StreetView launches in Australia

As reported by Google Maps Mania, StreetView has just launched in Australia.  The coverage is quite extensive, covering the outer edge of much of the island, with solid coverage in the big cities.  For an example, check out the Sydney Opera House:

Go check it out for yourself.  If you find anything cool, submit it to the GEH StreetView gallery for everyone else to see.

Yahoo Maps rolls out a bunch of new features

Calling it their “summer-time refresh“, Yahoo has released a bunch of updates for Yahoo Maps.  They include:

  • Improved Local Search integration that utilizes the Search/Direct Display Index
  • More user-friendly Driving Directions – a more user-friendly left rail that’s both wider and more legible (larger text), for easier reading of driving directions
  • A redesigned Print Page
  • The ability to minimize multiple driving direction instructions to save vertical space
  • The ability to display inline turn-by-turn images for each driving direction segment
  • An Interactive Print Page Map
  • Users can now select from a variety map views (full route, full route + finish, full route + start + finish)
  • Drag/Pan/zoom functionality for print page maps
  • Interactivity between Points of Interest (POIs) and Map view; minimized POIs are removed from the map view
  • Improved POIs – with ability to minimize/collapse multiple POIS to maximize viewing area

As with their past updates, it’s very nice.  Nothing to make me switch, but certainly a good set of new and updated features.