July 22, 2009
Google Maps Update - just in time for D.C.
Google maps has always been a great asset for finding your way, but now it is even better! Their improvements, released today, will make finding your way in D.C. even easier. After finding your walking/driving directions, you can run multiple searches on the map and display them in separate or groups layers.
For example, let's say you want to get walking directions from the Washington Convention Center to Georgetown Law Center. Run you search as usual, then when the map is generated you can search for businesses, restaurants, museums, etc., that might be found along the way. You used to have to do this in separate searches, but now you can run continuous searches on the map.
So, in the search box, you look for restaurants. And you learn that you can stop for something to eat at the four star Momiji restaurant which is just a short one block detour off your main route, and you can pin it to your map. Then perhaps you need to find a dry cleaner because you didn't want to pay extra to check baggage on your flight to D.C. and only have one change of clothes. Run another search for "dry cleaner" along your route and, voila, you learn that Gallery Cleaners is directly on your route to Georgetown.
The power lies under the blue bar on the very bottom of the left side pane (you will have to click on it to open the content). Under the bar you will see your searches for restaurant and dry cleaner. You can either layer both on your walking route, or just one, or add more.
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