Two Enhancements: Search by GPS Coordinates (lat, long) and New Blog Home

Find lat long button

The “Find lat long” button flexibly accepts a variety of formats, including: In all cases, once you hit the Enter key, the map will be re-centered on your chosen location and the decimal degrees version of the location will be shown in the “Lat, Long” label found in the light blue bar above the map. I hope you enjoy this new latitude longitude functionality! Also, a new home for the map tool updates and tips The tool updates and tips can now be found on the Blog link on the right side of the menu bar on every page on … Read more

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Steps for Sharing Google Sheets

This message is for anyone that uses any of the following custom map tools on randymajors.org: mapBuilder: Color-Code ZIP Codes from a spreadsheet mapBuilder: Color-Code Counties from a spreadsheet mapBuilder: Add points from a spreadsheet If you do NOT use Google Sheets to create maps on this website, you can safely ignore this message. What has changed? The way in which Google Sheets spreadsheets are published to the web has changed. This website and many others used a prior version of Google’s API that is imminently being discontinued. What do I need to do? Fortunately, the action you need to … Read more

New Tool shows Elevations on Google Maps, all over the world

With the new Elevation on Google Maps tool, you can find the elevation of any place worldwide. Use the “Search places” box to type an address, city or other place, and see it’s approximate elevation, or just explore by clicking around the map.  In addition to elevation, the tool will also display other information about your chosen location, such as city, county, state, country and latitude/longitude. Here’s an example showing the historic center of Mexico City at about 7,359 feet: Want to see an elevation profile along your path or route? Just click the blue “Elevation Profile…” button on the left … Read more

Several upgrades to the City Limits on Google Maps tool

Following on from the enhancements to the County Lines on Google Maps tool, I’ve made several improvements to the City Limits on Google Maps tool as well: 1. In addition to the city limits drawing, you can optionally choose to show county lines as well.  Just check the “Also show county lines” checkbox in the bottom left corner of the map: 2.  There are a couple of enhancements related to Latitude/Longitude or GPS coordinates.  The first one is that the Latitude/Longitude of the place you clicked on (or typed) appears at the bottom of the map (Also, the area of … Read more

For the map and geography geek in you…

For those of you who are map and geography geeks like me, I’ve just released a new tool I created on Google Maps that I hope you find both informative and maybe even fun! I named the tool Location Explorer on Google Maps. Think of it as kind of a “drill-down” for any chosen U.S. location — be it a place or address. Not sure how to best describe it…so let’s use pictures: For the above example, I simply typed an address in Salt Lake City, and the 12 above maps appeared.  The maps show all of the following “topics” for … Read more

Latitude and Longitude now displayed on County Lines on Google Maps tool

A few users have requested the ability to see the latitude and longitude for their chosen location while using the County Lines on Google Maps tool.  This functionality has now been added. As usual, just start by typing in a place name or address for which you want to see nearby county lines, then click “Go!”.  Now, in addition to seeing the county name at the bottom of the map, just below that you will also see the latitude and longitude for the red map marker, as shown below: The latitude and longitude displayed is for the red map marker, … Read more

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