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  1. #1
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    Default Another mapping option

    Here is another mapping option, it contains both regular atlas-style views, and the ever-popular satellite views. It's not as fast as Google maps, but one thing I like about it is that it seems to show more highway numbers than Google, so instead of just seeing "Mayfield Rd", I see US-322 and Mayfield Rd.
    Last edited by Mass Tim; 11-16-2006 at 05:43 PM. Reason: Added link

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    Default Mixed Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by Mass Tim View Post
    Here is another mapping option, .
    I checked it out with both current Firefox and IE 7.0 browsers and I found it to be much harder to use than Google Earth and others. It looks like it ought to be cool, but mostly it is frustrating to me.

    Mark
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 11-16-2006 at 10:06 PM.

  3. #3
    RoadTripper Brad Guest

    Default Nice...

    Very nice! The sat images are very nice from the sampling I did (Wenatchee, WA for low res B&W, Phoenix, AZ for High Res Color). The color sat areas are very crisp!

    I couldn't help but notice the Copyrights in the corner (lower left) were Microsoft and NAVTEQ. Could this be the mating of MS Vitural Earth data and Keyhole/Google Earth data??

    Very nice though.

  4. #4
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    Default Nice...but maybe quite old?

    I checked out my town. Very cool. Couldn't see the house well. Needed to be able to get a bit closer to see it through the trees but I can't zoom in that far.

    However, I noticed something quite interesting. A log yard that hasn't had logs in it for at least 5 years was full of logs. Huh? The picture had to be at least that old for there to be logs there. So I double-checked some other areas where development has changed the area significantly and I have to conclude that these pictures are actually closer to 10 years old, maybe even older.

    Why wouldn't the site have more current satellite photos, I wonder?

    Don't get me wrong....it's still a cool site but I if all areas are pictures that old, I wonder how helpful it will be.

  5. #5
    RoadTripper Brad Guest

    Default It depends.

    It depends on the area. Some of the sat pictures from my area of Phoenix are about 6 months old, if that.

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    Default 'nother option powered by MS but...

    ... but this one lets you view sat images from any of four directions. Each directional view is a different image and angle.

    For example, I viewed my own house -- from one direction I see my wife's car bought last September, from another I see her old car (or was my even older car? :-).

    Best Practices suggestion: Use the map to get very close, then switch to Images. The Images are handled with a 3x3 grid, which in theory ought to make navigatin fairly easy -- but if you recognize nothing, the map is better -- street names and all (at least on my screen -YMMV). But once you have zoomed closely to your neighborhood, image navigation works well.

    Another Ymmv caveat: I live in a highly populated, my father iin law in a rural area. Images in his area were black & white, higher up, and outdated, so 'spose it all depends where you live.

    -ttm
    Last edited by The Taco Monster; 12-03-2006 at 06:37 AM.

  7. #7
    RoadTripper Brad Guest

    Default Sat Images

    Some areas will have Black and White images. Most of these aren't true Sat images, they are usually high altitude USGS aerial photograhs. They are slowly but surely replacing all with very good Sat Images.

    As far as options powered by MS, they should all be reading from the same database.
    -Brad
    Last edited by RoadTripper Brad; 12-03-2006 at 07:19 AM. Reason: spelling and added a line

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    Default Updates

    I've noticed that most, if not all, of the satellite imagery (at least on the sites I know about) falls behind in updates, even in urban areas. Near where I work there used to be three triple-deckers and a parking lot. Now it's a dormitory for
    the nearby University.

    Google shows our old Dodge pickup parked out front of the house - that's been gone for almost two years now (and it's not missed...). Other evidence shows that the picture is about five years old.

    I guess this brings up the point that, no matter how good a name a source for mapping has, nothing beats the local intel that we can get through this site and its associated resources!

  9. #9
    RoadTripper Brad Guest

    Default It's been 6 years!

    It's been 6 years since my parents house was built near Wenatchee, and the community they live in had been in existence for 7, and not a single image shows the neighborhood. My guess is that the images are purposely delayed in being released to the general public in our post-9-11 world. How much of a delay, thats yet to be revealed.

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    Default Interesting theory!

    Quote Originally Posted by Arizona Brad View Post
    My guess is that the images are purposely delayed in being released to the general public in our post-9-11 world. How much of a delay, thats yet to be revealed.
    That does make a lot of sense and it wouldn't surprise me! But I also think that it's a matter of expense maybe. Why update my little town very often, ya know?

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