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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:04 am    Post subject: maps.google.com Reply with quote

Just saw an article about http://maps.google.com/ -- tried it out and it works really well. I love the maps size and detail.

I sent them feedback and asked for them to add search by coords as that is the most important feature Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is excellent! I too have requested searches by coord. Thanks for the link.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoa - the arrow buttons work great too. The map doesn't have to reload the whole page to scroll.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the fact that you can drag the map around and it seems to display new sections as if it were a local application.

I just found a couple new parks just by dragging the map all over the place. You can also use + and - on the keyboard to zoom in and out.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

towlebooth wrote:
Whoa - the arrow buttons work great too. The map doesn't have to reload the whole page to scroll.

You can use the keyboard or the mouse to do this BTW.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This works slick-- I do like the way you can drag the map around. I used this to plot some directions today and it works better than Mapquest. I'm impressed. Now, if they could plot by GPS coordinates...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely a step up from MapQuest. I'd like it if Groundspeak would link to this rather than MapQuest on the cache pages. I imagine there are contracts between the parties that would get in the way, but if it can be done it would be an improvement.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well it's a bit difficult when maps.google.com doesn't support mapping by coords. I suggest "sending feedback" and mentioning that.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=minneapolis&ll=44.980225%2C-93.411024&spn=0.172119%2C0.29456
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, I will make maps.google.com a source for geo-map.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rickrich owns!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like it. I like the interface and I love what rickrich did already (you rock).

In addition to the search by coords I would like to see a map scale so that I can tell the actual distance across the map. I think that the map zoom is a little overkill. You zoom in so close you can loose all detail. But once I play with it I know just how far to zoom in so it's not really a big interface problem to me.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=44.980225%2C-93.411024 brings rickrich's URL down even further.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2005 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=44.980225%2C-93.411024 brings rickrich's URL down even further.


Very cool. Now how do we get a pointer at the coord?
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RINO SHAWN
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool mapping!!! I just tried a test: Went to Maporama.com...where I got the LAT /LONG coords for an address. (used Mpls Convention Center since I am going there this weekend) ....then I went to Map.Google and applied the coords in the format that SB showed.
Came up with a very nice map with much better detail than Mapquest or Maporama.

Thanks SB for showing us this cool site!!



Has anyone ever tried Maporama?? I like it ONLY for the times I have an address that I want to get GPS coordinates on. It's easy to use for that....

I wish that Google.maps had a similar format where it showed Lat/ Long at the bottom of the map screen like this.

Cool
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