Draw and Write on Google Maps With ScribbleMaps
By on March 30th, 2010

Have you ever tried explaining someone how to reach a particular place in your city? Maybe, one of your friends will visit the town where you live and you want to give him a rough idea on the places that are worth visiting.

Google Maps is one of the best tools in such situations, but paired with Scribblemaps, it’s even better. The site let’s you draw directions and add text in any Google Map, and you can add arrows, shapes and other markers. This helps in adding more information to the map, and once it’s ready, you can save the map for later viewing.

Using Scribblemaps is quite simple, just head over to the homepage and zoom into a location in Google maps. Then use the menu bar to add text, arrows, shapes and directions.

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Once you have added all the directions and markers, save the map, and you will be provided a unique ID of your customized map.

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Next, you have to choose a password so that you can edit the map at a later time.

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Hit “Save” and you are done. You will be shown a link to your customized Google map, which can then be shared via email or other social networking sites (see example). You can also embed the customized map in your blog or website. Thanks Himangshu.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Scribblemaps is easy to use, adds value and is free from advertisements. No registrations or signups are required to use the service. It’s a perfect tool to add custom text and directions in a Google map.

Techie Buzz rating: 5/5 (perfect).

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Author: Amit Banerjee Google Profile for Amit Banerjee
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  • http://nuffstuff.ru Alex

    Besides Google Maps, it supports OpenStreetMap, CloudMade and some others

  • http://www.mezzi.com/ Aluminum Laptop Case

    Very cool! I know I've had to take a screenshot of a Google map and draw arrows on it in PhotoShop. This makes it possible for anyone to accomplish this.

  • gayathri

    thankz for the information.

  • http://www.jumpness.com bounce house

    That's definitely cool. I'm always giving directions on how to get to my place. It's usually to people who are not very tech savvy. Hopefully they at least know how to check their email so I can send them this feature now.

  • Kate

    To produce nice looking maps with your own information overlaid quickly and with a professional feel try Ultraplot http://www.ultraplot.com/

 
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