This pages and items completely takes that mind bending out of the Joomla experience, and it is a real relief. Not that I could not reach the same results before, but the steps are only 10% and you see all the elements that create a page together, so it is just quick and easy to get the page you want.
If you first use it, have a look at the settings, since attachment by initial default only show to logged in users, which may confuse you at first.
Great tool that is well focused on what it wants to do !
What is great is that you can define several marker points and that it does not require you to learn any complex syntax.
I just would like to see some more configuration possibilities. There is no clear way to change the wording for getting directions and I did not see a way to work with Google KLM files. Yet with these shortcomings I come back to this one after having tried some others.
Also note: This is 1.5 native, many other map plugins seem not to be 1.5 native.
Around the 1st of June there will be a big update on the component.
This new version will have more configuration possibilities and 2 more views, plus more.
I had worked with Gavick first, which is ultimately promising a more flashy presention, but Phoca works and the site and author are really friendly in a real open source spirit like Joomly itself it. Highly recommended.