To my surprise the new Google maps is available already. Upon receipt of the email providing me with a special link I immediately launched maps from Chrome for a quick, first look. The first thing I noticed was the browser was all maps… no wasted space, simply a huge browser and screen with a map canvas. An “Explore” search box is shown in the upper left area and to my surprise has recalled some of my recent searches. I also have quick access to Directions and transit or bicycle information as well (depends on region). I immediately try a test search and opt for the “coffee” search (See image below). I search for “coffee” in Victoria, B.C. Results are displayed right on the map and labelled along with a nice little coffee mug icon. I can optionally see places suggested by top reviewers or from my circles – yes those G+ circles can come in handy! The results from “experts” are quite interesting… I’m not seeing the full results of Starbucks, Tim Horton’s and the like, rather, the map is showing me a nice selection of local shops, many are coffee roasters and other specialty shops, no doubt offering a “superior” coffee experience. Mousing over any of the icons reveals an info box showing a stars rating based on customer reviews.
Archives for May 16, 2013
Another roundup of webinars of interest being delivered to your desktop in the near future… these are an awesome way to test drive a solution, hear directly from industry experts, and experience a little professional development. The following webinars of interest to the geo tech professional will take place in the very near future (Oh, and those of you hosting a webinar and looking for promotion contact us at GISuser to help you out!)
Webinar on Canada’s Spatial Data Infrastructure and Geospatial Operational Policies
learn more about the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI), and the policy, legal and administrative issues that impact the access, use and sharing of geospatial information (May 21)
Free Webinar! Rebuilding After Sandy: Surveying the Aftermath
Last October, the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history put our mapping and forecasting systems to the test. As it turns out, the tragic truth is that the best means of determining the accuracy of risk predicted by the Flood Insurance Rate Maps is to have a flood. In this edition of the Amerisurv webinar series, we’ll cover key areas of interest to land surveyors, planners, GIS and mapping professionals (May 29)