Google Maps beta - endless oceans?
Google has a really cool beta map search site up now. It still needs a lot of work though. It shows only endless oceans all around the US at this point. It has a great click and drag interface. If you want to move any direction on the map you just drag it that direction and the map updates pretty quickly as you drag it along. To center on an area, you just double click on it. Zooming in and out is done on a side sliding bar. I included a link to the area I live in if you are curious. I love to cruise around Grand Lake in the summer. I don't have my own boat right now, so if anyone wants to donate one to me, just email me.
Quote from the website - Google Maps is an online service that allows users in the U.S. to find location information, navigate through maps, and get directions quickly and easily. Google Maps has several unique features:
* Draggable maps – you can click and drag Google maps to view adjacent sections; no more long waits while new areas download.
* Integrated Local search results – Google Maps integrates local search results from Google Local. So to find a pizza place, simply type in "pizza in San Jose", and pizza places appear at various locations on your map, with phone numbers for each location on the right side of the page.
* Turn-by-turn directions – Type in an address and Google Maps plots the route for you, displaying it visually on the map itself, together with step-by-step directions for getting there (or back from there). When you click on one of these steps (say, "turn left"), you see a floating bubble with a magnified view of the area mentioned in the directions.
* Keyboard shortcuts – You can use arrow keys to pan left, right, up and down. The Page Up, Page Down, Home and End keys let you pan out even wider. And you can zoom in with the plus (+) key and zoom out with the minus (-) key.