Google Earth: API abandonned!

android-google-earth-01Google will put an end to its Google Earth API (also Google Earth Plug-in and its JavaScript API) on December 12, 2015.

It was mostly used by developers to embed 3D maps in a webpage for example or to display them in other applications.

Google hasn’t annouced an alternative solution for now. But as it said, the 3D is in its blood, we can hope for a new application in the future:

Google Earth has a proud legacy, which continues with the new Google Earth for Android, powered by a brand new renderer. 3D is in our blood, and while we can’t announce anything just now, we look forward to sharing more exciting product news in the future.

Some developers had already stopped to use Google Earth API. Indeed, the percentage of Chrome users for the Google Earth plugin dropped from 9.1% in September 2013 to 0.1% in October 2014.

Even if there are no consequences for the Click2Map editor, we are looking for an alternative solution for some custom mapping project in the future. Cesium has Click2Map team’s attention. To be continued…

(More info here)

6 Frequently Asked Questions about Click2Map map publication

map-click2mapWhen it comes to publishing maps, the Click2Map team sometimes receives questions about the ins and outs of the publication process.

Here are the answers to 6 frequently asked questions about the publication of Click2Map maps.

  • Can I print my maps with Click2Map?

Click2Map does not offer printing capabilities in its current version. But, you can use your systems’ screen capture utiltiy to create an image from the desired map area before printing it.

  • Are there any licencing restrictions with regards to use any of my maps?

There are no licensing issues as far as Click2Map is concerned. Our maps however use the Google Maps API and map backgrounds, so the restrictions applicable to Google Maps also apply to maps generated with Click2Map (Read more here).

  • How do you prevent others from copying my maps?

As long as you don’t publish your maps, they’re protected. As soon as you publish a map, it can potentially be shared and accessed by anyone who knows its address. This means that others may be able to consult your maps if you’ve previously shared them or published them.
But, they don’t have the possibility to duplicate them or to access your map’s database.

  • I need to apply a transparent background to my map’s widget. How do I proceed?

The transparent color is not available directly in the publication options. It’s necessary to edit the ‘widget.html’ file and modify the properties of the #body section with the following computer code:

#body {
background-color: transparent;
}

  • Clustering option doesn’t work when I download my map from Click2Map. Why?

Clustering only works with maps hosted on our servers – clusters are managed directly by our servers. (More info on our map hosting solution)

  • After exporting my map, I need to consult it locally. Is that possible?

If you do not have access to a server and want to consult your map locally, you need to uncompress the downloaded Zip archive in a local folder and open the file named map.html or widget.html in Firefox.
For some reason, other web browsers prevent local execution of Javascript, resulting in the map not showing properly or not showing at all.

If you need further information, please contact us at support@click2map.com, we’ll be happy to help you.

Highlight a press article with lines and polygons in Click2Map Editor

Following an article published in the French newspaper Le Figaro (the 10 most expensive shopping streets across the world), we created the map below to highlight this press article with Click2Map.

From the first to the last shopping streets quoted, we’ve drawn lines or polygons with the editor.


You definitely wonder how to draw lines and polygons with Click2Map? Follow these different steps.

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How to organize your points into different categories?

Today, we’ll show you how to create groups and subgroups for your map with the Click2Map editor. Groups can be useful to organize markers into different categories, for example.

1/ Use the Group > New Group button from the main toolbar. Choose the parameters for your group:

Add a new group

  • Specify a Name for your group
  • Choose a default icon for all the markers in this group. You can choose one from the Click2Map gallery or add your own.
  • Add a small description if you wish
  • Modify the publication options if you want to open the group or hide markers when visitors first open your map.

Tips: you can perform bulk operations to move existing markers into a group in one operation.

2/ If you want to organize your groups, use the Group > Reorder groups… command from the main toolbar. Use the different buttons to find the order you need for your map. You can click on the Title column header to reorder all items in alphabetical order.

Reorder groups

How to organize your personal Click2Map database?

Today, we will focus on data categories and data fields to organize your personal Click2Map database.

As an example, if you need a store locator to locate your multiple stores on a map, different types of information will be necessary for each store. For example, you may need to be able to create a data categoy called “amenities”. It can be used to store information about free wifi availability, mobile payment, etc. for each store.

A data category can include as many data fields as you need. The ‘Free Wifi’ data field will be useful to know if each store offers free wifi access.

Different data fields types are available:

  • Text
  • Multiline Text
  • Yes / No
  • Date
  • Number
  • Rich Text

In concrete terms, take a restaurant locator for example, it would be possible to create these 2 data categories:

  • Opening Hours: opening times for each store
  • Amenities: services for each store like free wifi, mobile payment, 24-Hour service, drive-thru.

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10 of the most terrifying haunted Attractions in the U.S.

Today, we map the 10 most terrifying haunted attractions in the U.S. among the 2,500 haunted or horror themed attractions worldwide.

Forbes.com has selected these 10 attractions staging ghosts, ghouls, zombies or others frightening creatures. You will discover attractions set in a real prison, Eastern State Penitentiary or a resident mad scientist searching new victims for his experiments… More information.


This map was built with Click2Map Application by geocoding the 10 attractions’ addresses and was embbed as a widget in this article.

Create your map right now with Click2Map!

Click2Map Team wishes you a Happy Halloween!

3 steps to create points from a template

This week, ‘Tour de France’ Team revealed the official 21 stages plan of the famous bicycles race for the 102nd edition in 2015.

Derived from the official map, we’ve created a map with Click2Map web application and added different points of interests, showing the 21 race starts, from a template. Thanks to them, we were able to create points efficiently and expeditiously.


Follow the next 3 steps to create easily your points from a template.

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3D Mapping Earth Forests project of NASA

Today, I point out an interesting article on ZeeNews about NASA development of the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) Lidar device, designed to map Earth Forests in 3D

A laser-based system will provide forests depths from space measuring the distance from the space-based instrument to Earth’s surface. With a such accuracy, it detects subtle variations, including the tops of trees, the ground, and the vertical distribution of above ground bio-mass in forests.

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However, NASA project is also developed to understand the role of Earth Forests in the carbon cycle. By revealing the 3D forests structure, GEDI device provides essential information in order to measure the impact of carbon trees from the atmosphere.

NASA said GEDI will be ready in 2018. 

More information here