Tuesday, July 26, 2005

New Mapping Site from MSN

Microsoft has put up a new mapping site that behaves a lot like maps.google.com but seems to have the same photos as terraserver has, which to me are better than the google photos. It is really EASY to use, and fast. You can drag around the map or photo with the mouse as at google, but can also zoom in and out using the scroll wheel on your mouse. For an urban center the photo view includes an overlay of streets and some building and landmark name.
In addition there is a "locate me" feature to find where you are, either generally from your IP address, or using some technology from a WiFi signal if you install special software. I didn't try that.

It is neat.


Blogger Allan Wolff said...

www.ViaVirtualEarth.com is a new website by Dr. Neil Roodyn in Australia which discusses ways to utilize the VirtualEarth.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Allan Wolff said...

In some cases, when you zoom in, the overlay of street names seems to be wildly out of alignment with the actual streets. For example, see Green Mountain Falls CO 80819 and zoom in to 150 Yard scale or higher. Pan around and the misalignment is obvious and disconcerting.

8:23 AM  

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