Google has launched Google Maps, dynamic, interactive maps that are draggable. I've been playing around with it this morning and the interface is awesome. Since these maps are draggable, you can use your mouse or the directional arrows to pan left, right, up and down to see areas that are hidden offscreen. You can also use the slider to zoom in and zoom out. It really is a pleasure to use.
For the power-mapper, there are cool keyboard shortcuts.
- use the arrow keys to pan left, right, up and down
- the page up, page down, home and end keys let you pan out even wider
- the plus (+) key lets you zoom in and the minus key (-) is for zooming out
In a perfect world, Google would develop an operating system. They really seem to get this Internet thing.