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Old 12-29-13, 04:51 PM
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Google Maps!

Has anyone else seen the change to Google Map? I think this is a step backward.
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Old 12-29-13, 05:18 PM
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are you talking on android or the desktop/PC?
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Old 12-29-13, 05:49 PM
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they changed it a while back... you can have it go back to the older version here are googles instructions on it... https://support.google.com/maps/answer/3045828?hl=en

I thought the new version looked nice but I prefer the older version myself so that is what I'm using... on android I like the new update though lol.
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Thanks! It a done deal!!
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yeah it changed a number of months ago. i tried it, but it kept screwing up, especially on a slightly older computer. plus i don't like the setup and the options and it's actually harder to just view a map and find things. i switched it back to the old style after about 5 days.
it auto-switched me to the new one again last week. currently still getting fed up with it. going to change it back again.
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Old 12-29-13, 09:03 PM
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Apparently mine is still on the old version because I see an ad for the new version. What is so bad about the new version?
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Old 12-30-13, 05:20 AM
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they changed the scale adjustments for one thing. I installed chrome on a new computer and could barely use google maps. I probably will get used to it, but it was a shock
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Old 12-30-13, 07:24 AM
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I think the new version had no terrain option.
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I am having a great deal of difficulty adjusting to Chrome. It's just a learning block thing but when i use it to update my website. It just constantly causes me to refresh. Godaddy and Chrome must not be friends. And yea, i don't see the terrain option on my maps either. I use it frequently on my droid device. It really comes in handy at times.
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Old 12-30-13, 09:49 AM
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When I open maps, I still have the 'old' version. It's not until I want to create a custom map that I have to click on "create with classic maps." Efforts to plot with the 'new' version have been an exercise in frustration. Oh well, there's always RWGPS. A bit more tedious, but delivers more info for the effort.
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Old 12-30-13, 01:27 PM
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Add me to the list of those disappointed by the newest incarnation of Google Maps. The old one worked just FINE, and the street-level view was the best route-planning tool I have ever used. In my opinion, every single feature of the current version is significantly inferior to the old. I haven't used it in about a month now. Have they brought back "Street View," or do they still just provide selected snapshots of the area around the one you choose?
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for you guys who don't like the new version... revert back to the old... I posted above the link on a how to...
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street view is still there, just used it
terrain is there too. If you click in or mouse over the search bar on the upper left, a box drops down that has the directions button on it. It gives you options for bicycling, terrain, and traffic

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I wish they would just leave stuff that works alone. Yahoo recently made "improvements" on their message forum and it is horrible.
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I haven't noticed a difference ... except that now you've got to make two clicks to get to the map instead of just one.

And I still wish they'd include an elevation profile.
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Add me to the list of those disappointed by the newest incarnation of Google Maps. The old one worked just FINE, and the street-level view was the best route-planning tool I have ever used. In my opinion, every single feature of the current version is significantly inferior to the old. I haven't used it in about a month now. Have they brought back "Street View," or do they still just provide selected snapshots of the area around the one you choose?
They still have street view for the streets they have mapped. They only provide selected snapshots when they haven't mapped a particular street.
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Old 12-31-13, 04:06 PM
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I just checked it and, yes, Street View is back! However, as an avid user of this feature during my touring season, I can swear to you that this feature was missing for some time during the past year. There were even threads in various forums bemoaning the loss. I am very glad to have it back.
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I just checked it and, yes, Street View is back! However, as an avid user of this feature during my touring season, I can swear to you that this feature was missing for some time during the past year. There were even threads in various forums bemoaning the loss. I am very glad to have it back.
I'm also an avid user of that feature because we've been house hunting over the past year, and street view has always been there, except, as I mentioned for the streets that aren't mapped (like new subdivisions).

But who knows ... maybe I haven't upgraded to the new Google Maps because I haven't noticed any difference to Google Maps before or after the icon change.
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OK, well, as you said, maybe we haven't used the same version, or one of used a beta version for a while or something. Perhaps I'm confusing Google Maps with Google Earth. Doesn't matter. I'm glad to have Street View now, but I'm not happy with the way the newest version of Maps responds to user input. The older version seemed much more fluid and user-friendly. Job security. Job security.
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