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Widget Tool to Generate Google Static Maps With Routes and Paths

February 26th, 2010 No comments
Google Static Maps

Google Static Maps

You can now easily generate Google static maps with routes and paths using our new widget.

1) Use the map tool to draw your routes and paths

  • Find the location you want to start with and click on map to drop the marker
  • Find the next location and repeat
  • You can move a marker after has been dropped
  • To move great distances in the map you can enter the location and search; centering the map using the search does not drop a marker

2) The static map URL will be automatically generated for you

3) Click “Preview Map” to open the static map preview in a new window/tab

4) Copy/Paste the URL to your web site, page or blog as a IMG tag SRC

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Clearspring Empowers Widgets

November 30th, 2007 2 comments

Clearspring released their early-access In-Widget Services API a few weeks ago. The initial release only supports Flash ActionScript 2, but ActionScript 3 and JavaScript are planned for later versions. These APIs were previously only available to Clearspring’s internal studio team.

In-Widget Services

Clearspring provides a number of APIs that you can use from within your widget. These APIs allow you to do things like invoke our viral sharing services programmatically, get information on the viewer of your widget, access properties of the widget and where it is located, and more.

The APIs are divided into three logical categories, each with a number of properties and functions:

  • Context
  • Menu
  • Track

The In-Widget Services API is now available for your widget if it is registered with the Clearspring platform.

What really makes this interesting is now you will have to ability to get information about your widget that you couldn’t get before. This information can then be passed back to your own server side services powering your widget. The widget can now be aware of its location and become an intelligent app. You’re no longer limited to “dumb” badges and widgets.

context.DOMAIN

The domain (if known) in which the running widget is embedded. If domain is unknown, DOMAIN will be undefined.

context.user.geo.getCountry

Returns the user’s ISO-3166 country code (e.g., “US”).

For example, with context.DOMAIN you will be able to determine if your widget is placed at myspace.com or some other domain. Pass this information back to your server and display appropriate features to the end-users. If the destination site has APIs, you could even display a friends list or other details the platform provides. There is no technical reason why widgets can’t access the social graph and become a social apps, as long as the platforms open up their systems and policies.

Another example is access to the country location of the user. This can obviously be used to customize your widget for specific users based on their location, culture, language, localized services, etc.

These are just couple of methods available. See the documentation for the complete list of available services and methods.

Widgets can and will become more intelligent as standards are agreed upon and platforms open up. They will become applications much like Facebook Apps. While they may not be as fully integrated as a platform specific application (though they can come close), they will be more portable and flexible than a platform app.

A few of the items were already available to developers who knew what they were doing, but Clearspring extends the available information and makes it much easier for developers. Clearspring is leading the way in deploying a powerful widget platform to go beyond what you typically see right now. We just need developers to start innovating and taking advantage of this. Much of the focus and news lately has been on Facebook Apps and OpenSocial, but widgets are still a very viable and powerful tool.

Rather than trying to define a widget or an app, we should be embracing all methods of development and approaching it with the idea that the best solution is the one that is right for your business.

And, we should stop thinking of widgets as just badges. They can and will be “Intelligent Widget Apps”.

Widgets and API Announcements

August 31st, 2007 No comments

Joost announces their API via their forum. The forum post provides the login info to access their API development site so you can play with the API.

“There have been a lot of changes and improvements to Joost recently. One that you might not have noticed is that with the newest release Joost 0.12.0 a new Widget API is available that makes it possible for third parties to create their own Joost widgets.”

Hi5 introduces their new widget gallery. Currently, the gallery only includes widgets from Slide and RockYou, but it looks like they are looking to expand the offerings. If you are a widget developer, they would like to hear from you via their contact form.

“We’re pleased to announce our new widget gallery. Widgets allow you to add all kinds of interesting content to your profile — slide-shows, games and more.”

Hi5 is also beta testing their API.

“Welcome to the API for Hi5.com We’ve got a full SOAP API, and even a few REST endpoints. Feel free to check it out!”

Widget Summit 2007 Announced

“Widget Summit is a two-day conference on widgets and content syndication. Web pages have gotten smaller, dynamic, and distributed as components within the desktop, personalized homepage, social network, blog sidebars, mobile phones, and even dedicated hardware. Today’s publishers need to reach their audience wherever and whenever they may choose to interact with content. Widgets lead the way towards a distributed web loosely joined.”

[all of the above via Snipperoo Blog]