by Torstein Hønsi
Highmaps is designed from ground up with mobile browsers in mind. Everything from multitouch zooming to touch-friendly tooltips responds great on mobile platforms. Nevertheless, Highmaps also works in old browsers like IE6-8.
For your convenience, we provide a collection of hundreds of maps, all optimized for fast download and rendering with Highmaps.
Do you want to use Highmaps for a personal website, a school site or a non-profit organisation? Then you don't need the author's permission, just go on and use Highmaps. For commercial websites and projects, see License and Pricing.
One of the key features of Highmaps is that under any of the licenses, free or not, you are allowed to download the source code and make your own edits. This allows for personal modifications and a great flexibility.
Highmaps is solely based on native browser technologies and doesn't require client side plugins like Flash or Java. Furthermore you don't need to install anything on your server. No PHP or ASP.NET. Highmaps needs only two JS files to run: The highmaps.js core and either jQuery or the Highcharts Standalone Framework.
Through a full API you can add, remove and modify series and points or modify axes at any time after chart creation. Numerous events supply hooks for programming against the chart. In combination with jQuery's or other frameworks' Ajax APIs, this opens for solutions like live charts constantly updating with values from the server, user supplied data and more.
Map area, map line, points of interest, bubbles on maps, heatmaps. These features correspond to series types in Highcharts.
For full control over the color layout of the Highmaps choropleth maps, a separate color axis is displayed inside the legend. It inherits most features from scalar axes in order to provide common options like min, max, logarithic scale and more.
Highmaps features all common ways of navigating, like plus/minus buttons, doubleclick to zoom, mousewheel zooming, multitouch and panning.
The drilldown module ensures smooth interaction between map areas on one layer, which zoom into a full map on the underlying layer. Let your users click their way down into increasingly local data!
Besides the common Series/Point concept, Highmaps accepts the standardized GeoJSON format for map input.
With the exporting module enabled, your users can export the chart to PNG, JPG, PDF or SVG format at the click of a button, or print the chart directly from the web page.