June 30, 2002
The World According to Flash

Here we we go with version 4 of the world map locator. I finally fixed the zoom function and included the quality switch during panning. Plus I added a little javascript which give the focus to the flash file, so it will receive your keystrokes (before that you had to click once on the map to give the focus to the map).

[UPDATE: I removed that focus thing again because it seems to interfere with the rest of the page]

I must say that I'm pretty amazed from how many different places people come by here.

Posted at June 30, 2002 06:02 PM | Further reading

This is a cool thing man, I saw my city beeping in here, heeee. And yeah thanks for the link to my website, I came to know of you when I got a hit from your site.

Posted by: Brajeshwar on July 1, 2002 04:55 PM

I would like something similair on my site, is that possible? I am going to make a link-site by continent and per continent by country with thousands of links, could I use something like you made? I have Flash mx and some programming experience with actionscript...

Posted by: Theo Hubenet on October 8, 2002 06:30 PM

this is cool, although you got my location waaaaaaaaay off. andora? pfft.

good work though, i'm impressed :)

Posted by: Dave on November 6, 2002 08:26 PM

i like it - it found me alright and said that i'm in England but it pointed to somewhere else... still, good stuff

Posted by: ShEx on November 8, 2002 11:59 AM

Super, this is the place i'm surfing , good stuff.

Posted by: Thomas Skibbe on November 9, 2002 03:10 AM

hooooolaaaaa :0

great job... really amazing thinge on web into flash... me too looking outta such stuff for my website...if u could lend me this as a promotional pack :)

really real stuff...

Posted by: Abhijeet on November 11, 2002 12:52 PM

Can I download it and put it on my website? It looks really cool.

Posted by: Kuan Yew on December 12, 2002 04:32 AM

You are free to setup a link from your site. But please do not download it to put it on your site. This is not freeware. Also the map itself may not be extracted or used.

Posted by: coma2mario on December 12, 2002 09:52 AM

how about some source code. what tool are you using to get the long and lat?

Posted by: incarnate on December 24, 2002 05:00 AM

It's lovely. Just wanted to say hello from what once was Budapest (under the box) and now became Utrecht :))
Your site is great!

Posted by: ddt on January 3, 2003 05:27 AM

Another great job... :)

Can you please tell me where do you get the exact location (lat, long, country), by catching the IP of the client.

I would be greatfull. I've search for free services in this area but with out luck.

Thx alot

Posted by: Image on January 7, 2003 03:45 PM

I use the NetGeo service: http://www.caida.org/tools/utilities/netgeo/

Posted by: coma2mario on January 7, 2003 03:56 PM

Very nice look and feel to it all, Nuno! Great Job! I love the timezone day/night mask -- would like to implement it on Chatbugs too! :P

The zoom and pan features work very well; I am only curious as to why you don't just make a double-click to zoom, and maybe shift-double click to zoom out?

Posted by: Jayson K. Hanes on January 7, 2003 07:00 PM

where can i get pearl´s girl filter?

Posted by: pablo perez on January 11, 2003 06:41 AM

Nice little tool but not working properly though. Australia instead of Belgium!? Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Filip on February 15, 2003 05:36 PM

nice map and idea... but the IP to Long/Lat is way off, I'm in the UK and it was pointing to Netherlands.

The NetGeo database is flawed :(

But as for your design and coding... great stuff, love the zoom feature :)

Posted by: Greg on May 25, 2003 03:51 AM

This is pretty amazing. It got my area and and location right on the map, but then when I zoom in, the text is still correct but on the map it places me in China (really from Toledo, OH).

This is awesome though.

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Posted by: dildar on June 12, 2003 10:04 PM

a awesome tool!

Posted by: Moknapp on June 22, 2003 12:17 AM


Its funy you find out in whitch little village i live an you whrite the right country but on the map the point is in the wrong country

Posted by: komodo on June 29, 2003 12:54 PM

doesn't really work with my service provider. i'm located in berlin... the tracker tells me, detmold...

but nice app :-)

Posted by: anon on July 20, 2003 11:39 PM

Yes, it looks like the NetGeo service is sometimes a bit buggy. I cannot influence the data - I can only show what the server returns.

Posted by: Mario Klingemann on July 20, 2003 11:42 PM

sweeet...great job man!!

Posted by: ezul on August 22, 2003 03:57 AM

UK users,
you will probably not get put in the UK by this as BT and others use offshore equipment to lower costs.
Try using symantec firewall and look at their potential attack maps I usually come from Belgium or Holland (allegedly) and not Manchester UK
Can I refuse to pay the Inland revenue based on my new location?
Heh heh heh!!!

Posted by: jon on August 25, 2003 05:40 AM

Hey coma2mario,

The http://www.caida.org/tools/utilities/netgeo/ is not working like it used to be ... where do you get you're data from now?

Thx a lot ;)


Posted by: Maximo on September 24, 2003 11:12 PM

Oh it's not? Looks like I have to find some new solution then. Well - if your position was correct anyway they reason is that I cached the results in order to reduce queries to netgeo.

Posted by: Mario on September 25, 2003 01:40 AM

Well, if you find one please let me know :) .... i've search but without any luck


Posted by: Maxim on September 25, 2003 01:18 PM

Hi There!
Does anybody have an Idea about how to map a bitmap of the world onto a sphere for letting the earth "roll"?

I have searched in dozens of places but found nothing in flash - only a nice java solution:


I want to include geo-data to click onto certain cities with different links - but with flash, not java!

Any suggestions???

Posted by: carsten on October 30, 2003 04:49 PM

Hey it would be really impressive if you did an ip lookup and embeed the location of your users within the flash :)

Posted by: Sid on November 3, 2003 12:56 AM

it says i live in Italy, while I am currently living in Belgium.

Otherwise very nice.

Posted by: janne on November 10, 2003 01:00 PM

I'm in Central Finland, it came up in Italy for me too!

Posted by: pattu on November 17, 2003 04:25 PM


i been SEARCHING for a worldmap like that, the vector image, eps or ai. Did you draw that one yourself? or did you find it some place, that one is great. If you can tell me taht would help me out.



Posted by: paul on December 18, 2003 01:37 PM

Do you have an intention on sharing the source for this marvelous piece of work ?



Posted by: Mark W on January 4, 2004 08:33 PM

No, not for free.

Posted by: Mario Klingemann on January 5, 2004 11:11 AM

I'm interested in talking to someone about producing / purchasing a map similar to this for my website. Please contact me.


Posted by: Jim on July 21, 2004 03:49 PM

definately interested in getting the flash source for your excellent map here... I've looked all over and found nothing to match it! How much would you share the source/eps art for? Please drop me a line and let me know...


Posted by: ryan moore on July 28, 2004 08:26 AM

Very Nice....

Great Job!

Posted by: Mojo40 on September 20, 2004 09:24 PM

That is sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: MoJo40 on November 18, 2004 04:02 PM

Check out this similar project. An open source flash photoblog world map that plots images onto the world using latitude and longitude.


Posted by: Mark Zeman on November 24, 2004 04:45 AM

I'm in Taiwan and it put me in Thailand. Seems like a common westerner mistake to me!

Posted by: mark on December 17, 2004 05:18 PM

I bet the reason it is so far off so often is because us surfers are going through unpredictable network hops before we hit any netspace. So our browsers actually talk through a hole in the net wherever our service is connected to. for example i showed up in Virginia, but I'm in Georgia.

Posted by: tcs on January 26, 2005 03:02 PM

hola, no me ubico bien, me mando a africa, australia, estados unidos y europa, y yo estoy en...¡argentina!:S
hi, it does not work with me, there says im in africa, australia, usa and europe, and i am in...¡argentina!:S

Posted by: jul lun on February 8, 2005 04:48 AM

i've been looking for a world map just like that, and im trying to figure out how to do it... is there a huge possibility that you could e-mail me how you did it... or maybe just some tips lol... i really need to know how you came up with all the action scripts... please.... tnx! alot! cool site!

Posted by: spock on February 24, 2005 06:18 AM

Hey there. neat stuff. About a year ago I did a similar thing to what you do here on my site. I use some php scripts (1 to get your ip address and submit to a site I found that gets the geographical info and then call another script which parses the information from the other site and sends it back into flash in a usable format for me to update info.) I have plans to make a really cool interface with it once complete. for now it just displays your info at the beginning of entry to my site (as accurately as the database is which looks up your IP addy).

Anyways, just wanted to say I like what you did : )

Posted by: Mark on November 23, 2005 03:24 PM

gr88 stuff!

Posted by: Debabrata on December 19, 2005 10:44 AM
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