Thursday, February 25, 2010

SHP Bug Fixed

We have fixed a bug that stopped SHP Overlays from appearing in the editors and widgets, thanks for bearing with us.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Animated GIF Support!

We just put in support for animated GIFs in Scribble Maps! Currently you can get an animated GIF into Scribble Maps by either importing KML, or by using the KML Editor in pro, and setting the icon style href to the location of a GIF file. We plan on implementing a library of animated GIFs in the coming days, but for the meantime check out these two astronauts groovin' in space:

Monday, February 22, 2010

Blend Modes!

We are very excited to announce blend modes! Blend modes allow you to modify how colors are displayed on a map, this makes it easier to color maps while keeping features of the map intact, check out the demo below:



This functionality is currently available in Scribble Maps Pro which is in free beta. Any Scribble Maps Pro map can be viewed at www.scribblemaps.com, www.scribblemaps.com/maps/, or embedded.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New Numeric Markers

We have just launched a new marker set, it is under "NumericTabs" under the marker selection window. This was a requested feature from one of our users, check out a sample of the markers below. In addition, we have also added two more size options for markers, 125% and 75%.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Google Maps Markers

For those of you using Scribble Maps to port out to Google Maps, and haven't done it in awhile, we just wanted to point out that we fixed a bug with marker positioning, so maps made in Scribble Maps should now show more accurately in Google Maps. If you were having problems before, you can re-save the map, and it the marker locations should correct themselves.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Map Directory!

We're excited to announce the Scribble Maps map directory, which can be found here. It is also in the links found on the right.

The directory is an easy way to look up maps, and also to see what maps people are making in near real-time. The discover page even features thumbnails of created maps so you can quickly see the content of the maps you are looking at.

For those of you interested in SEO, we have tailored the Map directory to be Search Engine and Geo optimized (Keep in mind we don't promise page rankings or when particular maps will be crawled). However, hopefully in the near future all of your content will be available through Google Maps, and Google Earth.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

URL Parameters

Scribble Maps now supports lat,lng,zoom,kmlpath,yaw,pitch, and maptype in the URL. Don't worry, just like before you can share a map with just the Scribble Maps Map ID, but now there is additional parameters to let friends see exactly what you are looking at on a particular map.

So a URL will now look like this:
http://www.scribblemaps.com/#id=MyMapID&lat=42.314111&lng=-83.036825&z=3&t=Map&y=0&p=0

But this still works:
http://www.scribblemaps.com/#id=MyMapID

The website address is automatically updated as you move around, but for those of you who are interested, here is a list of the parameters currently supported.

lat - the view's center latitude
lng - the view's center longitude
z - the view's zoom
t - the view's map type (Hybrid, Terrain, Satellite, etc..)
p - the view's pitch
y - the view's yaw
q - The path to a KML file.

For those of you who are technical, the path to a KML file is the quick and easy way to get a KML into Scribble Maps so that you can start working on it.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Education, Scribble Maps, and an LCD

I came across a blog post that I found really interesting, a teacher used Scribble Maps on LCD projector with his students. A very interesting idea that might be useful for teachers currently using Scribble Maps, check it out here

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Scribble Maps hits 10,000 Public Maps!

We're very excited to announce that in the last month we crossed 10,000 line for maps made using Scribble Maps. Scribble Maps has come a long way in 10 months with the feedback of our users, and we greatly appreciate all the feedback we have received to make our service better.

Thank you all for using Scribble Maps, and check back here often to see all the new features we are going to be adding.

To Teachers Heads up - Map Listing

In the next 1-2 days we are going to be launching a new service for Scribble Maps which is essentially a directory of maps made on Scribble Maps. We are aware that this could affect some teachers that use Scribble Maps to give assignments to their students.

The solution to this is to make sure that when a student saves a map that they have the delist checkbox checked when they save a map as indicated by the below image:



This will ensure that the map does not come up when doing map searching, or appear in the map directory. Keep in mind that the directory will also be available to you, so you will be able to see if a student has a map listed or not. Thanks for using Scribble Maps, and we apologize for any inconvenience this could cause.

Monday, February 1, 2010

User made video tutorial

Here is a great video tutorial a user made demonstrating some of the key functionalities of Scribble Maps.