Today Google announced the availability of a Google Maps API for Flash which means you can now use Google Maps right inside of your Flash applications. Big, big stuff. I built an AIR application that used Google Maps and had to go through the HTML control but this will make all of that obsolete.
So, what do I like about the API for Flash? Smoothness and speed are a big part of it. We’ve designed it so that Flash graphics can be used for each tile layer, marker and info window – opening up possibilities like dynamic shading, shadowing, animation, and video. When the user zooms the map, magnification changes happen smoothly and place names fade in. After the user drags a marker, it gently bounces to a halt. Generally, Flash allows for much greater embellishment, and, well… “flashiness.” I get excited just thinking about the creative ways developers might take advantage of having a Flash API for Google Maps.
And a Flex Component from Igor Costa.Tweet