Google Maps now has its own Labs
Google has added Labs to their Google Maps service.
Google Labs is already part of several of their products like Gmail.
It enables the company to test new features by allowing users to opt-in before it can be made part of the project.
Google Maps now gets its own Labs. It already has a couple of interesting features:
Drag ‘n’ Zoom
Zooming in on a specific part of the map is now fast and easy. Simply click the Drag ‘n’ Zoom button, draw a box on the map, and zoom! You’re there!
Add Aerial imagery to the map! Aerial imagery gives you rotatable, high-resolution overhead imagery presented in a new perspective. Currently imagery is only available in certain areas, but we’re adding more all the time.
Back to Beta
Gmail isn’t the only one that can enjoy a BETA tag.
Where in the World Game
Test your knowledge of world geography! Guess the name of the country from satellite imagery, and try to beat your top score!
Tired of North always being up? Add rotatable map types and give East, West and South a fair go.
What’s Around Here?
Adds a second search button that searches for “*”, returning the top results in the current view. A great way to browse the map.
Displays a tooltip next to the mouse cursor showing the latlng directly underneath it.
Adds an option to the context menu that lets you drop a mini marker showing the latlng of the position that the cursor was pointing at when the context menu was evoked
Ever zoom in too far and get the message “We don’t have imagery at this zoom level”? Ensure you don’t see it again, with Smart Zoom, which will check in advance what imagery exists, and ensure you can’t zoom in beyond it.
Checkout: Google Maps Labs