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45-degree Google Maps Imagery Now Available in Select Cities Worldwide

Google today launched “45° imagery” in select cities around the world. 45° imagery offers a superior perspective of city skylines than an overhead view. Tall buildings stand out from those around them, and iconic landmarks are instantly recognisable. In addition you can rotate the map to look at buildings from all four sides:

“You can track the cities where 45° imagery is currently available on this map embedded below. When 45° imagery is available a submenu option is added to Maps API Satellite button. Right now the overhead imagery remains the default view for these areas. However in three weeks time this’ll change to match Google Maps, and the 45° imagery will become the default Satellite view where available. If you don’t wish the behaviour of your Maps API app to change in this way, add following to your MapOptions object: tilt: 0,” explains Google.

Google also bringing “Overview Map Control to v3,” a small interactive thumbnail map that shows an overview of the area around your map location and is attached to the bottom right of your map. It can be minimized, which collapses it down to a small expand icon. To add Overview Map Control to your map today in it’s opened state, add following to your MapOptions:

overviewMapControl: true,
overviewMapControlOptions: {
opened: true

In three weeks, Overview Map Control will be added by default to all Maps in its minimized state. If you don’t wish the control to be added to your map at this time, add following to your Map Options today: overviewMapControl: false.


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