The new Google Maps
Doh! I never actually spotted in on the old one! It looks very similar but overall the new Google Maps is looking rather good.
– Edit – Actually, following the link to the old version of Google Maps lands me straight back into the preview version (no wonder they looked the same) so I’m now somewhat unsure how the two compare.Posted 4 years agocheers_driveMember
My problem with Google maps is that nt normal road map view it shows every single waterway, however small. Around here in The Fens that’s a real issue as there are thousand of drainage channels which are hard to distinguish from the droves unless zoomed right in. Small problem but annoying non the less. Oh and Bing has OS maps which is handy too.Posted 4 years ago
Had a very quick play with the maps engine lite.
Got some pretty handy ways of visualising data from external sources (spreadsheets, google docs, etc.), rather than just a static “My Maps”.
Imported one of my Maps mostly OK, but loses half the pushpin icons and replaces with default though.
If that’s going to be the new maps, I hope they hide most of the editing bits until you want to actually edit/create a map. 99% of use is surely just looking at a map, finding destination and a route there?
edit: didn’t check bike routes, but assumed it was the same half arsed thing as before. will look tonight. tend to use opencyclemap for that anyway.Posted 4 years agoransosSubscriber
The current Google maps may have a cycling option but it’s woefully inadequate. Half the sustrans routes round my way & all the local ones don’t show up. I tried to find a way of pointing them out to Google but couldn’t find any way
I find the OSM cycle map is much better at showing cycle routes.Posted 4 years ago
I have preview access to the new Google Maps and although I’ve only played around briefly it does look very smart; it has a bicycling specific function that highlights dedicated bicycle lanes, bike friendly roads and trails.
You have to request access to the preview from the current Google Maps site but it’s well worth getting an early look.Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
The cycling option does do some interesting things, like keep you away from traffic, but ime it can add miles. If I am cycling somewhere I tend to start with the walking option, check the cycling option, then scrutinise some more options using the map and streetview.Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
I was using old Google maps the other day to plan a cycle route, set it to bike mode and by default it routed me along my local sustrans route which it’s not done previously, it then had a hard time understanding that I wanted a to plan a road bike route but along quieter roads, but clearly they’ve started adding more detail and smaller local pathways.
I shall try the New version but it sounds like it might be a new more resource hungry and buggy front end for the same mapping that “Old” Google maps is using already…
All interesting as without ever meaning to I’ve become quite a heavy Google maps user…Posted 4 years agoleffeboySubscriber
The cycling option does do some interesting things, like keep you away from traffic
Yep, I hate that. That’s one of the nice things you can do with Openstreetmaps is tweak what you get according to how much you want to avoid traffic but it’s painful to do. Fortunately the velomap.org ones are already pretty goodPosted 4 years ago
Requested an invite ages ago – but can’t try it here because it doesn’t work on Win XP 🙁
My gut feeling is that for cycling maps OpenStreetMap/OpenCycleMap is still way ahead.
That’s one of the nice things you can do with Openstreetmaps is tweak what you get according to how much you want to avoid traffic but it’s painful to do.
CycleStreets offers three routes: Fastest, Balanced and Quietest.
It also lets you set how fast you will ride, will avoid unnecessary hills and gives you full directions and an elevation profile.Posted 4 years ago
Doesn’t on my machine. Claims my browser doesn’t support it (latest Firefox v21).
Seems to be a common problem:
“the full version of the new google maps won’t work under windows xp”
System requirements and issues
In order for the fully-enabled Google Maps to run on your computer (with 3D Imagery), your system needs to meet the following requirements:
The latest version of one of the following browsers:
Google Chrome (for Windows and Mac)
Firefox (for Windows and Mac)
One of the following operating systems:Posted 4 years ago
Mac OS 10.8.3+
Windows Vista, 7, or 8
Was about to say XP is pretty much EoL now anyway. But then I still use Win2000 from time to time 😉 And my half broken PC runs XP and I have no intention of upgrading that whatsoever.
Whatever I used yesterday worked fine with out of date Chrome on Linux, although I didn’t do anything that may have tested 3D. Will play some more tonight.Posted 4 years ago
No terrain view?
Just stock map/satellite views plus traffic and (alpha version of) biking layers?
Since the maps engine has several new base layers, I’d assumed new maps preview would have gained these too.
Seems streetview no longer works on quite old Chrome on Linux. Plan to upgrade soon so ill check again then.Posted 4 years ago
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