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Re: Google Maps

Posted: April 22nd, 2016, 9:10 am
by grant1simons2
You can also just go to the drop down menu and turn off 3d. At least you can in Chrome.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: April 22nd, 2016, 9:13 am
by mulad
Thanks Grant -- I may have to try that for a while. Lite Mode disables some features that I like, but the 3D mode is too much for some of my computers to handle.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: April 22nd, 2016, 9:21 am
by seanrichardryan
I never had the option to switch to lite mode until I googled it and clicked the link at the bottom here https://support.google.com/maps/answer/3031966?hl=en (did not appear in the dropdown menu).
Now I see the lightening bolt next to the streetview pegman everytime. EDIT: I wasn't using it in Earth Mode. :oops:

Re: Google Maps

Posted: April 22nd, 2016, 11:49 am
by twincitizen
twincitizen wrote:
Image
12-2015Gmaps by Matt Brillhart, on Flickr

P.S. I don't like how dark the new imagery looks. Google needs to get wise and fly their imagery in April, like right after the snow has melted, but before the trees have bloomed. The technical usefulness of the imagery is diminished by trees in full bloom.
Clarification - you don't need to use "Lite Mode" to see the new imagery. You just have to manually turn off 3D every single time. The 3D rendered images are now two cycles old, as regular top down imagery has been flown twice since - late last fall and now again in March.

I LOVE how frequently we get updated imagery these days. It used to be almost every two years, but now seems to be every 6 months lately. The releases come more quickly too...as others have noted, these are maybe a month old at most! Can anyone nail down the exact date? Also, kudos to Google for finally getting wise and flying in early spring (no leaves on the trees). It may look ugly and brown, but the imagery is so much more useful.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: April 22nd, 2016, 8:27 pm
by maxbaby
You need to be using the downloaded version of Google Earth.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: April 23rd, 2016, 4:42 pm
by MSPtoMKE
According to the desktop version of the Google Earth app, it is from March 11, which was a Friday, but I am seeing nothing but 2-car trains on the light rail lines, so I'm skeptical.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: April 24th, 2016, 11:11 pm
by mister.shoes
maxbaby wrote:You need to be using the downloaded version of Google Earth.
Nope. I saw the new imagery in browser-based Google Maps.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: April 25th, 2016, 9:14 am
by bapster2006
I see the updated imagery in my iPhone. Wow the Wells Fargo signs on top the buildings downtown are so clear to read.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: April 25th, 2016, 10:46 am
by MNdible
Interesting that Google Maps also still appears to show the abandoned portion of 5th Street near the stadium. Hope they're not directing anybody to drive on that...

Re: Google Maps

Posted: April 25th, 2016, 11:08 am
by David Greene
The new imagery shows the neighbors' addition on their house but not the new siding on their garage so mid-March-early-April sounds right.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: April 25th, 2016, 11:15 am
by David Greene
Hilariously, street view still shows the old siding on our house. That was two years ago.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: April 25th, 2016, 8:21 pm
by bapster2006
My street view is 2 1/2 years old. Me building my paver sidewalk is frozen in time.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: April 25th, 2016, 8:30 pm
by Tiller
Google Earth Pro is apparently free now (and has been for a year). Waaay better than their browser-based mapping tools.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: April 25th, 2016, 8:44 pm
by seanrichardryan
We took the cover off the water feature March 31st, it's still in the aerials.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: May 3rd, 2016, 9:27 pm
by grant1simons2

Google Maps

Posted: June 6th, 2016, 7:17 am
by Anondson
Waze (owned by Google) is causing cut through wars in neighborhoods that were once quiet public streets.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/tr ... ge%2Fstory

Really fascinating.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: June 7th, 2016, 3:29 pm
by Anondson
You know, when self-driving cars match up with omniscient redirecting, we might really have a damn good reason to get residential neighborhood street speed limits in Minnesota reduced to 20 mph.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: June 7th, 2016, 5:01 pm
by twincitizen
Very good in-depth look at the differences between Google maps and Apple maps: http://www.justinobeirne.com/essay/cart ... comparison

Out of curiosity, which do you iPhone users prefer? (I am assuming one can still download Google Maps from the iOS App Store)

Re: Google Maps

Posted: June 7th, 2016, 5:15 pm
by Anondson
I prefer the built in Apple Maps. It's been all I need, I never have need of turn by turn voice directions, or live social reporting of crashes and closures. And for many of the reasons in that article, I prefer the choices being made in what info is presented.

Re: Google Maps

Posted: June 7th, 2016, 5:17 pm
by Anondson
Back in December, use counts found Apple Maps was 3x more popular than Google Maps on iOS.

http://bgr.com/2015/12/09/apple-maps-vs ... opularity/

A lot can be said for being a default choice that is "good enough".