Google Static Maps API

Google has released a “static maps” API: using an image URL, you can generate a map image without using JavaScript, which can be useful in certain circumstances where slow page loads, or JavaScript compatibility, are an issue. Documentation here. Note that the usage limit of 1,000 per day is per viewer and not per API key; Google says that “most developers should not need to worry about exceeding their quota.” RenaLId notes that this feature has been available from Yahoo for some time. See also Google LatLong, Google Maps Mania and Mapperz.