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MaFt
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:34 pm    Post subject: Blue Motorways Return (Sort Of...) Reply with quote

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Back in August last year I had a bit of a moan about Google changing their mapping colour scheme to predominantly orange. It still annoys me to this day when I'm managing the speed camera submissions; a submission on an orange road means I have to zoom out and see if it's an A road or a motorway to validate the speed - it was so much easier when motorways were blue and A roads were green.

If, like me, you still long for the days when the submission maps used nationally recognised colours for their roads then rejoice with me for your days of longing are over! Sadly, Google have not officially returned the proper colours but, with a bit of jiggery-pokery (and the great idea of Optimap by Mark Groodge) we now have real map colours back on the POI and Speed Camera submission maps! Real colours are selected by default but you can easily change to the Google-Orange scheme by selecting 'Map' in the top right.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TFFT. It's great to see the 'proper' colours back. What on earth were Google thinking about when they changed the colours. Shame that you can't do it on the Google maps ordinaire.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice to have a local map for a change when illustrating a map.

Not that there London area one :D :D

Thanks MaFt
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

M8TJT wrote:
TFFT. It's great to see the 'proper' colours back. What on earth were Google thinking about when they changed the colours. Shame that you can't do it on the Google maps ordinaire.


The new Google maps is awful, it was just about perfick before, so some overpaid swine with nothing better to do, messes it all up, not all progress is good, I still haven't figured out how to get rid of all the on screen junk top left so you can see all of the map like wot we used to be able to do like.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely agree, Kev. Hate the rubbish that now obscures parts of the map.

I can't find a way to drop a lat/long marker either. It was so easy before - right click where you wanted it and select 'Drop lat/long marker'. Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

K13ehr wrote:
Nice to have a local map for a change when illustrating a map.

Not that there London area one :D :D

Thanks MaFt


I always use local areas when I post news about mapping :D Just need to fit Heckmondwike in one day - I just love the name of that town :D

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always liked CleckHuddersFax :D :D
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:39 pm    Post subject: Proper colours Reply with quote

Proper colours include Blue for Motorways, Green for Primary routes (formerly known as Trunk Roads), RED for A roads, Yellow for B roads, and white for others. That is what my Ordnance Survey road atlas uses (even more colours in 1:50,000 but that might be too difficult).
To me, that means the so-called proper colours are still wrong. Perhaps Google does not differentiate trunk and A so they are all green. Personally, I'd prefer red for all A roads if they all have to be the same.

OpenStreetMap for me then. At least it shows PROPER colours.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Proper colours Reply with quote

Fellwalker wrote:
OpenStreetMap for me then. At least it shows PROPER colours.


Hugely tempted now to change our OSM source tiles to something completely garish ;) Laughing Out Loud
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go on then Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Proper colours Reply with quote

MaFt wrote:
Fellwalker wrote:
OpenStreetMap for me then. At least it shows PROPER colours.


Hugely tempted now to change our OSM source tiles to something completely garish ;) Laughing Out Loud
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fellwalker has it spot on and Optimap has it wrong as well.

Best solution is use Bing maps & select OS. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wazza_G wrote:
Fellwalker has it spot on and Optimap has it wrong as well.

Best solution is use Bing maps & select OS. Very Happy


I'm alert, god I must have been about 10 when I first heard that one :D :D
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank goodness.

I really was hoping to read that someone had a crash (not serious) because of this confusion and deliberate change. Then to have sued Google for deliberately providing information that was confusing to the UK road user.

Alas I don't think anyone did sue them - pity.

For one, I ended up a few times taking the wrong road as some main roads and side roads were both white!

It does beggar belief some idiot committee agreed to make UK motorways the same colour as in Germany etc and as the trunk A roads so (e.g.) a learner driver and passenger can't easily avoid the motorways.

I have deliberately not upgraded my iPhone in part due to mapping nonsense. Just a shame millions of folks have let off Google and Apple.

But not the majority of us on GPSworld. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gem wrote:
I have deliberately not upgraded my iPhone in part due to mapping nonsense. Just a shame millions of folks have let off Google and Apple.


Actually, in iOS7 Apple have put the 'normal' UK road colours back.

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