Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Google Maps of the Week

The idea of providing coupons in context is inspired. Vyaggio is a great application for getting driving directions with coupon deals at rest stops along your route, so not only do you get directions but you get news of great deals to be had on your journey.

If you don't want driving directions that's fine as well. You can also use Vyaggio to find restaurants, shops, hotels and cafes offering coupon deals in European towns. The coupons can be searched by location and filtered by category.

Another app providing deals in context is (where shall we eat?). Imagine it is lunch time and you want to eat. Wouldn't it be great if you could turn on your phone and view nearby restaurants with great lunch-time deals? is a German Google Maps based website and mobile application that does exactly that. Using the app you can quickly see and browse through local restaurants' lunchtime offers on a handy Google Map.

Currently the site has lots of suggestions for where you can eat during the day in Hamburg. Coverage outside Hamburg is currently patchy but I'm sure that will improve as the app's popularity grows., is an application for creating and sharing maps with friends. It is a great tool for quickly sketching out a location or a route that you need to share with others.

No registration is necessary and the provided drawing tools are very easy to use, so you can create and share a map with Sketchmap in a matter of seconds. As well as the handy drawing tools the map has available a number of layers, including administrative boundaries, listed buildings, scenic interests and geology.

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