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Google Maps and my blog
August 30, 2014
4:46 pm
Roberta Sauerwein

I have started a new blog for our travels this summer. I cannot thank you enough for opening up this whole new experience for me last year. This years blog link is:  http://www.roamingwithbaileyan… if you would like to take a look.


I had wanted to add an interactive map this year. I am using Windows 8.1. I follow all your directions for creating the maps in the new program.  I can get it to draw lines from place to place but it’s real touchy and it doesn’t follow the roads. It keeps putting in numbers or letters that I cannot remove. When I try to put it into my blog it never gives me the options to embed the url. Any ideas or have you a workaround?


Also is there something like MovieMaker that will work with Windows 8?


Will you be at the Escapees Escapade in Tucson in March, 2015?


Roberta Sauerwein

September 3, 2014
5:27 pm
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Making custom maps with the new Google Maps Engine Light is indeed touchy! You really can’t make a line along roads (only one ‘directions’ allowed per map) – you need to use the line tool and just click to tack the line down at the turns. The numbers or letters are part of the styling – you can click that line and then click on Style, and Labels (at the left of screen) to get the colors etc. the way you want. I would choose labels and make sure that “no labels” is selected. 

To embed URL – first get the Embed code from the map by clicking on the little folder icon (top left) – choose “Embed on my Site” then cop the code. On the Blogger side, you need to be in HTML view and then paste the code wherever you want. It’s very similar to the process for embedding a video in a blog post. Here’s my tutorial on that: blog33.Insert Video in Blog #264

We use MovieMake on Windows 8. It’s available for download here:…..r-download

Good job on your blog! I especially like your use of a collage for the header!

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