January, 2015 Archives

I had always assumed animated GIFs would go the way of the Blink tag, but it seems their popularity continues to grow. Just like hipsters are bringing back vinyl records and beekeeping, animated GIFs are a sign of good taste. So to sate the public’s thirst for more GIFs, I created a tool to create custom GIFs using Google’s Street View images. Try Geo GIF to make your own custom images.

The Street View API is stunningly simple to use. All you have to do make an http request for an image with the parameters embedded in the URL. It’s fast and easy. I wrote a PHP proxy script to request a series of images and then stitch them together into a single animated image.

The web front-end lets you select any place on a map, and drop a pin to select the location. The Street View API will find the closest location, though if it’s too far from a street (like the middle of a block), you’ll see the standard “no image found” placeholder. » Continue Reading…