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shabbasuraj 04-05-05 04:07 AM

Google Maps now has satellite imagery...
 
http://maps.google.com/maps

switch it to satellite mode... and have fun...

anthonaut 04-05-05 04:56 AM

Very cool. If only they had a map of Australia.

[bEn] 04-05-05 05:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by anthonaut
Very cool. If only they had a map of Australia.

No map which sucks, but satellite yes. I can't wait till you can actually zoom right into the area you live in. That would be really cool!

H23 04-05-05 07:23 AM

I love Google!
 
Google has added click-n-drag satellite images to their maps. Now I can check if the hypothetical ride I am planning goes through a strip-mall hell.

maps.google.com (toggle to satelite by clicking upper right link)

If I were mapquest, I'd be peeing my pants right about now.

Burke Wells 04-05-05 07:40 AM

Wow, this is very cool indeed. I had no idea this even existed. I've really got a thing for maps, as I love studying them, finding and planning new routes in my area... Picking roads I've never been on and planning loops, etc.

Thanks for the excellent link/tip. I agree with the mapquest comment. I suspect that Yahoo Maps may have also developed a bit of a urination problem... :D

Burke

lotek 04-05-05 08:22 AM

The only thing I noted was some of the pics are old.
i.e. the satellite picture of my area is 4 maybe 5 years old.
Around here they move entire cities in that time frame.

Marty

1955 04-05-05 09:16 AM

Try this link...you can make out you car andjust about see people.

http://terraserver.microsoft.com/

EventServices 04-05-05 09:23 AM

The Map Gene is a funny thing. Some people LOVE reading maps. Other people are repulsed by it.

We have a plan when they re-photograph our County this summer, we're going to spell out words in some of the fields and create a secret message for map readers everywhere. (We haven't decided WHAT to spell out, though.)

Luckily, I know the person in charge of scheduling the photo flight.

'nother 04-05-05 09:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EventServices
The Map Gene is a funny thing. Some people LOVE reading maps. Other people are repulsed by it.

We have a plan when they re-photograph our County this summer, we're going to spell out words in some of the fields and create a secret message for map readers everywhere. (We haven't decided WHAT to spell out, though.)

Luckily, I know the person in charge of scheduling the photo flight.

Heh, well, have a look at the Google thing -- they're putting watermarks in the satellite images. If you view a big field or area of relatively solid color, you can just make out "Google 2005".

So maybe you and your crew should spell out "Yahoo!" :)

operator 04-05-05 10:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sS-bEn
No map which sucks, but satellite yes. I can't wait till you can actually zoom right into the area you live in. That would be really cool!

Haha, I just did that. Ownage.

Guest 04-05-05 10:24 AM

I just checked out my apartment. It's Big Brother cool! :D

Koffee

Paul And Pista 04-05-05 10:50 AM

Google Maps Update
 
Now that I know how many map nerds there are here, I figured I'd mention that Google just added a satellite view of their beta map app (http://maps.google.com) that integrates pretty much seemlessly with the regular map. The link to swich to satellite view is toward the top right.

I think they only added the feature in the past day or two, but if not, feel free to call me names and so on.

jessefive 04-05-05 10:55 AM

That is pretty awesome.

...wait, is this SS/fixed related??

Stacey 04-05-05 10:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1955
Try this link...you can make out you car andjust about see people.

http://terraserver.microsoft.com/


Sloooooooooooooooooooooooooow compared to the offerings @ google

Paul And Pista 04-05-05 10:58 AM

Given that map nerds hijacked the photos thread for a page or two, I think so. But I won't cry too hard if it gets moved.

Judah 04-05-05 11:09 AM

Oooh, I know what I'm doing all day...

Cynikal 04-05-05 11:12 AM

C'mon, it was only half a page. Map nerd...I've been called worse. :) Thanks for the heads up.

logicproblems 04-05-05 11:14 AM

wow.

timmhaan 04-05-05 11:15 AM

that's amazing. i've spent that last hour typing in cities and zooming around via the satellite map. it doesn't work great for smaller towns, but for medium sized and larger places it's very detailed.

for those that don't live in the us, just type in some american city - like Chicago, Il (don't need an address) You'll be able to see what we're all talking about.

Cynikal 04-05-05 11:22 AM

Map nerd reporting back. Nice option but the photo of my city is over 2 years old and it's not a satallite image it's aerial photo. You can tell because the buildings lean a couple of different direction. In most satallite photos there is little to no lean.

redfooj 04-05-05 11:57 AM

you all have this problem where some grids on google map just dont want to load??? unless you throw/pan the map around a bunch of time before those grids finally show up??

Cynikal 04-05-05 12:06 PM

What browser? firefox worked fine for me.

baxtefer 04-05-05 12:17 PM

google maps doesn't like to play nice with firefox. It's slow and usually fails to load a few blocks.

It's super-fast with IE though. which really sucks.

redfooj 04-05-05 12:19 PM

firefox 1.0... i was playing with the photo map (wayyy cool)... all the grids load as expected but, in graphic map, there are still guerilla grids

wasted weasel 04-05-05 12:29 PM

might not be an areial view, when a satelite is taking images of the earth at less than a 90 degree angle... tall buildings are going to appear to be leaning,
but what gives with the really saturated green/high contrast satellite images? the major citys are a nice crisp clean image but keep scrolling to a rual town and it's a far worse quality image,


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