2014/06/04

Google Maps Usability

Is it me or is the recently revamped Google Maps not as usable as the old one? They've maxed out the map; which is nice, but the menu items are now so obscure you'd not know where they are without flipping endlessly around the map (it's worse on the Android version IMHO).

For example, I search for a location, find it, right click, select "directions to here" and it provides directions from that location to itself!? Well ok, I can kind of understand why but it's obviously not what I meant... So I right click on home and it says "What's here?", not "directions from here". To do that I need to type (wtf!) my start location into the drop-down on the left of the screen. Not unusable just irritating...

Plus the search menu overlaps the map which can be irritating on smaller screens and seems to slide up-and-down at will as you drag around the map - again, irritating... (but still pretty much the best map service out there...).

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