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hebbet [PersonRank 10]

Friday, February 12, 2010
13 years ago7,579 views

Google added a labs icon to Google Maps.

Drag 'n' Zoom
Zooming in on a specific part of the map is now fast and easy. Simply click the Drag 'n' Zoom button, draw a box on the map, and zoom! You're there!

Aerial Imagery
Add Aerial imagery to the map! Aerial imagery gives you rotatable, high-resolution overhead imagery presented in a new perspective. Currently imagery is only available in certain areas, but we're adding more all the time.

Back to Beta
Gmail isn't the only one that can enjoy a BETA tag.

Where in the World Game
Test your knowledge of world geography! Guess the name of the country from satellite imagery, and try to beat your top score!

Rotatable Maps
Tired of North always being up? Add rotatable map types and give East, West and South a fair go.

What's Around Here?
Adds a second search button that searches for "*", returning the top results in the current view. A great way to browse the map.

LatLng Tooltip
Displays a tooltip next to the mouse cursor showing the latlng directly underneath it.

LatLng Marker
Adds an option to the context menu that lets you drop a mini marker showing the latlng of the position that the cursor was pointing at when the context menu was evoked

Smart Zoom
Ever zoom in too far and get the message "We don't have imagery at this zoom level"? Ensure you don't see it again, with Smart Zoom, which will check in advance what imagery exists, and ensure you can't zoom in beyond it.

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John Mitas [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

How stupid, this is clearly in response to Bing Maps! LOSERZ!

Bob [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

Someone is threatened by Bing Map Apps. :)

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

A couple of things I don't like (Yes I know they are labs features and may change)

• The Drag and Zoom button has to be clicked every time you want to use it, rather than toggled on and off :(

• Don't like the beta logo.

The rest of the stuff is pretty cool, although I don't know how much I'd use some of them.

Woland783 [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

And now, where is the Buzz layer?

Tim Acheson [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

I love the new features!

Bing Maps launched something similar to labs some time ago, and I've been using that with good results:

(Bing Maps has an interactive SDK for Silverlight or Ajax).

agggh, tea [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

Download GE (if you haven't already...) then get:
Geocode your database for free!

lDRBqRlG [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #


Sterling [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

I like Drag 'n' Zoom, but I thought it would be like I could drag and them zoom w/out having to first clip on a button. Still, I like it.

The "Back to beta" thing is "cute" and I hate it! Google should stop it with all these "Back to beta" lab options.

David [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

The seamless bird's eye Aerial view is quite impressive.

The view can be zoomed to about twice the size as Bing maps bird's eye view, but the Bing images are usually brighter in shadowed areas, making them easier to see.

David [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

The Silverlight version on Bing maps is pretty cool now, too. It has the seamless version of Bird's Eye until you zoom close in to get the images without perspective correction. And the close in images morph and blend with surrounding photos. Cool stuff!

Craig [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

Agree with Woland783, where's Buzz sharing my location data with the world? I also tried the Silverlight version of Bing maps, and it is a huge upgrade. Never thought Microsoft would catch up let alone pass GMaps.

ray [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

I like the latlon toolkit but nead to select latlon fornat

Min-woo Kim [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

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