- Paths can be specified as encoded polylines.
- Paths can be filled and rendered as polygons.
- Locations (in center, markers, or path parameters) can now be specified as addresses instead of latitude/longitude coordinates.
- Colors can now be specified as any 24-bit or 32-bit color.
If you are a Danish speaker Søren Johannessen has created a Danish language version of the wizard called the Dansk Google Static Maps v2 Generator.
For the more technically minded, Mapperz has a really good review of the new Static Maps API. The review includes tips on creating polygons and creating a static map from a Google My Map.
Via: Google Geo Developers Blog: Static Maps API v2: Encoded Paths, Polygons & Geocoding