World Maps, Geographic Maps on the Internet
If you are going to an unfamiliar city, whether it's a vacation, a business trip or a trip, the first thing you need to figure out is how to get to the hotel or meeting place, where you can eat cheaply, what sights to visit and how to get to them.
In this case, you should get a good guide or use one of the cartographic Web services. Fortunately, there are quite a lot of them now, and unlike the same Google Earth, the traffic they generate is an order of magnitude smaller.
MapQuest is one of the oldest cartographic internet services. It was he who repeatedly helped the author on travels. And although the site is clearly aimed at residents of the United States and Canada, there are detailed maps (with details up to 70 m / cm) of almost all European countries. Unfortunately, Ukraine is not among the favorites, there is only Zoom Level 7 - that is, only up to the city level, but not individual streets and houses.
Drive Direction also does not work for every country. But all sections of the route are equipped with separate detailed maps and clear descriptions. They can be printed, emailed, uploaded to the PDA. In general, much attention has been paid to the support of mobile phones, PDAs, and GPS devices. But the way we organized the search for the nearest hotels, shopping centers, etc., we did not like, especially since they are not displayed on the map. MapQuest request processing speed is impressive.
Also a long-running cartographic Web service, only European. The scale of the maps of the developed countries of Europe is very good - 50 m / cm, but for Ukraine and its neighbors the resolution is limited to 500 m / cm. Unlike most other services, maps on Multimap are not vector, but raster, that is, they load a little longer and in parts. For plots with a resolution of 50 m / cm, street search has been implemented, hotels, attractions, etc. are displayed.
Travel Directions traditionally only works in some countries. Parts of the route are supplied with maps and even a travel time counter. You can choose the fastest and shortest path. Notably implemented informing about the nearest hotels, booking rooms and ordering airline tickets. There are mobile options for the service, as well as additional features - search at the full address, purchase of souvenirs and historical photographs.
Ukrainian Cartographic Merezha
The service of the "Ukrainian Cartographic Network" from Virtual Net GIS is of most interest to us, since this resource represents the most detailed maps of cities and regions of our country. Most of the cards hosted on UAnet are clones and client applications of uamap.net.
The server contains maps of all 24 regions of Ukraine and the Republic of Crimea on a scale of 200-500 m / cm, as well as 27 cities, data on another 10 cities should appear in the near future. The detail is amazing. For example, for Kiev, the resolution is 25 m / cm, and for Kanev - 10 m / cm! Naturally, there is a numbering of houses, medical facilities, schools, kindergartens, housing offices, administrative buildings, post offices, etc., etc. are displayed. Search is possible in three languages - Ukrainian, Russian and English.
Claims cause not too impressive query processing speed, especially for Kiev, and some errors in finding information. In addition, there is no way to get directions, detailed interchange schemes, hotel information and other services. Nevertheless, this is the best Ukrainian server of this kind, and we hope for its further development.
One of the best new generation mapping services using AJAX technology. The site contains stunning interactive maps of most regions of Europe, the USA, Australia and Brazil, while the number of countries is constantly growing. As on Google Map, it is possible to display a conventional, satellite and hybrid map. There is a search for restaurants, hotels, cultural institutions, gas stations, etc. Moreover, many of them are equipped with interactive prompts with telephones and a work schedule (alas, this function is not implemented for Ukraine).
But the Map24 3D features are most impressive. For example, the ability to tilt the map and view the area in isometric view. When planning a trip, you will not only be given clear instructions, but also will allow you to fly along the entire route in 3D (!), Which greatly facilitates orientation on the ground. Managing, scaling and moving are intuitive here. Conveniently and fully map the map window. Since we have an AJAX service, the reaction speed of the application and its interactivity are simply amazing.
As for Ukraine, there is only a detailed map of Kiev, alas, without any additional objects. In addition, street search is difficult due to the somewhat strange transliteration of Ukrainian place names.
World of maps
This service is similar to uamap.net, only focused primarily on Russia. The selection of cards differs in some eclecticism. So, along with the detailed interactive plans of Moscow, St. Petersburg and other major cities of Russia, there are separate maps of the DPRK, South Korea, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Alpine ski resorts, Mediterranean resorts, Kuwait, and for some reason even a distribution map of votes for the presidential election crimes, population density, an interactive atlas of the world with background information, etc.
For Moscow and St. Petersburg, it is possible to display many layers containing information about the location of passport desks, embassies, pharmacies, night clubs, food markets, Internet providers and much, much more (more than 30 types of institutions). The main complaint to the “World of Maps” is the terribly small map window and the surprisingly inconvenient navigation.
If visitors manage to get confused in the Kiev metro, which has only three lines, what can we say about orientation in the subway of Paris, London or Tokyo. Subway Navigator will help you. The site contains interactive metro schemes of several hundred cities in the world. There is an opportunity, having set the departure and destination stations, to get the approximate travel time and exact clues where to make transfers. The author of the article has repeatedly used this resource - it helps.
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