Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Jef Poskanzer's ACME Mapper

Jef Poskanzer has created the ACME Mapper which provides additional mapping layers and functionality to Google Maps, not currently available in the standard Google Maps interface (as well as some that are):

- Topo and DOQ mapping layers (from TerraServer's Web Services)
- Map scale that automatically adjusts as you zoom out
- A "crosshairs" widget that shows you exactly where you are centered
- Print, Email, 'Link to this page' functions
- A box showing exact coordinates of the center of the map, in your preferred format
- Nearby placenames from where the map is currently centered

Check the "About" page for more information on each function. If you have any feedback for Jef or want to comment on his work, post a comment here. Most all of these features make good sense. Perhaps Google will introduce an "advanced view" toggle in the future that will incorporate some of Jef's ideas. Until then - ACME Mapper is your friend. :)

Check out some of Jef's other Google Maps maps mashups and tools..
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