Yet this makes it new again – I found myself laughing like a child as I slowed down my typing, watching my screen be transported to a completely new location with each keystroke. It made me appreciate anew the technology at work, while also appreciating the daftness of it all, jumping around the world en route to my destination as if propelled by some sort of Douglas Adams-style teleporter.
1. Submit search query
2. Review results list
3. Repeat 1-2 in case user did not find their intended target
4a. Drag the street view marker onto the map OR
4b+5. Click “more” from the results list, then Street view
Instant Google Street View reduces this to just one easy step, and makes it much more fun along the way.
I think the benefit of this is similar to the benefit of Google’s instant search results - making the UX fast, efficient, and fun to discover what you’re looking for. The creator of this should definite consider expanding this to also include street view and satellite view (surprised Google hasn’t done this already).
And I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a call from Google soon for an interview… either for a job offer or a acqui-hire.
Cheers, nicely done.
Either way, that's a very keen observation, there's quite a few steps to go from an address to a streetview in the current form of Google Maps and this app does solve that.
I can use this for work and it removes some friction from my workflow.
Thanks for sharing!
Also try "google campus".
What's interesting is the real google streetview needs adobe flash to run, this works with flash disabled.
To use street view, you need Adobe Flash Player version 10 or newer. Get the latest Flash Player.
When I try to go to http://maps.google.com/maps?vector=1 to enable webgl it goes into an endless loop.
This page might explain why: http://support.google.com/maps/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answe...
Some low-end integrated GPUs (like the Intel GMA 3100 and 3150) are not compatible
Since they've started targeting mobile browsers, they've switched in some places to the projection here (which uses a flat projection that is just translated), which is implemented in straight HTML + JS. In other words, this is official Google StreetView too, just their new embeddable viewer.
This is too much fun :)
(i was once asked to give my address here, started with 'europa', and got the reply 'no, your address here in chile'...)
(Try hitting the plus to edit the shader on the left)
It's been awhile since I've actually used GSV...the images seem much higher-res than I remember.
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine
I have always wanted to visit Japan, but haven't find the time and the money to do it, but I hope I'll someday.
Asking because it seemed to me that when the address is imprecise, it's mostly more prominent locations that are being shown.
[later edit] It's probably just using GMaps' suggest feature I guess?
There's a startup up there - but maybe instagram has already done it :D
I suppose one of the things that helps is that this doesn't do the "zoom" effect that looks ugly and slows you down navigating.
Also, what panoramic viewer is this? Is this something provided by Google, something off the shelf, or something custom written by them?
BTW, I've been meaning to ask for a while though: what sort of algorithm is running that detects edges and orientation so when the mouse is moved, the small white circle or quadrilateral seems to touch the objects in the image?
Regarding TFA, well done. Though it's a little weird to look at my back door from a street over while typing in my address.
I've changed it now - does the link correspond to the correct location? If not, please can you let me know the address which generated this link?
"ABCD": Where am I?