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July 11, 2006

Google Maps Improves Zoom

Zoom in Google Earth Google Maps added two more ways to perform zoom, in addition to the plus / minus keys and the slider:

* left double-click to zoom-in one level, right double-click to zoom out
* zoom using your mouse wheel

Another new feature is a smoother transition when you zoom. Google uses some animation to emulate Google Earth's continuous zoom. This requires a broadband connection, or else you won't notice the difference. The feature is also available only on Windows if you use Firefox or Internet Explorer.

I wonder how close is the moment when Google Earth moves online.

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  1. ive wanted mouse wheel functionality for google maps for a while and am happy to see it, but ive noticed a major inconsistency between the google earth and google maps implementations - the directions are reversed. ie. what is zoom in for earth, is zoom out for maps and vice versa. this is extremely frustrating. im really surprised it was built and released this way.

  2. The is also an extra zoom level (zoom 21) on the satellite mode