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MapQuest introduces ActionScript API

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:

MapQuest’s Advantage API offers location-based platform with the flexibility and efficiency of a web service. The Advantage API 5.1version offers 16+ million POIs, premium listings that can be licensed to enrich any application, as well as several key JavaScript enhancements to make applications more compelling and easier to use.

The latest version of Advantage API 5.1 adds the following JavaScript enhancements:

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 https://company.mapquest.com/mqbs/4.html

MapQuest API
The MapQuest API is a free service that allows the user to use JavaScript to easily integrate routing, geocoding and mapping into required website. With this feature API user can create dynamic routing and mapping applications for personal or community use.

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.

About MapQuest:

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.