By Nerino Petro at 10 April, 2007, 10:19 am
With the introduction of My Maps, Google continues to expand its offerings of useful tools on the Internet. Using a very simple tool set, you can add placemarks, shapes and lines on maps that can be shared with the public or treated much the same way as an unlisted number: only those you provide the map URL to will be able to find it.
You can also link photos and video to your placemarks and the maps can be shown either as a map view, a satellite photo or a hybrid of the two which will also display all of the information you placed on the map. Thinking about a few legal applications for this new service, one can envision placing indicators on the map for locations of properties, scenes of various alleged crimes, displaying photos or images associated with the locations and much more that can be shared with clients for review and reference. These are, of course, in addition to the standard uses such as creating maps to your office or identifying specific locations in real estate or other business transactions. You can also create maps with the locations of courthouses and nearby parking areas that can be accessed by your clients to make it easier for them when meeting you in court or another location.
Unfortunately, when you print your maps, it does not print your annotations to map nor does a print the aerial photograph either. This will most likely either be at a later date or someone will create a tool to do this.
Your maps can also be searched and viewed using Google Earth.