Google Maps is one of the most popular web-based map services. If you want to adjust its style you can easily define a custom style sheet and embed it as JSON element into your HTML-code. Because there are lots of map elements you can style, it could be a good idea to use one of here introduced web service specialized on Google Maps style creation.
Since QGIS 2.6 was released with a lot of new features and functions I’ve been testing it sporadic and have come to realise that the quality and functionality of symbol styling and labelling is so high that ESRI ArcMap no longer can match it. Honestly I haven’t tested the 10.3 version of ArcMap, so my experience is based on previous versions. Here I’ll use an example to highlight some of the extensive possibilities offered in QGIS.
Dear folks, most of you probably know how to map things using software on your pc. Some of you might also know cartoDB. We like their service as our job-page here on digital-geography.com is based on their tables, API and GeoJSON export functionalities. Additionally it’s for free (with some limitations)… The guys from CartoDB now offer an online learning event which will give newbies the chance to map their data in a very interesting online mapping engine.
For an upcoming project I was curious about visualizing a line layer using OpenLayers. Therefore I digitized a way with googlemaps. After creating a kml with “my places” in googlemaps I exported the coordinates to libre office calc and converted them to fit the needed code in OpenLayers: