We have just released Caspio Map Mashup version 7 (beta). The new mashup is a step-by-step wizard that generates ready-to-deploy code. Many of the frequently requested features are included and can make your maps a lot more interesting and feature-rich.

Background

If you have never used a Caspio Map Mashup before, you may be interested to know that you can integrate your Caspio Search and Report DataPages with maps to plot address-centric records and geo-tagged data. There is no better visual for location-based data than a map. Now creating such visualization is easy.

The new Map Mashup is for Google maps only and utilizes the latest Google Maps API. Google’s new map API no longer requires a developer key for the free maps users. If you have a Google Maps Business license, you can use your key to remove Google-imposed limitations.

New Features

This release is primarily driven by your feature requests. Existing Map Mashup users will be pleased to know that the following new features are now supported:

  • Plot data from multiple DataPages on the same map
  • Use different marker icons for each DataPage or groups of data
  • Cluster markers that rollup overlapping markers into one icon
  • Customizable information window (map bubble)

 

Map Mashup

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The top requested feature has been the ability to use different marker icons for each criteria or category. This capability is now implemented. For example, if you are plotting for-sale properties, you can show a different icon for houses in each price range. The crime databases that are popular among our news media customers can now display a unique icon for each crime type.

You can also let users show or hide categories of markers. If you are plotting a database of restaurants, you can let users hide or show markers based on their preferred restaurant type, for example, hide all except Chinese and Italian restaurants.

There are many other features that you will want to check out for yourself.

Our Map Mashup continues to reside outside Caspio Bridge due to Google’s terms of use. Make sure you are familiar with Google Maps usage rights.

Try It Out for Yourself

To get started, prepare your Search and Report DataPage and then go to libs.caspio.com/mapmashup and login with your Caspio Bridge account credentials. The wizard steps are self-explanatory and a brief online help is also available. If there’s a particular feature you would like to see added to the Map Mashup, be sure to add it to the Caspio Ideabox.

We love to see your mashups. Share your links and comments below.