December 11, 2014
Allows Users to Create and Save Unique Maps
Road trip? Family vacation? Just going for a drive?
Whatever reason people are hitting the road, their trips can now be planned and saved even more accurately after Google announced its My Maps tool has been integrated into Google Drive. It means custom maps can be made easily, saved and referred to as the trip is underway.
“Over the next week, all the maps you’ve created will also be accessible in Google Drive, so you can easily organize, manage and share them. Create folders such as “Travel,” “Hiking” and “Holidays,” and search through them to find your favorite custom maps—which might be as varied as Fourth of July Trip, Half Marathon, or SantaCon,” Google explained in an entry at its blog site.
While the entry on the site was made Wednesday, the update will roll out to users over the course of the next week. In addition, though, Google has upgraded its My Map tool allowing users to add additional layers and points of interest to their maps.
As noted by TechCrunch, the upgrades and changes are more than Google recognizing the need to make the feature more user-friendly.
The move sheds some light on Google’s long-term plans for its cloud-based products. It’s a decision that puts it miles ahead of the clunky Office 365 — Microsoft’s product — and expands its user base beyond those who are just using the features for work-related projects.
W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.