Some real bad news if you’re a Flash developer who uses Yahoo’s excellent ActionScript Maps API. Yahoo! are closing the service as of September 13th. It’s not just the ActionScript APIs that are for the chop, here’s the full list:
- ActionScript 2 & 3 APIs
- AJAX Maps 3.6, 3.7, 3.8
- REST API (Map Image API)
- Simple API (No coding)
- GeoRSS – Version 2
A few location APIs will be kept available that I guess Flash developers could take advantage of including Placefinder API, Local Search API and Placemaker. But on the whole it makes for quite depressing reading for anyone who is heavily invested in the ActionScript APIs.
Yahoo! suggest that those wishing to implement maps within their applications should consider using Nokia’s (their new maps partner) Ovi Maps API to render a map within a web page.
You can find more info on Yahoo’s site.