Multimap and Earthware
Multimap has two APIs; the better known older version that lacks much of the functionality of the more recent API (no panning, poor clustering etc.) but which is still being used on many big name websites, and the newer API, which struggled to replace the old API as clients appeared reluctant to invest in the development time to upgrade and benefit from its more impressive features.
Last year we wrote a blog article on the key features of the new Multimap API and how we thought many of them were really impressive. Since we wrote that article many of these features have been integrated into the Microsoft Bing Maps APIs as Multimap is now owned by Microsoft.
Multimap was founded in 1995 by Sean Phelan and whilst it has predominantly UK clients, the map coverage is worldwide through its series of partnerships. Multimap also provides a range of complementary information including entertainment, hotel, holiday cottage, restaurant and train-ticket booking services, SMS weather alerts and the ability to buy both historic and aerial photograph prints. It could easily be argued that Multimap was the most successful of the mapping APIs at driving revenue and profits through its mapping.
Multimap.com also provides basic mapping services to business websites. These include mapping, proximity searching, routing, aerial images, local information, and weather. Multimap.com uses the Geo micro-format on its map pages and also provides a Wikipedia overlay to browse geo-tagged articles on the map.
For more information, please visit our blog articles on Multimap or contact us to find out more about how you might create amazing mapping experiences using Multimap.
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