Unlike my switch to Google Earth/Maps last year as my primary reference, many bloggers out there have been lamenting about the shut down of Streetdirectory.com. I have been skimming my RSS feeds recently but it seems to be more than a few who are amiss. I guess they venture out to urban Singapore much more often than my reclusive self! Being internet-savvy, they’d probably reach for a keyboard sooner than a physical guide even if its sitting on the desk in front of them.
Virtual Map’s PR agency posted a comment that VM has come back online some features like the bus/mrt guide. However, no maps – SinGeo reported two days ago and I just checked. All you see is a light green glare where maps used to be.
So how is SLA’s StreetMap doing? I am sure I saw a blogpost earlier this morning declaring that the site was struggling with traffic [found it – Cobalt Paladin]. The site seemed responsive when I checked “14 Science Drive 4,” a relatively ulu part of Singapore. The environs seem well labelled too. But I don’t see a link to embed or point to the specific map.
So I just use plasq’s Skitch. It takes seconds to grab, annotate, post or attach. Wish Skitch was available to pc users too.
Google Earth has a clear set of images. University Hall is not constructed yet in its set though but everything is clear. I have been using Google Earth principally for nature areas with annotations.
Google Maps is sadly pathetic for this address. Talk about cloud cover!
Hmmm. Using Skitch might be an infringement of copyright because that’s actual copying of the portion of the map, whereas embedding uses code to point to the copyright owner’s server.
Yeah you are right, cannot reproduce. And terms can change anytime. So apart from hand-drawn maps, its still Google Maps/Earth which is headache-free.