Friday, December 20, 2013

Google Maps Engine Pro - Test Drive

Google Maps Engine Lite/Pro Demo

Google Maps Engine allows you to layer your data on top of Google’s base map and create your own maps.


Google Maps Engine Lite and Pro help you create interactive custom maps to share and publish to the web. You can map data such as store locations, to showcase and advertise your business. Import location data from a spreadsheet, add layers to visualize different types of content, or add places, lines, and shapes.

Key Features

  • Draw - Add lines, shapes, or place marks on the map.
  • Import - Add a CSV file, XLSX file or spreadsheet from Google Drive with geographically-specific data including addresses, place names, or lat/longs.
  • Layer - Hide or show different content to better understand your map.
  • Style - Make your point visually with different colors, place-mark icons, and line widths.


Going Pro

For commercial purposes, I upgraded to Maps Engine Pro.  This allows me to embed the interactive maps on my client websites.

Demonstration

The demo map below is for recreational purposes.  I'm mapping all known locations of rare Willys Jeep forward control vehicles.

Animated GIF showing some of the functionality of Google Maps Engine Pro.
Here's a quick run through of some of the common mapping functions: Adding locations, linking to images, editing data, etc.
Demo created using LICEcap simple animated screen capture app.

Embedded Google map (click to view)
Custom Google Maps can be easily embedded on websites via copy/paste iframe code.



More Information

Google Maps Lite - Introduction video on YouTube
Watch a short Google Maps Engine Lite overview video on YouTube.




Patrick LaJuett
Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency: + LaJuett.com, where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy advisor.

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