Yahoo! Maps: drag ‘em, search ‘em, hack ‘em

Today we’re giving you a first look at href="http://maps.yahoo.com/beta">the next generation of Yahoo!
Maps which, we think, has a lot of features you’re gonna like.
We’ve really worked hard to make the product as intuitive as possible
while building in some major upgrades in the interface, interactivity,
and functionality. Have a look:

Aside from being far more interactive (click and drag!), there are
some major differences we think you’ll like.

  1. Multi-point driving directions. Get yourself from point A to B
    and on to C all in one map.
  2. Integrated Yahoo! Local. Includes our local search, a browseable
    interface, easy access to business ratings, reviews, and events.
  3. The new overview map (in the upper-right hand corner) helps you
    get your bearings. The little grey box representing your big map is
    even drag-able. Use it to move around rapidly without losing
    context.

In addition to the major features, we added a lot of small touches,
including address auto-complete from your href="http://address.yahoo.com/">Yahoo! Address Book, using your
home area or most recently used address to start, and the mini-map and
left panel, which can be hidden when you want to focus on just the
map. Oh, and the maps are easy to bookmark too. There’s no URL
obfuscation.

We’ve got your Flash and AJAX here…

Our launch wouldn’t be complete without developer APIs. We’ve got
stuff for hard core hackers and map enthusiasts alike:

  • href="http://developer.yahoo.net/maps/simple/index.html">Simple
    API. To get a custom Yahoo! Map up and running with our Simple
    API you need only a text editor and a web site.
  • JavaScript-based APIs for Flash or AJAX let you choose the tools
    you’d like. You can host the maps on your site and include any
    features you like. Grab an application ID and href="http://developer.yahoo.net/maps/index.html">get started with
    Yahoo Maps APIs.
  • Building
    Block APIs
    make a lot of the heavy lifting easy. You get features
    like geo-coding, Yahoo! Local,
    traffic information and map images.

To get an idea of what’s possible, check out the href="http://developer.yahoo.net/maps/applications.html">sample
applications on our developer network.

We hope you’ll give our APIs a try and see how easy it is to
develop applications with Yahoo! Maps. Don’t forget to href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/yws-maps/">join the Yahoo! Maps
developer mailing list to ask questions and participate in our
developer community. And after you’ve built something cool, don’t
forget to show us what
you’ve done
.

Michael Lawless

Product Manager, Yahoo! Maps

Vince Maniago

Product Manager, Yahoo! Local

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