Archive for April, 2006

Closing in on 1000 users…

Friday, April 28th, 2006

We’re closing in the 1000th user to join ZoomIn.
You’ll need to sign to be able to add places, photos and comments.

Go New Zealand!

A special thanks goes out to all our users for their support and encouragement.
We’re working hard at building the best maps site for New Zealand.

Team ZoomIn

Linking to Zoomin from your site

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Do you have a bunch of addresses on your site that you’d like to have maps for? Put a link on your site to zoomin.

See the Zoomin Developer Documentation.

Welcome to ZoomIn Australia

Monday, April 24th, 2006



ProjectX and Spatial Data Exchange are proud to announce the release of

We’ve been working really hard on our Australian site over the last couple of months and we’re ready to launch.

ZoomIn is an online platform to share information in your neighbourhood.

Here are three things to help explain what ZoomIn is all about.


Using ZoomIn you can easily find any street address in Australia. As you type in an address, we suggest a number of alternatives to help you find what you are looking for.
We also have friendly URL’s for every address so that you can easily share with your friends.

e.g. Pitt St in Sydney becomes

or Brunswick Street in Brisbane becomes


You can explore a variety of places that the ZoomIn community has created. You can browse points of interest, comments, and photos of the peoples favourite places.


You can interact with the ZoomIn in a number of ways. You can create your own places, upload your own photos, and leave comments on places.

Its easy and free

To add anything to the site you’ll need to sign up. Its free to join, so start creating now.

There’s a lot more to discover on the site. Have a look at the site and let us know what you think.

The ZoomIn Team.

ZoomIn Mash

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Tom Beard’s has been cooking some Mash – My first mashup – <a href=
“”>Tom’s Flickr mashup

For all you developers thinking about cooking some mash, here’s some ideas:

What about:

  • Show region news articles
  • Show all the school fairs / garage sales
  • Show sports cancellations by sports field / parks
  • Show historical journeys or trails
  • Build a treasure hunt or obstacle course

New ZoomIn Mapping System pricing is on the way.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

We in the final stages of finalising the new pricing for the ZoomIn Mapping System.

The summary of the changes are:

    3 new pricing models

    • Monthly Pre-paid – We have a variety of prepaid options for websites that have constant.
    • Cost per Click – A tiered Pay as you go system that you only pay for what you use.
    • Point locator license – A new special license for website that just want to visualise a addresses on the map eg. This is suitable for the Real Estate, Travel industries and Store locators
  • The first 2500 map hits per month are free!
  • Unlimited pricing option for those sites that want all you can eat.

Sign up and get cracking. Our developer license is free. You can get you own map up and on your site in only minutes.

Nice article on Software as a Service

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Business week have a nice article on the 8 myths of Software as a service.

Here are the main points:

  • Myth #1: Software as a Service is still relatively new and untested.
  • Myth #2: Software as a Service is just another version of the failed application service provider, or ASP, and hosting models of the past, and will suffer the same fate as its predecessors.
  • Myth #3: Software as a Service only relieves companies of the up-front costs of traditional software licenses.
  • Myth #4: Software as a Service is only for small- and midsize businesses and will not be accepted by large-scale organizations.
  • Myth #5: Software as a Service only applies to applications such as customer relationship management and salesforce automation.
  • Myth #6: Software as a Service will only have a minor impact on the software industry and will fade over time.
  • Myth #7: It will be easy for the established software vendors to offer SaaS and dominate this market.
  • Myth #8: Software as a Service is only for corporate users.
  • Here’s my thoughts on Software as a service.

    The reality is change is expensive. Software as a service makes it possible to try the software to see if its a fit for your needs. If you have to invest lots of time and resources in some that might work, you have to be prepared to face the fact that you might have brought a lemon.

    As the software provider this model works great. We get to focus on the features that our clients actually want. Our focus is on creating value.

    Let me know your thoughts on the article.

    Tourism maps

    Tuesday, April 18th, 2006



    Tourism innovations have released a ZoomIn powered tourism map on their fourcorners site.

    The map allows you to browse various leisure activities, accomodation, transport and tourist information across New Zealand.

    Good work guys!

    Tourism innovations and Cabbage Tree are approved ZoomIn Mapping System developers. If your looking for an online mapping solution please contact Brian, Lawrence and the team to help put your ideas on the map.

    Ben's weekend mountain biking

    Monday, April 17th, 2006

    I went biking this weekend – I posted the 3 parks that I visited in the Mountain Biking Group.

    I’ll upload some photos once my phone finishes downloading them!


    Monday, April 17th, 2006

    Tom from Urban Wellington has posted a bunch more cool graffiti photos, Graffiti Alley and Graffiti at Waitangi park!

    ZoomIn in the News

    Monday, April 17th, 2006

    Dominion Post and Stuff have written a story on the new ZoomIn site.

    Hunting for treasure in maps

    Thanks Tom.