If you're reading this, you've likely been following our Flash Maps API and Open Flash Maps API. Well today, we're here to announce the initial beta release of our newest Flash product, the Mobile Flash Maps API!! [caption id="attachment_1496" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Pinch zooming, larger icons and larger close buttons are just a few ways in which the Mobile Flash Maps API has been optimized for mobile devices."]Mobile Flash Maps API Screenshot[/caption] Thanks to Adobe's release of the Flex and Flash Builder 4.5.1 SDK, we're able to provide the same cross-platform mobile capabilities in our Mobile Flash Maps API. As a result, the API is able to support development of iOS, Android and Blackberry Tablet applications using the same code base.  That's right, code once, deploy everywhere! This release of the Mobile Flash Maps API contains the vast majority of the functionality found in our Flash Maps API and has also been optimized for mobile application development. Key features are listed below.
  • Pinch-to-Zoom: Multi-touch gestures now supported for zooming
  • Larger POI Icons: Default POI icons have been increased in size to aid in touch gestures on mobile devices
  • Larger Close Buttons: InfoWindow close buttons have also been enlarged to allow for easier touching
  • Mapping: Use a drag and drop Tilemap Component for the Flash Builder IDE, or a pure ActionScript TileMap object
  • Geocoding: Basic geocoding, batch geocoding and reverse geocoding
  • Routing: Textual driving directions, route ribbons for map display, and route shapes for drawing your own route ribbons
  • Searching: Radius, polygon, rectangle searching, etc
  • Traffic: View current traffic conditions, including traffic incidents and ongoing construction
To start developing your own mobile application using the Mobile Flash Maps API, please visit MapQuest Beta APIs and SDKs where you can download the API and the source code to a sample application. And remember, this is still beta and we'd love it if you can provide some feedback at flashapibeta@mapquest.com, on the Mobile Flash Maps API Beta Forums or @MapQuestTech if you can squeeze it within 140 characters!