Geo::Google::StaticMaps, which basically just transforms a map definition given as a bunch of nested hashes and arrays into a Static Maps API URL. It ought to support everything that the Static Maps API itself currently supports.
Last week, online mapping platform Mapbox announced the launch of Smart Directions, a premium addition to its core offering which allows organizations and developers to incorporate maps into their applications. With Smart Directions, companies and developers are given the ability to create custom routing profiles which enable them to describe how users should be taken from their starting points to their destinations.
One of the most powerful aspects of mashups is taking similar data from competing websites and providing a single place to examine the content. In this round-up of the best new mashups we'll look at three apps that aggregate data from multiple services. One looks at location check-ins, another at shared photos and another mashes photos with information about where they were taken.
Check-in app Gowalla puts a fun twist on location sharing by helping its users discover wonderfully-designed virtual items that can be found, swapped, and dropped all over the place. Developer Ben Dodson used the Gowalla API to put together Wallabee Travel Edition.