Category Archives: Online Maps

Online interactive mapping products like Google Maps, Mapquest, Bing Maps, etc.

Map Services Comparison

The various mapping services available on the Web have different capabilities. This post explores some of the differences in what each of the three best-known services can – and cannot – do. The majority of the figures below do not … Continue reading

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New Google Maps URLs – Photo Options

Unfortunately, it is pretty much impossible to create a photo URL for Maps without having already accessed the photo via the standard web interface. To illustrate, let’s look at the URL Maps provided for an image of the Pittsburgh skyline: … Continue reading

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New Google Maps URLs – Street View Options

In this post we will examine the easily settable options available for Street View. There aren’t very many. First, let’s take a look at a minimalist example of a Street View URL (i.e., leaving out everything that Maps can fill … Continue reading

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New Google Maps URLs – Directions Options (Part 3)

In this post we’ll look at various other options for restricting the route selection – “avoidance” options, transit preferences, and arrival/departure time. There are three things you can ask Maps to avoid when determining routes – highways, tolls, and ferries. … Continue reading

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New Google Maps URLs – Directions Options (Part 2)

In this second post on URL options for Google Maps directions, we will look at specifying waypoints – locations which Maps will require a route to pass through – for both simple and multi-stop directions. Let’s look at a simple … Continue reading

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New Google Maps URLs – Directions Options (Part 1)

This is the first in a set of posts covering the options for directions requests. This post will look at selecting transportation type, distance units, and specific route (when multiple routes are returned), as well as displaying route details. Maps … Continue reading

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New Google Maps URLs – Map Appearance Options

This post will cover two options dealing with map appearance: image type and map layers. There are two image types possible for regular maps – street map and satellite imagery. In the Maps interface, these are controlled by a clickable … Continue reading

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