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The New Google Maps is a Powerhouse Wayfinding Tool

Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 in digital maps, maps, personal navigation, Wayfinding | 0 comments

The New Google Maps is a Powerhouse Wayfinding Tool

The new Google Maps is an unprecedented tool for directionally challenged people and everyone else too. It helps you figure out where to go, generate maps and directions, learn destination details like hours of operation, and see your destination inside and outside, from different angles and orientations. You can use it on digital devices, including computers, smart phones, and tablets.

Since there are so many new features and capabilities, it’s worth investing some time in getting to know the service and practicing how it can best work for you before you try to generate maps and directions on the fly. Not all the bugs are worked out yet, but it’s clear that this is the most powerful digital mapping service ever.

Here are some links to several helpful related YouTube videos. These go by at a pretty fast clip, so plan on viewing them more than once.

How to Use the New Google Maps: Directions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtXFWU4r9FQ&list=SPcRbp4LqBpwFpqdfEVOanvjmeVMUk5fAV

How to Use the New Google Maps: Search
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r76OLSCJiw&list=SPcRbp4LqBpwFpqdfEVOanvjmeVMUk5fAV

How to Use the New Google Maps: Imagery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jOuKM36Sbs&list=SPcRbp4LqBpwFpqdfEVOanvjmeVMUk5fAV

There is (and will continue to be) lots of additional online information about how to use the new Google Maps, including their own support function:
http://support.google.com/maps/?hl=en

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If you’re directionally challenged you need the book, Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, by Janet R. Carpman and Myron A. Grant. www.directionalsense.com

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