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Googlemaps for Business & Qlikview - Static Maps URL Signing

Hi Folks,

I've been tasked at getting static google maps incorporated into Qlikview but while having experience with the googlemaps api I'm a complete novice with Qlikview and am picking up on someone elses work.

The work they've done so far has allowed them to display a static map; however, the issue is that I need to be able to utilise the Usage Reports provided by googlemaps for Business and therefore I need to uniquely sign the URL.  From a .net site I've no problem in doing this but within Qlikview I've got no clue.

Can anyone shed any light on this?  I've logged a call both with Google and Qlikview so if they can provide a solution I'll post it up.

Thanks for any help.

Later,

Jes
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Hi Folks,

An update from google.
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Unfortunately, no: calls to the Static Maps API must have both your client ID and a signature in order to benefit from enhanced Maps for Business resolution and quotas (and support!) Further, it's not acceptable under our terms of service to access the free Static Maps (ie. without client id and signature) from a closed community (ie. any Qlikview pages that are private to you or your company).

I'm not familiar with Qlikview, so I'm afraid I can't help there - but I did see a google map hiding in the corner of one of their pages in the product tour, so perhaps they do have a mechanism for embedding Google Maps. I'd recommend talking to Qlikview - do they provide support? If so, perhaps you could put me in touch with them and we could have a conversation about how they could best implement our Static Maps so you can use your client id and signature in a compliant fashion.
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This means the resolution to this sits within Qlikview - does anyone know how to sign a google static map url within Qlikview?  (Hmm, I think this might be a big ask)

Later,

Jes
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Not as big as you might think.  Here is a link to a demo they've released (you may need to be logged in, but there's free registration if you're not a member - see below):

http://community.qlikview.com/docs/DOC-3136

Also register on the community.  It's a great source of information and the forums are well maintained and very knowledgeable.

http://community.qlikview.com/
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Hi folks,

I've resolved this by creating a web service that signs the URL and passes redirects the response to the generate URL.  It's ugly but it works.

Also of note is that in v9 of qlikview you need to append '.jpg' to the URL.

Thanks for all suggestions.

Later,

Jes
Did you see the demo in the link I posted above?  it doesn't use a webservice but sounds like you've got a solution anyway.
I was also using v10 and can't remember whether I had the same issue with the .jpg when using v9 though I was sure it worked.  You changed the text object to an image type yeah?
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Hi,

Thanks but yes, I'd worked out a solution, though are am interested how you did yours - I'll take a look tomorrow.

Cheers,

Jes