Earlier today I was looking up my favorite hamburger joint on Google Maps and thinking “I wish Google Maps had aerial view.” Then I remembered, Google Maps Labs has an aerial view feature! Not only that, but it has several other groovy features we need to talk about!
When you visit maps.google.com you might have already noticed the New lab icon that is up in the top-right of the browser. For those that haven’t, here it is!
Rather than taking you to a different page or tab like Gmail labs does, the Google Maps Labs opens in it’s own in-page window. It’s a pop-up but it isn’t a pop-up. Anyhow here you can enable many of the groovy features that Labs has to offer. We’ll look at the list of these below.
Some of the new Google Maps features are really groovy.
- Google Maps Aerial View
- Distance measurement tool
- Drag & Zoom
- Where in the world game? (fun)
- LatLng Tooltip
- LatLng Marker
- What’s Around Here?
Some of them are not.
- Back to beta… (seriously?)
- Rotatable maps
- Smart Zoom (could be useful, just isn’t there yet)
When you’re finished enabling or disabling labs, Google will remind you with a pop-up if you forget to save changes.
If for some reason something with labs go wrong, you can always disable all of the features by following the no labs link: http://maps.google.com/maps?ftr=0. Have fun!