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mister.shoes
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Re: Google Maps

Postby mister.shoes » June 8th, 2016, 8:18 am

I use Apple Maps 90% of the time. I'm usually looking for routes and am less concerned with traffic. Google seems to be slightly more current than Apple for the latter. I have two major sticking points with Google Maps (on my phone):
  1. I really dislike Material Design (which is a small handicap with my job in UX design), particularly when it's shoehorned into iOS. It looks so out of place. Google's hubris and insistence upon using their Android look-and-feel on other platforms drives me mad.
  2. I can't stand Google's business model and can't get over the nagging feeling that every time I launch one of their apps, they're adding another data point in some user profile that gets sold to shitty advertisers. It's doubly frustrating because Google makes really great products—products so great, I'd be willing to pay to use them if I knew there was a modicum of privacy in doing so. Alas, no. That's not how Google works.
On my Mac(s), for whatever reason I'm more likely to Command + T and type "maps" and hit Enter to go to Google Maps than I am to Command + Space and type "maps" and hit Enter to open the built-in Apple Maps app. Weird.
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billhelm
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Re: Google Maps

Postby billhelm » June 8th, 2016, 10:18 am

use mostly Waze for commute drive for traffic conditions, etc. and google maps to look things up. Apple maps has improved, but I still find the location database to be lacking/lagging google maps.

masstrlk67
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Re: Google Maps

Postby masstrlk67 » July 8th, 2016, 9:38 am

Interesting article about Apple's progress with transit maps and directions. I wonder when we'll see them include the Twin Cities. Tying back into the earlier discussion, transit directions is one of the reasons why I have been sticking with Google Maps.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/07/ ... -so-slowly

LakeCharles
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Re: Google Maps

Postby LakeCharles » July 8th, 2016, 10:14 am

Speaking of transit directions, does anyone know a place to look for directions combining bike and bus? I can look them up separately, and try to figure out some combination of routes that would be quick, but it'd be awesome just to be able enter two addresses and have it say: bike 1 mile, then take Bus A 2 miles, bike 1.5 miles, take the light rail 2 miles, then bike .5 miles to your destination. But Metro Transit and Google would never give me those directions as they assume I am walking so I could never make the transfer times.

masstrlk67
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Re: Google Maps

Postby masstrlk67 » July 8th, 2016, 10:50 am

There's one called Nimbler, but it's only available in a handful of cities. I've never used it so I can't vouch for whether it's any good.

http://www.nimbler.com/

intercomnut
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Re: Google Maps

Postby intercomnut » July 8th, 2016, 11:13 am

LakeCharles wrote:Speaking of transit directions, does anyone know a place to look for directions combining bike and bus? I can look them up separately, and try to figure out some combination of routes that would be quick, but it'd be awesome just to be able enter two addresses and have it say: bike 1 mile, then take Bus A 2 miles, bike 1.5 miles, take the light rail 2 miles, then bike .5 miles to your destination. But Metro Transit and Google would never give me those directions as they assume I am walking so I could never make the transfer times.
It's not around yet, but that feature is planned for Phase 3 of Metro Transit's app, which is supposed to be ready this winter.

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Re: Google Maps

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Re: Google Maps

Postby grant1simons2 » December 15th, 2016, 10:22 am

Oh my gosh there's November street view now! There are so many new things that I didn't even know opened! A hat store in HenCen, a new retail tenant (Inspire: Urban Gifts) in LPM, etc.

bapster2006
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Re: Google Maps

Postby bapster2006 » December 15th, 2016, 10:37 am

Funny that on my mobile phone view they are already showing the Ritz block under construction on most streets but then on Nicollet Mall the view must be at least four years old because they don't even have Nic on 5th. It's a step back in time.

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Re: Google Maps

Postby grant1simons2 » December 15th, 2016, 10:47 am

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twincitizen
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Re: Google Maps

Postby twincitizen » December 15th, 2016, 12:34 pm

It would be cool if Google put out some kind of color-coded overview map showing the most recent streetview date for each street. They have the data...can't be that hard to map it, right?

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Anondson
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Google Maps

Postby Anondson » January 26th, 2017, 2:04 pm

Google Maps (for Android) will have "parking difficulty" indicators for 25 cities, including the Twin Cities.

https://blog.google/products/maps/know- ... ogle-maps/

Any Droid user out there care to do a review? Maybe multiple attempts and write up a big ol' post.

grant1simons2
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Re: Google Maps

Postby grant1simons2 » May 7th, 2017, 8:01 pm

2004 Nicollet Mall looking just as awful

https://www.google.com/maps/@44.9768,-9 ... 600!8i2800

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FISHMANPET
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Re: Google Maps

Postby FISHMANPET » May 7th, 2017, 9:06 pm

How the hell do you even do a photosphere in 2004.

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Re: Google Maps

Postby seanrichardryan » May 7th, 2017, 9:09 pm

Was Sam Goody still open or was that a ghost sign?
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twinkess
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Re: Google Maps

Postby twinkess » May 7th, 2017, 9:49 pm

FISHMANPET wrote:
May 7th, 2017, 9:06 pm
How the hell do you even do a photosphere in 2004.
If you had taken all those pictures back then you could stitch them together today.
seanrichardryan wrote: Was Sam Goody still open or was that a ghost sign?
That would have been a year or two before it closed.

QuietBlue
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Re: Google Maps

Postby QuietBlue » May 8th, 2017, 9:13 am

It's interesting that TJ Maxx left, considering that they're doing really well these days, compared to most of the other stores that have left downtown.

BBMplsMN
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Re: Google Maps

Postby BBMplsMN » May 8th, 2017, 9:30 am

There's already a Marshall's downtown and they're owned by the same company, so it probably doesn't make sense for them to have two locations there.

QuietBlue
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Re: Google Maps

Postby QuietBlue » May 8th, 2017, 11:03 am

They're not quite the same, despite both being TJX stores. There's overlap, but the assortments are a bit different.

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Nathan
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Re: Google Maps

Postby Nathan » May 8th, 2017, 4:02 pm

grant1simons2 wrote:
May 7th, 2017, 8:01 pm
2004 Nicollet Mall looking just as awful

https://www.google.com/maps/@44.9768,-9 ... 600!8i2800
Cuuuuuuuuuute!


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