Google Static Maps API

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Google Static Maps API

Google has recently released what they call the Google Static Maps API. Its not very much like the previous Google Charts API. This API is basically just a parametrized image URL – more like a very light weight sibling of the JavaScript Maps API.

Here’s a sample image from Google Static Maps API:

Google Static Maps API

The URL of this image would be (with line breaks added):

http://maps.google.com/staticmap?
center=40.709028,-74.018672&
zoom=14&
size=400x400&
maptype=mobile&
markers=40.702147,-74.015794,blues
%7C40.711614,-74.012318,greeng&
key=YOURKEY

YOURKEY would be your personal Maps API key which you need to sign up for. At the very first look, the Static Maps API seems like a pretty nice alternative to the full-blown JavaScript API. Even though it’s not at all interactive but its more accessible.

Google Static Maps API

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