California, USA, 29 May 2007: On May 29, MapQuest announced the beta launch of a new API for Adobe ActionScript. The latest API option within MapQuest’s Advantage API, allows developers to use a toolset with the added benefits of ActionScript 3.0.
MapQuest has said that the developers can now be able to develop applications with Adobe Flex or Adobe Flash software using native API for ActionScript for superior developer productivity without runtime abstraction layers that can slow application performance. Whether applications require compelling, complex animations and graphics or quickly rendered multitudes of custom points, lines and shapes to display points of interest (POIs), routes or physical boundaries, MapQuest’s API for ActionScript allows developers with extended capabilities in MapQuest platform.
Jeff Whatcott, Vice President of Product Marketing, Enterprise and Developer Business Unit at Adobe said that RIA developers can integrate MapQuest’s mapping services into their Web 2.0 mash-up applications, enabling them to go beyond simple HTML to create more engaging, data-rich and interactive mapping applications.
MapQuest’s Advantage API:
Advanced Overlays: Gives capability to create and interact with custom lines and shapes such as polygons, rectangles and ellipses. These overlays can then be used to create custom search areas and allows the user to define the geographic search area right on the map.
Icon Declutter: For times when a map view contains map icons overlapping each other, decluttering moves those icons away from each other and allows distribution in a selected style.
To know more about MapQuest Advantage API 5.1, visit http://company.mapquest.com/mqbs/4.html
The API is based on MapQuest’s time-tested mapping and routing technology that powers online map site, MapQuest.com. With routing and mapping capabilities, the OpenAPI allows developers to quickly and easily add location-based functionality to web applications.
MapQuest offers Internet, wireless and business solutions that help people find places. MapQuest is one of the leading brands on the Internet and a consumer Web site for maps and directions. MapQuest Business Solutions provides a geospatial platform for location-enabling web and wireless applications.