Saturday, July 23, 2005

Hybrid maps: Google gets even cooler

Just when you thought Google Maps couldn't get any cooler, with click-and-drag zoom in-and-out and flying around through maps and satellite images, they take it to the next level. Today, a new button appeared: Hybrid. It overlays the map labels on the satellite images. Very, very cool. No more flipping back and forth. Here's one of downtown to check out, as well as one of the Texas Medical Center, all nicely labeled with major roads highlighted.

3 Comments:

At 9:24 PM, July 23, 2005, Blogger Matt said...

Tory, what's even better is the Google Earth program.

It's got satellite photos, and you can overlay roads. You can also call up the locations of churches, restaurants, ATMs, shopping centers, whatever.

And there are 3D models of major buildings in cities. Best mapping app I've ever seen. Oh, and it's free.

 
At 6:35 PM, July 24, 2005, Anonymous Tom Bazan said...

That Google satellite aerial is at least three or more years old.

There are no rails, and the rails were being installed as early as 2002, and the northwest corner of Main at Pierce is still a parking lot. The METRO Lee. P. Brown admin bldg was started around 2003.

 
At 8:29 PM, July 24, 2005, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

My guess from an earlier post was they are from early 2002:

http://houstonstrategies.blogspot.com/2005/04/super-cool-link-of-day-google.html

"My guess is the pictures are around early 2002 vintage, since they still show construction of the new Rice business school building, Reliant Stadium is almost complete, and ground has just broken on the Toyota Center (you can see the Cirque de Soleil tents up in front of the George R. Brown next door). Light rail line is still under construction too."

 

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