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.
To learn more about the Google Maps Flash API, you can study some example demos and code samples, in addition to working through the tutorial. It will also be interesting to compare the Google Maps API for Flash with the Yahoo! Maps API , which has had a Flash APIs for some time now.
We've added a new Google Maps Flash API profile and for more coverage of this launch see:
- Google Maps Coming to Media, AIR Desktops, via Flash API - ReadWriteWeb, from whose discussion thread we can learn that AIR is not currently supported in the Google Maps Flash API
- Tutorial : Thematic mapping with the Google Maps Flash API