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strelaypoolsrv, cmd/ursrv: Google maps issue in the GUI #5296
That change wrecked quite a few softwares using it (e.g. https://discuss.pixls.us/t/google-maps-and-digikam/9547/3). Some opensource map api like leaflet or others would be the best option. but that's probably just an annoying amount of work...
I spent quite a lot of time with this change
In early days you did not need an API key or registration to use Google Maps. Then Google decided to make an API key mandatory (I guess a few heavy users causing this impulse or Google wants more money to satisfy stock holders?), but they could not inform the users about this change without any contact info.
A few months after everbody had updated their maps, Google decided to make payment details mandatory too - but they failed to clearly communicate this change. So all maps broken again
I still see lots of (contact) pages with broken maps because you hardly visit your own page(s) (besides start page e.g. after wordpress update). Also average Joe is not your typical dev "I just register there and setup an API key" type.
Then I found out that you get 200$ free monthly credit which covers 99% of all use cases. Also you can limit requests to your domain and set usage limits so you never spend more even with high traffic pages. With that perspective this whole API key thing is just plain stupid.
A few days ago they changed things again (wtf?) and it looks like the free part is also disappearing over the next months (not clear if for all or just heavy users or old users or ...?) and I'm still not sure how much the average Joe that has a simple map on the contact page has to pay (or not). This whole thing is utterly confusing - just take a look at the pricing (scroll down to see what I mean)
If you find out more how this works out financially please let me know, thanks!