Within Route is a site and widget that allows you to quickly and easily find businesses along your route. Powered by Yelp and Google Maps, enter your start and end locations along with a search term. The driving route is returned with businesses matching your criteria within approximately 1 mile of your route. Click on a business marker and get driving directions with the business set as a waypoint. With this new service provided by Within Route, you can quickly plan a pit stop on your way to your destination.
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
We’ve updated our Where Would You Like To Go Today Widget with a Google search bar. The new feature allows you to perform a search within the boundaries of the map display.
So, if you are viewing Los Angeles and do a search for sushi, you will likely get search results for sushi restaurants. This is a nice little feature for locating points of interest. You can then quickly view more search results or click through to more information and directions to/from the location.
Below is an example of the feature within our widget. The widget is a bit small for everything we’ve packed into it. Since this is a R&D widget and a playground for us, usability is not always on the top of our list. Sorry… However, this shows the possibilities of a travel widget mashup.
This is a widget we built for fun, so there’s no review, just info.
Where would like to go today? is a widget for checking out places through Google Maps and photos of nearby destinations.
- Enter a location and click “Go!”
- You will be presented with a map of your location and photos of nearby places
- Use this to help plan your next trip or travels
- Use this to daydream
- Or, use this to just get away for a few minutes
- Click on “Get & Share” to get or put this widget on your favorite site/location
- Default location changes on occasion based on our own interests at any given moment
- Search for near by points of interest such as hotels & restaurants (added 2009-10-14)
Overall it’s a pretty simple widget. You enter your zip code, radius for search, gas type and sort order. You are then provided with “up-to-date” (as claimed by the widget creators) gas price list for your area and the locations. The widget has the usual links back to the parent site and Clearspring powered sharing tools.
One simple feature that we felt was overlooked is a “Map It” feature. On each of the listings a “Map It” button could link the user to a Google Maps powered page on Automotive.com. This could easily drive more traffic to the site and that map/directions page could be monetized. Leveraging Google Maps or even any other mapping system would be dead simple.