Developer ‘How-to-MapJam’ tutorial series

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When learning how to use a new platform, sometimes you need more than just the documentation that is provided to be able to really understand how things work.

That is why we’ve just released a new series of “how-to” videos that will help you get started on the basics of building maps with MapJam!

How To Add a Map To Your App
How to quickly generate a map in your app using MapJam.

How To Add and Customize a Map Marker
How to add and customize a map marker with MapJam.

How To Delete, Hide, and Show Map Markers
How to delete, show, and hide map markers using MapJam.

How To Perform Geocoding With Your Map
How to take an address, turn it into a pair of coordinates, and display it on a map with MapJam.

How To Add Marker Clusters To Your Map
How to add clusters to your map so when you zoom in or out it ‘clusters’ the markers into a single icon using MapJam.

If you have any questions, feel free to drop us a line at support@MapJam.com we’d be happy to help!

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MapJam Is Now A Featured Map-Creation Tool in the Shopify App Store

MapJam is pleased to announce that we are a featured app for Shopify, the hosted shopping experience that requires very little programming experience. Shopify boasts hundreds of thousands of shops on it’s easy to use e-commerce platform. Now sites using Shopify can add location detail with the simple integration of a MapJam map.

MapJam Shopify App

With MapJam it’s easy to include location and route details that matter to your customers whether they are shopping online or at a brick and mortar shop. Add deals, discounts and specials on the maps all in real time. More than on location? Just drag and drop to add multiple locations onto the map. Embed video, images, links all giving your store and locations more detail to enhance credibility and drive sales.

Best of all, MapJam maps are easy to share across all social platforms or by text and email. Details of your shop and locations are easily promoted by already loyal customers promoting your shop by personal references.

Anyone who takes the time to build a website, blog, content hub or online store should “own it,” including branding and content. No more risk of relying on a readily available online map that exposes visitors and customers to competitors, similar businesses or potentially negative online reviews or content. Empowered by ownership of a site’s map, a business or website manager can also own the branding, messaging, details, marketing funnel and ability to attract customers directly.

We’re proud to be part of the Shopify partnership and thrilled that online shops of all sizes will now have access to our awesome (and easy-to-use) mapping platform. We’re excited about this opportunity for MapJam to keep growing and making map-creation even more personal and fun.

Foreclosure.com Makes the Switch to MapJam from MapBox

Foreclosure.com was founded back in 1999. As a result, we have utilized a myriad of different map providers over the years. The biggest issue with other map providers was interacting with them (they were not always responsive) and their pricing structure. With complicated pricing, it was practically impossible to forecast usage and therefore how much you would actually pay. 
 
We recently switched from another map provider to MapJam and we couldn’t be happier. We signed up and had our API auth token in minutes. Our devs had switched all of our sites in less than a day! 
 
I reached out to directly to the founders and found them incredibly hands-on and responsive. They were eager to work with us and earn our business. Which indeed is rare these days. 
 
We really love the simple pricing structure and we are paying a quarter of the price that we were paying with our previous map provider! What’s not to love? What a pleasure and change of pace from the other map providers out there who have lengthy contracts, complicated pricing models and are a pain-in-the-you-know-what to deal with. Not all, but most.  – Stephen Chip – Director of Business Development – Foreclosure.com
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Adding multiple pins on a map just got easier

Today, we are pleased to announce that you can create even richer, multi-location maps in a matter of minutes. You asked, we delivered!

Add extra markers on a map fast and simply. Just drag and drop a new “Marker” onto your map, then enhance with a photo, video, text, and a link.

Create a richer, multi-location map in under 5 minutes!

  – Enhance your office, business or event map: point out the front entrance, delivery entrance, best parking, best ride-share pickup spot…

  – Enhance your real estate, travel map or conference map: where are the points of interest or itineraries that matter most to your demographic?

  – Tell your story and show how events unfolded with the added dimension of WHERE.

As usual, maps can be viewed on MapJam.com, embedded on web pages and Facebook, and shared in texts.

OpenStreetMap Founder Steve Coast Joins MapJam As Advisor

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Jack Gonzalez, Co-founder
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OpenStreetMap Founder Steve Coast Joins MapJam As Advisor

San Francisco (May 11, 2016) – MapJam, Inc. announced that OpenStreetMap (OSM) Founder Steve Coast has joined MapJam as an Advisor. Coast is a highly regarded voice in the open source and mapping communities. When he was exposed to the creative approach MapJam has taken with the use of OSM vector mapping tiles he joined the firm on the launch of MapJam for Enterprise Developers.

Launched in 2004, OSM is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. OSM is considered a prominent example of volunteered geographic information.

Created by Steve Coast in the UK in 2004, it was inspired by the success of Wikipedia and the preponderance of proprietary map data in the UK and elsewhere. Since then, it has grown to over 2 million registered users, who can collect data using manual survey, GPS devices, aerial photography, and other free sources. This crowdsourced data are then made available under the Open Database Licence. The site is supported by the OpenStreetMap Foundation, a non-profit organization.

Once employing OSM mapping tiles, MapJam now offers free access to the simplest and most accessible developer tools for building mapping applications and data that work seamlessly with open source projects including Leaflet, Mapzen, and D3, as well as libraries that highlight creative functions from Font Awesome and kolor.js.

Driven by the high prices and often confusing and unrealistic terms from Google Maps and Mapbox, especially for customers starting to exceed free tiers and for enterprises developing private applications, the founders were convinced that streamlining and simplification of pricing and terms were greatly needed in the marketplace.

“We are honored to welcome Steve Coast to the MapJam Team. His deep understanding of mapping and support for the open source mapping community has made this a natural match.” said Jack Gonzalez, co-founder of MapJam.

“When I saw what MapJam did with OSM maps I was delighted and wanted to be part of the movement to get more affordable maps in the world.” remarked Coast. ”They have achieved the ultimate in simplicity for mapping tiles, with zero limitations. At last – some price competition for web maps!”

About MapJam
MapJam, originally from Australia, relocated to San Francisco and is a web and mobile map publishing and developer platform for mapping applications. MapJam offers OpenStreetMap maps that are simple to implement with simple pricing and terms. Launched in 2015, MapJam is a graduate of 500 Startups (Batch 14).

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For more information on MapJam for Developers, or to interview MapJam’s Gonzalez or Petry about the MapJam map-publishing platform, contact Jack Gonzalez at MapJam jack@mapjam.com +1-415-490-7799.

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Announcing MapJam For Enterprise Developers

A few years ago we launched MapJam to simplify mapping for everyone. We imagined MapJam evolving in new ways that seized on the excitement and groundbreaking innovation in open source mapping communities. We couldn’t resist joining in.

Today, we’re pleased to announce MapJam for Enterprise Developers, the simplest and most accessible developer tools for building mapping applications. We’re talking about robust vector maps that work with open source projects, data and libraries including OpenStreetMaps, Mapzen, Leaflet, D3, Font Awesome, kolor.js, and others.

MapJam for Developers offers dead-simple pricing, completely transparent terms and the easiest implementation in the industry.

Simple PricingMapJam pricing is seriously a fraction of what organizations are paying for Google Maps or Mapbox. We don’t have tiered plans, confusing credit schemes, monthly active user limits, or annual commitments. .

Simple Terms – For your web and mobile apps, our maps can be used with free, paid, private, or asset tracking applications.  No limitations  

Under the Hood– MapJam’s MaaS infrastructure is hosted on AWS and fully redundant Softlayer/IBM bare metal servers which are rock solid.

Simply Beautiful – Lush, beautiful maps with complete styling control dress up your apps from the first line of code.  

We really want you to get you started. Get an API Key Now and thanks for being part of this great community.

Jack Gonzalez and Scollay Petry
MapJam Co-Founders

*MapJam is committed to collaborative, open data mapping communities, and our goal is to make time, service, and code contributions to help accelerate the democratization of information.

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PRESS RELEASE: MapJam Launches Developer API with Open Source Maps Targeting Google Maps and Mapbox Customers with Reduced, Simpler Pricing and Terms

Media Contact
Jack Gonzalez, Co-founder
+1-415-490-7799
jack@mapjam.com

 

MapJam Launches Developer API with Open Source Maps Targeting Google Maps and Mapbox Customers with Reduced, Simpler Pricing and Terms

San Francisco-based map-creation platform opens to enterprise developers.

San Francisco (April 12, 2016) – MapJam, Inc. announced the release of MapJam for Enterprise Developers with free access to the simplest and most accessible developer tools for building mapping applications. MapJam now offers robust, vector map tiles based on OpenStreetMap data that work seamlessly with open source projects including Leaflet, Mapzen, and D3, as well as libraries that highlight creative functions from Font Awesome and kolor.js.

MapJam offers pricing that is simple and works for any organization: there are no tiered plans, confusing credit schemes, MAU limits, or annual commitments. Developers can use MapJam maps with free, commercial, private, behind paywall, or asset tracking applications without limitations.

MapJam offers anyone 100,000 map views for free every month, with additional map views costing $0.15 per thousand views, which is less than one-third the cost of traditional commercial maps.

Driven by the high prices and often confusing and unrealistic terms from Google Maps and Mapbox, especially for customers starting to exceed free tiers and for enterprises developing private applications, the founders were convinced that streamlining and simplification of pricing and terms were greatly needed in the marketplace.

“Over the last couple of years, we’ve offered a world class consumer facing mapping tool at MapJam.com which was successfully integrated with platforms such as Weebly and Eventbrite. Along the way we’ve spoken with many large web sites and enterprise customers and learned of the onerous financial burdens and terms imposed by other mapping providers. We responded by embracing open source mapping and decided to shake up the market’s pricing models.” said Jack Gonzalez, a former geography teacher who is co-founder of MapJam.

“Simple, scalable pricing and simple development tools are the keys,” added MapJam co-Founder Scollay Petry. ”Sendgrid did this for email, Twilio for SMS, and Amazon for Push notifications. We have achieved the ultimate in simplicity for mapping tiles, with zero limitations.”

About MapJam
MapJam, originally from Australia, relocated to San Francisco and is a web and mobile map publishing and developer platform for mapping applications. MapJam offers OpenStreetMap maps that are simple to implement with simple pricing and terms. Launched in 2015, MapJam is a graduate of 500 Startups (Batch 14). enterprise.mapjam.com

For more information on MapJam for Developers, or to interview MapJam’s Gonzalez or Petry about the MapJam map-publishing platform, contact Jack Gonzalez at MapJam jack@mapjam.com +1-415-490-7799.

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Startup Beat Features MapJam

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StartUp Beat has profiled the world’s most innovative early-stage startups through company pitches, interviews and guest columns by experts in entrepreneurship. StartUp Beat is based along the Silicon Beach in Los Angeles, California.

We were included as a Featured Startup Pitch for beautiful personalized map sharing.