Google’s My Maps is an easy and free portal to seeing your spreadsheet data in an online map. While there are more involved ways of accomplishing this, including linking an online version of your spreadsheet data “live” to Google Maps, let’s explore the simplest way of mapping your Excel data.
With Google Earth Pro as a free download, mapmakers now have additional tools at hand. One tool is Google Earth Pro’s Show Ruler tool. With it you can draw radius rings and save them as .kmz files you can then import into Adobe Illustrator using Avenza’s MAPublisher plug-ins.
A common request of mapmakers is to show radius rings in various distance increments.
Combining Google Maps with radius rings can give a client a quick look at how much area, or what cities, will be included within the rings. You can quickly produce a radius rings map image at http://www.acscdg.com.
Imagine standing by the water cooler with a few co-workers at the world’s premier online map provider. Contemplating weekend plans, you suggest a meet-up on the slopes. Then someone suggests, wistfully, “I wish we could preview the ski runs with our maps and street views.”
Frown turns into smile a year later because accompanying you on your next trip is a smartphone trail map complete with street-style views of the major ski runs. Working for Google has its perks!
Window seats are harder to get, thanks to the iPad.
Delta Airlines’ new Fly Delta for iPad app provides travelers with an in-flight interactive map of the world below as the plane traverses the sky to its destination.
The app features an option called the Glass Bottom Jet. Use it to view your plane’s position over a map, in real-time, along with markers for points-of-interest like famous landmarks, photos, and the “social content” of your friends.
Now you can spot Mount Rushmore and spy your friend’s secret, solar-powered cabin in the Black Hills. (So that’s where she’s been tweeting!)