Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Google Maps Redesigned & Google+

It has been a busy day of announcements from Google. As well as launching a new social network Google has unveiled a new design for Google Maps.

The Google+ Project was launched today with a nice use of the Google Maps API to showcase whats on offer from the new social network.

The demo page is a map created from a custom image with the addition of a number of map markers to showcase the many features of Google+. The use of a custom information window with embedded videos helps contribute to the very clean design of the demo page.

Talking of design - Google Maps also has a shiny new look. One of the major changes is that information windows no longer have rounded corners.

Changes have also been made to the search area (now grey) and the map sidebar. Have a look at the new design and tell us what you think in the comments.

Via: Google LatLong



dublinstreams said...

user created maps drop down?

Emma said...

Biggest problem for me with creating mashups is that the 'View in Google Earth' button that lets you download My Maps edits as KML is missing. Apparently this was unintentional and Google is working to restore it, but there's a workaround until they do:

"Regarding the View in Earth Link: Removing this was unintentional. We're working to bring it back soon. In the meantime, there's a workaround. Just append '&output=kml' (without the quotes) to the end of the link to the mymap and you should be able to download the KML. "
-From http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/maps/thread?tid=278ab45e4c35d278&hl=en