Tony Farndon has just updated his fantastic Minimapper Flock Etension, and for those of you who haven't yet been exposed, I'm giving a little rundown on its Platial integration right now.
(for those of you also not yet exposed to flock --> it's a new-ish, socially minded web browser for windows, mac and linux - thumbs up - check it out)
Using Minimapper:After installing it,
Turn it on:
You'll see this appear at the top of your window:I'd recommend putting the little icon into your flock toolbar for quick on/off access:
When you find an address anywhere online:and you'd like to save it for a little while, just highlight the address and drag it to the minimapper box that says, "Drop Address or Link".
and you'll see this:
(the title is generated from the page title you are dragging from, so it could be off.)
click on that title, and the map will zoom in to street level.
When you are ready to do something with that address:
Right click, or control click, the title to see the contextual menu:
The 3 Platial options let you:
- see what is happening around that address using the Today Nearby geo-aggregator.
- see what Platial members may be saying about the Place (and if it doesn't exist yet, will invite you to be the first)
- add it to your own list of saved Places (this works smoothest if you let Platial keep you logged in)
Ok, so that's basically it in a nutshell. To me, minimapper is a great tool that acts like a 'staging area' for Places that you may want to make a map of, and a fun, slim, easy tool built into a similar browser.