Tuesday, February 08, 2005

[Internet] Google Maps

I just came across the new Google Maps. It's very impressive, almost feels like my GPS mapping software on my PC. Even though Google map runs in a web browser, there is no page refresh when you zoom in or move around, unlike its competitors such as Yahoo Maps. Why is this good? Well, it allows you to freely explore the map by dragging the map around (or use keyboard shortcuts), as compared to click-and-wait on other map sites. Also when you maximize your browser, Google Maps automatically zooms its map to maximize the available space. It does directions too, though the route isn't visible when printed on a black/white printer. I also wish Google Maps allows some degree of personalization like Yahoo Maps, e.g. saved addresses.