TypePad users now have a very easy way to install a Platial MapKit in the sidebar of their blogs, as a TypePad Widget. It's basically a one click installation. The flow is so new that it still lacks any real UI for working with existing maps, or for automatically catching typepad domains in the standard MapKit flow, but you are all welcome to scope it out anyway. Get your preview here: http://platial.com/mapkit/typepad, it should all be very obvious from that point on. (Note, this requires a TypePad account, if you'd like, you can get a free one here.)
The included improvements:
MapKit has always had an adjustable width, but we did a lot of specialty improvements to the sidebar version, arriving at, what we think is, a pretty nice balance between a small simple quick glance map display and the community map-making power of the full width MapKit. The solution is in a lightboxy overlay used to see richer information and to add Places to the map.
Take a peek at these screen shots.
We have a new little tiny InfoSticker that shows the image and has a link to more, if you click the 'open' link, or if you click the "Add Places & Comments" link, a lightboxy overlay takes over the page, that uses the regular MapKit layout and functionality.
We are very interested in hearing about any troubles you might have along the way, and to check out your implementations of this tool. As always, feel free to drop us a line.