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Google Maps, Google Earth and the New Geography: Google Maps--My Places

Introduction to the "My Maps" feature of Google Maps as well as well as sharing maps and viewing them in 3-D with Google Earth

Sign In

In order to use the My Places feature of Google Maps, you will need a Google Account, which you can set up here.

 

Content in Beta

Maps GL - Google's Beta Maps technology powered by WebGL, and has certain system requirements.

You can:
- Take 3D photo tours of landmarks
- View 3D buildings
- Fly over 45-degree aerial view imagery
- 'Swoop' quickly into Street View, without a plugin

Google Maps Labs -

Google Maps Labs is a testing ground for experimental features that aren't quite ready for primetime. They may change, break or disappear at any time. If such a feature breaks, and you're having trouble loading Maps, use this escape hatch: /maps?ftr=0.


 

Create a New Map

1/ Click on My Places, Create Map (“Edit” to open an existing map)

2/ Add title, description

3/ Choose public orpublic; unlisted

4/ Using the tools – appear only after you create a map

Draw and Edit a Line

1. Draw a line – click the drawing tool and select 'Draw a line' from the drop- down menu. Your cursor appears like this:
                                                                    

- Move the cursor to the appropriate location and click to start the line. If you want to dismiss this line, press the Escape key.
- Click your mouse button at each point of your line.
- To finish drawing your line, double click the last end point.
- Add a title and description.
- You can also change the color, opacity and width of your line, as well as whether it automatically follows roads, by clicking the color swatch in the top right corner of the info window.
- Click OK to save your line.
                               
2. Edit a line
- Click Edit in the left panel.
- To move a line on your map, mouse over the line to make the end points   appear. Click and drag the points to move them.
- To delete a point from your line, right-click on the point and choose Delete from the context menu.
- To add a point to your line, you can either click on one of the semi-transparent points, or right-click on the line and choose Add a point from the context menu.
- To edit a line's title or description, click on it to open the info window.                            
- Edit the title and description and click OK.
- Click Done in the left panel when you are finished.

Draw and Edit a Shape

1. Draw a shape - clickand select 'Draw a shape' from the drop-down menu. Your cursor appears like this:


- Move the cursor to the appropriate location and click to start the shape; if you want to dismiss this shape, press the Escape key.
- Click your mouse button at each end point of your shape.
- To finish drawing your shape, double click the last end point or click on the starting point to complete the shape.
- Add a title and description.
- You can also change the color and opacity of your shape by clicking the color swatch in the top right corner of the info window.
- Click OK to save your shape.

2. Edit a shape
- Click Edit in the left panel.
- To move a shape on your map, mouse over the shape to make the end points appear. Click and drag the points to move them.
- To delete a point from your shape, right-click on the point and select Delete from the context menu.
- To add a point to your shape, you can either click on one of the semi-transparent points or right-click on the shape, and choose Add a point from the context menu.
- To edit a shape's title or description, click on it to open the info window. Edit the title and description and click OK.
- Click Done in the left panel when you are finished.

Add a Placemark

1. Add a placemark:
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Create or open a map.
- Click . Your cursor changes into a placemark icon with an "X" crosshairs. The crosshairs indicate where the placemark will fall.
- Move the cursor to the appropriate location. If you want to dismiss this placemark, press the Escape key.
- Click your mouse button to place your placemark. It should bounce into place.
- Add a title and description.
- You can also change the icon for your placemark by clicking the icon in the top right corner of the info window. You can also add your own icon.
- Click OK to save your placemark.

2. Move or edit a placemark:
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Click Edit in the left panel.
- Drag and drop the appropriate placemark to the new location. Note that you can only edit or move placemarks on your maps, not others.
- To edit a placemark's title or description, click on it to open the info window. Edit the title and description and click OK.
- Click Done in the left panel when you are finished.

Add Information to Balloon

1. Add text - by default the descriptions of your map items are in plain text. However, you can use rich text or HTML in order to have more control. To do this:
- Create or open a map.
- Click the appropriate placemark, line, shape. The info window appears.
- Click Edit.
- Choose Plain Text, Rich Text or Edit HTML.
- To edit rich text descriptions, select the text and use the icons above the description field:

- To use HTML descriptions, add HTML in the description field. Some HTML may be stripped from the description if it is considered unsafe or malicious.
Click OK to save your changes.

2. Add image - you can add images to your map, as long as they are hosted online. Please use a service such as Google PicasaWeb to put your photos online.
- Create or open a map.
- Click the appropriate placemark, line, shape. The info window appears.
- Click Edit.
- Choose Rich Text or Edit HTML.
- If you chose Rich Text mode, click the Insert/Edit Image icon above the description. Enter the URL of the image you would like to add.
- If you chose Edit HTML mode, use the tag to add images. For instance,
 <img  src=http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/images/maps_results_logo.gif width=150 height=55> adds the Google Maps logo to your map with a width of 150 pixels and a height of 55 pixels.
- Click OK to save your changes.

3. Add a video – you can add videos to your maps, as long as they are hosted online.
- Create or open a map.
- Click the appropriate placemark, line, or shape. The info window appears.
- Click Edit.
- Choose Edit HTML.
- Find the video you want on YouTube or Google Video. Copy the snippet of code that lets you embed the video into a website or blog.
- Paste the snippet of code into the description field of your placemark, line or shape.
- Click OK to save your changes.

Georeference Placemarks

1. Add places from search results - you can search for addresses and businesses and save items from your search results to your map. To do this:
- Create or open a map.
- Search for the business or address that you want to add. The results appear in the Search Results tab.
- Click on the item you want to save. Click Save to My Maps in the info window. This copies the result to your map as a placemark.
- Edit the title or description, if you want.
- Click OK to save your placemark.

2. Add multiple addresses - if you want to add multiple addresses to your map, you may consider to use a free geocoding service such as "BatchGeo". To get an idea how to do this, please do the following exercise:
- Get the address list (right-click on the link and "save target as" Roster.txt on your computer's desktop). 
- Start Batchgeo
- Follow on-screen instructions:
            - paste the file in the appropriate box
            - click “Map Now”
            - click “Save and Continue”
            - click “Save Map”
            - scroll to bottom of page and click “Download test Google Earth (KML)”
            - save KML file to your desktop
- Import KML file to “My Maps”

      

Collaborate and Share

1. Collaborate with others - once you have created a map, you can invite individuals or anyone to collaborate on editing your map. To do this:
- Create or edit a map.
- Click Collaborate in the left panel. A dialog box appears.
- Enter or choose the following:
          -- Invite persons as collaborators - Enter the email address(s) of anyone you want to collaborate on your map.
          -- Message - Type the message you want to appear in the invitation to your collaborators
          -- Collaborators may invite others - Check this to allow your collaborators to allow other collaborators
          -- Allow anyone to edit this map - Check this to enable any Google Maps users to edit your map
          -- Collaborators - You can remove any or all collaborators

- Click OK. Google Maps sends an invitation to any collaborators you specified.

2. Share your map - once you have created a map, you can share it with others. To do this:
- Open the map you want to share.
- Click Link to this page in the top right corner of the orange title bar. This puts the map's URL in your browser navigation bar.
- You can share this URL with your friends by sending it in an email or posting it on your blog or website.
- You can also click Email in the top right corner of the orange title bar to open your default email software or service with the map URL in the email body.

A Sample Map

This is an example of a map you can create using only the My Places feature of Google Maps.


View The Grapes of Wrath in a larger map

The Grapes of Wrath [map], 2006.. Scale not given. Generated by Boris Michev, using Google Maps. http://goo.gl/maps/AvLSo.

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