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Myron A.
Myron A.
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WARNING: Google Maps will no longer work after June 11, 2018  en

Author: Myron A.
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Google is implementing new regulations, so on June 11, 2018 Google Maps will no longer function UNLESS they are associated with an API key.

I have no idea what an API key is, nor do I know how to implement an API key, but I hope that the developers at Incomedia are working on a solution to this issue so that our X5 websites will continue to support Google Maps.

For more information please refer to...

https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/pricing/sheet/

Any comments?

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Karl B.
Karl B.
User

I hope and expect that too!

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Andre E
Andre E
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Another way from google to collect as much data as they can from people, what a terrible organisation, there hunger for knowladge on what every body is doing is unsatiated.

They make good sofftware, they don't ask money for most of it, but you pay with information that they collect for many many years.

Now you need to create a security key (API) probably in your google account so they can link all google map usage and locations to you. (and the visitors of your site as well, ip adresses)

Unbelievable.

Sorry I react like that, but everybody needs to think about why Google is doing this for free, not much is free and especialy not if a company have costs for what they create.

So be aware of this and decide for your self how to proceed.

Personally i will remove the google maps and add a screenshot of the location, if it is still possible with a link to google maps but if not then it is up to the visitor to look for the location.

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Albert X
Albert X
User

Hello.

It is useless to panic. Google Map remains free up to 25000 views per month.
Many of our sites do not exceed 25000 visitors per month ...

Jean-Serge.

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Posted on the from Albert X
Albert X
Albert X
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After ...

In addition Google Map will only pay for integrated maps in an application or a website.
It will suffice as André says to put a screenshot with a link to the Google Map.

Jean-Serge.

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John S.
John S.
User

Maybe you have to panic a bit.

We should not be too naive. As they say : There ain't no such thing as a free lunch .

I have used a Google API key for a while. Iuses it, to show images pin-pointed on a map for albums.

I could see why Google had an interest to make this service free  up to 25.000 visits, and then paid for. I would never reach the 25.000 on the one page.

BUT I cannot see why it suddenly should be needed to restrict the use of a simple show of the map for one sddress.

And remember - the number 25.000 is not a magical number that will newer "shrink". My "image-mapping" is only counted when someone uses the "function". Most maps is "activated" by every vist you have on a page.

As this is mostly a matter of showing an address on a map, I consider using the OpenStreetMap in future. There is rather good apps that will show the pin on a map. https://leafletjs.com/

And the map ( OpenStreetmap ) is really good and good-looking.

And the free community knows what it is when something is free. They expect that some of the users helps making the maps up-to-date and really accurate in the local areas.

I think there will be many comments on this new thing from Google - we all have an opinion on Google - and I don't tyhink they WANT to be evil - but....

It should be a piece-of-cake for INCOMEDIA to make a field to hold an API-key. Else it can be done by some code delivered by Google.

Kind regards

John S.

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John S.
John S.
User

An example of embedding a Google map using API key :

<iframe width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" style="border:0" src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed/v1/place?key=YOUR_API_KEY &q=Space+Needle,Seattle+WA" allowfullscreen> </iframe>

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