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Google Maps and satellite imagery of KW
#11
Also recently updated: much of the Street View imagery. I've found most of the latest (August 2015) around Downtown Kitchener, but there may be more elsewhere I haven't found. They shot some stretches this May, as well.
My Twitter: @KevinLMaps
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#12
I gave a thumbs up to a Streeview car in May while walking on Westmount, but they skipped over that one and put the August pass up instead. I was on April 2014's pass with a thumbs up from my car near Belmont Village.
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#13
Another new feature is the box at the top left corner that lets you select historical Street Views by date. Some areas show several dates in the past couple of years, e.g. Apr14, May15 and Aug15 so you can see the evolution of a particular property. Great for people who want to follow something like LRT construction progress.
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#14
(09-18-2015, 11:38 AM)ookpik Wrote: Another new feature is the box at the top left corner that lets you select historical Street Views by date. Some areas show several dates in the past couple of years, e.g. Apr14, May15 and Aug15 so you can see the evolution of a particular property. Great for people who want to follow something like LRT construction progress.

Sorry to nitpick, ookpik, but that has been a feature for a few years now; I remember using it to investigate facade and landscaping changes when house hunting a few years back.

Quite a handy feature, to be sure.
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#15
Looks like the satellite imagery was updated as well. It appears to be from last month given the 204 iXpress landing pads.
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#16
They were taken either August 8th or 9th in the morning as the bluesfest stages are set up and the parking lots are empty
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#17
Nice stuff! I note the new stuff fades out just shy of Northfield- the Ion OMSF is a half-ghost of a building.
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#18
(09-25-2015, 12:42 AM)GtwoK Wrote:
(09-24-2015, 11:08 PM)Markster Wrote: Ah, so you're the guy I see making a ton of edits in Waterloo lately!

I'd say just go with the latest information, i.e. that old pdf you posted. The site as built doesn't seem to go against it.

Yup, that would be me! I've been mainly realigning roads that are badly aligned, but I've also been drawing in a ton of parking lots, adjusting roads for eventual Ion track, and other miscellaneous cleanup (adding in the Weber St grade separation and readding the Margaret Ave bridge, for example). Are you seeing the edits in Google Maps proper, or are you using Map Maker too?

[moving this discussion to a more appropriate location]
Yeah, you'll see me editing as "MJB". For the most part, I tend to fix up pedestrian paths and bike network things, to help improve Google Directions. Often, you won't be able to get transit directions in a place, because google can't find you a route to the bus stop, even when it's just a thin strip of grass. Or, you'll be able to go one way, but not the other, because Google doesn't know you can cross the street.

I noticed that the new satellite imagery is a tiny, itty-bitty bit north of the old stuff, so most everything is ever-so-slightly misaligned. Kinda irks the OCDness.

Another quirk: With the added building outline information, it's hilariously merged some details from the manually entered buildings, with the set of outlines. In some places, the outlines of long-demolished houses have returned, but now they've been given the height value of the tower that replaced it. Just look at the shadows being cast by some of those houses in the Lester/University area!
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#19
That is a bit annoying yeah. I've been struggling with a bunch of changes because — ever since Map Maker was started back up — the auto-moderator doesn't seem to let anything past except for the adjustment of road / trail vertices. Having to wait after every small edit for Google to approve it is beyond annoying. Especially when reworking some of the more complicated things that I know are correct, but aren't on the imagery. Google normally ends up rejecting them. Extremely frustrating.

As well, annoying that imagery outside of downtown hasn't been updated in a good number of years. Looking specifically at the Conestoga College area, Homer Watson is still only 4 lanes, and has the old interchanges, while Conestoga's new wing on the Doon campus and the entirety of the Cambridge campus aren't even there. Would be nice to get an update there.
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#20
Yeah, changing things that don't agree with the outdated imagery was always more work than it was worth. The new update has opened up a gold mine of "Oh I can finally fix that!"

What kinds of edits are you making that needed approval? It's mostly back to the good old days for me. Lines/verticies/attributes and new lines are mostly published immediately, deletes and some vertex operations need approval
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