Monday, January 11, 2010

Google Maps Plus Some

Switch Maps

One of the most popular posts on Google Maps Mania last year was a review of Map Channel's Dual Maps. Dual Maps is a map creation tool that allows anybody to make an embeddable map that includes a Google Map, a Google Maps Street View and a Virtual Earth Bird's Eye view of the same location.

Now Map Channels have released Switch Maps. Switch Maps allow you to create a map that contains Google Maps, Google Earth, Street View, Bing Maps, Bing Maps Bird's Eye View, Open Street Map and Yahoo Maps.

Creating a map is very easy. You just drop a map pin on your selected location, select which map views you wish to include, customise the map controls and set the width and height of your map. Once you have defined your map settings Switch Maps creates the code that will allow you to embed your map in a website or blog.

Switch Maps also includes the option to include layers that show user photos from Panoramio and Picasa. You can see some of the many map views available in Switch Maps in the Switch Maps Gallery.

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