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#1 Jul 22nd, 2006, 12:59
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Jivan, in this post has drawn attention to Wikimapia.

I think it deserves a thread of its own!

You can't zoom in as close as with Google Earth, but there is a lot more information, and, as it is a wiki, the opportunity to add to that information.

Thannks, Jivan
#2 Jul 22nd, 2006, 13:04
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Thumbs up

The only issue I had with Google maps was that one cannot add info. on it or whatever info. (in kind of landmarks & stuff) was pretty limited. So today I found wikimapia. It just needs a browser, no software needed (so complexity reduced)

It's ably supported on FF 1.5.0.4 . I'm sure all the other browsers are supported as well.

The interesting thing about it is the ability to add tags/landmarks of the place. Right now focusing on Pune as that's from where I'm. Here's the actual link of the place of which I put the pic. up. To add a landmark is easy. See the wikimapia - map - language on the top right hand corner. All the 3 words have different connotations hence putting a dash there.

1.Language is for more languages than English. At this point 36 languages are supported including Hindi & English

2.The map gives 4 options map,auto, hybrid & satellite. What we're looking at right now are the satellite images.

3. Wikimapia the 3rd one is the interesting one . Clicking on it reveals Home, Add New, Search City, Search Places & Put on your page. The quickest & easiest way to add a new bookmark is clicking on Add New. This reveals a square. Put it around the landmark & click Save. As one clicks on save one is prompted to add info. such as the name of the place, description & any tags that one might want to put. I just put up Shivaji Prepatory School & Shivaji Nagar High Court. So feel free to browse & add stuff on top of it.

There is also an forum cum placemarks things found on Google Earth but find the above method much more simpler. Of course with tags it becomes much easier.

There was a rumor/april fool joke last year that google had acquired a satellite called as 'gsat' when it acquired keyhole. There were later some more rumors/news about something similar but was not able to find. I'm sure in the near future we'll have 50 metres or even 20 metres depth of stuff due to falling prices in storage as well as bandwidth. Something like this perhaps

Google is already advancing on this with some building map stuff. They just need a better interface to give us.
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An excellent overall map in CD version if wanted can be found at www.mapsofindia.com I've a very old version ver 3.0 if somebody does beg, borrow, steal or buy & can share the spoils of ver. 5 would be nice. Delhi is a good mkt. to buy the newest version (legally) or otherwise also, just make sure to get the latest version 5.. If somebody has it & is coming to Pune would be happy to show u around Pune in exchange of a good copy of the same. It makes making plans so much easier esp. for backpackers like me.
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There is a new version of Google Earth, supposedly with an improved interface ---but I took one look at the spec required to run it and abandoned the thought straight away. Maybe when my 3GHz machine comes out of the warehouse along with my household stuff, but not on my laptop.

Anyway, I've just spent a couple of happy hours playing with Wikimapia and Google Earth. With a little help from my Eicher City Map I accurately located my current proposed-house-to-buy
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The "Map on your page" function allows you to create a customised snapshot link, with a minimum of tweaking :

*click on "Map on your page"
*resize the frame by pulling on corners, move by dragging
*copy the code shown. I got this string :
<iframe src=http://wikimapia.org/s/#y=34165405&x=77585299&z=17&l= 0&m=a width=282 height=211 frameborder=0></iframe>
*remove <iframe src= (removing the tag after frameborder=0 doesn´t seem to make any difference)
*this gives you a link like this

Linking won´t work to the max resolution level, it stops at level three, but the controls are there.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H There is a new version of Google Earth, supposedly with an improved interface ---but I took one look at the spec required to run it and abandoned the thought straight away.
The requirements for the new version (Beta version 4) are the same as the old version 3
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Really? I'll check it out. Now

<later> Check out this download page. They are recommending 2.4Gh+ (mine is 1.something) and a network connection of 768. My BSNL "broad"band connection is only 256

I don't know if itis worth trying....

Maybe i'll give it a go.
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The requirements do go up for the 4th version not just in the CPU & bandwidth but also in the GPU thing. [OT]I would be waiting for atleast a yr. before doing any upgrades so all new software except for GNU/Linux distros. are out.
good work there @vistet , afa the links stopping at max level three are concerned there are/might be several reasons right from the fact tht they're sourcing the map & stuff from google. So how much info. does google wanna share it's upto them. Also it's free/freeware just need to play with the community & u'll come to know what their future plans are.
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no MeCasa Google Earth uses what is known as placemarks which is different from tags which wikimapis uses. A comprehensive web page on Google Earth can be found at Wikipedia in fact I find the alienhub forum to be one of the most interesting forums to discuss Google earth just due to the fact that so many conspirancy theorists are always around.

If u're using the free version there is no way to capture it/save it other than using some screenshot utility or something like tht. Of course it looks far more professional than wikimapia. AFA wikimapia is concerned, it just has the community behind it. When it was started early this yr. year then it was nothing just the places without any bookmarks, now you can see the results for yourself. People go AFA bookmarking where they live as well as landmarks around them.
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AIUI...

GoogleEarth's place markers are like bookmarks stored on our own PCs. They are the notes that we make while browsing.

Wikimapias tags are saved for everybody and the information is shared. The downside of this is the "My House"-type clutter that is inevitable.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H <later> Check out this download page. They are recommending 2.4Gh+ (mine is 1.something) and a network connection of 768. My BSNL "broad"band connection is only 256
Nick,
The download page is a bit confusing but they are listing the recommended configuration and the minimum configuration and they are the same for both versions!
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AIUI = As I understand it?
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AIUI... yes, as I understand it, or at least it is AIUI

Anders, I've upgraded anyway. Seems a little slower to load, but it is working fine.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H AIUI...

GoogleEarth's place markers are like bookmarks stored on our own PCs. They are the notes that we make while browsing.

Wikimapias tags are saved for everybody and the information is shared. The downside of this is the "My House"-type clutter that is inevitable.
I wonder if we can transfer our 'bookmarks' so to speak. This subject intriques me.

http://www.cartotalk.com/index.php?showtopic=1146

I am having both the paper and digital maps made, the paper for this trip and the digital to manipulate, cut, mark etc. and put them out as public domain, I'll even host them, I already own MeCasa.net and it doesn't cost that much

All of my links will be posted in a Beyond Borders Thread named 'Nepal', short and simple for the search engine. My way of saying thanks to IndiaMike.com and company ;-)
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This thread has been tidied up.

That may leave some posts not entirely making sense due to deltion of other posts, but it is too good a subject to loose the thread
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