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Trent Olson [PersonRank 0]

Tuesday, November 25, 2008
11 years ago5,639 views

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Jérôme Flipo [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Love it! The Street View in fullscreen is great (looks smoother, in higher quality).

But it's harder to go from one street to another from SV (no zoom control, just the little map in the down-right corner).

MZaza [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I love it too!

I think it's easier now to get into the street view mode.


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Luke [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

seeing it herer too...

[put at-character here]jerome: you can expand the small map to get a split-screen streetview/maps view

hebbet [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

see also

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mbegin [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Now it's similar to the interface they launched for the iPhone 2.2 software update: techloop.windycitizen.com/2008 ...

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Looks more Updated, Google-y, and Google Earth-Like.

Love it

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

It looks a lot better with the new controls!

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Yeah i love it too!

Nice move :)

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

The "More..." button goes to 2 lines in French, it's really ugly.
Well, I dislike the zoom/unzoom buttons too.

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

The Australian version of the Video, :-)

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Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

What's the yellow person saying? "Hi, I'm ___man?"

Above 12 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

Jérôme Flipo [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]Luke
<<you can expand the small map to get a split-screen streetview/maps view>>

Yep, thanks! I've spot it on the Youtube video too, but it's quite difficult to guess

The "report a concern" link appears now in the stree view itself (no help link click needed).

Keir Clarke [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here] Philip the Street VIew guy is called 'Peg Man'.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Thanks Keir :)

David Mulder [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Just a great feature nobody seems to mention is the fact that google now recognizes houses when hovering with the streetview man. (The thumbnail is turned a different way) Probably indicating that they will soon attach photos to addresses, even though they still have a long way to go as it goes wrong once every three times. Still I don't really like the new interface... it is becoming more and more eye candy, whereas google always did a good job in usability and speed, not unnecessary eye candy like m$ and apple

   PS. Any idea why in this ("2 Clos du Bel-Air, Ronchin, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France") area only "half roads" are available in streetview... in other words it feels like they were turning the camera on and off. True, its outside the good covered area, but its kind of weird that some parts are not connected to anything else...

David Mulder [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]phillip; great, your script just told me I am a bot :P You should probably make the maths easier when its getting late; questions like 2+1 would be still ok, but 9+7 is seriously too hard at twelve a clock :P

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]David : it doesn't "recognize houses", it just calculate and show you the view according to the position of the flying pegman + it does reverse geolocation to get back address of the pegman.
For "2 Clos du Bel-Air", they didn't turned off the camera. They just didn't released the image yet. In fact Street View coverage in this area is really larger than expected, you can believe me ;-)

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I agree David, late at night I always enter something like (using your example) "9+7" into the answer box :D

Marco Bazzani [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

and the path
from
Modena
to
Bologna
(italy)
still does not work for a mysterious reason (obviously the contrary works)
check yourself
on anything
maps
earth
maps-api
the only way is to set the path by walk instead of by car
I can't understand
I wonder how many of this "dead cities" are in this situation :)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

A blog post by Google calls these "Pegman Easter eggs, sketches, and prototypes":


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>> google-latlong.blogspot.com/20 ...

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

This new UI is full of ergonomic-related mistakes. I mean, the user want to do something, he sees the button he thinks it's for, then he clicks, and finally he realized it wasn't for that or it didn't work like that.

MZaza [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]TOMHTML
Like what? I feel it's alot easier than the older one.

David Mulder [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]TOMHTML: What I meant is that the small thumbnail is turned around every time towards shapes like houses, so it does try to recognize houses.

PS. Great find I just came across... not sure whether its new maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&l ...

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Covered at
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too

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Or '30+10' boys...

Steven Hingle [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Google maps are what I use and this just made them better. As a person that just moved from a small town in upstate NY to city live in NJ these pictures and all of google map features have helped me out many times. Being able to recognize a building is nice when you have no idea where you are. :) Keep it up Google^^

PS:All I can say is that our world as we know it is getting smaller thanks to the technology.

lolue asfad [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

it doesnt show streets all over the world right ?? i tried to watch
some streets in saudi but i couldnt

Serge [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Lolue,

Google has street views all over the world, but due to privacy concerns (see below) Google isn't releasing them yet.

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Brandon [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

One way this affects the UI: It's more difficult to see just *where* street-view is available. You must "click" on the pegman to get into street-view.

While it's true if you click & drag the peg-man, you'll get a temporary map layer showing where street-view is available, it's only until you're done dragging pegman and then it either disappears, or loads that street-view.

To my mind, this makes it just a little more difficult to tell what's covered by street-view, and what's not ... which just seems "Google-y" to me. Rather than let the world easily see what's available, and what's not ... they'd rather just wow us with what's available, and keep us guessing as to what they haven't covered yet.

lolue asfad [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

oh ok. but i saw some streets in france , and in some other countries
i couldent, ?

Dave Wiles [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

I agree with Brandon. Not having a toggle to show available data spots at any zoom level, whilst you click and drag the map to move it around , effectively chops off fundamental browse functionality.

It's trickery over usability and I preferred the previous noddy incarnation for usability.

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