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MapQuest Introduces An ActionScript API


Advanced Offering Provides Developers Additional Choice and Control within Advantage API

DENVER & SAN JOSE, Calif.- MapQuest today announced the beta launch of a new API for Adobe® ActionScript™. The latest API option within MapQuest’s Advantage™ API, allows developers to use a robust toolset with the added benefits of ActionScript 3.0.

Developers can now build rich applications with Adobe® Flex™ or Adobe Flash® software using a true, native API for ActionScript for superior developer productivity without runtime abstraction layers that can slow application performance.

Whether applications require compelling, complex animations and graphics or quickly rendered multitudes of custom points, lines and shapes to display points of interest (POIs), routes or physical boundaries, MapQuest’s API for ActionScript allows developers to tap into the deep capabilities of the MapQuest® platform.

Because Adobe’s Flash Player reaches over 97% of the world’s Internet-enabled desktops1, developers can spend less time focusing on cross-browser support and more time building compelling applications that bring business value.

“As an industry leading provider of geospatial web services, MapQuest has created a foundation for developers to bring a rich multi-media experience to end-users. Future enhancements will open up the possibilities even further, ultimately allowing developers to customize location-based applications that offer significant end-user control,” said Christian Dwyer, Vice President of Business Solutions and Operations for MapQuest. “Created to offer more choice, the new ActionScript API offers the possibility of enhanced interactivity, lower development costs and faster time to market while providing all the same great mapping, routing, geocoding and search feature sets that customers rely on from MapQuest.”

Customers are finding that the MapQuest API for ActionScript opens up the realm of possibilities for the creation of a rich multi-media experience. “The API developed by MapQuest for ActionScript opens up new avenues for the Web 2.0 developer ecosystem, especially those who use Flash, Flex and Apollo to build rich Internet applications (RIAs) in the browser or right on the desktop,” said Jeff Whatcott, Vice President of Product Marketing, Enterprise and Developer Business Unit at Adobe. “Now, RIA developers can quickly and easily integrate MapQuest’s mapping services into their Web 2.0 mash-up applications, enabling them to go beyond simple HTML to create more engaging, data-rich and interactive mapping applications.”

Apollo is the code name for Adobe’s cross operating system application runtime that brings RIAs to the desktop. In addition, AOL’s Userplane and other MapQuest Business Solutions customers are beginning to build dynamic applications with the API for ActionScript to enhance their overall customer experience. Current and prospective customers, as well as developers can find out more information, request an evaluation and see a demonstration of an Apollo-based application at

Additional JavaScript Enhancements to MapQuest’s Advantage API:

MapQuest’s Advantage API offers the reliability of a robust location-based platform with the flexibility and efficiency of a web service. A recently released and updated version, Advantage API 5.1, offers 16+ million POIs, premium listings that can be licensed to enrich any application, as well as several key JavaScript enhancements to make applications even more compelling and easier to use.

The latest version of Advantage API 5.1 adds the following JavaScript enhancements:

* Advanced Overlays: Robust capability to create and interact with custom lines and shapes such as polygons, rectangles and ellipses. These overlays can then be used to create custom search areas and allows the user to define the geographic search area right on the map.
* Icon Declutter: For times when a map view contains map icons overlapping each other, decluttering moves those icons away from each other and allows distribution in a selected style.

To learn more about MapQuest Advantage API 5.1, visit or request an evaluation at


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