Jul 182015

Google’s mapping has gotten way more intense since last time I really dug into the feature sets. I’m looking for an apartment in Nashville, and even with satellite imagery and street-view, it’s still kind of awkward to get a sense of the neighborhood. Google Earth’s 3D view makes it instantly clear if an address is an asceptic yuppieville or the sort of place you’re going to get shot.

Google Earth’s 3D view is very powerful, and is best navigated with a game controller (or a Space Navigator 3-D mouse if you’ve got one).

The Xbox controller has excellent PC support, naturally. The PS4’s Dualshock 4 controller requires a 3rd-party app but is easy to set-up (it’s much easier and cleaner than trying to get a Dualshock 3 to play nice with Windows).

Also worth noting, Google Maps can color-code roads by traffic density, either real-time or typical condition at a specified day of the week and time.

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