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Wise Tech Tips

View Satellite and Street View Images with Google Maps


By James Wise
web posted May 11, 2009
TECH TIPS – If you are you going somewhere for the first time, you might like to see what your destination looks like. You could just be interested in seeing what someplace looks like from the air or street. If so, the free Internet site, Google Maps, might help (oh, and you can use it for directions as well).

To use Google Maps just go here. Type the name of a business or address into the search box on the page. For example, you can type 105 Courthouse Square, Edgefield, SC (this is the Edgefield Public Library). By default, the view that you see is the “map” view. This can be interesting and helpful but you can also click Satellite in the upper right hand corner of the map to view the satellite view.


 
You can double click within the window to zoom (or use the zoom control on the left hand side of the image). If you keep double clicking (even past the point where you no longer see the satellite view), you’ll get the “Street View.” This is also available by clicking the address marker (i.e. the “A” flag) and selecting street view.



In addition to the satellite and street views, you can select options in the “more” view box (next to satellite). Depending on the location you’re viewing, additional items may be available. For example, when you use the Edgefield Library’s address and select “photos” from the “more” option, a couple of additional photos are available which you can view by clicking them.

Keep in mind that satellite images and photos are only updated occasionally so they could be a bit out of date.

There may be other options to view a location such as webcams like the one of the Edgefield Town Square. If you want more satellite image options, you might want to checkout Google Earth or TerraServer.

If you want to use Google maps for directions, just click the “get directions” link on the left hand side of the screen. Other websites you can use for directions include MapQuest and MAP24.

I didn’t personally make a video of this, but there is one from Google available here.




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