Sorry Mark, there isn't an option to default embedded maps to automatically show the terrain view or the hills. This might be something that could be done in the future but we do already have a very long list of feature requests.
Oh yeah, and how about Hills too?
Not to resurect a zombie thread, but is there a way to default with Terrain on in the Map view? I can get it to embed with Map view no problem, but I'd like it with Terrain added if possible.
Thanks for such an awesome website!
I have been off the radar for a while ...
This seems to work fine, that's exactly what I was looking for and it does look much better for those maps where terrain is relevant. Again a brilliant job and many thanks for working this into Plot-a-Route. Let's hope others find it uesful too.
All the best with the website in 2015!
Hi Cornelis - We've implemented a static map solution now for embedded maps that default to the Paths map. The solution is under trial so let us know if you experience any issues with this.
OK John, I see what you mean ... yes that works fine, of course, and ignore my ignornance.
Obviously I was looking for the static map to change. Anyway, this is already a nice step forward and I shall wait patiently for further developments. In the end this is about aesthetics, not lack of functionality.
Thanks for looking into this.
If the embedded map code includes maptype=paths, the map type should default to paths when you click play to load the interactive map. We don't have a solution at present to make the initial static map image with the paths map, so this will still show the Google street map for now. I'll post back here when we've developed a way of showing the static maps using the paths map.
It must be the value of the 'maptype' John because 'maptype=sat' works fine. So perhaps 'paths' is incorrect or the php code is not looking for the 'paths' value or if it does it's not taking any action to change the maptype.
I hope that helps.
That's brilliant John, thanks for dealing with this so quickly.
The units variable works perfectly, but I just wonder what the proper use of the map type is.
I have tried ...
www.plotaroute.com/embedmap/20511?units=km&maptype=paths (as you have it in the new code)
but that doesn't seem to work. The km units are working fine, but the maptype stays in it's default 'map' configuration. Is there anything I do wrong?
No doubt you can enlighten me here. :^)
I am pleased to say that we have now added support for changing the default units (miles or km) and map types (Maps, Satellite or Paths) on maps that are embedded onto other websites. When you chose to embed a map on another site, the code to embed the map will now include parameters to set the units and map type based on the map you are viewing at the time you share it.
If you would like to change an existing embedded map please get the new code by viewing the map in the route planner and selecting the Share option.