Eighteen reasons that make the difference.
We try to unlock the value hidden in the geographic data. We turn data into images. Into map images that are beautiful, accessible and yet still based on the real Earth.
One map doesn't make a map gallery. But more than one hundred millions of ready‑to‑use map images make Maphill the largest map gallery available online. With a large lead.
The true value of a map gallery is not determined by the number of images, but by the possibility to look at the same area from many different angles. Maphill captures each part of the world in a wide variety of carefully designed map styles.
Maphill covers the entire world several times right away. In various zoom levels, from entire continents to small villages. In the same level of detail in vast deserts as in the centers of the largest cities. We make no distinctions. The wealth of the world lies in its diversity.
Our goal is not to compete with traditional map services, but to offer simple illustrative images that show the location. Because location matters. We try to make it clear at first sight where on Earth is the map area located. From every image and every page.
Maphill was built with the goal of making the web a more beautiful place. You don’t have to pay for that. Maphill maps are and will always be available for free.
We create each map individually with regard to the characteristics of the map area and the chosen graphic style. We assemble and keep maps in a high resolution vector format throughout the entire process of their creation. Long before you can see it.
Do you think the maps are too beautiful not to be painted? This is not art, you won't find any brush strokes in the maps. All images are created based on the measured data. We only use data collected by the satellites from Earth’s orbit or by scientific research ships mapping the ocean floor. Discover how the world really looks like.
We have developed new technique where the shading effect is composited from up to twenty layers. The shading captures the landscape illuminated from several angles, with various intensity and height of the light source. This is when one Sun is not enough.
No matter if you came to explore the world or just to get a map for your website, the map selection is fast and easy. Choose the map style and the view angle in a single table with thumbnails of all possible combinations. With one single click, you can switch among the different map styles.
Maps in the form of static image look always the same. On your mobile device, on the latest tablet and in the 10 years old browser. No platform or browser dependencies.
You don’t have to regret not having your own website. You can still share the beauty hidden in the maps with your friends. Use the share buttons for Facebook, Twitter and Google+ located next to the map. Thank you for not keeping it to yourself.
Maps are served from a large number of servers spread across all continents except Antarctica. Globally distributed delivery network ensures low latency and fast loading times, no matter where on Earth you are located.
The internet and mapping technologies are changing fast. Faster than the world itself. Providing maps as static images is not the bleeding edge of web technology, it has one significant advantage. Images are timeless. They will display in the same way both today and in years to come.
We automated the complex process of transforming geographic data into high quality map graphics. Thanks to that, we can create maps faster and at lower costs than was previously possible.
Creating even one single map is very demanding in terms of computing power. Creating many millions of maps in reasonable time would never be possible without processing thousands of maps concurrently. Cloud infrastructure has enabled us to build efficient and scalable map publishing platform.
There is no sun without shadow. Batch production of maps has its limits. Our system has to work for any map area regardless of its size, elevation or landscape type. It’s a long way to find simple solutions to complex problems. We are still at the beginning.