How to use the Google Dynamic Maps

The Google dynamic maps on this web-site allow you to:
-Zoom in and out...
-Move the map around...
-Change how the map is viewed...
-Keep the focus on the selected location with the fixed red location marker (marked with the letter “A”)...

Here is the opening view of the Winchendon, MA map:



The red text and arrows show where the Navigation, Zoom and View buttons are placed...
Remember the following when zooming:
-The red location marker will always show the location of the title location no matter the zoom level...
-If you want to see the marker in the subsequent zoom level, make sure the marker is in the center of the map before zooming...
-To place the marker in the center of the map, or to move the map, youcan either:
1-click on the navigation arrows, or,
2-left click-and-hold with the mouse cursor anywhere in the map, except on the marker itself, and pull the map around...
-If you click on the marker, even when the title location is not visible, the name of the location will pop-up...
-When the marker “balloon” is on, click anywhere else in the map and the “balloon” wil disappear...



The opening view will always be in the “Ter”, terrain view, as seen above...
You can change the view by clicking on one of the other view tabs...

Here is the same Winchendon map in the "Map" view:



Now in the “Sat”, satellite view:



And finally in the “Earth” view:



Notice that the marker does not include the name of the title (Winchendon) at this level... you would have to zoom in (remember to center the marker before zooming in) to see the name...
Also note that there is a different set of navigation arrows above the regular arrows... this is because the “Earth” view is similar to looking at a globe map rather than a flat map... so you can rotate the map on various axes... weird, but fun to do...


Now I would like to see where Winchendon is located in relation to the rest of the USA...
So I zoom out a couple of times (making sure to keep the marker centered before each zoom), and here is rhe result...
I see where Winchendon is in relation to the Mortheast USA..





Next, I have zoomed in as far as I can and here are the results... I have zoomed to where my childhood house is located: at the Northeast corner of Central St. and Maple St....

First the “Map” view:



Next is the “Sat”, satellite view... You will notice that in this view you can see the house itself at the Northeast corner of Central St. and Maple St...



The “Ter”, terrain view... in this view, the maximum zoom in is not so deep as the previous ones...



And, finally, the “Earth” view... here I have moved the orientation of the “globe” by rotating the “N” button on the upper navigation control (top left) so that North is now moved down a bit to the Northeast, thereby tilting the image some...






This final shot is to illustrate that if you zoom out and keep the marker in the picture, you will see where Winchendon is in a global picture, because the marker is still in the picture...






I hope this has helped to explain the use of the Google dynamic maps... If you have any questions/problems, don't hesitate to contact me at gapellet@comcast.net...

I leave you now with a “live” map of Winchendon to fool around with... Be careful with the “Earth” view... it can be very slow at times... especially if you have an older computer...

If you get lost and can't find the marker, just “reset” (reload) the page and you'll get back to the original map...

Have fun....