The "New" Google Maps

by: Adam

The enhanced Google Maps provides improved performance, richer 3D graphics, smoother transitions between imagery, 3D photo tours, 45° view rotation, easier access to Street View and more… so they say. I don’t see how it is any better.  It’s more photo oriented – in that it looks more like a traveler’s photo book rather than images from the street.  Also, the 3D view is bologna. If you type in a monument, such as the Arch of Constantine (it prompts you to during the tour of the 3D BETA), Maps will bring you down to ground level and gradually circle around the structure.  However, it’s not a very pleasant tour – it’s jerky, the background warps, and it is a mash of different photos in different lighting.  I wouldn’t consider it an improvement. Furthermore, if you visit the Statue of Liberty, there’s a bird in one of the slideshow photos.  It…