MapQuest Developer Blog

Archives for Thomas Horacek

  • New Release: MapQuest.js, v1.2

    Today we are launching a point release, version v1.2, of our MapQuest.js product. This release focuses on bug fixes, adding additional options and events, as well as the introduction of a new directions control.

    A few small improvements to point out include an upgrade to our Leaflet.js library dependency from 1.1.0 to 1.2.0. You can read about the changes to Leaflet here. We also fixed a bug where ad blockers were blocking our tiles in a few cases.

    Geocoding Control
    Geocoding Control

    We refactored the geocoding control to add new options, functionality, and polish. We also added additional custom icons for cities, counties, and postal codes. There are three new events (searchahead_response, searchahead_selected, geocode_response) to further help developers use the control in harmony with other JavaScript code. We also added four additional options available to help you fine-tune how the control interacts with the map. Finally, you can now navigate the search ahead results with up and down arrow keys and use the escape key to exit the control.

    Traffic Control
    Traffic API, Traffic Control

    The traffic control now has a summary control rendered at the bottom center of the map. This allows users to individually toggle traffic flow, incident, and construction markers on and off, as well as giving a summary chart of traffic flow colors from fast to closed.

    Locator Control

    The locator control has a new event, current_position, that returns the user's position object when found. It also has new options from the geolocation api: timeout, enableHighAccuracy, and maximumAge.

    Directions Control
    Directions Control, Directions API

    The directions control is our newest control in the MapQuest.js library. It allows drop-in routing functionality to any website. A user can enter a start and end destination by either clicking on the map or entering text input. It also has a route summary control that displays alternate routes. A route narrative is shown with turn-by-turn maneuvers. The user can click the maneuvers zoom into a particular maneuver. There are also buttons to add a destination, reverse the route, and toggle between driving and walking routes. This control is also customizable with the underlying directions layer can be styled to fit your company's branding. The buttons can be toggled on and off, for example, if you don't want users making multipoint routes. Finally, the input fields can be disabled, forcing users to only navigate to a fixed point, like solely your business.

    If you have any feedback, bug reports, or feature suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact us on our forums or contact us form.

  • Create customized and crisp maps with the new Static Map API

    We recently launched an updated version of our Static Map API, including enhancements like you've never seen before. If you aren't familiar, our Static Map API allows you to create a map image that can be placed in your applications, websites, email campaigns, or print media.

    Enhancements to Static Map API, v5, include:​

    • Retina Maps:
      Maps can now be made at 2x scale, allowing you to create super crisp maps on high DPI displays.
    • Map Styles:
      In addition to our standard, hybrid, and satellite tiles, choose from two new map styles – light and dark.
    • Locations:
      Locations are now simpler and more customizable. In addition, our entire icon set has been modernized to help you take your maps to the next level. Get your locations out there.
    • Simplified Routing:
      Routing has never been easier! Just give us a start and end location, and we will show you driving directions. The route ribbon and markers are also customizable to bring your branding to the forefront. So go get tripping!
    • Arc Routing:
      Roads aren't the only way to route between two points. Highlight trips that planes take using a geodesic arc route, instead of a driving route.
    • Banners:
      Add information and context to your maps with customizable banners. Go on, add that flare!
    • Shapes:
      Add polygons, polylines, and circles to your map, as we now allow single line addresses in addition to latitude and longitude points to help speed up the process.

    These are just a taste of what you can do with the new Static Map API. Be sure to check out our handy resources to help you get started or find inspiration including: our getting started guide, Static Map examples, and documentation.