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UER Forum > UE Tutorials, Lessons, and Useful Info > Google maps -- draw, save and share (Viewed 3175 times)
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Google maps -- draw, save and share
< on 6/9/2015 6:13 AM >
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It's easy to make your own Google Map that shows the locations of any places you'd like to remember or share with your friends. A Google Map is particularly useful when the places you like are hard to run searches for, and they have a unique appearance in satellite photos, such as something defective about their roofs.

Caution: If you retrieve information such as driving routes and locations in Google Maps, and then try to save those results, you won't be able to! Instead, you need to decide ahead of time that you will want to save such information; and create a map before you begin to retrieve it.

Example:

1. Make sure you don't have an active search result, by clicking the X. At this point it doesn't matter what territory the map is displaying.


2. You get a blank search field and, on the second line, My Maps. Click My Maps.


3. You get a list of maps you already have, if any. Click Create.


4. You get a map of the US (or, just guessing, a map of whatever country you're located in; Google is really smart). Type something into Search to navigate to the part of the world you're interested in, like Seattle. Click the magnifying glass.


5. We'll want to see buildings and stuff like that. So let's use a base map we can see buildings in. Click the down-arrow next to Base map.


6. Sample swatches of base maps are displayed. Click the Satellite swatch.


7. I can't think why you'd want a visual map of odd buildings. But let's say you are addicted to McDonald's milkshakes and need a quick way to find the nearest McDonald's (pretending for now that you can't just run a search for McDonald's). You scroll around until you find a building with a defective roof. In the toolbar, click the pin icon.


8. Your cursor turns into cross-hairs. Aim them at the building you want to remember, and click to drop a pin. A text entry box pops up. Give the location a name and, if you'd like, write something about it. If you write a lot, the box will stretch. Click Save.

In the top left corner, click on Untitled Map to replace it with your own name for your map. You'll get a chance to write a description of the map, too. Now, notice the Share icon.


9. Click Share to get a text entry box that controls who else can see or edit your map.


10. You'll probably want to make sure that anyone who opens the map gets a useful view right away. So, arrange the map as you would want it to be seen. Then click the three dots on the right end of the Add Layer / Share bar. A menu drops down; click Set default view.


There's a lot more depth to Google Maps. But you're an explorer! And I guess this post is long enough. Enjoy!





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< Reply # 1 on 8/30/2016 8:55 PM >
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This is super handy - thank you! I've been trying to figure out how to do this forever, but have been too stubborn to look it up. Instead, I just save locations and now have stars all over the place.




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< Reply # 2 on 8/30/2016 9:54 PM >
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I use this too. Works great and the android app opens any you've save online.




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< Reply # 3 on 8/31/2016 4:43 PM >
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Remember, you don't need to use Google Maps to share the coordinates. You can export the map as a .kml or .kmz file and then email it, text it, etc.. The file can then be stored away, opened in other programs, or a standalone gps.




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< Reply # 4 on 9/21/2016 6:55 PM >
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I've been using the my maps for awhile now and have noticed two things that are very useful to me and hopefully for you guys too.
There is a measuring tool so you can see how far you will have to hike/walk from one point to another (by clicking you can add a pivot point for a turn)

The mobile version seems to have a feature the computer version doesnt, if you have the google maps app you can turn your maps on and view all the locations, by tapping one of them it will tell you how long it will take to get there in current traffic and provide directions to it. the desktop version allows you to view the pins on your map but gives no other info besides what you named it and to get directions you need to use the "My Maps" and it will create a separate layer for the directions




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< Reply # 5 on 9/22/2016 6:41 PM >
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I would also recommend OptiMap which will take your locations (or GPS coordinates) and plot them in an order you can visit them without backtracking. It can be customized to give you turn-by-turn directions right out of your driveway if you set a home location as well.





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< Reply # 6 on 9/28/2016 3:09 AM >
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Remember, you don't need to use Google Maps to share the coordinates. You can export the map as a .kml or .kmz file and then email it, text it, etc.. The file can then be stored away, opened in other programs, or a standalone gps.



Just a tip:

If you receive a .kmz file from someone, it's just a compressed .kml file. You can un-zip it to read or edit the actual .kml file.

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Woah! Never knew this existed. I'm heading out to a new spot tomorrow and I just took a few screenshots, but this will definitely be 10x better. Thank you!




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Just wanted to add one thing I noticed today that may be useful to some of you the "my maps" from google actually has a newer map than regular google maps. I found a location of regular google maps and went to add it to my map and it was demolished on that map so i believe it is newer than both regular google maps and bing maps.




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< Reply # 9 on 1/20/2017 5:03 AM >
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You know all those cool little stars you can add to google maps? If it hasn't been covered already, there is a way to save those stars and show them on mymaps, Google earth, or both. Or I guess you could view them anywhere you wanted to as long as you converted the file.

Anyways, it's not necessarily difficult, there are just a few steps you have to go through in order to obtain the desired result. However, if some of you guys are interested in that sort of thing, or maybe some of you guys are map geeks like myself, then let me know you're interested and I'll add the step-by-step instructions in a post here.





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