Finding my way with Schmap!
By DaveLevy on Jul 29, 2007
Schmap, who publish browsable maps have been using a few of my pictures for a while, but have now created a widget which they are publicising via their contributors. I have contributed to their Amsterdam and Berlin maps.
The widget pages are best used with IE. While the Scmap browser is free, they require one to download their map browser, which is only available on Windows. I have and do use it to plan some of my trips and the 'nomadic' features meant that it helped me solve at least one problem where I was not connected or connectible to the 'net. Sadly it's not available on a PDA, although a Mac version which claims to be Firefox compatible is coming, and they publish a mobile URL, which I finally got to work, although some of the backing content doesn't seem to be there. However, the content is not customisable, and so while one can flag places they list, you can't add your own content, nor does the application leverage the 'wisdom of crowds'. This latter failing suggests that it'll be overtaken by true web 2.0 applications such as google maps or plazes.