PC Advisor recently published an article that discussed the “10 things you didn’t know about Google Maps and Google Earth” and I thought we’d take a look at it. Some of these won’t be surprises for you, a Google Earth Blog reader, but it’s a list that would be fairly helpful to the typical computer user.
1 – Google Maps isn’t Google’s only mapping product.
You don’t say? 🙂
2 – Because it uses software on your own PC, Google Earth offers a more polished interface than Google Maps.
That could be argued either way. I’d say that Maps is actually a bit more polished, but Earth offers many more features.
3 – No doubt you’ve used Google Maps Street View feature but did you know it works in 3D?
That’s indeed a fun tip. Press “3” or “T” to enable it (only in Google Maps).
4 – Google Earth includes a flight simulator so that you can view the Earth from a unique perspective.
The flight simulator can be quite a lot of fun. Try it for yourself by activating it from the [Tools] –> [Enter Flight Simulator] option or check out this post for more.
5 – Thought that Google Maps was just for exploring the surface of the Earth?
6 – Google Maps can show up-to-the-minute traffic conditions.
Google Earth can as well, under [Layers] –> [More] –> [Traffic]. The Maps versions is great if you use it for GPS navigation, as the traffic data is factored into your estimated travel time.
7 – Don’t think of Google Maps as a universal panacea because there are some places you can’t see.
It’s relatively rare, but some places have their imagery blurred out, such as the example found here.
8 – If you’re an Android user you’ve probably discovered the Google Maps app but you might not have realized that it can be used offline too.
9 – Using Google Maps doesn’t have to be a passive experience.
Google Maps has some great ways to save your points of interest and maps, and Google Earth has a very comprehensive set of layers to enhance your experience. Over time, I think we’ll see those features begin to merge more and more, which would be a great thing.
10 – You can even create your own 3D models of buildings to view in Google Maps or Google Earth.
What do you think is missing from the list?