If you've ever wanted to take one of your crafted maps and put it on your desktop, website or on a forum, you may have struggled getting a good, clean screenshot of it. There's always the map name in the upper left corner, the player position icon and the whole size of the map is not right. Some map pixels don't even appear to be proper squares.
Well, those troubles are over now, with my free, online Minecraft Map Reader. Simply upload a map_.dat file from your world's data folder, choose whether you want the Minecraft map background or have it transparent and just click the Upload button!
Didn't really have any plans to add anything. Was thinking of maybe creating a separate page for a map writer, having it online is a good way of keeping it cross platform, imo, and doesn't require people to install anything, but I haven't started coding anything for that yet, and I don't know if it has as much use nowadays when you can keep text in books.
I got the suggestion to add something that would make multiple maps tile automatically into a larger image, but I'm not sure about that. I personally have maps that don't line up properly, so that wouldn't work.
Now updated to work with Minecraft 1.7 maps! More colours; wool, glass, stained clay all appears as it should, as well as gold, diamond and emerald blocks. 1.7 adds 22 base colours to maps, so they look much better now. And you can convert these maps to png images directly using my easy to use, free online tool.