You may want to bookmark this page in case you need to look at the different versions on Google Maps – I’ll show you the direct URL’s to view Google Maps in different ways (Old, Classic, 3D and Lite).
Let’s say you want to view the old version of Google Maps (Google Maps Classic) to grab any of the cool features they used to have.
If you are doing SEO you may want to read my other post on Google+ Places and Google Maps SEO
But I thought you might like to know how to view Google maps in different ways like 3D, lite or the old Classic Version. And I’ve outlined some URL’s for you:
This is what Google Says:
“We’ve seen that several of you are experiencing switching between the full version of the new Google Maps and Lite mode. Depending on your system, Google Maps may automatically switch to Lite mode. If you’d like to manually switch to a specific mode, you can try opening the following URLs on your browser.
- Google Maps Full version: https://www.google.com/maps/preview/?force=webgl
- Google Maps in Lite mode: https://www.google.com/maps/?force=canvas
- Your browser’s default mode: https://www.google.com/maps/preview/?force=clear
- Old Version (Classic Google Maps): https://www.google.com/maps?output=classic
Based on your computer speed, Google may switch automatically. But bookmark this page if you want to see Google Maps in different versions.
“If you meet all the system requirements and are still experiencing issues accessing the full 3D version, try restarting your browser. If that doesn’t do the trick, submit feedback by clicking the question mark in the bottom right corner of the map. Please include your GPU information (if on Chrome, enter “about:gpu” into the address bar) and “#gpu1” in your feedback report. If you’re comfortable sharing your GPU information here, please include.
- Browser and version
- Operating System and version
- GPU information (If on Chrome, enter “about:gpu” into the address bar)We will not be able to reply to everything, but the information you provide will help us fix issues on a larger scale.Thanks,DanielGoogle Maps Community Manager”
What Was Cool About The Old Google Maps?
Just so you know, some of these features disappeared with the recent Google Maps update. We really hope Google brings them back!
Google Maps is pretty useful for getting driving directions, but did you know all the other things you could do with it? Here’s a few of those nifty tips and tricks hidden in Google Maps.
Get Walking and Public Transit Directions
Not only can you get driving directions to and from a location, you can get walking directions, too. You can also get public transportation directions in select areas.
If this is available in your area, you will see a drop-down list of choices underneath the location and destination field. Select car, walking, or public transport, and the directions are customized for you.
Alternate Driving Directions by Dragging
Do you know you need to avoid a construction zone or toll area, or do you want to take a longer route in order to see something along the way? Change your route by dragging the path around. You don’t want too much of a heavy hand when you do this, but it’s a very handy feature.
Embed Maps on Your Website or Blog
If you click on the link text on the upper right-hand side of a Google Map, it will give you the URL to use as a link to your map. Just below that, it gives you the code you can use to embed a map in any Web page that accepts embed tags. (Basically, if you can embed a YouTube video on that page, you can embed a map.) Just copy and paste that code, and you’ve got a nice, professional looking map on your page or blog.
Google Maps allows programmers to hook into Google Maps and combine it with other data sources. This means you can see some interesting and unusual maps.
Gawker took advantage of this to make the somewhat creepy Gawker Stalker. This map gets real-time reports of celebrity sightings and shows the location on Google Maps. A science fiction twist to this idea is the Doctor Who Locations map that shows areas where the BBC television series is filmed.
Another map shows where US zip code boundaries are, or you can find out what the effects of a nuclear blast would be.
Create Your Own Maps
You can make your own map. You don’t need programming expertise to do it. You can add flags, shapes and other objects, and publish your map publicly or share it only with friends. Are you hosting a birthday party in the park? Why not make sure your guests can really find how to get to the right picnic shelter.
Edit Locations in Google Maps
Is your house in the wrong spot on the map? Do you know that the entrance to the store is on the other side of the block? Did the record store move? You can edit it. You can’t edit every location, and you can’t move things too far from their original location. Your edits will display your profile name to avoid abuse.
Get a Map of Traffic Conditions
Depending on your city, you can view traffic conditions when you look at Google Maps. Combine that with the ability to create an alternate route, and you can navigate the toughest traffic jam. Just don’t try doing this while you’re driving.
See Your Location on a Map From Your Phone – Even Without GPS
That’s right, Google Maps for Mobile can tell you approximately where you are from your phone, even if you don’t have GPS. Google put together a video that explains how this works. You do need a phone with a data plan to access Google Maps for Mobile, but it’s a nice perk to having one.
Street view shows you images that were captured from a special camera (shown here) attached to a black VW Beetle. Google has gotten into some trouble for this feature by people who think of it as a stalker tool or an invasion of privacy, but it’s intended as a way to find your address and know what your destination will look like. Google responded to privacy concerns by implementing technology designed to blur faces and license plate numbers from the captured images.
Share Your Location With Your Friends
Google introduced a Maps feature called Latitude that lets you share your location with select friends. You can update your location manually or automatically, and you can use Latitude on phones or standard computers.
It may seem a bit creepy to enable location sharing, but you can turn the service on or off as you desire. It’s saved me calls from my husband to ask if I’m coming home at my usual time. He can just use Latitude to see if I’m at work or on the bus.
Can you think of any other cool features on that are now missing on the new Google Maps and Google + for Business?