automatic, no action is required if you already have these maps embedded on your site. See below for further details of these projects.

Panoramio

Google have decided to close the Panoramio website. Panoramio was a valuable resource which allowed users to share geocoded photographs and included an API which allowed these photos to be displayed on a map. Since the start of November the Panoramio API is no longer available. Version 5 of Map Channels included a 'Photos' menu option which has now been removed. As yet there is no replacement for the Panoramio API but if there is then version 5 will be updated to include it. One project which is unavailable now is the Photo Quiz Map which used the Panoramio API.

15 Nov 2016


Animated Route Maps 2

Version 2 of Animated Route Maps is now available here.

New Features:

1. Address search boxes with autocomplete can be used to select the start and destination addresses.
2. The pegman direction is displayed on the birds eye map.
3. The interface has been redesigned to simplify functionality.
4. Adverts can be hidden by clicking the 'hide ad' button which appears 30 seconds after the map loads.

Animated Route Maps 2

15 Nov 2016


Dual Maps 6 (Beta)

Version 6 of Dual Maps is now available here.

New Features:

1. An address search box with autocomplete can be used to easily find a named location or address.
2. A geolocation button can display your current location.
3. The pegman direction is displayed on the birds eye map.
4. The information panel is now (optionally) displayed in a smaller panel beneath the maps.
5. The place marker on either the main map or the birds eye map can be dragged and dropped to a new location.
6. Reverse geocoding is used to display the current marker address
7. Adverts can be hidden by clicking the 'hide ad' button which appears 30 seconds after the map loads.
8. Language options : English, French or Spanish

15 Nov 2016


Custom Project Development

See the Custom Coding page for more information.

We specialise in projects using Google Maps and Street View and are available to develop a range of project types.


Sponsorship and Advertising

Advertising help to fund the running of the website and to develop new features.

Please contact us if you would like to sponsor Map Channels or a feature within the website.



Mapping Tools For Your Website

Map Channels v6

Map Channels v6  

• Map multiple places, polygons and lines
• Expanded View to display Info, Map, Birds Eye and Street View for selected places.
• Integrated directions, search, tools and street view.
• Import Tool.
• Editable Maps.
Animated Route Maps

Route Maps

• View a journey using Maps, Birds Eye and Street View imagery
• Include way points and a range of display options
• Edit and save the route within the control
Dual Maps

Dual Maps

• Synchronised map, birds eye and street view for a single locaion
• Many customization options are available
• Supply either latitude/longitude coordinates or place address as a parameter
Local Maps

Local Maps

• Display multiple maps and street view for a single location
• Integrated directions, search and tools
Map Channels v5

Map Channels v5

• Map multiple places, polygons and lines
• Combine multiple data feeds.
• Supports KML, CSV and TSV spreadsheets and Google Fusion Tables
• Integrated directions, search, tools and street view
• Editable Maps.
v5 Tour Maps

Tour Maps

• View multiple pre-defined journeys using Google Maps, Birds Eye and Street View imagery
• Create from KML feeds. Manage using the v5 dashboard
• View the Tour de France demonstration map
Marker Gallery

Marker Gallery

Links to marker images that can be used with maps
Map Channels v4

Map Channels v4

• Map multiple places
• Customization options

Projects From External Sites

Directions Map

Directions Map

TripGeo City Guides

TripGeo City Guides

Trail Charts

Trail Charts

Street View Safari

Street View Safari

Team Maps

Team Maps

Quad Maps

Quad Maps

Site Information

Map Channels News

Subscriptions

The supporter system will be changed in September 2017 from a one-off donation system to an annual subscription system. Users who have supporter status before September 2017 will not be affected by the change and will continue to enjoy supporter benefits without additional payment. Donate now to support the site and save money!

26 Jul 2017

Map Channels Version 6 Update

New option: the place information panel can be displayed in the side bar. Bug fixes : street view is correctly displayed in full screen for Chrome. The bookmark link is updated when the selected place changes. See Home Page for full details.

26 Jul 2017

Map Channels Version 6

The beta of Map Channels Version 6 is now available. Display collections of places with integrated search and directions services. Manage your places with the places editor and import tool. The expanded place view displays multiple maps, street view and place information.

3 Feb 2017

Photo Quiz Maps

Identify the location of photographs on the map. Explore random locations around the world.

4 Oct 2016

Treasure Maps

Follow clues to find a series of places using Google Maps and Street View. Create and share your own Treasure Maps with the simple-to-use editor.

4 Oct 2016

Games

Two new map-based game projects are now available : Treasure Maps and Photo Quiz Maps

4 Oct 2016

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About Map Channels

Map Channels has been running since 2007 providing mapping tools mostly based on the Google Maps API.

Map Channels version 5 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 v5 Tutorial.

• 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

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


Websites of Interest

Map Channels Events find upcoming events around the world.

Map Channels Hotels use the interactive search map to find hotel bargains.

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 Projects.

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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