Since 2007 we’ve been providing interactive Flash metro maps at exploreshanghai.com and for four other cities. While recently we’ve been focused on apps for iPhone and Android, our popular online maps at are starting to look a little dated. It’s time for a fresh start, so I’ve been redesigning the online maps from the ground up. The goals of the redesign are:
No more Flash: as an increasing number of devices don’t come with Flash Player installed
Make the design responsive – that is to say, it should display well on any screen size, from a mobile phone right up to a large desktop monitor
Allow users of mobile devices who haven’t got our native apps to access basic mapping functionality on all devices for free
Add online maps for Seoul and Taipei
Add some features from our native apps, like more intuitive routeplanning, and zoom in/out
We’re still testing the new maps, but here’s a sneak preview of things to come (click to enlarge):
Soon, you’ll be able to opt-in to use the new version when you visit one of our sites. Stay tuned for updates!
The ExploreMetro iPhone apps auto-detect your iPhone/iPod’s system language and show either English or Chinese labels. That’s useful for most people, but sometimes you’d prefer to be able to choose the language manually.
We’re pleased to announce that by popular demand, the next version of all the ExploreMetro apps will allow you to select your language manually via the Settings.app. See this Youtube video to see how simple it is to change.
We’ve just pushed out a change to all our maps (Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong) which dramatically increases speed and responsiveness! You should now find dragging the map around and planning routes faster than ever before.
We want to make the ExploreMetro maps as good as possible, so we’re constantly fixing bugs and making improvements! Here are a selection of fixes made recently. If you spot any glitches, bugs, or text errors, or you have any suggestions to improve our maps, please get in touch!