"Google Maps" WOW!! Has Google trumped "Google Earth"?!?!


D

dbrtemp1203

Awhile back, we were discussing "Google Earth" (
http://earth.google.com/ ), a very impressive beta from the good folks
at Google.

But of course, "Google Earth" requires software on the local machine.

Enter "Google Maps"!!

http://maps.google.com/

If you're in the US, simply type your zip code into the search box and
click "Search"; or, city and state abbreviations of this kind work
well:

berkeley, ca

You will be shown a fairly large map of the area. NOW, click the
SATELLITE button in the upper right corner. You should be shown a
satellite image of the same region!

FINALLY, click the HYBRID button. Major roads should be placed on the
satellite image!

Zoom from side to side and in or out using the arrows in the upper left
corner. More details should appear as you zoom in.

Should you suddenly wish to use this system as you would the Yellow
Pages (to find a business) for the region shown, click LOCAL SEARCH
above the search box, and enter the name of the business.

Nicely implemented! Obviously draws on the same image database as
http://earth.google.com/ , but it requires no special hardware on the
local machine.

(I just did a non-US search for "brussels, belgium", and I found that
the satellite image worked, but the map & hybrid did not. Hopefully,
Google will come up to speed on non-US maps soon. There is also a help
file that might disclose some secrets I don't know about international
searches. Simply click "Help" next to the "Search" button.)
 
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Fuzzy Logic

(e-mail address removed) wrote in @z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com:
Awhile back, we were discussing "Google Earth" (
http://earth.google.com/ ), a very impressive beta from the good folks
at Google.

But of course, "Google Earth" requires software on the local machine.

Enter "Google Maps"!!

http://maps.google.com/

If you're in the US, simply type your zip code into the search box and
click "Search"; or, city and state abbreviations of this kind work
well:

berkeley, ca

You will be shown a fairly large map of the area. NOW, click the
SATELLITE button in the upper right corner. You should be shown a
satellite image of the same region!

FINALLY, click the HYBRID button. Major roads should be placed on the
satellite image!

Zoom from side to side and in or out using the arrows in the upper left
corner. More details should appear as you zoom in.

Should you suddenly wish to use this system as you would the Yellow
Pages (to find a business) for the region shown, click LOCAL SEARCH
above the search box, and enter the name of the business.

Nicely implemented! Obviously draws on the same image database as
http://earth.google.com/ , but it requires no special hardware on the
local machine.

(I just did a non-US search for "brussels, belgium", and I found that
the satellite image worked, but the map & hybrid did not. Hopefully,
Google will come up to speed on non-US maps soon. There is also a help
file that might disclose some secrets I don't know about international
searches. Simply click "Help" next to the "Search" button.)

Google Earth has some features that Google Maps doesn't including 3D
buildings for many major cities as well as the ability to tilt your view.
Having said that I use Google Maps at home as Google Earth will not run on
my machine (Windows 98SE with an ancient video card).
 
R

Richard Steinfeld

Awhile back, we were discussing "Google Earth" (
http://earth.google.com/ ), a very impressive beta from the good folks
at Google.

But of course, "Google Earth" requires software on the local machine.

Enter "Google Maps"!!

http://maps.google.com/

If you're in the US, simply type your zip code into the search box and
click "Search"; or, city and state abbreviations of this kind work
well:

berkeley, ca

You will be shown a fairly large map of the area. NOW, click the
SATELLITE button in the upper right corner. You should be shown a
satellite image of the same region!

I zoomed down on Berkeley and saw a clear image of people yelling at
each other.

Richard
 
G

Gordon Abbot

jb said:
paid troll

Probably, but the programs are still freeware and are good (per my sons
who love them both). I would be more concerned if they had spyware and
viruses.

GA
 
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Conor

If you're in the US, simply type your zip code into the search box and
click "Search"; or, city and state abbreviations of this kind work
well:
It works just as well in the UK....
 
D

dbrtemp1203

Actually, I'm not paid at all, having contributed to this message board
on a number of occasions. I suppose I can see how one might think
otherwise though, since the post really doesn't point one toward any
freeware.

Even so, if anyone has tips on getting onto Google's payroll, I'd be
glad to hear them!! But I will not post spam to do so!!
 
D

dbrtemp1203

Conor: I tried to find Stonehenge, but so far, no luck.

If anyone is able to find it, you simply click "Link to this page" in
the upper right corner, and the full URL/web address will appear on the
URL line in your browser.

So far, I've been unable to find the Great Wall of China (supposedly
the one human-made thing that is distinguishable from outer space), or
the Great Pyramids near Cairo.

I did find this excellent image from downtown Beijing, presumably
T-Square:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=beijing,+china&ll=39.913166,116.394037&spn=0.011804,0.020222&t=k&hl=en

But one post above mentions that Google Earth (which requires free
software on the local machine) has some capabilities that Google Maps
does not. I suspect this is correct.

P.S. NASA does provide a nice view of the earth at night:

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0011/earthlights2_dmsp_big.jpg

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap001127.html
 
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Troppo

(e-mail address removed) wrote in
[....]

I did find this excellent image from downtown Beijing, presumably
T-Square:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=beijing,+china&ll=39.913166,116.394037&sp
n=0.011804,0.020222&t=k&hl=en
Hmmm - interesting that some fairly detailed images are available for some
places but not others:). The image for Townsville Australia is about 2
years old, buildings not really identifiable unless you know the place.
Mapping would presumably require access to regional cadastral databases,
conversion of associated grid to universal etc.
 
B

Box134

It's logical, paying someone to promote a free service! : )

All seriousness aside, I've used the Maps stuff for a while now and it's
amazing. No need for Streets and Trips now.
 
J

John Corliss

Awhile back, we were discussing "Google Earth" (
http://earth.google.com/ ), a very impressive beta from the good folks
at Google. But of course, "Google Earth" requires software on the
local machine. Enter "Google Maps"!!

http://maps.google.com/

If you're in the US, simply type your zip code into the search box and
click "Search"; or, city and state abbreviations of this kind work
well:

berkeley, ca

You will be shown a fairly large map of the area. NOW, click the
SATELLITE button in the upper right corner. You should be shown a
satellite image of the same region!>
FINALLY, click the HYBRID button. Major roads should be placed on the
satellite image!

Zoom from side to side and in or out using the arrows in the upper left
corner. More details should appear as you zoom in.

Should you suddenly wish to use this system as you would the Yellow
Pages (to find a business) for the region shown, click LOCAL SEARCH
above the search box, and enter the name of the business.

Nicely implemented! Obviously draws on the same image database as
http://earth.google.com/ , but it requires no special hardware on the
local machine.

(I just did a non-US search for "brussels, belgium", and I found that
the satellite image worked, but the map & hybrid did not. Hopefully,
Google will come up to speed on non-US maps soon. There is also a help
file that might disclose some secrets I don't know about international
searches. Simply click "Help" next to the "Search" button.)

Nice. Frees up disk space too. However anybody know how to make the site
work in Firefox?

--
Regards from John Corliss
My current killfile: Chrissy Cruiser, Slowhand Hussein and others.
No adware, cdware, commercial software, crippleware, demoware, nagware,
PROmotionware, shareware, spyware, time-limited software, trialware,
viruses or warez please.
 
F

Father Guido

~It's logical, paying someone to promote a free service! : )
~
~All seriousness aside, I've used the Maps stuff for a while now and
it's
~amazing. No need for Streets and Trips now.
~
~~> Actually, I'm not paid at all, having contributed to this message
board
~> on a number of occasions. I suppose I can see how one might think
~> otherwise though, since the post really doesn't point one toward
any
~> freeware.
~>
~> Even so, if anyone has tips on getting onto Google's payroll, I'd
be
~> glad to hear them!! But I will not post spam to do so!!
~

Actually Earth has some different satellite views, and the ones I've
checked against Maps were of a higher resolution. Not all, but some,
so maybe Earth is going to get upgraded images first?
 
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Father Guido

On Mon, 29 Aug 2005 06:15:30 -0700, John Corliss

~KeithS wrote:
~> John Corliss wrote:
~>>
~>> Nice. Frees up disk space too. However anybody know how to make
the
~>> site work in Firefox?
~>
~> Works OK in Mozilla Suite John.
~
~Thanks for replying, Keith.
~
~Hmm.. I wonder what the site uses to make the map appear? It must be
~some configuration problem on my system.
~
~Is anybody else having a problem making the site work in Firefox?

Works fine for me -- after I turn off Norton firewall.
 
J

John Corliss

Father said:
Works fine for me -- after I turn off Norton firewall.

What an irresponsible thing to post. What if somebody new to computing
takes you seriously and actually does what you fallaciously recommend?
 
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John Corliss

John said:
What an irresponsible thing to post. What if somebody new to computing
takes you seriously and actually does what you fallaciously recommend?

Sorry, that is to say... if you were not serious, and I find it hard to
believe that you were.

--
Regards from John Corliss
My current killfile: Chrissy Cruiser, Slowhand Hussein and others.
No adware, cdware, commercial software, crippleware, demoware, nagware,
PROmotionware, shareware, spyware, time-limited software, trialware,
viruses or warez please.
 

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