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Offline dancingcyclist

What's with Google Maps
« on: February 07, 2017, 08:51:56 pm »
Anybody else having trouble with being able to change the route that Google suggests? I've spent hours now trying to work with both regular google and Google Earth. Neither will allow me to alter their route. I have both a Mac and a laptop w/Windows 10, both have the latest upgrades and operating systems but neither will work for me. When using help i'm told it might be in lite mode and how to tell but I can't find any indication of being in lite mode (i.e. lighting bolt symbol).

Normally I use Ride-with-GPS but I heard I could get a "real view" at different spots on the route and also a 'flying" view. Thought I'd try it but no luck.

indyfabz

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Re: What's with Google Maps
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2017, 01:54:35 pm »
Normally I use Ride-with-GPS but I heard I could get a "real view" at different spots on the route and also a 'flying" view. Thought I'd try it but no luck.

In answer to your question, no. Drag to change works just fine for me.

But what do you mean by "real view" and "flying view" re: RWGPS?

Offline dancingcyclist

Re: What's with Google Maps
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2017, 02:18:12 pm »
Real view is dragging the little guy from the lower right conner to a spot on the route and it shows a current picture of that spot. It puts you at a close up ground level view.

Flying view is supposed to show you the whole route as if flying in an airplane.

Doubt if the names I'm using are correct but don't know what else to call them.

I use to be able to click/hold and drag but now it only seems to work a few times then quits and just moves the whole map around. Google help says something about a "lite mode" that will cause this but I can't find any indication its in "lite mode". Help says a lighting bolt should be seen in the lower left corner in the menu box. Help also shows that a number of people are having the same problem.

Offline Slowroll

Re: What's with Google Maps
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2017, 02:20:08 pm »
The trick I use is to add a destination at a point where I want to change the route. You can add as many as you need in W10  think of them as basically being waypoints.

Offline jsieberMT

Re: What's with Google Maps
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2017, 05:21:50 pm »
Real view is dragging the little guy from the lower right conner to a spot on the route and it shows a current picture of that spot. It puts you at a close up ground level view.

Flying view is supposed to show you the whole route as if flying in an airplane.

Doubt if the names I'm using are correct but don't know what else to call them.

I use to be able to click/hold and drag but now it only seems to work a few times then quits and just moves the whole map around. Google help says something about a "lite mode" that will cause this but I can't find any indication its in "lite mode". Help says a lighting bolt should be seen in the lower left corner in the menu box. Help also shows that a number of people are having the same problem.

Google calls "real view" Street view. I'm not sure about the Flying view.

indyfabz

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Re: What's with Google Maps
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2017, 10:28:20 am »
Real view is dragging the little guy from the lower right conner to a spot on the route and it shows a current picture of that spot. It puts you at a close up ground level view.

As noted above, it's called "Street View." Note that Street View is not available for every road. (I doubt "flying view", which I suspect is part of Google Earth, is either.) When you are in Goggle Maps, simply click on the little orange person icon without dragging it. Roads for which Street View is available will become highlighted. Then you can drag the orange icon to a spot. I have found that sometimes it bounces back to his spot. If that happens, highlight the roads again by clicking on the icon and then click on the portion of the highlighted road you want to view.

You know that Street View is also available on Ride With GPS. For example, here is one day I have planned for a tour in June:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18149964

You can see the same orange person icon in the lower, right corner. Note that clicking on him in RWGPS doesn't work like in Google Maps. You have to drag the icon into the field and drop him down at a point on a highlighted road. In the example above, you can see that a short portion of the route (between ~mile 13 and mile 19) is not highlighted when you drag the icon into the field. That's because the road is an unpaved pass that was, for whatever reason, skipped by the Google vehicle that takes the footage for Street View.