I'll start by saying a belated Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We hope you all had a great Turkey-Day.

Last week we released the Static Map Service live into Production at http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap. We've been blogging about the features of it as they've rolled out into Beta, but the Production Launch seems like a good time to give a nice summary of them all.

Get A Map
Embed a printer-friendly MapQuest Map image on your web page without requiring any code, by accepting querystring parameters on the image URL.Basic parameters are center point, zoom level, height, width, and whether or not you want any POI icons on it
Put a route highlight on your static map by passing in a sessionID from the Directions Service, or by providing the line co-ordinates
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getmap?key=YOUR_KEY_HERE&center=40.044600,-76.413100&zoom=7&size=400,200&pois=1,40.098579,-76.398703
A basic map, with a POI on it
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getmap?key=YOUR_KEY_HERE&center=40.044600,-76.413100&zoom=7&size=400,200&pois=1,40.098579,-76.398703
Auto Best Fit
If you provide POIs without providing a zoom level and a map center, we will return a map that fits all your POIs on it, as zoomed in as possible
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getmap?key=YOUR_KEY_HERE&size=400,200&pois=1,40.098579,-76.398703|orange-100,40.069116,-76.401178|green,40.098088,-76.346092|yellow-s,40.069607,-76.352282
A best-fitted map
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getmap?key=YOUR_KEY_HERE&size=400,200&pois=1,40.098579,-76.398703|orange-100,40.069116,-76.401178|green,40.098088,-76.346092|yellow-s,40.069607,-76.352282
Map Styles
get Street, Aerial, and hybrid maps. Also get street maps in a variety of other styles including black & white or european or classic MapQuest - Check the documentation for the full list.
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getmap?key=YOUR_KEY_HERE&center=40.044600,-76.413100&zoom=7&size=400,200&type=hyb
A hybrid map
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getmap?key=YOUR_KEY_HERE&center=40.044600,-76.413100&zoom=7&size=400,200&type=hyb
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getmap?key=Dmjtd|lu612007nq%2C20%3Do5-50zah&center=40.044600,-76.413100&zoom=7&size=400,200&style=european
European style map
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getmap?key=Dmjtd|lu612007nq%2C20%3Do5-50zah&center=40.044600,-76.413100&zoom=7&size=400,200&style=european
Draw lines on the map
pass in raw or compressed shapepoints to draw polylines on the map.
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getmap?key=YOUR_KEY_HERE&size=400,200&center=40.0378,-76.305801&shapeformat=cmp&shape=uajsFvh}qMlJsK??zKfQ??tk@urAbaEyiC??y]{|AaPsoDa~@wjEhUwaDaM{y@??t~@yY??DX&zoom=7
Map with a line drawing on it, using compressed format
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getmap?key=YOUR_KEY_HERE&size=400,200&center=40.0378,-76.305801&shapeformat=cmp&shape=uajsFvh}qMlJsK??zKfQ??tk@urAbaEyiC??y]{|AaPsoDa~@wjEhUwaDaM{y@??t~@yY??DX&zoom=7
Declutter
Either set declutter=true for an automatic decluttering of overlapping POIs, or manually specify an X/Y pixel offset for each icon
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getmap?key=YOUR_KEY_HERE&center=40.044600,-76.413100&zoom=3&size=400,200&pois=1,40.098579,-76.398703|orange-100,40.069116,-76.401178|green,40.098088,-76.346092|yellow-s,40.069607,-76.352282&declutter=true
An auto-decluttered map
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getmap?key=YOUR_KEY_HERE&center=40.044600,-76.413100&zoom=3&size=400,200&pois=1,40.098579,-76.398703|orange-100,40.069116,-76.401178|green,40.098088,-76.346092|yellow-s,40.069607,-76.352282&declutter=true
getPlacemap single-line address function
the very convenient /getPlaceMap?location= function takes a single line address and optionally a single icon, to provide a short-cut method of getting a static map for a location without needing to have the geocoded lat/lngs first.
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getplacemap?key=YOUR_KEY_HERE&location=Lancaster,PA&size=400,200&zoom=7&showicon=green-1
A map generated using an address or location
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getplacemap?key=YOUR_KEY_HERE&location=Lancaster,PA&size=400,200&zoom=7&showicon=green-1
Custom Icons
Provide the URL for your own custom icon to use for a POI. We'll grab the icon, cache it for performance, and use it on the map. If you change the icon there's a function to flush it from our cache and grab the updated version.
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getmap?key=YOUR_KEY_HERE&size=400,200&center=40.024600,-76.413100&zoom=6&xis=www.mapquestapi.com/media/images/money_sign.jpg,1,c,39.980237,-76.21054
A map with a custom icon
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getmap?key=YOUR_KEY_HERE&size=400,200&center=40.024600,-76.413100&zoom=6&xis=www.mapquestapi.com/media/images/money_sign.jpg,1,c,39.980237,-76.21054
Add Traffic to the map
You can specify incidents, construction, traffic flow, or all together, to be shown on the map. Point to note - the traffic is Real-Time, so whoever is looking at the map will see the state of traffic at the time they are looking, not the state of traffic you saw when you made the map.
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getmap?size=400,300&center=40.720409,-73.994637&zoom=7&key=YOUR_KEY_HERE&traffic=1
Traffic map with incidents, construction, and traffic flow
http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/v3/getmap?size=400,300&center=40.720409,-73.994637&zoom=7&key=YOUR_KEY_HERE&traffic=1
Multiple Image Formats
Support for jpg, png, gif image output formats. no real need to show images of this - just tell us the image format that works best for your application.

Don't forget to check out the full documentation at http://www.mapquestapi.com/staticmap/

Stay tuned - it's not Christmas yet! we've got a few updates left in us before the end of the year...