If you haven’t been to Google Maps yet,
- Get yourself some better RSS feeds
- Go to http://maps.google.com/
Here are some cool things I’ve noticed about Google Maps. I think this is going to be one of those posts I update a lot in a day.
- The URLs are fairly clean. You can look up an address from your location bar by putting “http://maps.google.com/maps?q=” before it. For example: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield
- They use semi-transparent PNGs for routes over street maps (do they get this to work correctly in IE?). That means they only have to dynamically generate route images, all the map images can be static.
6 responses to “Cool stuff I noticed about Google Maps”
Along the lines of current traffic, I think it would be nice to have an option on a driving directions map that offers alternative routes, or allows a user to filter out highways (like if I want to get directions for a walking, bike or scooter route where a highway isn’t an option.)
Transparent PNGs in IE can be accomplished using a .htc kludge. Check out http://www.meyerweb.com/ and search for “pngbehavior.htc”
I thought the same thing about Keyhole. I wrote a quick Firefox extension to load the current Google Map location in Keyhole. You need to have Keyhole installed, but the free trial works.
Google Maps to Keyhole 0.1
Another cool Google maps trick: append “&output=xml” to any query for one of the best web services I’ve seen in a long time…
FYI: Google maps also includes Canada; not only that, the search goes cross-border (just don’t forget to include ‘…,canada’ and ‘…,usa’)
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