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Buzzygirl
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RinoShawn: Thanks for pointing me to Maporama... I've been looking for a mapping site that would do this.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://jgwebber.blogspot.com/2005/02/mapping-google.html for some more indepth discussion on how maps.google.com works behind the scenes.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2005 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=138893&cid=11622598

Perhaps you can decypher and use that rickrich? Fuzzy owns.
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KC0GRN
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000917034960/

A tutorial on mapping your own points of interest on Google. Think I'll play with this a bit and see if I can make one up.
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GPSr
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sent them a suggestion about lat/lon too. I did notice that a few small parks don't show up. That's why it's a good idea to check more than one resource.
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5savages
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RINO SHAWN wrote:

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


You can go to http://maps.msn.com and get coordinates as well. After you search on an address, look in the resulting URL and you'll see the imbedded coordinates.

Pat
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towlebooth
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A month ago I read somewhere (here?) that google bought a digital map and satellite imaging company, Keyhole. I was hoping that someday they would incorporate the imagery into google maps. It happened yesterday. Go to an address or coord and hit the Satellite link at the upper right.

Not exactly sure what year these are from, but they look newer than others I've seen. The copyright 2005 is meaningless. Based on construction of Phalen Blvd I would guess that the East St. Paul area images are only 3-4 years old.
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

towlebooth wrote:
Not exactly sure what year these are from, but they look newer than others I've seen. The copyright 2005 is meaningless. Based on construction of Phalen Blvd I would guess that the East St. Paul area images are only 3-4 years old.

They have my house on it and it was built in 2001. So Apple Valley's images are also in the 3 to 4 year old range.

Now, if they would just add topo as well I'd be able to get rid of using http://lazylightning.org/imagery/ Smile
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, I talked to wf_fuzzy (he works on GPSbabel) and he has incorporated code into GPSBabel CVS that allows for routes to be downloaded from maps.google.com. While it's not for the masses yet it is pretty neat:

For those of us that don't run Windows:
Code:
         FROM="15977 Flotilla Trail, Apple Valley, MN"
         TO="St. Louis, MO"
         wget -O - "http://maps.google.com/maps?q=$FROM to $TO&output=js" 2>whatever.js
         gpsbabel -i google -f whatever.js -o gpx -F whatever.gpx

I haven't tried it yet (as I'm not running CVS) but for those of you that are interested there it is Wink
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5savages
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

towlebooth wrote:
A month ago I read somewhere (here?) that google bought a digital map and satellite imaging company, Keyhole. I was hoping that someday they would incorporate the imagery into google maps. It happened yesterday. Go to an address or coord and hit the Satellite link at the upper right.


That's pretty slick!

If you use Firefox web browser you can add the maps.google.com search engine, just to the right of the "Go" button. You can go here:
http://mycroft.mozdev.org/download.html
Then punch in "maps" under Site Name search, and maps.google.com will com up, along with a couple others. Click on the link and a popup will open asking if you want to add it to your Search Bar and you click yes. No restart required.

To use it, just type in the address, with street, city & state. No commas required.

Pat
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towlebooth
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rickrich figured this out on day one and now the mainstream [internet] press catches on:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/google_map_hacks;_ylt=AmodATNKIFHaYqJ6kYcVAygDW7oF;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl
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IBcrashen
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2005 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For Firefox I have been using this I picked up on the gc boards on this topic.

http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=95294&hl=greasemonkey

here is the main part of it.

" If anyone wants Google Maps / Satellite links in gc.com right now, and you use Firefox, then you can install http://greasemonkey.mozdev.org/ which allows pages to be modified before your browser displays them.

Once you've got Greasemonkey, install my map linking script from: http://files.dixo.net/GeocachingMapLinker.user.js (right click that link and choose "Install User Script")"


It puts the link right under the coords. It also puts a link to near by caches on the map page ( I think this script did it) which takes you back to gc.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 10:32 am    Post subject: Google Earth Reply with quote

http://earth.google.com/

Check it out!! Very Happy
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jaywc7
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed neat... I like it, but don't expect to quit using Streets & Trips any time soon. Are there benefits I'm overlooking?
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Streets and Trips is 2D and Google Earth is 3D?
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