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Integrate Google Maps and GPS Into Your Mobile Apps

Utilize the Google Maps API for Work Applications

Alpha Anywhere does the "heavy lifting" for you when it comes to mapping, geography, and graphical information systems (GIS). Easily create cross platform HTML5 mobile apps with Google live maps features. Additional native GPS iOS and GPS Android features become available through PhoneGap.

Use the Google Maps API to help users visualize location information in a variety of ways-including plotting data as markers on a map, geography searches based on a custom defined radius or polygon, clicking and dragging to set a display area, and much more. And, Alpha Anywhere can automatically geocode data as it's submitted, so that you can seamlessly map user records and build powerful GIS applications.

Thanks to Action JavaScript, it’s incredibly easy to add complex GPS Google mapping operations to your business apps without writing any code. Supported Action JavaScript actions include:

  • Add one or many markers to a map
  • Show marker details (i.e. open the Info Box)
  • Show/hide marker
  • Remove marker(s)
  • Center map
  • Set zoom level
  • Refresh map
  • Emphasize/De-emphasize markers

How to Build a Google Maps App Overview Performing Geography Searches Adding Markers to a Map

Fully Customize Your Map's Parameters

One of the distinct advantages of using the Google maps API and mapping data is the ability to convey to your users specific information quickly and easily through visual cues. This is especially true when you are developing with the small form factor of smartphones in mind. Take control over the way your data is displayed on the map by incorporating custom HTML and JavaScript where you want it, or, dynamically specify your marker icons, add marker animation and much more.

  • Customizable map markers:
    When you place a marker on your GPS maps, you have full control over the icon that is used. Dynamically specify each marker according to your data source and use custom images, titles, animation, JavaScript functions etc. to convey information about the corresponding record-all within an easy to use property selector.
  • Customizable bubble callouts and info boxes:
    Set an expression to customize what is shown in the bubble callout which is displayed when a user hovers over a given marker. And, add custom HTML and JavaScript to the info box that is displayed once a user clicks the marker. The HTML can include placeholders that incorporate data from the record.

Customizing Map Markers Using Image Sequences Customizing Bubble Callouts and Info Boxes