Finally, Yahoo! has made good on their ability to showcase the Flash Platform. They built Yahoo! Maps using Macromedia Flex. If anyone remembers, part of the Yahoo! Toolbar episode was in addition to Macromedia receiving funding for hosting the Yahoo! Toolbar installation on the Flash Player installation page at Macromedia, this symbolized a deeper relationship. It was said publicly that Yahoo! was doing some amazing things with Flash, and would help push the Flash Platform.
Was about to call bs, but thankfully am eating my words.
Before the FUD gets out of control, you can embed Yahoo! Maps into your own page using Flash Player 7, NOT SHOCKWAVE. Many people associate Shockwave with Director’s Shockwave web player, and Yahoo! Maps is in no way associated with it, so ignore it since it is written a few times on the developer site.
I’ve included an example MXML file you can use to quickly get up to speed on how to use it. Here are some helpful links.
- Yahoo! Maps Beta
- Developer Page
- Techcrunch’s Coverage
- News.com’s Coverage
- MXML Example – Just put next to the SWC
Finally, although that Techcrunch article above needs to be checked again by the editor, two quotes in it, to me, really hit home:
First, the usability improvement over Google Maps:
And Second, a stab at the tub cleaner:
Because Yahoo Maps is built on Flash, the “back button” on the browser still works (a problem with AJAX applications).