Automatic shadow maker for Google Maps icons
It is easy to program custom markers for the Google Maps API, but getting the right shadow behind your icon is difficult. I personally don't like to spend lots of time in image editing software for tasks that can be automated. Having read several descriptions for creating the kind of semi-3d shadow that is expected for a marker icon in the Maps API, I wrote a Java2D-based application to automate this task.
It performs these steps:
The application allows you to upload an image for which it will generate a shadow image. The result is previewed in several situations, and you can plot it on a map as well. The download link finally allows you to retrieve the shadow image and use it in your own websites. There are no restrictions whatsoever on the use of the generation shadow.
Request for features
I'm looking for ideas for simple useful features that I can implement in Shadowmaker. I'm looking for tasks that are related to designing of marker icons for Google Maps, that are laborious and could be automated. If you have an idea, drop me a note.
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