Friday May 2, 2014 5:37 PM ...
Google is switching their maps to a new version. Some of it is improved, such as Street View, but some things aren't so good currently. In the beta version, for example, Google says they are getting rid of their little ruler in the lower left, which is (was) a great tool for estimating the size of a warehouse, etc. during a structure fire. Their new maps format is also more cumbersome. It takes more clicks to get to the traffic status and the markings aren't as bold. Also, Google maps links that are pre-made for EBTS and CHICAGOFIREMAP.NET to show traffic, display properly on the classic (old) maps but do not display traffic automatically on the new maps version. Currently EBTS and CHICAGOFIREMAP.NET is linking for the classic maps (old version), but if an when Google totally switches over, we will try to change so the links will automatically show traffic markings for the new version of Google Maps.
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Map views and satellite views are not guaranteed to be accurate unless they are marked CONFIRMED. Many of the reports represent early dispatch information, which may be incorrect. Not all reports are updated with the correct information.
Published by CHICAGOFIREMAP.NET: Sunday, May 02, 2010
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