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Introducing Enso Map Anywhere

Imagine this. You are writing an email to a friend and you mention that you want to meet at your favorite breakfast place in Chicago: Tre Kronor. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to send them Tre Kronor’s address along with a map? Currently, the only way to do this is to open your browser, load up a site that provides maps, do a search for the restaurant, wait for the map to appear, copy the URL of the map to your email, copy the address to your email (and reformat it), and finally close your browser. Gross—and you’re not even sending a map, just a link to one!

Enter Enso Map Anywhere.

Enso Map Anywhere lets you select an address or a business name and add a map in place. For instance, if you don’t know where a business is, you can just highlight its name and you’ll get a beautiful map from Google with the location marked, along with the business’s full address and phone number. Alternatively, you can use the map command on a partial address like “4611 N Ravenswood” to get a map and the full address. It’s a great way to look up a forgotten ZIP code.

So download it now, it’s free forever and works with (but doesn’t require) other Enso products. Go map happy. It maps in lots of places, from Word to Gmail. You can even use it while blogging in Word Press. Check it out:

Bongo Room, Chicago
Map
Bongo Room: 1470 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL – (773) 489-0690
Did you mean the Bongo Room at 1152 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL – (312) 291-0100?
Mapped by Enso Map Anywhere

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Great feature, I’m sad I can not use it on my gnu/linux machine. How possible is it to port it? How complex is the command?



Johan Carlsson

Despite the mentioning of the national emblem of Sweden (Tre Kronor) above I’,m guessing this only works in the US et al.?

Tre Kronor:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Crowns



Andrew Wilson

Johan: Just goes to show how little we knew when we picked that example. The Tre Kronor example was based on a restaurant we happen to know and like in Chicago. We had no idea it was the national emblem of Sweden. We thought the name was a comment on how cheap the food was (once upon a time), not a reference to a national symbol.



Aza Raskin

@ Johan. It works anywhere that Google Maps works. For instance, mapping “Champs-Élysées, France” works just fine.



Gordon Mattey

Hurry up with the OS X version :-)

We are salivating!



Jono

Speak for yourself, Andrew! I knew what Tre Kronor meant. I happen to be a Wikspert on the subject. ;-)

Braydon: Unfortunately, porting one Enso command to Linux is just as hard as porting all of Enso to Linux. The command itself is very simple but it depends on the Enso infrastructure.

Johan: Enso Map Anywhere will work as well, or as poorly, on international addresses as Google Maps itself does. Enso may have trouble processing Asian characters in text selections, but we’ve tested the Map command on addresses in France annd it worked.



Paul Holbrook

Nice, but if you map something that isn’t a business, there’s no link to a live map. I want that live link to jump into google maps, please.


Jone: How foreseeable do you see such and undertaking of porting Enso to GNU/Linux to be? Is it worth it to port, or is Enso heavily dependent on underlying Windows infrastructure…. so much so that it would be best to consider an Enso, or Quicksilver like application on GNU/Linux a separate entity of it’s own. Do you have much experience with working on GNU/Linux systems? If so which distributions do you run?



Nick

FYI: The download link above works fine, but if you go to the Map Anywhere page, the download URL there is missing the ‘beta’ part.


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