Interactive map are being used on many websites to pinpoint locations, travel destinations, real estate, home property. You can find many websites showing a clickable map as their branch office locators. For many news topic, you could also find a map related to it, such as maps showing swine flu outbreak locations, bank failure map, and interactive maps showing geology, oil and gas fields, oil drilling, etc.
Because of the restriction of JPG and HTML, most websites now use flash to create online interactive maps, why use a static image that do nothing when you can have interactive maps with clickable points, pop-up box displaying images and text, and showing different color and hint boxes on mouseover.
For example, you can generate a directional local map and embed it on your pages so your customers can know the location of your shops or branches. You can indicate specific routes that tourist can take for an interesting journeys to a landmark. You can also add icons, clickable points on your interactive map to indiciate special locations.
The interactive flash map therefore can serve as your virtual locator -- your customers will have an easier time to find information about your company, distributors and products.
If you are selling real estate in the US, then your website might have a property locator map with search function. Once you finished your website, you can add a flash US locator map to serve as a search tool. For example, you can generate an US locator map for the properties that are listed for sale by your company in different states or counties in the United States. All your visitors need to do is click on their desired state or county of your property map, and then see the list of properties as search results.
You can also use this clickable US locator map to provide specific details about the properties such as nearest schools, public services, financial centers, and places of entertainment. These interactive functions can attract property buyers so you can generate more sales leads for your company.
If you are going to provide a presentation related to world countries, you can generate an interactive world countries map, or a more district map such as an US county map using iMapBuilder (interactive map software). Use different color to highlight continents, countries, or major cities. Your audience will have an easier time identifying different areas in the world map with related information.
Creating interactive maps requires skills and actionscript programming. A professional map building software such as iMapBuilder can be a valuable assistant to make the task a lot easier.
The iMapBuilder interactive mapping software comes with a variety of map templates, including world map of all countries,continents maps, country map such as United States, United Kingdom, Australia, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, etc. You can also import your own image files (such as JPG or GIF image) into the software, then add the elements, such as clickable dots, icons, mouseover tooltips, set different colors for countries, states and regions, etc.All it requires is few mouse clicks and you will find it fun to use.