Google maps as Actions in Freeway5Pro

Has anyone noticed that when adding Google maps as an action and using a post code for the location, if you then use a marker, the marker often does not appear in the correct location!

The question is: Can you move the marker to where you want it? So far I have failed to do this!

David


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David,

I do not know the answer to your question but I had the same problem
setting the marker manually in the Google Map code where it was out by
about 80 meters, I ended up having to adjust the coords several times
(to an incorrect position) so the marker actually hit the spot on the
Goggle map. The location I was using is in Southern Spain.

HTH

On Nov 28, 2008, at 6:40 PM, David Reed wrote:

Has anyone noticed that when adding Google maps as an action and
using a post code for the location, if you then use a marker, the
marker often does not appear in the correct location!

The question is: Can you move the marker to where you want it? So
far I have failed to do this!


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Thanks Mike,
I understand where you’re coming from, unfortunately I am working with about sixty different maps of locations within the UK, so your method, although good and accurate would be a bit of a nightmare to undertake!

Many thanks

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I can understand it would…

Just a thought, you could work out the difference ‘error’ in the
coords and then ‘if they are the same error’ write a small PHP script
you could include in each page that has a map, this could then take
the lat and long coords for the location and then adjust them by the
error, this would be handy if at some time this issue was resoulved
and then you simply adjust the coord error setting in the PHP script
and so update all the maps. It seems really involved but it is
actually quite simple, the Google map code would need to be set by
hand as the values would be echoed by PHP.

HTH

Mike

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Thanks Mike,
I understand where you’re coming from, unfortunately I am working
with about sixty different maps of locations within the UK, so your
method, although good and accurate would be a bit of a nightmare to
undertake!

Many thanks


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Thanks again Mike,
I may well have a go at writing scripts.

Best regards

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Hi David,

Try writing the full address, this gives Google a bit more of a clue
as to where the pointer should be (when you use a postcode Google
tries to convert it into a lat/long position and doesn’t always get it
right). I’ve noticed that postcodes on the Google maps website give
different results to third party maps (or maps that make use of the
Google maps API), I don’t know if this is because they use correction
or whether it’s because they use a different method of obtaining the
lat/long though, I’m still investigating.

By the way, if you can let me know a postcode that gives an incorrect
position it would be most helpful (all the ones I try, even very
remote ones are fine).

Joe

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Thanks again Mike,
I may well have a go at writing scripts.

Best regards

David


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Hi Joe,
Here’s a post code that I have trouble with:
The East Sussex National Golf Resort
Little Horsted
Uckfield
East Sussex
TN22 5ES

If you put it into Google Maps it comes up correctly. However, If you try and use it within Freeway it put’s it miles away up to the north east!

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Hi David,

After a bit of digging it transpires that due to licensing expenses
from Royal Mail Google don’t own or have access to postcodes in the
UK. While they do a pretty good job of finding most addresses through
their geographical location tool some (such as yours) are a few miles
off. Incidentally yours wasn’t in the North East, it returns a place
in Fletching, East Sussex.

There are ways round this (there must be, Google itself displays the
correct address) but so far the resolutions I’ve found will break
things for anyone outside the UK. I’ll keep digging around though, if
anyone else has anything to add to this then please do chime it.

Regards,

Joe

On 29 Nov 2008, at 10:35, David Reed wrote:

Hi Joe,
Here’s a post code that I have trouble with:
The East Sussex National Golf Resort
Little Horsted
Uckfield
East Sussex
TN22 5ES

If you put it into Google Maps it comes up correctly. However, If
you try and use it within Freeway it put’s it miles away up to the
north east!

David


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Just another article to backup what I said previously:

http://googlemapsapi.blogspot.com/2007/07/uk-geocoding-now-available-in-maps-api.html

In particular this paragraph:

“Developers should be aware that the API geocoder is not using the
same resources as maps.google.com and may not return the same results.
You should also know that neither of the geocoders will help you
locate the “loch ness monster.” Sorry, Google can’t do everything
(yet). :)”

As far as I can make out Google have paid Royal Mail for the post code
license on their site but haven’t/can’t/won’t for their public API.

All is not lost though:

Lat: 50.935417
Long: 0.104027

Joe

On 29 Nov 2008, at 19:39, Joe Billings wrote:

Hi David,

After a bit of digging it transpires that due to licensing expenses
from Royal Mail Google don’t own or have access to postcodes in the
UK. While they do a pretty good job of finding most addresses
through their geographical location tool some (such as yours) are a
few miles off. Incidentally yours wasn’t in the North East, it
returns a place in Fletching, East Sussex.

There are ways round this (there must be, Google itself displays the
correct address) but so far the resolutions I’ve found will break
things for anyone outside the UK. I’ll keep digging around though,
if anyone else has anything to add to this then please do chime it.

Regards,

Joe

On 29 Nov 2008, at 10:35, David Reed wrote:

Hi Joe,
Here’s a post code that I have trouble with:
The East Sussex National Golf Resort
Little Horsted
Uckfield
East Sussex
TN22 5ES

If you put it into Google Maps it comes up correctly. However, If
you try and use it within Freeway it put’s it miles away up to the
north east!

David


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Hi Joe,
Thank you for explaining how Google resolve the two respective methods of post code plotting.
In future, when having trouble aligning a post code, I will use the Lat/Long.
Thanks for your time and dedication.
Regards

David


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