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20 August 2018

MapQuest Release Open APIs Just A Little Too Late

MapQuestMapQuest is one of the original mapping platforms on the web, extending back to pre-Google/Yahoo Maps days. Unfortunately it never really developed beyond its initial offerings and has been displaced, relegated to cyberspace mapping backcountry. Acquired by AOL quite a while back, MapQuest still didn’t move ahead.

Finally the company released a 5.0 version and then a 5.2 beta version recently, and has now released a series of 6 APIs meant to entice developers to move their platform into the web 2.0 communities. Too late? Probably, but here’s the API details as well as the link to the Mapquest Platform: Free Edition:

  • MapQuest is giving developers greater flexibility and choice by enabling them to develop in a variety of programming languages and environments (even allowing for some mixing and matching): Java, C++, .NET, JavaScript, AS3 (Adobe ActionScript: Flash, Flex, AIR).
  • The company is also offering its newest API – FUJAX (Flash Under JavaScript and XML) – which, as you can intuit, allows developers to write in JavaScript yet leverage the power of Flash.


  • A rich mapping interface for creating rich Internet applications with MapQuest’s JavaScript, AS3, or FUJAX APIs;
  • Simplified data management (access to simple tools to upload and manage location information to help keep websites accurate and relevant);
  • Aerial imagery and hybrid views;
  • Smart rollovers (rollover windows that adapt their size and positioning on the map based on the content placed in the window);
  • Smooth zoom (animated transitions between zoom levels);
  • Globe view;
  • “Flickable” maps (Maps that continue to pan based on speed and friction settings);
  • Advanced shape overlays (build apps that allow users to create and interact with a variety of overlays);
  • Advanced map marker features (I.e., “De-clutter mode,” which can automatically move collided markers (POIs) to alternative positions on the map);
  • Unlimited maps (worldwide; static, tiled, or Flash);
  • Unlimited geo-coding (multi-line and single-line geocoding; real-time batch geocoding; reverse geocoding; postal code and town geocoding);
  • Unlimited routing (point-to-point; mult-point; optimized);

Via Mashable

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