The new Yahoo! maps (released just over an hour ago) is amazing. The app is very smooth and slick, and makes heavy use of yahoo yellow-pages data. It’s integrated with real-time traffic info as well. The experience of dragging and dropping the map, and zooming in and out, is _nearly_ as smooth as google maps (hey for day one that is terrific. There’s lots of room for optimization with this kind of code).
Yahoo! is playing the fast follower game, and playing it well (see also an earlier post on the new Yahoo! email client). And they’re obviously thinking hard about using the right technology for the right job, rather than simply copying the google approach.
1) A typical Flash bug: Control X,C,V (for cut/copy/delete) don’t work in text areas (note to the Macromedia engineers who read this blog: can someone fix that? It’s really holding Flash back at this point).
2)I think the Flash YahooMaps is still consuming more compute cycles relative to the Ajax GoogleMaps. Less than a minute after launching yahoo maps, I noticed my PC’s fan turn on and stay on (I’ve never noticed this with GoogleMaps). It’s just a feeling, and I think it’s a common issue with complex Flash applications. I remember feedback from an early user of MindCanvas: “your website heated my computer up!!!”. Some optimizations took care of the problem, probably the same thing will happen here.
Thanks to tech crunch and webreakstuff for the heads up!