These are third party web tools which are designed to help create a customizable Google Maps mashup.
Mapping tools to consider
In Map Builder, a location using a zip code, or a city and state can be picked. When the tool locates the latitude and longitude, it gives the choice of adding a caption and description, as well as picking a color and a marker design.
This allows its user to mark a favorite location, to share a hotspot with others and to simply add a landmark or a point of interest. Pictures can also be uploaded to the map. Content can be added using the site’s menu system.
This is designed to make maps that are for public use. A user can add public transit routes, as well as modify previously created mas by others.
To use Pixagogo, a user needs to look for a photo in the computer’s hard drive, upload it, create a description, add the location of the photo and the app will then add it to the map.
This allows a user to draw some lines over in a map. One can pick various markers and also add the descriptions to the map points. Once zoomed in at a street level, it is known that it allows a route to be mapped.
This assists with planning an event in a specific area. It automatically detects a user’s location, but this can be changed to any city. When in the chosen city, the user can search for the event’s location, add a marker and share it with those invited. Directions can also be added.
For this tool, aside from just adding points, a user can also upload photos and videos. Notes to landmarks can also be added. If a user intends to track the map, the tool allows visitors to create their profile, as well as add their location.
Although these are fairly easier ways of creating maps, not those especially creative and personalized Illustrated Maps, these are still good tools to start with map making especially when the purpose is as simple as event mapping or geotagging.