For those who don’t know, all three of you that is, Google released a new maps web application.
Much like Yahoo! Maps or MapQuest, Google Maps is what it sounds like, a maps program. However, this is much better than the other two. Though, some of the intuition and documentation could be improved.
I never liked Yahoo Maps!. The reason I never liked them? Their driving directions are absolutely horrid. Ironically, I still use it whenever I want driving directions. It’s like I’m compelled to use it. I get lost or very confused nearly every time I use them. Nothing is simple. Yet, time after time, I still use them.
As for MapQuest, I don’t think I ever got into their way of doing things. Their service is alright, their maps are childish in comparison to Google’s. However, it can still do driving directions decently. Unknown to me, however, is how well they would fare in a real life test.
Finally, for Google Maps. I know it seems like everyone just has to love Google because they’re seemingly un-corporate, but in reality, they are quite corporate now-a-days. I still think of it as a coolcorporation though, but hey, that’s me. Anyways, Their maps application is visually stunning. Their map doesn’t look so horribly jumbled as others do. Also, when doing a search for pizza near X address, I like their way of noting where the location is (it’s a little red spikey thing). When you click on it, it gives you some detailed information about it, which is nice.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I like Google’s new application, but I have some problems with it. I can’t seem to get it to do driving directions for me. I am trying to do some lazy directions. Such as 151st to mur-len and santa fe. It can’t seem to do that right. I am guessing that I am putting it in improperly. However, I can’t find any place showing me what the right way is. Meh. It is a Beta product. (But then hasn’t Google News been beta for years now? Hmmmm.)
But other than that stuff, I still love the application and will try it out the next time I need to go somewhere. Which is more often that I usually expect, considering I just moved to a new city where I don’t know where anything is. So, we shall see.