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Toggle photospheres in map editor

Hi,

Google Maps loves to prioritize photoshperes made by users above regular Streetview pictures. The problem is that when making a custom map, we end up selecting photospheres so many times while trying to click on the Streetview blue line.

Do you know if the API allows you to disable the photosphere blue and orange dots? If yes, can you add a switch or whatever to toggle them on/off?

Thanks.
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  • Hi

    Thanks for the feedback, this seems like it could be very useful. We'll look into ti!

    Regards,
    Anton
  • Hi, thanks for the answer. In the meantime can you check the issue with map editor being long to add/remove points when reaching a big amount of them? I did another thread about it. Thanks.
    KillerMapper
  • Hi KillerMapper

    I looked into the issue with the slowness of the editor, please see the reply in the other thread. To sum it up we know what is causing the issue but it's not as easy to solve as you might expect, we haven't given up on it though.

    Regards,
    Anton
  • Hello, any news about this?

    I tried to mess up with the map editor, modifying the page, trying some script... to disable them but no success. Google Maps API has something to disable photosphere selection and I tried some example, it works well: https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/reference#StreetViewSource

    If you check this code: http://jsfiddle.net/bme4mzLv
    , add "source: google.maps.StreetViewSource.OUTDOOR" after the radius in "sv.getPanorama({location: event.latLng, radius: 50}, processSVData);
    });" (line 28) then run the code, you'll be able to click everywhere, even outside of the roads, and it will never pick a photosphere.

    I hope you can add this setting, it's really something small but time-saver for us, especially on big maps where the editor takes seconds for every action (which makes the unwanted photosphere selection even more annoying).

    Another idea: use http://www.google.cn/maps version to display the streetview coverage. I noticed it only displays regular blue lines and not the photosphere dots. Not sure it is actually something that can be used so I just drop it there in case you want to have a look.

    Also a reminded that there is still no warning about being pro to make a map, except a small line at the bottom that isn't visible without scrolling even with a 1080p monitor (and the button still becomes green after putting 5 locations, which is particularly confusing). Add a big pop-up to warn non-pro users and tell them they have to be pro to save would be enough.

    Thanks.

    KillerMapper
  • Hi

    Unfortunately there is no news regarding the map editor performance for very large maps. We've been discussing internally around adding the possibility to select areas instead of individual locations in the map editor. Perhaps this would solve the original problem with the need to add a lot of locations? This however would require a larger technical overhaul though, but is something that we've been looking at for a while.

    Nice find in the API, this setting at least sounds like it should cover our needs. I'll add it to our todo-list for the map editor.

    Regarding the information text in the map editor there should be an information text on the top of the map editor for non-pro users (however this might have been added after you wrote this post).

    Regards,
    Anton

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