ViEmu around the world

It’s not my fault. Ian Landsman started, and I just couldn’t resist. His blog post describes a cool php component to use the Google Maps API and show a list of addresses in a map. He used it to show where Helpspot (his popular help desk software application) customers are. And I had to do it. A couple of hours and quite a few manual fixes later, here are some cool takes (not all of the addresses resolved, and the ones who payed through Paypal, including as a few Chinese customers, aren’t shown here either):

All around the world!

The U.S. and Canada (most of my customers)

Europe (UK addresses don’t show up)

Japan and Korea – there are a lot of customers in Japan, but I had to reduce it to just cities

The bay area.


Southern California

And an overview of the East Coast.

Even in the land down under!

And here are a few exotic places – now how cool is that?

I’m planning to set up a ViEmu-specific blog in the next few days, and I was meaning to post this there – but I just couldn’t resist! I may even add some of this to the ViEmu home page, it makes for a good, reassuring visual explanation that ViEmu is used by lots of people around the world!

22 Responses to “ViEmu around the world”

  1. Ian Says:

    Nice job with the manual fixes. I was too lazy!

  2. Ian Says:

    I see you also had the UK issue πŸ™

  3. J Says:

    I didn’t fix them all, but I fixed a few. I didn’t want to lose customers in the most exotic places!

    Also, I fixed UK addresses until they worked in the interface (zip code + “United Kingdom”), but they didn’t work through the API πŸ™

    It was a pity with Japan, because there are quite a few customers over there, but the only way to make them show up was to just leave the city. I actually even have a few provisions in ViEmu for interaction with Japanese input modes.

    vi input with Japanese text – *that* must be really hard! – πŸ™‚

  4. » SmartInspect customer map Says:

    […] Following Ian’s and Jon’s examples, we created a customer map for our logging tool SmartInspect. The images below show the cities and areas where our customers are located. I think it’s great to have SmartInspect users from so many different places around the world! […]

  5. StepH ~ Tijmoe Says:

    Impressive ! If only I can get some spot when my business will really start. Contratulation.

  6. J Says:

    Thanks! What do you mean get some spot?



  7. StepH ~ Tijmoe Says:

    Humm… I suppose I suffer from the syndrome… “Only my grand-mother will buy my stuff”…

    But no. I’m motivated.


  8. J Says:

    I think that if it solves a pain other people have, it will sell. You have to work a lot to get there, but you will. That “pain” is the most important part.

    Good luck and stay motivated!

  9. Tom Says:

    I found me. πŸ™‚

  10. J Says:

    Cool πŸ™‚

  11. Jia Li Says:

    I didn’t find myself, I’m from Beijing/China….

  12. J Says:

    Hi Jia,

    Thanks for the pointer. Actually, the list above is by no means complete… a salient problem of Google’s geocoder is that it wouldn’t decode addresses in some countries, notably, the UK, China, and others. I even mentioned the lack of ‘pins’ in China on the opening paragraph…

    I can’t remember the exact figure, but about only half of all addresses resolved (and I also have customers for whom I don’t have an address). That, plus the fact that many pins are concentrated at the same coordinates, made the map above a “representative sample”.

    I love all my customers equally, but Google maps doesn’t love resolving addresses from all countries equally πŸ™‚

  13. Jia Li Says:

    He he, thanks for reply, it is ok, hope more and more Chinese developers to use Viemu. πŸ™‚

  14. J Says:

    A few Chinese developers do (but not very many!). ViEmu has provisions for integration with Chinese/Japanese/Korean IMEs though! This is indeed a global market πŸ™‚

    Now using vi with kanjis/hanzis – that must be amazing!

  15. Jia Li Says:

    Yeah, that’s will be very cool and all Asia developers will like it.

  16. J Says:

    There are a quite a few Asian developers using it, so indeed I’ve implemented a few features for them. The good thing with software that has been out for a while is that many things are taken care of!


    – Jon

  17. The growing pains of NGEDIT » Blog Archive » revamped Says:

    […] The reasoning was that ViEmu has received a lot of praise and love over the last years, and I wanted this to be shown on the main page. Some people might feel they are the only ones interested in such a product, and the truth is that they are members of a now pretty large brotherhood. Having a small pic and a link to the worldwide ViEmu customer map already helps in that. I feel that the new home page reflects the ViEmu customer base and activity better than the previous, “drier” one. […]

  18. Conrad Says:

    You can also add there Nairobi, Kenya!

  19. J Says:

    Thanks Conrad, the maps are over a year old now and not updated, so there are actually quite a few new places missing there!

  20. Kyle Baley Says:

    Add the Bahamas to that list.

  21. Jon Says:

    Kyle, glad to know it’s used over there too. I really have to update the map, it’s now pretty old and incomplete — almost two years since I posted it!!

  22. Codekana blog » Blog Archive » Codekana customers around the world Says:

    […] finally found the time to put it together. I’ve digged up the php code I used for the ViEmu around the world map over two years ago, entered the Codekana customers data, and got a nice map courtesy of Google […]

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