Now that I am playing with google maps for about a week I realize that there are some shortcomings. Here go my simple suggestions, that might seem obvious.
- When reloading a map the images don’t seem to be cached, so even after moving around and going back to the same place (on the map) it seems that the pictures need to be reloaded every time. This might be clever in order not to fill up the browser cache, but seems not very fluent.
- When zooming in (in little steps) using the zoom control on the map, the image of the previous zoom level is hidden and the new one gets loaded, which is well visible, because you might see nothing for a while.
So why is the picture of the old zoom level not just simply scaled up (which might look ugly for a while, but at least there is something) and later, when the picture of the new zoom level is loaded, replaced by it? I think this would make zooming look so much smoother.
My two cents, so far.
The API documentation that is online unfortunately does not show all the methods that are implemented and doesn’t give too much insight information. I found myself quite often looking into the JS code to understand and find out how things work.
Besides all the ranting I think (google) maps is a great thing, especially to be able to embed it in your application. I suggest go and try it, it’s fun.